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Soupy Sales

Soupy SalesAKA Milton Supman

Born: 8-Jan-1926
Birthplace: Franklinton, NC
Died: 22-Oct-2009
Location of death: Bronx, NY
Cause of death: Cancer - unspecified

Gender: Male
Religion: Jewish
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Comic, Actor

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Inveterate pie thrower

Military service: US Navy (WWII)

American pie-throwing comedian, born in 1926 in North Carolina. After a few short-lived TV shows, in 1953 he started Lunch with Soupy Sales, which became The Soupy Sales Show, shown on ABC after 1959. It was a children's program with significant adult viewership whose high point was Sales receiving a shaving-cream pie in the face. At some point Frank Sinatra asked to be victimized, and soon all manner of celebrities were scheduling guest appearances to achieve rapid dignity loss by means of pie. Sales became known almost exclusively for that act, a typecast which both enhanced and damaged his career. Sales claims to have thrown 19,000 pies and received 25,000 over a span of more than forty years. His show faded with the rise of cartoons, though it was revived briefly in 1978 as The New Soupy Sales Show. In later years he was a panelist on What's My Line?, hosted a WNBC radio show, appeared at clubs into his 70s, and continued to perfect the fine art of pie throwing. He died from cancer in 2009 at a hospital in the Bronx, also suffering other undisclosed illnesses.

Father: Irving Supman (merchant, d. 1931)
Mother: Sadie
Brother: Leonard (b. 1918)
Brother: Jack (b. 1921)
Wife: Barbara Fox (m. 1950, div. 1979, two sons)
Son: Hunt Sales (drummer, Runt)
Son: Tony Fox Sales (bassist, Runt)
Wife: Trudy Carson (dancer, m. 1980, until his death)

    High School: Huntington High School, Huntington, WV (1944)
    University: BA, Marshall University (1949)

    Friars Club
    Surgery 2000 (vocal cords)
    Open Heart Surgery Nov-2003
    Hollywood Walk of Fame 7-Jan-2005 at 7000 Hollywood Blvd.

    TELEVISION
    What's My Line? Panelist (1968-75)
    The Soupy Sales Show Host (1959-62)

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    Palmer's Pick Up (9-Feb-1999)
    Holy Man (9-Oct-1998) · Himself
    ...And God Spoke (14-Sep-1993) · Moses
    Birds Do It (Aug-1966)
    The Two Little Bears (1-Nov-1961)


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