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Louis Nye (1913–2005)

Louis Nye was one of those delightfully pretentious comic actors you loved to hate, his flip manner and faux rich boy arrogance possessing his characters no matter what social stature they were. Nye (first name pronounced Louie) was a master at sketch comedy, foreign accents and the quicksilver ad lib. Born to Russian Jewish emigrant parents in ... See full bio »

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Known For

Curb Your Enthusiasm Jeff Greene's Dad
Alice in Wonderland The Carpenter
Cannonball Run II Fisherman #3


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 2000-2002 Curb Your Enthusiasm (TV Series)
Jeff Greene's Dad
- The Grand Opening (2002) ... Jeff Greene's Dad
- Thor (2001) ... Jeff Greene's Dad
- Beloved Aunt (2000) ... Jeff Greene's Dad
- Porno Gil (2000) ... Jeff Greene's Dad
- The Pants Tent (2000) ... Jeff Greene's Dad
 1999 Inspector Gadget: Gadget's Greatest Gadgets (Video)
M.A.D Agents (segments "The Capeman Cometh" & "Gadget's Gadgets") (voice)
 1987-1988 St. Elsewhere (TV Series)
Dr. Milton Axelrod
- The Abby Singer Show (1988) ... Dr. Milton Axelrod
- Schwarzwald (1987) ... Dr. Milton Axelrod
 1987 Foofur (TV Series)
- Annabell Gets Framed/Scary Harry (1987) ... (voice)
- Look Homeward, Foofur (1987) ... (voice)
- Fencer Gets Soul/You Bet Your Life (1987) ... (voice)
- Rocki's Big Fib/Bye, Bye, Birdie (1987) ... (voice)
- Annabell Goes Punk/Puppy Love (1987) ... (voice)
 1987 The Cosby Show (TV Series)
Norman Kirby
- Where's Rudy? (1987) ... Norman Kirby
 1987 The Real Ghostbusters (TV Series)
Charles Foster Hearse III
- Ghostbuster of the Year (1987) ... Charles Foster Hearse III (voice)
 1979-1987 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Louis Nye / Roger Garrett / Fred Peters / ...
- Who Killed Maxwell Thorn? (1987) ... Louis Nye
- Good Time Girls/Iron Man/Soap War (1985) ... Roger Garrett
- Aquaphobiac/Humpty Dumpty/The Starmaker (1981) ... Glenn Dobson
- Trial Romance/Never Say Goodbye/A New Woman (1979) ... Barney Briscoe
 1986 The Amazing Adventures of Inspector Gadget (Video)
The Great Wambini (segments "The Great Wambini's Seance" & "Magic Gadget") (voice)
 1985 O.C. and Stiggs
Garth Sloan
 1985 Alice in Wonderland (TV Mini Series)
The Carpenter
- Part 2 - Through the Looking-Glass (1985) ... The Carpenter
 1985 Trapper John, M.D. (TV Series)
Marty Slaughter
- A Wheel in a Wheel (1985) ... Marty Slaughter
 1985 Inspector Gadget (TV Series)
Dr. Spectrum / The Great Wambini / Professor Doomkauf / ...
- Crashcourse in Crime (1985) ... M.A.D Agent (voice)
- Busy Signal (1985) ... Dr. Spectrum (voice)
- Ghost Catchers (1985) ... Dr. Spectrum (voice)
- Bad Dreams Are Made of This (1985) ... Dr. Spectrum (voice)
- Wambini Predicts (1985) ... The Great Wambini (voice)
 1984 Cannonball Run II
Fisherman #3
 1983 The Great Bear Scare (TV Movie)
Dracula (voice)
 1982 I've Had It Up to Here (TV Movie)
 1981 Full Moon High
 1981 The Reluctant Dragon (Short)
St. George (voice)
 1981 CBS Library (TV Series)
St. George
- Misunderstood Monsters (1981) ... St. George (voice)
 1980 Here's Boomer (TV Series)
- Boomer and Miss 21st Century (1980) ... Painter
 1978 Li'l Abner in the Dogpatch Today (TV Movie)
General Bullmoose
 1978 Harper Valley P.T.A.
Kirby Baker
 1978 The Rita Moreno Show (TV Movie)
Mr. Gladstone
 1978 Fantasy Island (TV Series)
Mr. Milbanks
- Treasure Hunt/Beauty Contest (1978) ... Mr. Milbanks
 1977 Police Woman (TV Series)
Myron Drew
- Ambition (1977) ... Myron Drew
 1977 Charge of the Model T's
Fred Smith
 1977 Starsky and Hutch (TV Series)
 1977 Laverne & Shirley (TV Series)
Mr. Clark
- Guilty Until Proven Not Innocent (1977) ... Mr. Clark
 1976 Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood
Radio Interviewer
 1975 Laugh Back (TV Series)
Gordon Hathaway
 1973-1974 Needles and Pins (TV Series)
Harry Karp
- With Such Enemies (1974) ... Harry Karp
- No Way to Treat a Relative (1974) ... Harry Karp
- King for a Day (1974) ... Harry Karp
- Charlie's Ego Trip (1974) ... Harry Karp
- A Girl Has a Right (1973) ... Harry Karp
 1974 The City That Forgot About Christmas (TV Movie)
Henchman (voice)
 1974 Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus (TV Short)
Lee Fong (voice)
 1972 Love, American Style (TV Series)
