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Bob Elliott (1923 - 2016)

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Bob Elliott (1923 - 2016)

Bob Elliott, who was one-half of the comedy duo Bob and Ray, has died. He was 92.

Elliott, who entertained radio and television audiences for decades along with Ray Goulding, died Tuesday in Cundy's Harbor, Maine, The New York Times reported.

No cause of death was disclosed.

Elliott and Goulding, who died in 1990, launched their careers as radio announcers. They got their first show in 1946, when WHDH in Boston began its "Matinee With Bob and Ray." The pair's low-key humor proved a hit with many other audiences over the next 40 years on radio and TV. Each took turns playing the straight man. Goulding died in 1990.

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Elliott's colorful cast of characters included the handy helper Fred Falvy, cowboy Tex Blaisdell and sportscaster Wally Ballou. Bob and Ray also performed sendups of soap operas, such as "One Fella's Family," and sponsors including "The Monongahela Metal Foundry, casting steel ingots with the housewife in mind."

"Everybody told us we were different," Elliott told The New York Times in 2009. "We were aware that we were appreciated by a certain percentage of whatever audience it was that we were playing to."

Elliott is survived by his children, Chris Elliott, Colony Elliott Santangelo, Amy Elliott Anderson, Shannon Elliott and Robert Jr.; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

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