'Jimmy Kimmel' mourns the loss of 'Uncle Frank'
August 23rd, 2011
05:20 PM ET

'Jimmy Kimmel' mourns the loss of 'Uncle Frank'

Jimmy Kimmel's “Uncle Frank” Potenza has passed away at the age of 77, ABC confirms to CNN.

Kimmel’s uncle was a security guard for the show and contributed "great moments" on-air for nine years.

“It is with great sadness that the staff and crew of ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ mourn the loss of ‘Uncle Frank’ Potenza,” the show says in a statement. “He was beloved by his co-workers and considered an Uncle to all.” Potenza was a Korean War veteran who served 20 years as a New York City police officer. He worked for 20 years as a security guard at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas and five years at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York before joining Kimmel’s talk show in 2003.

“Uncle Frank” leaves behind his three daughters, as well as newborn granddaughter Franki. “His kindness and humor will be missed by everyone he touched,” says a rep for the show.

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  4. Clarice C.

    Everyone should have an Uncle Frank in their lives. What a dynomite smile. The man was a jewel and will truly be missed. RIP sir. We will miss you.

    August 27, 2011 at 3:37 am | Report abuse |
  5. nancy lou

    earthquakes, hurricanes, war, and uncle frank dies my prayers are for you and your family, but watch out as your life is affected by having uncle frank as a guarding angel. laughing thinking about it in leary, texas

    August 25, 2011 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  6. Pat Rizzo

    I worked with Frank at Caesars Palace during the 1980s. He was so sweet and very funny. I will miss him.

    August 25, 2011 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
  7. @buddy

    U r a idiot. Worms ? What a disrespectfull thing to say. What do u think caskets r for ? Did u know that caskets go into a vault. Vaults r water proof and worm proof. Then they gey buried. I hope u get thrown into a cardboard box-"here wormy wormy" ! RIP UNCLE FRANK, you truly will be missed.

    August 25, 2011 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
  8. billy Jester

    I heard that Uncle Frank is going to be replaced by ABDULLAH THE BUTCHER. While it it a great loss, I am confident that ABDULLAH can do the job.

    August 25, 2011 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |
  9. Keithmiester

    Thanks for being you. Many many times you made me laugh when I thought I couldn't. I will miss my late night uncle.

    August 25, 2011 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
  10. T

    He was funny.

    August 24, 2011 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  11. zoundsman

    He did have an "everybody's uncle" kind of aura about him. He fit right in the gags.
    Sorry to hear- he'll be missed when I tune in.

    August 24, 2011 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |

    NOT FIRST!!!!!

    August 24, 2011 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  13. georgia lady

    I like the kindness between Jimmy and Uncle Frank. If Uncle Frank messed up, Jimmy covered for him. I enjoyed the Uncle Frank segments, I will miss Uncle Frank.

    August 24, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Joe here in Colorado

    LOVED Uncle Frank. RIP, my man.

    August 24, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  15. WMesser58

    Damn, that is sad. You will be missed you inspired people with your kindness. With my Deepest Respect.

    August 24, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Buddy

    May the worms find your meat sweet. RIP. First!

    August 24, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  17. izzy

    Uncle Frank was probably the one and only reason why I would tolerate the JK show. He seemed to be considerate and respectful of others people feelings when everybody else on the show would do anything for laughs/ratings. RIP Uncle Frank and I hope that some of your kindness rubs off onto your nephew, Jimmy...

    August 24, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • billy Jester

      there is nothing unkind or insensitive about Jimmy you idiot, in-bred, moron. Go talk it over with your mother/sister and maybe he can set you straight. Your family structure has a lot in common with the late Bobby Darin's.

      August 25, 2011 at 7:48 am | Report abuse |
  18. Squincher

    My condolences to Jimmy Kimmel and his family. Uncle Frank really made the show a lot of fun and had great chemistry with Jimmy, Cousin Sal, Cleto and Guillermo. It was a blast watching him on the show!

    Sure are gonna miss ya Uncle Frank. God rest your soul.

    August 24, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Michael Karam

    Uncle Frank was a good man with lots of personality. It was a pleasure to get to know him during our tv shows at the 2004 Emmy Awards. Rest in peace, Uncle Frank.

    August 24, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Delaware Deb

    Thank you for sharring your life with us...May God welcome you into the Kingdom of Heaven.

    August 24, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  21. George Sales

    Uncle Frank, you brought a smile to my face. Rest eternal.

    August 24, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |


    August 24, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  23. conrad Franks

    My condolences to the Kimmbel family.

