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Ice comedian "Mr Frick" dies at 92

Werner Groebli, a Swiss-born ice skating comedian popular for years in the United States, has died. He was 92.

This content was published on April 21, 2008 - 14:52

One half of the "Frick and Frack" duo, Groebli was credited with making 15,000 appearances with the US-based Ice Follies from 1939 to 1981. He also appeared on US television's variety Ed Sullivan Show.

For many Americans half a century ago, Frick and Frack was a term meaning inseparable partners.

Groebli, the Frick of the team, who took his name from a small village in Switzerland, originated the "Cantilever spread-eagle skating movement" in which he skated with his toes pointing in opposite directions as he leaned backward a foot above the ice.

"He remained a comedian with all his heart and soul until the end," the death notice said.

Groebli died in Zollikerberg, Zurich, on April 14 a week short of his 93rd birthday, according to the family announcement in Zurich newspapers.

His Swiss partner as Mr Frack, Hans Rudolf Mauch, died in 1979.

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