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

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Freddie Roman astatine  the Tribeca Film Festival successful  2017. Comedian Freddie Roman died astatine the property of 85 connected Saturday. Dia Dipasupil

Beloved Borscht Belt comic and histrion Freddie Roman, champion known for his roasts arsenic portion of New York City’s Friars Club and aboriginal Comedy Central, died astatine the property of 85 connected Saturday, his household said.

Roman suffered a bosom onslaught successful Boynton Beach, Florida, his girl confirmed to Deadline.

The comic had spent astir of his beingness successful amusement concern aft helium was fixed the accidental to emcee astatine his uncle and grandfather’s Crystal Spring Hotel successful the Catskills erstwhile helium was conscionable 15.

Roman, calved Fred Kirschenbaum, and his old-timey jokes were a fixture astatine nightclub venues successful cities similar New York and Las Vegas.

He served arsenic the dean, oregon president, of The Friar’s Club and took shots astatine celebrities similar Jerry Stiller, Hugh Hefner, Drew Carey, Rob Reiner and Chevy Chase connected Comedy Central’s Roasts.

Freddie Roman attends the Sixth Annual Broadway Easter Bonnet Competitions to Benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS connected  April 14, 1992 astatine  the Palace Theatre successful  New York City. Roman was champion known for his roasts astatine the Friar’s Club.Ron Galella Collection via Getty
Freddie Roman and histrion   Debbie Reynolds astatine  the Friar's Club successful  2009.Freddie Roman and histrion Debbie Reynolds astatine the Friar’s Club successful 2009.FilmMagic

He appeared successful galore films, including the award-winning documentary “Welcome to Kutsher’s: The Last Catskills Resort” (2012), “Bittersweet Place” (2005), “Christ successful the City” (2005), “Finding North” (1998) and “Sweet Lorraine” (1987), according to IMDB.

He much precocious co-starred successful Amazon’s deed drama bid “Red Oaks,” playing a curmudgeon subordinate of a Jewish state nine successful New Jersey. He besides made impermanent appearances connected shows “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” and “The Tonight Show.”

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