Nye, Louis

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Born: May 01, 1913 AD
Died: 2005 AD, at 92 years of age.

Nationality: Unknown
Categories: Actors, Comedians


1913 - He was born Louis Neistat in Hatford Connecticut of Joseph Neistat and Jennie Sherman on the 1st of May.

1917 - Her sister, Rose Neistat, was born.

1920 - Was listed as age six on the 1920 Hatford Country, Connecticut, Federal Census. His family lived in 165 Madison Street.

1930 -  When he was 16 years old they lived at 44 Baltimore Street.

         - Attended Weaver High School, but did not excel as a students.

         - He went to New York and worked in a radio station and different roles in soap operas.

         - Served in the Army during World War II and was given the job of running the recreation hall as he is able to generate laughter by mimicking other soldiers.

         - After he was discharged, Nye returned to New York and worked in television. He also appeared on several Broadway plays.


194_ - In the late 1940's he married Anita Leonard, who wrote A Sunday Kind of Love. They had a son, artist Peter Nye.

         - Made several appearances on The Jack Benny Program and The Jimmy Durante Show. He was cast on The Steve Allen Show, often in "Man on the Street" sketches performing with Don Knotts, Dayton Allen, Tom Poston and Bill Dana.

         - The Steve Allen Show production was moved to Los Angeles, Nye went along and became a character actor in Hollywood. He appeared in top shows and the following: Make Room for Daddy, Burke's Law, The Munsters, Love, American Style, Laverne & Shirley, Starsky and Hutch, Police Woman, Fantasy Island, St. Elsewhere and The Cosby Show.

1960-1961 - He played the dentist Dr. Delbert Gray on several episodes of The Ann Sothern Show.

1962 - During the 1962 season of The Beverly Hillbillies, he played Sonny Drysdale, the spoiled rich stepson of the banker in the show and it was his best-remembered roles.

1966 - During the 1966 season, Nye revived the character Sonny after it was dropped from the show.

         - Recorded a few comedy LPs, doing a variety of characterization.

         - Did some cameos in films and performed with Lucille Ball, Bob Hope, Jack Lemmon, Dean Martin, Walter Matthau, Robert Mitchum and Joanne Woodward.

         - Appeared on the lecture circuit, in concerts and night clubs, and did voice work in animation such as the Inspector Gadget.

         - Completed a 24-city tour of the country for Columbia Artists, ending the tour with a two-week stint at the Sahara in Las Vegas.

2000-2005 - Had a role as Jeff Greene's Dad on HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm.

2005 - At the age of 92, he continued to work. He died of lung cancer on the 9th of October, 2005.

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