Sammy Shore, an actor and standup comedian who co-founded the Comedy Store, has died of natural causes, his son, actor-comedian Pauly Shore, said. He was 92.
The actor’s family said he died Saturday at his home in Las Vegas surrounded by family and friends.
Shore’s nearly seven-decade career stretched from the “Borscht Belt” summer resorts of New York’s Catskill Mountains to Las Vegas to the studios of Hollywood.
Sammy Shore... A comedy genius and Elvis’s opening act for 20 years and also mine for another 20 years, passed away this morning. My deepest condelences to his loving wife, Suzanne, and to all of the Shore Family. Rest In Peace, Sammy Shore. I LOVE YOU!!! ❤️ pic.twitter.com/ySqh1oy8ce— Tony Orlando (@TonyOrlando) May 18, 2019
Shore began his career doing standup with Shecky Greene. Elvis Presley chose Shore as the opening act for his comeback tour, and the comedian opened for many others, including Tony Orlando, Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis Jr., Tom Jones, Ann-Margret, Connie Stevens, Bobby Darin and Glen Campbell.
In 1972, Shore, his first wife, Mitzi, and writing partner Rudy Deluca founded the world-famous Los Angeles comedy club, the Comedy Store. Mitzi Shore died in 2018.
“Dad, you lived an amazing life and I’m so proud to say that you are my father,” he wrote. “When you’re in heaven I’ll be killing the crowds night after night and carrying on your legacy. Love you Dad. Rest in peace.”
The elder Shore also appeared in a number of films, including “The Bellboy” with Jerry Lewis and Mel Brooks’ “Life Stinks” and “History of the World Part 1.” He also appeared on “The Ed Sullivan Show” and was a guest on the Tony Orlando and Pointer Sisters’ TV shows, as well as Redd Foxx’s “Sanford and Son.”
Shore was also an author and recorded several albums. He is survived by his wife, Suzanne, and his son.