Richard Collier

Richard Collier, who appeared in more than 1,000 television shows, and such movies as “Hello, Dolly!” and “Blazing Saddles,” died Saturday at the Motion Picture & Television Hospital in L.A., where he had been living since April. He was 80.

Collier, whose credits include the children’s TV show “Mr. Giggles” in New York City, was born in Boston in 1919 and performed in theaters and clubs in Massachusetts before an Army stint during World War II.

After the war, he began acting in television and films. On TV, he appeared in such early shows as “Playhouse 90,” “Lux Video Theater” and “Philco Theater.” He had guest spots on such series as “Bonanza,” “The Andy Griffith Show,” “Batman,” “The Beverly Hillbillies” and “The Big Valley.”

Collier played Dr. Sam Johnson in “Blazing Saddles,” and Walter Matthau’s barber in “Hello, Dolly!”

He is survived by his wife, Irene, two daughters, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

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