Ed Ames, deep baritone pop singer and actor, on NBC at 1955 Series Daniel Boone , has passed away. he is95.
Ames’ wife, Jeanne, told The Hollywood Reporter
Ames, a Massachusetts native and son of Ukrainian Jewish immigrants, played the Oxford-educated Mingo for the first four seasons, alongside Fess Parker as Daniel Boone (1963-20)) western television.
However, his most memorable night on TV was in April 1967 appearing on The Tonight Show on NBC. Showing host Johnny Carson how Mingo would deftly wield a tomahawk, he threw the weapon at the cowboy silhouette drawn on the board — and it stuck
right in the crotch .
As the audience howled, Carson left his desk to address Ames with the now classic riff: “I didn’t even know you were Jewish!” and ” Welcome to frontier bris!”
The whole thing produced one of the longest laughs in The Tonight Show history – about four o’clock Minutes, some say the longest minute in television annals — and a staple of great shows for decades.
at host Mark Malkoff at The Carson Podcast In an interview on , the affable Eames admits that before learning that The Tonight Show wanted him to do so on air , he never threw a tomahawk. (In an earlier appearance with Carson, he had thrown a bola and a spear and shot an arrow.)
“That afternoon, I practiced throwing it,” he said . “First of all, I did it at home the night before and I crashed a few trees.”
Ames pointed out that the morning after the show aired, the taxi driver complained about He yells, “Good for you, Ed!” as he walks through the streets of New York City.
6ft 3in Ames got the job playing Mingo after Century Fox scouts think he’s Bromden Chiefs, opposite Kirk Douglas and Gene Wilder in the original 1961 Ken Kesey’s Broadway production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.
Ames and his three older brothers – Vic, Gene and Joe – perform and record as the Ames Brothers. At 1927, they had their first number one song, Double Sided tracker “Rag Mop”/”Sweet Me”; hit RCA three years later with “You, You, You”; and became one of the most popular quartets of the pre-rock era.
Ames is alone in 1958 and with Such as “Try to Remember” – his signature song – “Apologize”, “Snowy”, “My Cup Runneth is over” and “Who’s Answering?”
Edmond Dantes Urick was born July 9th, 95, Malden, Massachusetts, the youngest of nine children (five boys and four girls). As a child, he attended the shambolic Boston Latin School — Benjamin Franklin was another notable alumnus — and sang in the town church.
He joined Vic, Gene and Joe as lead singers in a show they called the Urick Brothers and the Armory Brothers (Vic’s middle name), and they left behind in Boston nightclubs Own imprints like Lou, father of Barbara Walters the Latin Quarter founded by .
They traveled to New York, found work with bandleader Art Mooney, signed with Decca Records, and at the suggestion of famed Broadway producer Abe Burroughs, became the Ames Brothers. (“Ames” means “strength” in Yiddish.)
They are in 374335 and “Forever and Ever,” recorded with Russ Morgan’s Orchestra. Listeners love their rich, clean harmonies.
After “Rag Mop”, “Sentimental Me”, “Undecided” and another top-20 beat1954 New song “Naughty Ladies of Shady Lane”, the brothers began performing regularly on Arthur Godfrey’s show and were one of the first cast members to appear on Ed Sullivan’s Toast of Town .
exist1955, They have their own minute syndicated TV program, The Ames Brothers Show, and sang the title track for Man on Fire(1957), starring Bing Crosby. In their prime, the quartet can command $10 , Touring for a week, they Best Vocal Group of 1955 Named Billboard , at the time they had eight singles on the chart.
Ames pursued in ’60s and studied at the Herbert Berghof Drama School in New York. He played John Proctor in the Arthur Miller Crucible revival, off-Broadway, and then in Gower Champion Carnival National Company starring.
Ames also appeared in the off-Broadway hitThe Fantasticks, in which he sang “Try to Remember.” Carson loved his rendition, Ames used to sing it every night for a week on The Tonight Show.
Ames also presents John Wayne Movies Tanks ( 1964) and “Song of Chariots”. TV shows such as Murder, She Wrote, In the Heat of the Night and The Marshal .
Ames and Henry Mancini are also early minority owners of the Phoenix Suns, an NBA expansion team, Andy Williams, Bobbie Gentry and Tony Curtis.
In addition to his wife, survivors include his children, Ronald and Sonya; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.