Video: Kimmel's Tearful Tribute to Uncle Frank

Jimmy Kimmel on Tuesday night paid a tear-filled tribute to Frank “Uncle Frank” Potenza, who passed away last month at the age of 77.

Potenza had joined his real-life nephew on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live back in 2003, after two decades as a New York City police officer. “Thanks to those of you who watch for indulging me… and letting me put my crazy uncle on TV,” Kimmel said at the close of a long monologue recounting Potenza’s life, lawman career, and time with the show.

We’re waiting on a video of the full monologue, but in the meantime here’s Kimmel’s closing words and the Uncle Frank montage:



Comments (11)

  • I cried through the whole thing. What a wonderful tribute to a wonderful, sweet man. Miss you, Uncle Frank. I hope you got your answer. =) (There really are a lot of species of animals.)

    Comment by KristianB – September 7, 2011 08:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Made me tear up. :(

    Comment by Kim R – September 7, 2011 08:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Such a beautiful tribute with the right amount of humor to make it even more touching. We will all miss Uncle Frank. RIP.

    Comment by Patty – September 7, 2011 09:22 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Jimmy thanked everyone for letting him put his Uncle Frank on TV. It’s we who should thank him for sharing his Uncle Frank with us.

    Comment by Rowan – September 7, 2011 09:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I agree. This was the perfect tribute

    Comment by Cindy – September 7, 2011 09:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I agree with Rowan!
    Rest in peace Uncle Frank!

    Comment by Julie – September 7, 2011 10:09 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • A great tribute to a great man, Uncle Frank will be missed.

    Comment by Scott – September 7, 2011 11:15 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • That was absolutely beautiful! What an amazing tribute!

    Comment by Cathy – September 7, 2011 11:38 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Full monologue is up.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LD4iBq_U088

    Comment by Daniel – September 8, 2011 12:39 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Now,that’s a tribute.

    Comment by @alvnjsph – September 8, 2011 09:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
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