Albert Hague

Albert Hague

Highest Rated: 81% Fame (1980)

Lowest Rated: 29% Nightmares (1983)

Birthday: Oct 13, 1920

Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

Although he achieved late-in-life fame as the white bearded, bespectacled and eccentric Professor Shorofsky in both the film and TV series "Fame," Albert Hague had already achieved success as a composer for stage and screen. When one considers that he spoke no English when he arrived in the USA in 1939 as an emigre from Germany, his success is quite amazing. He was born Albert Marcuse in Berlin, the son of a psychiatrist and a chess champion, who was a musical prodigy. By the time his family had settled in America and he had been adopted by his stepfather, Hague was concentrating on a career as a classical pianist. He studied in Rome and earned a scholarship to the University of Cincinnati. During WWII, he served in the US Army's special services band. After the war, Hague settled in NYC but it was Cleveland that saw his first produced stage show, "Reluctant Lady," in 1948. (The leading lady Renee Orin was to become Mrs. Hague.) Later that year, he debuted on Broadway with incidental music for "The Madwoman of Chaillot" but it was several years before he enjoyed his first major success, the 1955 musical "Plain and Fancy" about the Amish, which yielded the lovely standard "Young and Foolish." Hague had his biggest success with the Tony-winning murder mystery musical "Redhead" (1959). Following that, his stage career petered out, as shows like "The Fig Leaves Are Falling" (1969) and "Miss Moffatt" (1974) proved unsuccessful. Hague did have one other major achievement that is perhaps his best-known work: the score to the perennial holiday special "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" (originally aired on CBS in 1966).

Highest rated movies




No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder or Memory? A Moment of Truth Movie Dr. Zeller (Character) - 1994
29% 31% Nightmares Mel Keefer (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet Not Just Another Affair Professor Zakall (Character) - 1982
81% 69% Fame Mr. Shorofsky (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Funniest Man in the World Original Music - 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jane Original Music - 1962


No Score Yet No Score Yet Hotel Ben Garfield (Guest Star) 1983 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fame Mr. Benjamin Shorofsky (Character) 1982-1987
No Score Yet 82% Amazing Stories Unknown (Character) 1986