Comedian Charlie Callas Dies at 86

Staple of the Las Vegas nightclub scene also appeared more than 50 times on the “Tonight Show”

Comedian Charlie Callas has died. A staple of the Las Vegas nightclub scene for over three decades, Callas was 86.

His rubber faced antics and rapid fire delivery also made him a popular guest on variety shows and late night programs such as Johnny Carson, Jackie Gleason, and Ed Sullivan. 

All told, Callas appeared on "The Tonight Show" more than 50 times, according to the New York Times. 

Callas orbited the "Rat Pack" universe, touring with Frank Sinatra and appearing on Dean Martin's various television programs and roasts. 

Callas also appeared sporadically in movies. His best known film role was perhaps the voice of the titular dragon in the 1977 animated film "Pete's Dragon." 

In addition, he appeared in the Mel Brooks films "Silent Movie," "High Anxiety," and "History of the World: Part I."