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Happy Birthday To Briarcliff's Robert Klein

Robert Klein on Nov. 13, 2007, turns 74 on Feb. 8.
Robert Klein on Nov. 13, 2007, turns 74 on Feb. 8. Photo Credit: Wikipedia

BRIARCLIFF, N.Y. -- Happy Birthday to Briarcliff's Robert Klein!

Robert Klein, who lives in Briarcliff, turns 74 on Feb. 8.

Klein, a stand-up comedian, singer and actor, born Feb. 8, 1942, the son of Frieda and Benjamin Klein in Bronx, N.Y., is mainly known for his comedy album Child of the 50's and for being a Saturday Night Live host.

After graduating from DeWitt Clinton High School, Klein had planned to study medicine; however, he changed his mind during his studies at Alfred University. After graduating, he studied at the Yale Drama School when he learned about an opportunity to audition for The Second City.

In the spring of 1965, Klein was chosen as a member of Second City. When he returned to New York City a year later, he was cast by Mike Nichols in the Broadway musical "The Apple Tree."

On television, Klein's first major appearance was as host of the 1970 summer replacement television series Comedy Tonight. He starred HBO's first stand-up comedy special in 1975, and has continued to appear in several more one-man shows which have typically concluded with his "I can't stop my leg" routine.

In 1979, Klein was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his role in "They're Playing Our Song."

In 1985, he starred in the "Wordplay" episode of The New Twilight Zone.

In 1986, Klein had his own late night talk show, Robert Klein Time, which ran on the USA Network until 1988.

Klein hosted Monty Python Live at Aspen, a reunion and tribute show for the five surviving members of the British comedy troupe, in a special that appeared on HBO in 1998.

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