David Brenner Cause of Death: American Comedian Passed Away at The Age Of 78!

David Norris Brenner was an American stand-up comedian, actor, and author.

Brenner “was a pioneer of observational humour” on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson during the 1970s and 1980s. A friend and fellow comedian Richard Lewis referred to Brenner as “the king of the hip, observational humour” in a statement.


In 1936, Brenner was born to Jewish parents and raised in the South and West Philadelphia neighbourhoods.

In order to please Brenner’s grandpa, a Jew, who opposed his father working on the Sabbath, his father, Louis, a vaudeville comedian and vocalist, gave up his profession and a film deal. After David grew wealthy, he frequently took his parents on cruises, and both of Brenner’s parents died while on Queen Elizabeth 2 two years apart.

Brenner served in the 101st Airborne and the 595th Signal Corps in Böblingen, Germany, after graduating from high school. In the years following his release from the military, he attended Temple University and graduated with high honours, majoring in mass communication.

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Cole, Slade, and Wyatt were Brenner’s three children. His first son, Cole, was the subject of a lengthy custody dispute between his mother and father.

In 1992, Brenner was awarded sole custody of her children. As being away from home more than 50 nights a year would have made Brenner an absentee father in the eyes of family courts, he drastically curtailed the number of appearances he made on stage, including on The Tonight Show, in order to keep custody of his kid.

Slade and Wyatt’s mother, Elizabeth Slater, married Brenner in the final moments of his David Brenner: Back with a Vengeance! HBO filmed a special in Las Vegas on February 19, 2000, and aired it on February 20, 2000.

Their marriage ended less than a year later and Brenner was awarded custody of their children in two separate court disputes. Despite their engagement, Brenner and Tai Babilonia never wed. Brenner lived in Las Vegas for a period of time in the early 2000s.



Brenner passed away from pancreatic cancer on March 15, 2014,

at the age of 78, in his Manhattan apartment.

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At Westinghouse Broadcasting and Metromedia, Brenner was responsible for 115 television documentaries, collecting nearly 30 accolades, including an Emmy, before turning to humour.

After his first paid engagement in June 1969, he routinely performed at Greenwich Village bars. On Comedy Central Presents: 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time, Brenner came in at number 53.

One time, he appeared on more television talk shows than any other entertainer. His other accomplishments include authoring five books and starring in four HBO specials.

david brenner cause of death


After a fellow train passenger questioned him whether he was reading a newspaper he was sitting on, Brenner’s comedy album Excuse Me, Are You Reading That Paper? was published on MCA Records in 1983.

In response, Brenner up flipped the page, and sat back down.”) Additionally, Brenner authored five books, including Soft Pretzels with Mustard (1983), Revenge is the Best Exercise (1984), Nobody Ever Sees You Eat Tuna Fish (1986),

If God Wanted Us to Travel… (1990), and I Think There’s a Terrorist in My Soup: How to Survive Personal and World Problems with Laughter—Seriously (2003),


With 158 appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, he became the show’s most frequent guest after his national broadcast debut in 1971.

Between 1975 and 1984, he appeared on Johnny Carson’s show as a guest host 75 times, making him the fifth-most frequent of Carson’s guest hosts.

Shampoo-inspired TV series Snip starring Brenner premiered in 1976 and was set in a hair salon. As soon as NBC learned that one of the show’s supporting characters would be the first openly gay character to appear on American television, it shelved the situation comedy before it could air. In the years that followed, Brenner revealed,

“They made up all kinds of excuses, but the reason Snip was pulled is we had an actor who was gay and who portrayed a gay part. For some reason, they were reluctant to air a gay character on national television.


Mark Harmon, Madeleine Stowe, and Lesley Ann Warren co-starred in the 1989 romantic comedy Worth Winning, in which Brenner played a charity ball auctioneer. Brenner won the Oscar for Best Film Editing for cutting Oliver Stone’s 1989 anti-war drama Born on the Fourth of July

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Brenner hosted a midday discussion radio show on the Mutual Broadcasting System from 1994 to 1996, inheriting the time slot from the long-running Larry King Show.

In 1985, he had a syndicated weekly radio show called David Brenner Live for three months.

Broadcast Pioneers in Philadelphia honoured Brenner as their 1984 Person of the Year and enshrined him into their Hall of Fame three years later (in 2003).

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