Mr. Stevens (segment "Love and the Happy Unhappy Couple")
 1971 Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (TV Series)
Guest Performer
- Claudine Longet, Marcello Mastroianni, Louis Nye (1971) ... Guest Performer (uncredited)
 1969 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (TV Series)
Roach Holder / Self
 1969 That's Life (TV Series)
 1967 A Guide for the Married Man
Technical Adviser (uncredited)
 1967 The Phyllis Diller Show (TV Series)
- The House Is Not a Zoo (1967) ... Bertie
 1966 The Jackie Gleason Show (TV Series)
Gaylord Farquhar
- The Honeymooners: The Honeymooners in England (1966) ... Gaylord Farquhar
 1966 The Munsters (TV Series)
- Zombo (1966) ... Zombo
 1962-1966 The Beverly Hillbillies (TV Series)
Sonny Drysdale / Sonny Drysdale, Photographs / Sonny Drysdale, Photograph
- Sonny Drysdale Returns (1966) ... Sonny Drysdale
- Elly Races Jethrine (1962) ... Sonny Drysdale
- Pygmalion and Elly (1962) ... Sonny Drysdale
- Elly's First Date (1962) ... Sonny Drysdale
- Jethro Goes to School (1962) ... Sonny Drysdale, Photographs (uncredited)
 1964-1965 Burke's Law (TV Series)
James Stock / Hooper
- Who Killed the Toy Soldier ? (1965) ... James Stock
- Who Killed Cassandra Cass? (1964) ... Hooper
 1962-1964 The Jack Benny Program (TV Series)
Harvey Hollis Pickering / The Crying Cab Driver
- Wayne Newton Show (1964) ... Harvey Hollis Pickering
- Jack and the Crying Cab Driver (1962) ... The Crying Cab Driver
 1964 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series)
Mickey Marshall / Jack Roberts
- Think Pretty (1964) ... Mickey Marshall
- Her School for Bachelors (1964) ... Jack Roberts
 1964 Good Neighbor Sam
Reinhold Shiffner
 1964 The Lieutenant (TV Series)
Kevin Green
- Tour of Duty (1964) ... Kevin Green
 1963 Who's Been Sleeping in My Bed?
Harry Tobler
 1963 The Wheeler Dealers
 1963 The Stripper
Ronnie Cavendish
 1963 Alcoa Premiere (TV Series)
- This Will Kill You (1963) ... Larry
 1962 Zotz!
Hugh Fundy (uncredited)
 1962 The Danny Thomas Show (TV Series)
Herman Halper
- Bunny Cooks a Meal (1962) ... Herman Halper
 1960-1961 The Ann Sothern Show (TV Series)
Dr. Delbert Gray
- The Invitation (1961) ... Dr. Delbert Gray
- The Beginning (1961) ... Dr. Delbert Gray
- The Wedding (1961) ... Dr. Delbert Gray
- Vamp 'Til Ready (1961) ... Dr. Delbert Gray
- Two's Company (1961) ... Dr. Delbert Gray
 1961 Guestward Ho! (TV Series)
King Cool
- The Beatniks (1961) ... King Cool
 1961 The Last Time I Saw Archie
Pvt. Sam Beacham
 1960 The Dinah Shore Chevy Show (TV Series)
the Genie
- Arabian Nights (1960) ... the Genie
 1960 The Facts of Life
Hamilton Busbee
 1960 Sex Kittens Go to College
Dr. Ernest Zorch
 1959 Naked City (TV Series)
The Drunk
- The Bloodhounds (1959) ... The Drunk
 1956 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
 1955 One Touch of Venus (TV Movie)
Dr. Rook
 1953 Medallion Theatre (TV Series)
 1949 The Admiral Broadway Revue (TV Series)
Sam the Window Washer
- Sing in a New Day (1949) ... Sam the Window Washer (uncredited)
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Show Show Thanks (3 credits)
Show Show Self (108 credits)
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Stage Play: Yellow Jack. Historical drama. Historical drama (This production, arguably a revival, is a shortened version of the original, put together by the actors in "Winged Victory." They gave one performance of the play, inviting critics and other members of the armed forces). Written by Sidney Howard. In collaboration with Paul De ... See more »

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Alternate Names:

Louis & Anita


Anita Leonard  (his death)  (1 child)

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Personal Quote:

I still think of myself as an actor. In the radio days, I was busy playing rotten Nazis, rich uncles and emotional juveniles -- the whole span -- and the only time I tried to be funny was at parties. See more »


Nye met Carl Reiner while entertaining troops in World War II. Both men had entered the Army as regular soldiers, but due to their talents were soon assigned to Special Services, performing in shows across the Pacific. Together they developed a mutual magic for original, entertaining sketches that carried them into their long comedic careers. See more »

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