Alan Sues, critically acclaimed actor/comedian, first appeared in a road tour of Happy Birthday before achieving attention on Broadway in Tea and Sympathy (1953-1955) with Deborah Kerr. Years of later work in films (The Americanization of Emily, 1964), on television (The Twilight Zone, 1964; The Wild Wild West, 1965; The Doris Day Show, 1968), and in theater led to his breakthrough appearances on the outrageously funny Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In (1968-1972).
Few knew about Alan’s heartbreaking struggle with personal demons, including uncaring and alcoholic parents, his own alcoholism and depression, and his secret sexuality as a gay man. He hid his struggles behind a mask of comical antics and charm, and he continued amusing audiences throughout his later career in national tours of Good News (1972), Sugar (1974), Sherlock Holmes (1975-1976), Sugar Babies (1987), and Singin’ in the Rain (1986-1987).
Alan’s story of survival and resiliency of spirit imbues Michael Gregg Michaud’s richly researched biography that draws from dozens of hours of recorded interviews with Alan and his own years spent caring for him until his death. Discover Alan’s time with Leonard Nimoy, Lily Tomlin, Sammy Davis Jr., Tiny Tim, Goldie Hawn, Paul Lynde, Phyllis Diller, Ricky Nelson, Lucille Ball, and Jonathan Winters; his candid tales of underground gay clubs in Hollywood during the 1940s; the legendary Manhattan nightclubs of the 1950s; Broadway, summer stock theater, and early television; and Alan’s memories of behind-the-scenes squabbles on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In.
378 pages. Illustrated with more than 100 photographs including personal, family photos, scenes from television shows including Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, and photos of Alan’s many stage characterizations. Appendices include several never before seen scripts and television pilot proposals written by Alan.
About the author: Michael Gregg Michaud is the author of the best-selling Lambda Literary Award-winning Sal Mineo, A Biography, and co-author with Diane McBain of Famous Enough, A Hollywood Memoir.
“Alan Sues was the funniest person I’ve ever known. Not just as a performer, but as a person.” – Ruth Buzzi
“When Alan dressed like me in curls, a boa, a dress and false eyelashes, he looked better than me.” – Jo Anne Worley
“Alan was so deeply, so genuinely funny that to just think of him makes me laugh.” – Barbara Sharma
“We all know how funny and bright Alan Sues was. What was more amazing to me was the sincere sweetness in his heart. He truly wanted to hand the whole world a big laugh.” – Joyce Van Patten
“Alan was a true comedy original.” – Fred Willard
“Alan was a very talented performer who everyone loved having around. He was hilarious. He was always funny, even when he wasn’t trying to be.” – Gary Owens
“Alan was a delight, a real upper. He was a happy force field of energy who had an outrageous look at life. He could take a straight line and make it funny as hell.” – George Schlatter, Executive Producer Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In