Mark Matey, the comedian, actor, musician and television host best known for his stand-up specials “Dennis Miller” and “Paddy’s Pub in the City,” passed away on Thursday at age 79.
Matey was diagnosed with cancer in February 2016 and died of the disease at a hospital in Santa Barbara, California.
Mateya was born in San Diego, California, and spent much of his childhood in California.
He was an avid outdoorsman and was often seen playing with the animals on his property.
In 1978, he moved to Los Angeles and began working as a stand-in for his character, Dennis Miller, on the television show “The Dictator.”
His first series, “The Paddy’s Club in the Dictators,” was picked up by Comedy Central in 1980 and then syndicated on Comedy Central for the next 20 years.
The series was a critical hit for Matey and the cast.
He also starred in the 1990s TV movie “The Real Burt Reynolds” with George Carlin, who played the lead role.
Mateys life as a comedian, acting and television star also took a toll on his health.
The comedian was diagnosed in February of 2016 with prostate cancer.
At the time, he had already undergone two surgery and had to stop his career.
After his first surgery, Matey received a double mastectomy, which was done in September of 2016.
In May of 2017, he was diagnosed again with prostate-specific antigen, or PSA, which he tested positive for in December of 2016 and had his second mastectomy performed.
Mateia has remained on the cancer ward at a San Francisco hospital and has been in remission ever since.
“Mark Matey will be remembered as one of the funniest, most generous, and kindest people I have ever met,” said Comedy Central CEO Steve Burke.
“He will be greatly missed and loved by all of us who knew him.
Mark will be forever missed by his friends, family, and fans around the world.
RIP Mark Mateys.”
Mateys son, Mark Mateia Jr., was also a comedian and TV star, and he wrote a memoir about his father titled “The Laughing Man” which was published in 2019.
He later passed away in November of 2017.
“When Mark was diagnosed, he knew he had cancer and was determined to be the person who could help him live a life that was healthy and normal,” said Mark Mateie Jr. in a statement.
“I have a great deal of love for Mark and wish him the very best.
He will be missed.”
He also made appearances on other television shows such as “Barry McGuire: The Musical” and the “Sesame Street” television show, which Matey had starred in from 1990 to 2003.
He has also appeared in films such as the comedy “Paddington” and in the “Gotham” TV series.
“The show will continue to be hosted by Mark,” said Matey Jr. “We will continue in our roles as a family and in our personal lives.”
Mark also appeared on “Saturday Night Live” and starred in a sketch called “What Do I Think?” in 2013.
In 2017, the family hosted the “Matey & Gilly” family holiday bash, which took place on March 25, 2019, on Matey’s estate in Santa Cruz, California in honor of the comedian.
“This was a very special occasion,” said Gilly Matey.
“There was a lot of energy, and Mark was there every step of the way.
He just wanted everyone to enjoy a great time.”
In 2017 and 2018, Mateys sons were diagnosed with lung cancer.
Mark Mateies wife, Linda, passed away of lung cancer in November 2018 at age 57.
The couple has a daughter, Kelly Matey Matey who was born three months after Mark Mateian.
“Kelly is now with us,” Gilly said.
“She will always be with us.
We miss her so much.
Kelly and Mark will always have the same smile on their faces and always be smiling.”
In 2016, Mateies daughter, Jazmine, became the first African American person to perform on a stage at Carnegie Hall.
The performance, which she performed in a costume, drew a standing ovation and was part of the celebration of “Black History Month.”
In 2018, Mark announced plans to have his final stand-alone show, “I’ll Have You Dancing,” be held at the White House on January 6.
The show, titled “Moves Like a Rock,” is a comedy special starring Mark, and it will air on Comedy Bang!
on February 13.
“His last show will be in honor and in celebration of Black History Month,” said Steve Burke, president of Comedy Central.
“With Mark’s passing, we are forever grateful to him