Comic actor Alan Sues, most famous for his work as a member of the comic ensemble that made up “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In,” has died at the age of 85 of an apparent heart attack, reports the Hollywood Reporter.
Sues was a regular on the NBC comedy show from 1968 through 1971 alongside many comic greats including Goldie Hawn, Lily Tomlin, Ruth Buzzi, Arte Johnson, Henry Gibson and Jo Anne Worley.
Sues left “Laugh-In” one year before the show’s final season.
His recurring characters on “Laugh-In” included outrageous and campy personalities like Big Al the Sportscaster and Uncle Al the Kiddie’s Pal.
Sues began his career on the stage, appearing on Broadway in the “Tea and Sympathy.”
From there he moved to stand-up comedy, eventually landing the gig on “Laugh-In” after being spotted by producer George Schlatter while he was performing in an off-Broadway musical called “The Mad Show.”
He moved on to other acting gigs after “Laugh-In,” including TV roles on “Punky Brewster,” “The Brady Brides,” and “Fantasy Island.”
Sues recently recorded an audiobook titled “Oh, Nothing…,” featuring stories and jokes spanning his five-decade career, slated to be released in 2011 on iTunes.
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