He was also funny at age 81. He still had it. Which is one of the reasons why he still worked as much as he wanted to...and maybe even a little bit more than that.
He was a role model. In this line of work, you often have to ask yourself, one way or the other, "Who's career would I like?" Among folks who write comedy, I'd guess the number one answer the last few decades has been Larry Gelbart.
He had cancer. Asked to specify what kind, his wife, Patricia Marshall, said, "Just the lethal kind."
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