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Jimmy Kimmel's Uncle Frank Has Died

Potenza (via ABC)
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He was TV personality Jimmy Kimmel's long-standing supporting player in the form of a security guard and the "Jimmy Kimmel Live" host's actual uncle: Frank Potenza, known to most as "Uncle Frank," has died. He was 77. Potenza reportedly died early today, though details have not been made available.

Potenza, who hailed from Brooklyn, New York, served as a NYC police officer for two decades, and worked private security--including for Frank Sinatra in Las Vegas--before going to work for the Kimmel show in 2003.

Often participating in comedy bits, Potenza would appear in skits and get sent off on adventures, including with his now ex-wife "Aunt Chippy."