R.I.P. Alan Sues (March 7, 1926 – December 1, 2011)

Many of you don’t know this, but a very dear friend of mine gave me an opportunity to help Alan Sues out last summer in Los Angeles. In case you don’t know him, he was a well-know comedian, particularly in the 50s to 70s. He was a trailblazer for the gay community, even though he never made a big stink about it, to my knowledge.

His Wikipedia says: Sues died on December 1, 2011, at his home of an apparent heart attack,[1] according to his friend and administrator, Michael Michaud. Michaud said that even though Sues never disclosed publicly during his career that he was gay, his over-the-top, flamboyant, stereotypically gay mannerisms displayed on Laugh-In were an inspiration to many viewers when they were young, as he was “the only gay man they could see on television at the time.”

Here’s a very funny anecdote about his early career, conducted from his home. He drew the painting behind him by the way.

Finally, I thought I’d share an anecdote from one of our conversations. I remember him telling me about how forceful he was as an ambitious flaming young man. I thought he wasn’t very nice in his story and I told him so.
He gave me the creepiest yet funny look and said: ”You weren’t put here to be nice”. It took me a while to accept it, but he was right! It’s helped me a lot in portraying characters at least.