LOS ANGELES -- Charlie Foy, the second oldest of vaudeville's 'Seven Little Foys,' died at Cedars-Sinai, a spokesman for the hospital said Thursday. He was 86.
Foy, who died Wednesday, had been admitted Saturday and diagnosed as suffering from sepsis, a toxic blood disease. The cause of his death was described by a family member as complications due to old age.
The Foys, called the 'royal family of vaudeville,' performed a song and dance act that toured theaters across the nation from 1916 to 1928.
The saga of the family was brought to the screen in the 'The Seven Little Foys,' starring Bob Hope, in 1954. Charlie Foy provided the film's voice-over narration.
Of Irish-Italian descent, Foy debuted with his family at Hammerstein's Theatre in New York at the age of 11. The novelty of having an entire family appear on the stage encouraged their father Eddie Sr., a successful entertainer in his own right, to take the family on national tour.
Their popular stage act continued until Foy Sr.'s death in 1928.
Family members said that during World War II, Foy worked with Ronald Reagan making training films for the armed forces at the Hal Roach Studios in Culver City, Calif.
'They fought the battle of Culver City together,' his niece Madeline O'Donnell told UPI.
'Despite his illnesses, including a bout with pneumonia and arteriosclerosis, he kept his sense of humor until the end,' she said.
Charlie, his youngest brother Irving and sister Mary later opened Charlie Foy's Supper Club in the suburban San Fernando Valley. Another brother, Dick, became a theater manager in Dallas.
The best known of the younger generation, Eddie Foy Jr., went on to a successful career in films and TV. He died in 1983. Foy is survived by his wife Sarah. The couple had no children. Funeral arrangements are pending.