Jackie Mason, the rabbi who later cultivated his career as a comedian, actor and author, died in a Manhattan hospital on Saturday, according to the New York Times. Hey 93.
Mason’s old friend, attorney Raoul Felder, confirmed his death to the Times. The cause of death was not disclosed.
Mason was born Yacov Moshe Maza in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, on June 9, 1931. While the son of Belarusian immigrants would eventually gain fame and praise for his work as an interpreter, he initially sought to follow the path of a rabbi, at the urging of his family. .
Mason was ordained after completing his rabbinical studies at Yeshiva University. He worked as a rabbi in both North Carolina and Pennsylvania, eventually deciding to change professions after his father’s death in 1959.
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He began his career as a comedian by performing in the Catskills during the summers, and later became a fixture on such popular variety shows as The Ed Sullivan Show.
As a comedian, Mason released albums that include I’m the best comedian in the world, but nobody knows it yet! other I want to leave you with the words of a great comedian. Mason was also known for writing and acting in plays and solo shows, including The world according to me, which earned him a special Tony Award, an Outer Critics Circle Award, an ACE Award, an Emmy, and a Grammy nomination.
Mason appeared in television series including The Simpsons, appearing on the film side in titles like The stool (1972), Steve Martin The jerk (1979) and Mel Brooks’ History of the World, Part I..
Throughout his career, he also wrote several books, including the 1999 autobiography. Jackie, Oy!, on which he collaborated with Ken Gross.
Mason is survived by his wife Jyll Rosenfeld, as well as his daughter, comedian Sheba Mason. Plans for a monument have yet to be revealed.