LOS ANGELES — Comedian and director Dick Martin has died.
Martin, 86, was the zany half of the comedy team whose Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In took TV by storm in the 1960s, making stars of Goldie Hawn and Lily Tomlin. It also created such catch-phrases as “Sock it to me!”, “You bet your sweet bippie” and “Look that up in your Funk and Wagnall’s.”
A family spokesperson says Martin died last night of respiratory complications at a hospital in Santa Monica. Straight man Dan Rowan, whose “Say goodnight, Dick,” brought a signature echo to end each show, died in 1987.
The duo, which split in the late ’70s, was honoured with the 2,194th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in April 2002.