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Alan Sues, the sometimes flamboyant castmember of the popular NBC comedy series, died on Thursday, December 1st. Sues was 85 years old and passed away from an apparent heart attack at his home in West Hollywood. He appeared on Broadway before and after Laugh-In and guested on shows like The Brady Brides, Punky Brewster, The Wild, Wild West, The Twilight Zone, and Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. Sues is survived by his sister-in-law, Yvonne.
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Alan Sues, a regular on 'Laugh-In,' has died. He was 85.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Sues died Thurs., Dec. 1 at night while watching TV.
"He had been in failing health the last couple of years, but it was nothing you could put your finger on; just old age," Michael Gregg Michaud, a longtime friend, told the La Times. "Mentally, he was funny and 'on' as usual. He was a delightfully funny man, with a wonderful career that spanned six decades."
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The entertainer died on Thursday night at his home in Los Angeles, according to a statement posted on his website.
Sues shot to fame as part of American TV show Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In which aired from 1968 to 1972, and he became well known for playing eccentric characters.
His longtime friend Michael Gregg Michaud says, "He had been in failing health the last couple of years, but it was nothing you could put your finger on; just old age. Mentally, he was funny and 'on' as usual. He was a delightfully funny man, with a wonderful career that spanned six decades."
Sues died of cardiac arrest on Thursday at his home in West Hollywood, Michael Gregg Michaud, a friend since 1975, told The Associated Press.
"He was sitting in a recliner watching TV with his dachshund Doris who he loved in his lap," Michaud said.
Sues had various health problems in the last several years, but the death came as a shock to friends, Michaud said. He was 85.
A native Californian who moved to New York in 1952, Sues began his career as a serious actor and in 1953 appeared in director Elia Kazan's "Tea and Sympathy" on Broadway.
But he would be remembered for his wild comic characters.
They included "Big Al," an effeminate sportscaster, and "Uncle Al the Kiddies Pal,
Alan Sues, a regular on the ground-breaking Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In series, has died at age 85. Although Sues never officially said he was gay at the time, he was one of the first mainstream performers to proudly portray effeminate characters on mainstream TV shows. By 1968, when Laugh-In premiered, societal values were radically changing, allowing Sues and other cast members to be themselves. Sues specialized in playing flamboyant characters including Uncle Al, the Kiddies' Pal, a drunken and rude host of a children's TV show. Sues' personality fit well into the "anything goes" mix of the Laugh-In jokes and crazy characters. He stayed with the show through 1972. He also appeared in classic TV series such as The Wild, Wild West and The Twilight Zone. He played Prof. Moriarty in the acclaimed 1975 Broadway production of Sherlock Holmes. Click here for more.
Sues passed away at his Los Angeles home yesterday.
Known to the mainstream audience mainly for his hilarious stint on "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In", Alan touched our genre twice: once in 1995 in the television remake of A Bucket of Blood and more famously for his role as Wilfred Harper, Jr., in the ultra creepy episode of "The Twilight Zone" entitled The Masks.
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