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Robert Klein Biography

Birth Place:
New York, New York, United States
Comedian, actor, writer, composer, singer

Fast Facts

  • His doo-wop group, the Teen Tones, performed on the variety show Ted Mack's Original Amateur Hour in 1957
  • Made his Broadway debut in 1967 in Mike Nichols' musical The Apple Tree
  • First TV role was hosting the short-lived 1970 comedy/variety series Comedy Tonight
  • Was the first comic to appear in a live concert on HBO's On Location series in 1975
  • Hosted The Robert Klein Radio Show, a syndicated comedy/rock program that was taped before a live audience and ran for two years in the early '80s
  • 1990 video for the title track of his Let's Not Make Love comedy album featured cameos by numerous celebrities, including Geraldo Rivera, Joan Rivers, Maury Povich, Bob Costas and Marv Albert
  • In 2005, published the autobiography The Amorous Busboy of Decatur Avenue, a coming-of-age memoir about growing up in the '50s and '60s


  • 2011Emmy-Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics: nominated
  • 2001Emmy-Outstanding Music and Lyrics: nominated


  • Charlotte -- Cousin
  • Brenda Boozer -- Ex-wife
  • Benjamin Klein -- Father
  • Frieda Moskowitz Klein -- Mother
  • Rhoda Cohen -- Sister
  • Alexander -- Son