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Comedian Jan Murray Dies at 89

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By Sandy Cohen

Funny man and game show host Jan Murray, a member of a comic rat pack that included Sid Caesar, Milton Berle, Jerry Lewis and Jack Carter, has died. He was 89.

Murray, who appeared in dozens of movies and TV shows, died Sunday at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif., son Howard Murray said in a telephone interview Monday.

Murray had been in deteriorating health, suffering from emphysema, heart problems and pneumonia in the last several months, his son said.

Born Murray Janofsky on Oct. 4, 1916, in New York, Murray honed his craft by watching vaudeville shows. He went on to host a string of game shows in the 1950s, including "Dollar a Second" and "Treasure Hunt, before moving to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career.

By the time Murray retired 10 years ago, he had appeared in more than 20 movies. He also served as a guest host on "The Tonight Show."

Murray balanced his work with a rich family life, his son said.

"He was a person who fully loved his life and wanted to continue as long as he could," his son said.

In addition to his son, Howard, Murray is survived by his wife, Toni, son Warren, daughters Diane and Celia, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Services were pending.


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