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Professor Irwin Corey was not only an intellectual, but he was also a comedian, actor and liberal activist. He has been patrolling Manhattan’s East 35th Street for 17 years, collecting small amounts of money from the people who unknowingly gave to a once very well-known man.
In fact he is not even homeless, despite his scruffy, scrawny appearance, but has an apartment in an affluent area of New York which he believes to be worth $3.5million.
His reasons for posing as a homeless down-and-outer and hassling drivers for change are two-fold: Since his wife of seventy years Fran died in May he said it helps beat the loneliness.
Since he doesn’t need the money, he donates all of his earnings, sometime even $250/day, to a charity located in Cuba that buys medical supplies for the children there.
He has had a career since a VERY young age, and has worked alongside many well-known personalities, such as Jackie Gleason and Woody Allen. He also appeared on The Late Night with David Letterman. He hasn’t stopped yet and still continues to perform.
Mr Corey has cultivated his ‘professor’ charade since the 1940s, with his trademark black tails, a string tie, high-top sneakers and scarecrow hairdo.
Though his stage persona is known more of its witty one-liners, put down of hecklers and nonsensical observations, he is mild-mannered to those who give him money on the street, always expressing gratitude and telling them: ‘See you later, alligator.’
Mr Corey has travelled to Cuba to donate personally, he said, and has photographs on his wall with Fidel Castro, alongside one of him on the David Letterman show in 1982, and with the likes of the comedian Dick Gregory and the actor Ossie Davis.