Beloved Slapstick Comedian Soupy Sales dead at 83

October 23, 2009

(ChattahBox) — As a child growing up in Detroit I loved watching Soupy Sales and his antics.  Born Milton Supman, he began his career with a 1953 kids’ TV show in Detroit called “Lunch With Soupy Sales,” and went on to star in both syndicated and network TV shows (including three for ABC) until his last series in 1979-80. The format was pure slapstick and whether the banter and bad punning was with White Fang, Black Tooth, Hippy the Hippo, Willy the Worm or whoever Soupy usually ended up taking a pie in the face, an estimated 20,000 over his career.  During the early 1960s, Soupy was really big and had many famous guests like Frank Sinatra take a pie with him.  Without recounting all his appearances, Soupy had a long and rich career and brought joy to so many.

His manager and friend Dave Usher says Sales passed away at Calvary Hospice in the Bronx, N.Y., where he was admitted last week. Sales had many health problems and entered the hospice last week, Usher said.

He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Trudy Carson Sales; two sons from a previous marriage; a brother; and four grandchildren. Thanks for all the great laughs and R.I.P. Soupy!


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