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Stubby Kaye

Stubby Kaye, whose comic timing and big singing voice enlivened such classic musicals as “Guys and Dolls,” “Li’l Abner” and “Sweet Charity,” died of lung cancer Sunday at his home in Rancho Mirage. He was 79.

Riverside County senior deputy coroner Rick Bogan said Kaye died while under hospice care, with his wife, Angela, and other family members at his side.

Kaye appeared in “Guys and Dolls” with Frank Sinatra and Marlon Brando in 1955. Other credits included “Li’l Abner” (1959), “40 Pounds of Trouble” (1962), “Cat Ballou” (1965) “Sweet Charity” (1968), and “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” (1988).

He also was seen in the TV series “Love and Marriage” (1959) and “My Sister Eileen” (1960).

Kaye, born Nov. 11, 1918, in New York City, began his career in 1939 after winning a “Major Bowes Amateur Hour” radio contest. He later toured in vaudeville and entertained U.S. troops with the USO.

There was no immediate information about services.

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