Tom Smothers, Comedian, Musician and Scourge of CBS Censors, Dies at 86

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The comedian died peacefully at his home on Tuesday with his family at his side following a recent battle with cancer.

by Mike Barnes

The Hollywood Reporter

December 27, 2023

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Tom Smothers, the countercultural comedy icon admired for the 1960s variety program he created and hosted with his younger brother, Dick, and for the tenacity he displayed in frequent clashes with CBS censors, has died.

Smothers died peacefully at his home on Tuesday with his family at his side following a recent battle with cancer, according to a statement brother and co-star Dick Smothers in a statement shared with The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday by a spokesman for the National Comedy Center.

“Tom was not only the loving older brother that everyone would want in their life, he was a one-of-a-kind creative partner,” Dick said in a statement shared with The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday by a spokesman for the National Comedy Center. “I am forever grateful to have spent a lifetime together with him, on and off stage, for over 60 years. Our relationship was like a good marriage – the longer we were together, the more we loved and respected one another. We were truly blessed.”

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