Alan Sues, best known as a flamboyant cast member on “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In,” has died. He was 85.
Sues passed away at his Thursday home in Los Angeles.
“We lost a very funny man last night, our dear friend Alan Sues, whom you may remember as the funny sportscaster on ‘Laugh-In,’ ” fellow cast member Ruth Buzzi posted on Twitter. “Alan Sues was one of those guys even funnier in person than on camera. Across a dinner table, over the phone…hysterical. We’ll miss him.”
Sues portrayed an array of characters on “Laugh-In” between 1968 and 1971, including Uncle Al the Kiddies’ Pal, a hung-over children’s entertainer; and Big Al, a flamboyant sportscaster more interested in the colors of uniforms rather than the day’s action. Sues left the show before its last season.
Sues was born March 7, 1926, in Ross, Calif. He served in the Army during World War II, performed at the Pasadena Playhouse in the late 1940s and made his Broadway debut in “Tea and Sympathy” in the early 1950s.
Sues also began performing as a stand-up comedian in New York in the 1950s. Prior to “Laugh-In,” he appeared in “The Americanization of Emily,” “Move Over Darling” and a memorable role in “The Masks,” an episode of “The Twilight Zone.”
Sues played Moriarty in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s revival of William Gillette’s “Sherlock Holmes” in 1975. He also appeared in TV series “The Brady Brides,” “Punky Brewster” and “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch” along with television commercials for Peter Pan Peanut Butter in the 1970s.
Sues has been working on an audio book release titled “Oh, nothing…” He described the project on his website as “a collection of show stories, personal anecdotes and whatever else happened to enter my mind at the time of recording.”