( b. Mar 27, 1926 Ross, California, USA - d. Dec 01, 2011 ) Male
Alan Sues, who found fame in the late '60s for his zany performances on the free-form television comedy "Rowan & Martinís Laugh-In," passed away Los Angeles.
Mr. Sues was part of the in-house crew of cut-ups that soared to fame when "Laugh-In," caught a cultural wave and rode it not only to success but societal relevance. Among his colleagues were Goldie Hawn, Henry Gibson, Ruth Buzzi, Jo Anne Worley, Lily Tomlin.
Mr. Sues made his Broadway debut in the hit 1953 stage play Tea and Sympathy, which was directed by Elia Kazan. In 1966, he appeared with future "Laugh-In" colleague Jo Anne Worley in the Off-Broadway hit musical revue "The Mad Show." Producer George Schlatter noticed his work and cast him in Edie Adamsí Las Vegas act and later "Laugh-In."
Following his success on "Laugh-In," Mr. Sues was typecast as a crazy comic. He played Prof. Moriarty in the 1974 Broadway production of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. In the 1990s, he portrayed the elocution teacher in a touring production of Singin' in the Rain. In 1998, he appeared in a one-man show called Two for the Show.
He was born on March 7, 1926, in Ross, CA. Mr. Sues served in the Army in WWII, and used his veteransí benefits to pay for acting lessons at the Pasadena Playhouse.
Though Mr. Sues was gay, he was at one time married to Phyllis Gehrig, a dancer and actress. They divorced in 1958. In a New York Times obituary for Mr. Sues, friend and administrator Michael Michaud said the actor's appearances on "Laugh-In" "were an inspiration to many viewers when they were young, as he was the only gay man they could see on television at the time."