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Freddie Roman, Borscht Belt comic known for roasts, dead at 85


Beloved Borscht Belt comic and actor Freddie Roman, best known for his roasts as a part of Latest York City’s Friars Club and later Comedy Central, died on the age of 85 on Saturday, his family said.

Roman suffered a heart attack in Boynton Beach, Florida, his daughter confirmed to Deadline.

The comic had spent most of his life in show business after he was given the chance to emcee at his uncle and grandfather’s Crystal Spring Hotel within the Catskills when he was just 15.

Roman, born Fred Kirschenbaum, and his old-timey jokes were a fixture at nightclub venues in cities like Latest York and Las Vegas.

He served because the dean, or president, of The Friar’s Club and took shots at celebrities like Jerry Stiller, Hugh Hefner, Drew Carey, Rob Reiner and Chevy Chase on Comedy Central’s Roasts.

Roman was best known for his roasts on the Friar’s Club.Ron Galella Collection via Getty

Freddie Roman and actress Debbie Reynolds at the Friar's Club in 2009.Freddie Roman and actress Debbie Reynolds on the Friar’s Club in 2009.FilmMagic

He appeared in quite a few movies, including the award-winning documentary “Welcome to Kutsher’s: The Last Catskills Resort” (2012), “Bittersweet Place” (2005), “Christ within the City” (2005), “Finding North” (1998) and “Sweet Lorraine” (1987), in keeping with IMDB.

He more recently co-starred in Amazon’s hit comedy series “Red Oaks,” playing a curmudgeon member of a Jewish country club in Latest Jersey. He also made guest appearances on shows “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” and “The Tonight Show.”

Roman is survived by his wife, Ethel, and daughter, Judi Levin, Deadline reported.

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