Comedian Bill Skiles, one half of the Skiles and Henderson comedic team with Newport-Mesa roots who went on to appear on "The Ed Sullivan Show," "The Tonight Show" and other TV programs in the 1960s and 70s, has died. He was 79.
Skiles died of kidney cancer in St. Cloud, Fla., on Monday at a hospice, said Pete Henderson, the other half of the duo, in a phone interview Wednesday from his home in Branson, Mo.
Their partnership started at Disneyland in 1958 and lasted 52 years. The duo last performed in 2010, Henderson said.
When they started out, the two performed at Disneyland for 19 months before moving on to the Sportsman club, on 17th Street and Newport Boulevard in Costa Mesa.
The Sportsman seated between 45 and 50 people, but teemed with patrons while Skiles and Henderson were there. The duo performed in a musical quartet and did comedy routines.