Albert Hague

Composer, Actor, Singer
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 ... Read more »
Born: 10/12/1920 in Berlin, DE

Filmography

Actor (13)

The Story of Us 1999 (Movie)

Doctor Siegler (Actor)

Space Jam 1996 (Movie)

Psychiatrist (Actor)

Playing Dangerous 2 1995 (Movie)

Professor Agranoff (Actor)

1988 Miss USA Pageant 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The Day My Kid Went Punk 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Passions 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Nightmares 1983 (Movie)

Mel Keefer (Actor)

Fame 1980 (Movie)

Shorofsky (Actor)

Fame (TV Show)

Actor

Not Just Another Affair (TV Show)

Actor
Music (3)

The Woods 2005 (Movie)

("Young and Foolish") (Song)

Dr. Seuss' "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" 1966 - 1967 (TV Show)

Music

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Biography

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).

Relationships

Janet Hague

Daughter

Andrew Hague

Son

Eliott Hague

Father
adoptive father lived in Cincinnati offered to adopt Hague so he could attend the University of Cincinnati and legally remain in the USA

Mimi Heller

Mother

Harry Marcuse

Father
died c. 1930

Renee Orin

Wife
met when she was cast a slead in his first produced show in 1948 died of lymphoma on August 26, 2000 at age 73

EDUCATION

studied music in Germany with Arthur Perleberg from 1935 to 1937

University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music

Cincinnati , Ohio 1942
attended on scholarship(Music)

Royal Conservatory of St Cecilia

1938
studied under Dante Alderighi; attended on full scholarship

Milestones

1996

Appeared in "Space Jam"

1986

Played "Rip Van Winkle" for "Faerie Tale Theatre" (Showtime)

1982

TV-movie acting debut, "Not Just Another Affair" (CBS)

1980

Film acting debut as Professor Shorofsky in "Fame"

1974

Was the composer of the ill-fated stage musical "Miss Moffatt", starring Bette Davis

1968

Provided the musical score for "The Fig Leaves Are Falling"

1966

Wrote the delightful musical score for the animated TV special "How the Grinch Stole Christmas"

1964

Composed the musical score for the ill-fated stage show "Cafe Crown"

1959

Had biggest Broadway success with "Redhead"; won Tony Award for Best Musical; lyrics written by Dorothy Fields

1955

Breakthrough Broadway musical, "Plain and Fancy"

1953

TV debut as composer "The Mercer Girls"

1951

Scored the film "Coney Island U.S.A."

1948

Broadway debut as composer with incidental music for "The Madwoman of Chaillot"

1948

Composed first stage work, "Reluctant Lady", produced in Cincinnati

1941

Served in the US military during WWII; was in the Special Services band

1939

Moved with family to the USA; could not speak any English when he arrived

1937

Left Germany from Rome

1925

Began studying piano (date approximate)

Began performing a cabaret act with his wife

While in college in Cincinnati, began working as a saloon piano player

Reprised the role of Professor Shorofsky in the TV series "Fame" (NBC, 1982-1983, syndicated, 1983-1987)

Settled in NYC after WWII

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