Rollins passed away at his home in Manhattan, New York on Thursday (18Jun15), his daughter Susan Rollins tells The New York Times.
He started his career in 1951, when he set up a one-man management agency in New York City. He worked with new talent, such as Harry Belafonte, who soon became a superstar thanks to Rollins' guidance.
In the late 1950s, Allen came to Rollins' office hoping to get representation, and the two continued working together for decades. Rollins was even the inspiration of Allen's character in his 1984 film Broadway Danny Rose, in which the manager made a cameo.
Together with longtime partner Charles H. Joffe, who co-produced Allen's movies in the 1970s, he and Rollins became the top managers in the comedy field in the 1960s.
Rollins' partnership with Williams began in the 1970s, helping him claim a role in beloved U.S. sitcom Mork and Mindy. Rollins also served as the executive producer of the NBC network's Late Night With David Letterman for a decade until 1992, shortly before the funnyman moved to rival network CBS to launch The Late Show with David Letterman.
Rollins' impressive roster of artists also included Billy Crystal, Joan Rivers, Tony Bennett, Jim Carrey, DICk Cavett, Diane Keaton and Martin Short.