LOS ANGELES -- Associated Press

Jackie Vernon, 62, a comic who entertained generations on national televison and on Las Vegas stages with his odd-ball look at life delivered with a droll monotone, died Nov. 10 at his home in Hollywood after an apparent heart attack.

He played the loser, a comedic doormat. "One of his standard routines was to pull out a little frog clicker and pretend he was narrating a slide show, 'Here is my wife,' " entertainer Steve Allen said. Another trademark was to say: "You had to be there," after telling a story.

Mr. Vernon's first national exposure was in the 1960s on "The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson," and from there he made regular appearances on the "Merv Griffin Show," "Dean Martin Show," "The Golddiggers" and "The Garry Moore Show."

He also was the voice of Frosty the Snowman in several animated holiday shows and appeared in the 1971 movie "The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight." He recently had a part in the movie "Amazon Women from the Moon."

He made three comedy record albums: "A Wet Bird Never Flies at Night," "The Day My Rocking Horse Died" and "Sex Is Not Hazardous to Your Health."