Louis Nye (1913 - 2005)

Louis Nye
1913 - 2005
updated February 06, 2019
Louis Nye was born on May 1, 1913. He died on October 9, 2005 at 92 years of age. We know that Louis Nye had been residing in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles County, California 90272.

Louis Nye
Born May 1, 1913 in Hartford, Connecticut, USA
Died October 9, 2005 in Los Angeles, California, USA (lung cancer)
Birth Name Louis Neistat
He 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. Louis Nye (first name pronounced Louie) was a master at sketch comedy, foreign accents and the quicksilver ad lib. Born To Russian-Jewish émigrés in Hartford, Connecticut, he initially joined a troupe called the Hartford Players. Eventually he moved to New York and found work on radio and in musical revues. At his peak, he divided himself equally on stage, clubs, radio, films, comedy albums and TV, but it was the last medium that tapped into his talents best during the "Golden Age."
He broke into the big time when he earned a regular gig on Steve Allen's comedy show during the mid-50's "Golden Age". His best known character, hands down, was the droll, effete country-club braggart Gordon Hathaway with the forlorn-looking eyebrows whose off-the-cuff catchphrase salutation to Allen, "Hi, ho, Steverino!" continues to have life in various shapes and forms even today; most notoriously Rob Schneider's Richard, the "makin' copies" character from SNL. On occasion Louis was allowed some stretch in the acting department, playing it rougher and tougher, but, for the most part, his gents were more mincing than menacing.
The movies never made full use of his comic potential. Most of his parts were little more than flashy, extended cameos, some better than others. Often the unctuous con man, leering neighbor or opportunistic Madison Avenue executive, his movie credits include The Facts of Life (1960), The Wheeler Dealers (1963), Good Neighbor Sam (1964), A Guide for the Married Man (1967), Harper Valley P.T.A. (1978) and Cannonball Run II (1984).
As for TV sitcoms, he was always the second-banana, never the head cheese. Over the years Louis bolstered most of Hollywood's star comedians including Lucille Ball, Bob Hope, Jimmy Durante, Bill Cosby, and Jonathan Winters. He played the spoiled rich boy Sonny Drysdale, an extension of his Hathaway character, on The Beverly Hillbillies (1962), and, most recently, Jeff Garlin's dad on Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000), both characters pure Nye. Working in night clubs and TV until just a few years ago, he died at age 92 on October 9, 2005, of lung cancer. He was survived by his wife, Anita Leonard, a pianist and songwriter who penned the standard "A Sunday Kind of Love," and son Peter, an artist.
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Anita Leonard (1947 - 9 October 2005) ( his death) ( 1 child)
Destiny led Louis to meet Carl Reiner while entertaining troops in World War II. Both had entered the Army as regular soldiers, but due to their talents were soon assigned to Special Services, performing in shows across the Pacific. The day they met heralded a turning point in modern comedy. Together they developed a mutual magic for original, entertaining sketches that carried them into their long comedic careers.
Was one of the three "men on the street" on Steve Allen's show. The other two were Don Knotts and Tom Poston.
He died at his home in Los Angeles after a long battle with lung cancer.
He had a son, Peter, with his wife, Anita.
Personal Quotes
I couldn't make the Dramatic Club [in high school] because my algebra was so bad."
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.
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Louis Nye passed away on October 9, 2005 at age 92. He was born on May 1, 1913. We are unaware of information about Louis's immediate family. We know that Louis Nye had been residing in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles County, California 90272.
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In 1913, in the year that Louis Nye was born, ratified in February the 16th Amendment, establishing a Federal income tax, became law. Previously, customs duties (tariffs) and excise taxes were the primary sources of federal revenue. With the passage of the 16th Amendment, incomes of couples exceeding $4,000, as well as those of single persons earning $3,000 or more, were subject to a 1% Federal tax (that would be about $98,000 and $74,000 now). Rates rose to 7% for incomes over half a million dollars. Less than 1% of the population was subject to income tax.

In 1944, when he was 31 years old, on November 7th, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was reelected to a fourth term as President of the United States. Running against Thomas Dewey, Governor of New York, Roosevelt won 53.4 of the popular vote, Dewey got 45.9%.

In 1959, he was 46 years old when on August 8th, Hawaii became the 50th state of the United States. The US flag was changed to show 50 stars.

In 1983, by the time he was 70 years old, physicist Sally K. Ride, 32, became the first US woman astronaut in space as a crew member aboard space shuttle Challenger on June 18th. She was also the youngest (32) astronaut to go into space. Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova was the first woman in space in 1963.

In 1992, Louis was 79 years old when on February 1st, US President George Bush and President Boris Yeltsin of Russia jointly announced an end to the Cold War, proclaiming a new era of "friendship and partnership". At Camp David in Maryland, they reviewed ways to jointly reduce nuclear arms and support reforms in Russia but no agreement was reached at that meeting.

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