Louis Nye

Actor
A sad-eyed comedian with a mischievous grin who became a ubiquitous presence on television in its golden era through to modern times, Louis Nye created a national catchphrase belting out "Hi, ho, Steverino!" as one of ... Read more »
Born: 05/01/1913 in Hartford, Connecticut, USA

Filmography

Actor (39)

Curb Your Enthusiasm 2000 - 2002, 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Comic Relief VII 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Comic Relief II 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

NBC Investigates Bob Hope 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

O.C. & Stiggs 1987 (Movie)

Garth Sloan (Actor)

The Cosby Show 1987 (Tv Show)

Actor

Alice in Wonderland 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The Television Academy Hall of Fame 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Cannonball Run II 1984 (Movie)

3rd Fisherman (Actor)

All Commercials -- A Steve Martin Special 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Full Moon High 1981 (Movie)

Reverend (Actor)

I've Had It Up to Here 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Steve Martin: Comedy Is Not Pretty 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Harper Valley P.T.A. 1978 (Movie)

Kirby Baker (Actor)

The Rita Moreno Show 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

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Steve Allen's Laugh-Back 1975 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Charge of the Model-T's 1976 (Movie)

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Mitzi and a Hundred Guys 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

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Needles and Pins 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

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The Jud Strunk Show 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

A Guide For the Married Man 1967 (Movie)

Guest Star (Actor)

The Steve Allen Comedy Hour 1956 - 1959, 1966 - 1967 (Tv Show)

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The Steve Allen Show 1955 - 1962, 1966 - 1967 (Tv Show)

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Her School For Bachelors 1963 - 1964 (TV Show)

Actor

Good Neighbor Sam 1963 (Movie)

Reinhold Shiffner (Actor)

The Stripper 1963 (Movie)

Ronnie Cavendish (Actor)

The Ann Sothern Show 1958 - 1962 (TV Show)

Actor

The Wheeler Dealers 1962 (Movie)

Stanislas (Actor)

Who's Been Sleeping in My Bed? 1962 (Movie)

Harry Tobler (Actor)

The Last Time I Saw Archie 1961 (Movie)

Pvt Sam Beacham (Actor)

Zotz 1961 (Movie)

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Sex Kittens Go to College 1960 (Movie)

Dr Zorch (Actor)

The Facts of Life 1960 (Movie)

Charles Busbee (Actor)

Happy Days (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A sad-eyed comedian with a mischievous grin who became a ubiquitous presence on television in its golden era through to modern times, Louis Nye created a national catchphrase belting out "Hi, ho, Steverino!" as one of the players on Steve Allen's groundbreaking 1950s TV show.

Nye was born May 1, 1913, in Hartford, Conn., where he began his career in theater before moving to New York City to enter radio. It was after a stint in the Army, where he was stationed in "a wild town" in Missouri, that he set aside dramatic roles and dove into sketch comedy. A master of voices and accents, he could go from being droll one moment to prissy the next. He could also switch effortlessly from comically evil Nazis to bumbling Russians. Already well established as one the era's hippest comics, appearing regularly on radio, in clubs and on early TV shows, Nye's chance meeting with Allen in an elevator led to his greatest success. Allen eventually hired Nye for "The Steve Allen Show," which ran from 1956 to 1961.There, Nye hatched his alter ego Gordon Hathaway, a self-important and effete country-club advertising exec who always greeted Allen with the salutation, "Heigh-ho, Steverino." An exuberantly boastful man in a suit and tie who always seemed to be standing on his toes, smiling so brightly that his teeth sparkled as if he were in a toothpaste commercial, Hathaway was featured in mock man-on-the-street interviews Allen did with other regulars including comedians Don Knotts, Tom Poston and Bill Dana. Nye's signature greeting proved so popular he took the act a step further and recorded an LP, Heigh-Ho, Madison Avenue, with a group called the Status Seekers that satirized the advertising biz in such ditties as "The Ten Commandments of Madison Avenue (Plus Big Bonus Commandments)" and "The Conspicous Consumption Cantata."

After the show's run ended, Nye appeared often on TV game shows, in films and as a regular on "The Ann Sothern Show." He was often cast as the second banana, never the lead. Nye appeared as Sonny Drysdale, the prissy son of harried banker Milburn Drysdale, in the debut 1960-61 season of "The Beverly Hillbillies." He once said his character was dropped after one season because a CBS executive thought he was "too sissified." Nye returned as Sonny for the 1993 TV movie "The Legend of the Beverly Hillbillies."

Nye teamed with Allen again in 1967, on "The Steve Allen Comedy Hour," a CBS show in which he also portrayed Gordon Hathaway. His cohorts included Allen's wife, Jayne Meadows, Ruth Buzzi and John Byner, among others. In the summer of 1970 he hosted the variety show "Happy Days" on CBS, co-starred with Norman Fell in the New York garment industry sitcom "Needles and Pins" (1973) and played Kirby Baker in the 1978 TV show "Harper Valley P.T.A."

His film credits included "Cannonball Run II," "Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood," "A Guide for the Married Man," "Good Neighbor, Sam" and "Sex Kittens Go to College." On television, he also guest starred on such shows as "St. Elsewhere," "The Love Boat," "Laverne & Shirley" and "The Munsters," and appeared frequently as a guest on "The Jackie Gleason Show," "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" and "The Andy Williams Show."

In the 1980s and '90s Nye provided various voices for the "Inspector Gadget" cartoon show. Nye had worked regularly in nightclubs and on television into the mid-2000s. He had a recurring role from 2000 to 2002 in the HBO comedy "Curb Your Enthusiasm" as the father of Jeff Garlin's character.

Relationships

Anita Leonard Song

Wife
married c. 1947 until his death in 2005

Joseph Neistat

Father
Yiddish speaking Jew born in Russia May 18, 1881 emigrated with wife to the United States in 1906, and became naturalized citizens in 1911 died in September 1967 ran a small grocery store in Hartford, Connecticut

Rose Neistat

Sister
born c. 1917

Peter Nye Other

Son
mother, Anita Leonard

Jennie Sherman

Mother
Yiddish speaking Jew born in Russia c. 1890 emigrated with husband to the United States in 1906, and became naturalized citizens in 1911

EDUCATION

Weaver High School

Hartford , Connecticut

Milestones

2000

Had a recurring role on the HBO comedy "Curb Your Enthusiasm" as the father of Jeff Garlin's character

1985

Provided various voices for the "Inspector Gadget" cartoon show

1984

Appeared as a Fisherman in "Cannonball Run II" joining the original characters from the first Cannonball movie

1978

Played Kirby Baker in the series "Harper Valley P.T.A."

1973

Co-starred with Norman Fell in the New York garment industry sitcom "Needles and Pins"

1969

Hosted the variety show "Happy Days" on CBS

1967

Teamed with Allen again on "The Steve Allen Comedy Hour," a CBS variety show in which he also portrayed Gordon Hathaway

1962

Portrayed the role of Sonny Drysdale, the spoiled rich stepson of the banker on "The Beverly Hillbillies" (CBS)

1960

Starred with Bob Hope and Lucille Ball in "The Facts of Life"

1960

Played dentist Delbert Gray on "The Ann Sothern Show"

1956

Endeared himself to audiences as Gordon Hathaway, the effete, country-club snob on Steve Allen's groundbreaking 1950s TV show "The Steve Allen Show"

Began his career in theater before moving to New York to enter radio

Born and raised in Hartford, Connecticut

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