Jackie Mason, Rabbi Turned Comedian, Dies Aged 93.
Written by crest887fm on July 26, 2021
Jackie Mason, the US comedian and actor, has died at the age of 93.
The stand-up was ordained as a rabbi before turning to show-business in the 1950s. He was well known for his social commentary, talk show appearances and one-man shows on Broadway.
Mason won numerous awards in his career, including a Tony Award and an Emmy for voicing Krusty the Clown’s father on The Simpsons.
Comedians around the world have paid tribute to the star on social media.
Born Yacob Maza in Sheboygan, Wisconsin on 9 June 1928, Mason and his family moved to New York when he was five.
His father, grandfather, great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather had all been rabbis, and after college he was ordained and began leading congregations in North Carolina and Pennsylvania.