    August 24, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  24. vatoloke

    Someone! Anyone! Please say it ain't so!!!

    August 24, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Wayne

    So sad. Great show.. Great Uncle.. Nice/Cool Security Guard.


    August 24, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  26. My Condolences

    I am with you, Jimmy and Mr. Potenza's family, in your time of loss. "Uncle Frank" was a cheery, friendly, and very nice person whom everyone liked to see and hear. I admired his tenacity and strength but his humor kept him going right to the end. He will be missed by many a heart but will live on in spirit in the Jimmy Kimmel show!

    August 24, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Earl Curl

    Didn't see this coming, he made for great laughter

    August 24, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Pauk Schneeiderman

    I am extremely sad at the passing of Frank Potenza. I knew for some time that Frank was feeling unwell, and thought that he rebounded nicely. I offer my condolences to Jimmy, his mother, dad and kids and family.

    August 24, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  29. RAWoD

    Sorry Jimmie. I sincerely hope you'll mount your high horse to give your eulogy to Uncle Frank. He would have liked that.

    August 24, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Joe San Antonio

    May you rest in peace Uncle Frank!!! We all missed you.

    August 24, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Curtis

    Condolences to Kimmel and the whole crew. Thank you for sharing your Uncle Frank on the show, he was a great person, a wonderful character, and will be missed.
    Bless you all.

    August 24, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Aunt Chippy

    Aunt Chippy is very happy to hear this.

    August 24, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  33. judy

    RIP "Uncle Frank" – sorry for your loss

    August 24, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  34. MikeB

    Uncle Frank was great. I loved when Jimmy sent him out to do red carpet interviews. It was hiliarious when he tried telling Michael Caine about how many people they knew in common from Frank's days at Caesar's Palace and greatly annoyed Caine.

    August 24, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  35. shackdelrio

    Seemed like a nice guy. RIP.

    August 24, 2011 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  36. jmarlowe

    He will be missed greatly!

    August 24, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |

    rip uncle frank

    you losers that keep trying to be first need to get a frickin life

    August 24, 2011 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  38. jojo

    surprized - he looked very healhty senior citizen to me

    August 24, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • D

      Well, he sort of disappeared off of the show for a while, and when he came back, I thought he looked a lot thinner. Sometimes that is not a good sign in the elderly.

      August 24, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  39. erich2112x

    We love you Uncle Frank. Peace on the other side. You're nephew is a funny guy, we'll look out for him while your gone.

    August 24, 2011 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  40. mjh

    amazing what a person can do when they put their mind to it !

    August 24, 2011 at 4:50 am | Report abuse |
  41. fringie

    thats so sad 😥 Rip

    August 24, 2011 at 1:15 am | Report abuse |


    August 24, 2011 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |

    we need good old mom and pops back RIP! MY CONDOLANCES....................

    August 24, 2011 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
  44. Anomic Office Drone

    That's a tragedy. Uncle Frank segments were some of the best on the show. He will be remembered fondly.

    August 23, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Azlina

    I'm so sorry to hear that. My condolences to his family and friends. I'm sure he will be missed by all.

    August 23, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  46. starrfire

    My condolences to the family of Uncle Frank....RIP

    August 23, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  47. FIX IN TX

    My condolences to the Jimmy Kimmel Show staff & the Potenza & Kimmel families. He sounded like a hard working man until the end ~ a true role model for all. May the family let little Franki know what kind of an extraordinary man she had for a grandfather. RIP UNCLE FRANK!

    August 23, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Josie

    Aww uncle frank died, sorry to hear that.

    August 23, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Vibecat

    Offering my condolences, too. He will surely be missed. I loved him on Kimmel!

    August 23, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Reyna

    You'll be missed Uncle Frank.

    August 23, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Dr. Dil Ahmad

    May he rest in peace. He was a sweet personality.

    August 23, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Mr. Rogers

    Let me be the FIRST to say we will miss you, Uncle Frank.

    August 23, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr. Rogers

      Obviously missed it by nanoseconds, but I did get here before you, sir. Ahem.

      August 23, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Slow Typer

      Well Obviously you need to work on your typing skills Mr. Rogers.

      August 24, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheGoldenPheasant

      Serves you right for trying to do the inane "first" thing. Scourge of messaging boards everywhere. Pull yourself together.

      August 24, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Private Dick

      Mr. Rogers, your failure wasn't in being second, but trying to be first. Tool.

      August 25, 2011 at 1:18 am | Report abuse |
  53. Vip

    My condolensces to the family.

    August 23, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |

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