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Pat Cooper – Mangia !

Pat Cooper – Mangia ! –

Pat Cooper (born Pasquale Caputo[1] July 31, 1929) is an American actor and comedian.

Cooper started performing in the 1950s, originally for primarily Italian-American audiences. He has performed at private events for members of the mafia, celebrity roasts at the New York Friars Club which he also played in an episode of Seinfeld titled “The Friar’s Club” and was also a frequent guest on many radio shows, most notably The Howard Stern Show , Imus in the Morning and Opie and Anthony. He played a mobster in the film Analyze This.

Billboard Magazine gave his album Our Hero (1965) a special merit review and said that it “does for the Italian-American community what Jackie Mason did for the Jewish-American community” The following year it stated that his Spaghetti Sauce and Other Delights (1966), an album which consists of one side of spoken comedy and one side of parody songs, was stronger than Our Hero. In 2005, he released a DVD called You’re Always Yelling and in 2010, he co-authored with Steve Garrin and Rich Herschlag his autobiography called How Dare You Say How Dare Me!.

His father, Michael Caputo, was a bricklayer from Mola di Bari, Italy and his mother, Louise Gargiulo was born in Brooklyn, New York, where Cooper was born and raised.Cooper often makes reference to his Italian heritage in his stand up comedy routines. Cooper has been married twice; he has two children from his first marriage and one adopted daughter from his second marriage to singer Patti Prince. He is estranged from many members of his family.

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