Corbett Monica, a comedian and actor who opened for Frank Sinatra and other big-name singers and was a regular on the "Joey Bishop Show," has died. He was 68.

Monica died Wednesday at home from cancer, his family said.Born in New York, Monica dropped out of high school in St. Louis and began working in the city's clubs. While in the Army, he entertained at USO clubs.

He went on to appear 18 times on "The Ed Sullivan Show" and was a frequent guest host on the "Tonight" show for Johnny Carson. He also appeared on shows hosted by Merv Griffin, Mike Douglas and Perry Como.