Comic Soupy Sales Dead at 83

Always willing to take a pie in the face, he battled a variety of illnesses
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 22, 2009 10:54 PM CDT
Comic Soupy Sales Dead at 83
Soupy Sales, in a 1966 file photo.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – Soupy Sales, the rubber-faced comedian whose anything-for-a-chuckle career was built on 20,000 pies to the face and 5,000 live TV appearances across a half-century of laughs, died tonight at 83. A longtime friend said Sales died at a hospice in New York, which he entered last week as he battled a variety of health issues.

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Sales began his TV career in Detroit, where he drew a large audience on WXYZ-TV. He move to Los Angeles in 1961.The comic's pie-throwing schtick became his trademark, and celebrities like Frank Sinatra, Tony Curtis and Shirley MacLaine queued up to take one on the chin. Sales was born Milton Supman in North Carolina in 1926. He grew up in Huntington, W. Va. (Read more Soupy Sales stories.)

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