Tom Smothers, Half of Iconic Smothers Brothers Duo, Dies at 86
Comedian and musician Tom Smothers of the Smothers Brothers, died on Tuesday, December 26. He was 86.
His brother and longtime professional partner, Dick Smothers, announced that Tom passed away at his home in Santa Rosa, California after battling cancer.
Tom was a true pioneer who changed the face of television and transformed our culture with The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.
The creator of Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In TV series in the 1960s, 15-time Emmy winner George Schlatter, admired Tom for always taking risks with his comedy.
The Smothers Brothers worked together for their six-decade career. They starred in The Smothers Brothers Show, a sitcom from 1965 to 1966, and The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, a TV variety show from 1967 to 1969.
Their shows featured music and comedy. Tom played guitar, and Dick played stand-up bass, and they were famous for their constant, and hilarious bickering.
Tom is survived by his wife, Marcy Carriker, and their children, Bo and Riley Rose Smothers. A private memorial service for family and friends is being scheduled for 2024.