Steve Lawrence, Singer And Actor, Dies At 88

Steve Lawrence: A rep said Lawrence died from complications due to Alzheimer’s disease. Steve Lawrence, the singer best known as a member of the duo Steve and Eydie, passed away at the age of 88.

Steve Lawrence, Steve Lawrence, the entertainer who spent decades as one half of the iconic singing duo Steve & Eydie with wife Eydie Gorme, has died at 88.

A rep for the Emmy and Grammy winner tells ABC News Lawrence died on Thursday from complications due to Alzheimer’s disease.

Born Sidney Liebowitz, the Brooklyn, New York, native began his entertainment career at just 16-years-old after winning a talent competition.

Steve Lawrence, He met his wife and singing partner-to-be when they both appeared on Steve Allen’s “Tonight Show.” The pair were married in Las Vegas in 1957.

They gigged regularly in Vegas throughout the ’60s, also playing New York, Chicago and Miami, and were mainstays on TV during the variety show heyday, appearing on “The Ed Sullivan Show” and others.

Singer Steve Lawrence poses for a portrait in 1990 in Los Angeles.

Steve Lawrence, Singer And Actor, Dies At 88

Steve Lawrence

Steve Lawrence, Lawrence and Gorme also appeared on Broadway in productions like “Golden Rainbow,” and Lawrence was nominated for a Tony for his solo turn in 1954’s “What Makes Sammy Run?”

He also had 33 songs on the Billboard chart between 1952 and 1966, with five reaching the top 10.

The performer was also a regular guest on “The Carol Burnett Show” in the ’70s; in the ’80s, he and his fellow New Yorker Gorme played a series of sold-out concerts at Carnegie Hall.

Steve Lawrence, Lawrence appeared on dozens of TV shows over the years, from “Two and a Half Men” to “C.S.I.,” and he made one appearance as Morty Fine, the mysterious dad of Fran Drescher’s character in “The Nanny.”

On the big screen, he logged appearances in films including 1980’s “The Blues Brothers” opposite John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd, and its sequel in 2000 with Aykroyd and John Goodman.

Gorme passed away in 2013, and the eldest of their sons, Michael, died in 1986.

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