Popular ‘Jimmy Kimmel’ Cast Member Dies

Aug 24, 2011  •  Post A Comment

A former police officer who became a character on his nephew Jimmy Kimmel’s television show has died, reports the Associated Press.

Frank Potenza, a retired cop and security guard, was 77. He was "beloved by his co-workers and considered an uncle to all," according to a statement from ABC’s "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" The show is on hiatus until Sept. 6 and ABC didn’t have information about whether there will be an on-air tribute to "Uncle Frank.”

Potenza worked as a police officer for 20 years before working as a security guard in Las Vegas and at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan. Kimmel then asked him to move to Los Angeles and work with him, with Potenza appearing in uniform in comedy bits with Guillermo Rodriguez, an actual parking lot security guard, the story says.

Potenza also appeared with his former wife on the show, with Kimmel sending them on "adventures" to learn self-defense, for example, the piece adds.


Frank Potenza


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