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Louis Nye



Louis (pronounced Louie) Nye was an American comic actor equally at home in theatre, movies or television. His basic characterization as a somewhat fey country-club bon vivant was established when he was a regular on the various '50s TV programs starring Steve Allen. Nye's chipper "Hi, ho, Steverino" became a national catchphrase, and his ability to reduce Allen to helpless giggles with in-joke adlibs remains among the treasured memories of TV's golden age. At the height of his popularity, Nye recorded a few comedy LPs, in which he essayed a variety of characterizations (he was just as persuasive at playing tough hoodlums and peppery senior citizens as he was portraying effeminate swingers). Movies seldom utilized Nye for more than a few minutes at a time, reasoning perhaps that a little of him went a long way; still, he had some prime vignettes in The Facts of Life (1960), The Last Time I Saw Archie (1961), and especially Good Neighbor Sam (1963), in which he played a gadget-laden private eye. Outside of his extensive work with Steve Allen, Nye had regular TV stints on The Ann Sothern Show (1958-61) as dentist Delbert Gray; on Happy Days (1970), not the famous Fonzie-ized sitcom but a summer variety series spoofing the '30s; and on Needles and Pins (1973), as the intrusive brother-in-law of series star Norman Fell. In 1985, Louis Nye popped up as The Carpenter (as in "The Walrus and...") in the all-star TV movie adaptation of Alice in Wonderland.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet O.C. and Stiggs
  • Garth Sloan
1987
No Score Yet Alice in Wonderland
  • Carpenter
1985
13% Cannonball Run II
  • Fisherman
1984
No Score Yet Full Moon High
  • Reverend
1982
No Score Yet Harper Valley P.T.A.
  • Kirby Baker
1978
No Score Yet Charge of the Model T's
  • Actor
1977
No Score Yet Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood
  • Radio Interviewer
1976
No Score Yet Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus
  • Actor
1974
67% A Guide for the Married Man
  • Technical Advisor
1967
No Score Yet Good Neighbor Sam
  • Reinhold Shiffner
1964
No Score Yet Who's Been Sleeping in My Bed?
  • Harry Tobler
1963
No Score Yet The Wheeler Dealers
  • Stanislas
1963
No Score Yet The Stripper
  • Ronnie
1963
No Score Yet Zotz!
  • Hugh Fundy (uncredited)
1962
No Score Yet The Facts of Life
  • Charles Busbee
1960
No Score Yet Sex Kittens Go to College
  • Dr. Zorch
1960
No Score Yet 10 From Your Show Of Shows
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
98% Curb Your Enthusiasm
2000-2011
  • Jeff's Father Jeff's father
Lass es, Larry!
2000-2011
  • Jeff's Father Jeff's father

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