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Joe E. Ross (Joseph Roszawikz)

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Biography

New York City, New York, USA
Gravel-voiced comedian Joe E. ("Oooh! Oooh!") Ross was born in Manhattan and began his career, ironically enough, as a singing waiter in speak-easy clubs. Comedy came into the forefront, however and he steadily built up his image as a stand-up and impressionist, announcing and emceeing at burlesque clubs and various niteries around and about the Schuster circuit out of Chicago in the late 1930s. He made his inauspicious film debut in the hotsy-totsy girlie show Teaserama (1955), which featured strippers Bettie Page and Tempest Storm and female impersonator Vicki Lynn. The underground flick had Ross doing his familiar baggy-pants burlesque schtick. Read more...

Actor

Character: Max Crane

Hear Me Good 1957

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Character: Joey, Gangster

The Bellboy 1960

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Character: Bartender at Paradise Club

Tony Rome 1967

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Character: Nutty Sailor

The Boatniks 1970

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Character: MSgt. Rupert Ritzik

The Phil Silvers Show 1955

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Character: Chief Kennedy

The DuPont Show of the Week 1961

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