View Full Version : RIP Dick Martin

William Haskins
05-25-2008, 08:34 PM
Source: Associated Press

LOS ANGELES: Dick Martin, the zany half of the comedy team whose "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In" took television by storm in the 1960s, making stars of Goldie Hawn and Lily Tomlin and creating such national catch-phrases as "Sock it to me!" has died. He was 86.

Martin, who went on to become one of television's busiest directors after splitting with Dan Rowan in the late 1970s, died Saturday night of respiratory complications at a hospital in Santa Monica, family spokesman Barry Greenberg said.

"He had had some pretty severe respiratory problems for many years, and he had pretty much stopped breathing a week ago," Greenberg said.

Martin had lost the use of one of his lungs as a teenager, and needed supplemental oxygen for most of the day in his later years.

He was surrounded by family and friends when he died just after 6 p.m., Greenberg said.

Today in Americas

"Laugh-in," which debuted in January 1968, was unlike any comedy-variety show before it. Rather than relying on a series of tightly scripted song-and-dance segments, it offered up a steady, almost stream-of-consciousness run of non-sequitur jokes, political satire and madhouse antics from a cast of talented young actors and comedians that also included Ruth Buzzi, Arte Johnson, Henry Gibson, Jo Anne Worley and announcer Gary Owens.


A. Hamilton
05-25-2008, 08:39 PM
Oh man..my mom was a huge Laugh-in fan, and I grew up with Martin as a staple in my house. (then I moved in with my dad, who did not approve, because of my age-but he was a fan, too)

05-25-2008, 08:42 PM
I was a big Laugh In fan back in the day. Great show.

I never realized that he had done a lot of directing. I thought that he had just faded into obscurity like a lot of 60's actors

William Haskins
05-25-2008, 08:44 PM

1990s (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0552189/#director1990)
1980s (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0552189/#director1980)
1970s (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0552189/#director1970)
"In the Heat of the Night" (1 episode, 1993)
- Your Own Kind (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0610695/) (1993) TV episode
"Bob" (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0103372/) (1992) TV series (unknown episodes)
"Drexell's Class" (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0101085/) (1 episode, 1992)
- Beauty & the Beast (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0566549/) (1992) TV episode
The Bob Newhart Show 19th Anniversary Special (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0319077/) (1991) (TV)
"The Bradys" (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0098756/) (1 episode, 1990)
- The Party Girls (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0531174/) (1990) TV episode
"Sledge Hammer!" (3 episodes, 1988)
... aka Sledge Hammer: The Early Years (USA: second season title)
- The Secret of My Excess (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0702683/) (1988) TV episode
- Suppose They Gave a War and Sledge Came? (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0702678/) (1988) TV episode
- Model Dearest (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0702671/) (1988) TV episode
"Newhart" (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0083455/) (1 episode, 1987)
- Prima Darryl (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0790220/) (1987) TV episode
"Brothers" (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0086677/) (5 episodes, 1985-1986)
- Wake Me Up Before You Go Go (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1210637/) (1986) TV episode
- A Penny a Dance (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1210554/) (1986) TV episode
- Donald's Half-Sister (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1210567/) (1986) TV episode
- Father, Father (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1210570/) (1985) TV episode
- The Girl Most Likely (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1210621/) (1985) TV episode
"The Redd Foxx Show" (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0090507/) (1986) TV series (unknown episodes)
"Mama's Family" (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0085050/) (1 episode, 1983)
- Rashomama (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0795833/) (1983) TV episode
"Goodnight, Beantown" (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0085024/) (1 episode, 1983)
- Popsicle (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0789996/) (1983) TV episode
"Family Ties" (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0083413/) (1 episode, 1982)
- I Never Killed for My Father (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0577330/) (1982) TV episode
"Flo" (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0080216/) (1 episode, 1980)
- Farley, the People's Choice (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0792026/) (1980) TV episode
"Archie Bunker's Place" (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0078562/) (1 episode, 1980)
- Father and Daughter Night (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0870249/) (1980) TV episode
"House Calls" (1979) TV series (unknown episodes)
"The Bob Newhart Show" (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0068049/) (11 episodes, 1977-1978)
- It Didn't Happen One Night (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0528381/) (1978) TV episode
- Easy for You to Say (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0528354/) (1978) TV episode
- 'Twas the Pie Before Christmas (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0528321/) (1977) TV episode
- Grand Delusion (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0528367/) (1977) TV episode
- Shallow Throat (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0528409/) (1977) TV episode
(6 more (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0552189/filmoseries#tt0068049))

