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“You Can Call Me Ray” Comedian Was 85 – The Hollywood Reporter



Invoice Saluga, a comic finest identified for his trademark phrase, “You can call me Ray,” has died. He was 85.

Saluga spent eight months within the hospital and died March 28 in hospice care in Los Angeles, his buddy Invoice Minkin advised The Hollywood Reporter.

Born Sept. 16, 1937, in Youngstown, Ohio, Saluga labored as a doorman at The Bitter Finish in New York, then took the stage on the famed nightclub as a member of the Ace Trucking Firm.

The improvisational comedy group, with different founding members together with George Memmoli, Michael Mislove, Patti Deutsch and Fred Willard, discovered success within the Sixties and ’70s. They opened for Tom Jones in Las Vegas and carried out on the singer’s 1971 ABC selection present, which was filmed in London.

Saluga’s Raymond J. Johnson Jr. was his most notable character. He would start comedy sketches with “You can call me Ray, or you can call me Jay, or you can call me …” and would proceed the bit earlier than ending it with, “but you doesn’t has to call me Johnson.”

Saluga additionally was an usher on the 1992 Seinfeld installment “The Opera”and performed Richard Lewis’ uncle on three episodes of HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm in 2005. He made appearances on different exhibits, together with Redd Foxx, The Tonight Present Starring Johnny Carson, The David Steinberg Present, Mad About You, Blossom, House Enchancment, Sisters and Murphy Brown.

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