05-25-2008, 08:44 PM
Wish they would rerun Laugh In. Will miss his zaniness.

05-25-2008, 09:03 PM
Such a funny man and such a fun show.

86? Wow. How time flies. They all had such talent and engery.


Say.... 'Goodnite, Dick'.

05-25-2008, 09:12 PM
Great guy, great talent.

RIP, Mr. Martin.

05-25-2008, 09:22 PM
You bet your sweet bippy Laugh-In was a good show.

05-25-2008, 09:23 PM
The show that made "walnetto" such a wonderful word.

05-25-2008, 09:23 PM
Say.... 'Goodnite, Dick'.

wow! That just flashed through my head, just like I was watching it again...

I loved that little 'bit' that they did!

RIP Mr. Martin

05-25-2008, 10:10 PM
Yes, it would seem the "Flying Fickle Finger of Fate" finally caught up with him.


Christine N.
05-25-2008, 10:37 PM
I used to watch re-runs all the time when I was little. I so miss that show. I am going to buy the DVD collection and watch it over and again.

Austin Powers wouldn't have been half as funny if not for Laugh-in.

"Sock it to me, baby."

05-25-2008, 11:23 PM
"Sock it to me, baby."

My parents didn't approve of Laugh In, that just meant I had to watch it.

Thanks for setting my feet on the path of iconoclasm, Mr. Martin.

Rest well.

05-25-2008, 11:42 PM
I do not know if it was sold outside of L.A., but during the run of Laugh In some clever person created a label for some sake ... drum roll.....


05-26-2008, 01:20 AM
May he R.I.P.

05-26-2008, 02:00 AM


I loved Laugh In. *sob*

05-26-2008, 03:33 AM
As kids we were not allowed to watch Laugh-In--it was one in a long list of nos. Years later, I watched it in reruns and was astonished at how innocent and goodhearted the gags were. Comedy has gotten meaner.

05-26-2008, 03:36 AM
"Time to say good night, Dick."

"Good night, Dick."

05-26-2008, 03:37 AM
Two of the funniest bits I remember from Laugh-In was them explaining what each number in a zip code meant and one about discovering a new number between 7 and 8.

At least I think these bits were on Laugh-In.

05-26-2008, 03:46 AM
Dined with Alan (Uncle Al ) Sues among mutual friends several times before he was hired to do Laugh in. He was the same off screen I am pleased to say.

05-26-2008, 04:10 AM
Ancient Vulcan proverb:

Only Nixon could say "Sock it to me?" (http://althouse.blogspot.com/2004/09/remember-when-nixon-said-sock-it-to-me.html)

05-26-2008, 10:44 AM
I saw many episodes of Laugh-In first run. And because I was so young, I didn't understand most of it. Just thought it was funnier than hell when Ruth Buzzi beat the crap out of Arte Johnson with her purse (trivia: it wasn't used very often, but Arte Johnson's old man was named Tyrone Horneigh, pronounced "horn-EYE"), or the guy in the nor'easter on the tricycle running into things and falling over. However, seeing it on DVD after all these years, it's stood the test of time, many of the topical items funny SINCE I FINALLY GET THE JOKES, and the visual gags are still hysterical.


Oh, I just LOVE my tinkle!

Good night, Dick.