Sales, Soupy 1926(?)–

views updated

SALES, Soupy 1926(?)–


Original name, Milton Supman; born January 8, 1926 (some sources say 1930), in Franklinton, NC (some sources say Wake Forest, NC); son of Irving (a dry goods store owner) and Sadie (a dry goods store owner) Supman; married Barbara Fox (divorced); married Trudy Carson (a dancer), 1980; children: (first marriage) Hunt (a musician), Tony (a musician). Education: Marshall University, B.A., journalism.

Addresses: Office—c/o J. Cast Productions, 2550 Greenvalley Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90046–1438.

Career: Actor. Performed in clubs, beginning in college; WHTN (radio station), Huntington, NC, began as copy writer, then writer, producer, and host of his own radio show; WKRC–TV (Cincinnati, OH), show host; WEXL–TV (Cleveland, OH), show host, c. early 1950s; WXYZ–TV (Detroit, MI), show host, 1953–60; WNEW–TV (New York City), show host, c. 1964–66; WNBC Radio (New York City), show host, c. 1980s; appeared in television commercial for Morton Pastry Shop Chocolate Cream Pie, c. 1970s. Military service: U.S. Navy, World War II.


Film Appearances:

Officer McGovern, The Two Little Bears, Twentieth Century–Fox, 1963.

(Uncredited) Desk clerk, Critic's Choice, Warner Bros., 1963.

Melvin Byrd, Birds Do It, Columbia, 1966.

(Scenes deleted) Himself, Hooper, Warner Bros., 1978.

Moses, The Making of " ... And God Spoke" (also known as ... And God Spoke), 1993.

Himself, Holy Man, Buena Vista, 1998.

Ernie, Palmer's Pick Up, Framework Entertainment Group, 1999.

Max, A Little Bit of Lipstick (also known as J. T. Foster's A Little Bit of Lipstick), 2000.

Cigar salesman, Everything's George, 2000.

Behind the Seams, RGH/Lions Share Pictures, 2000.

Sonny Dey/Professor Prophet, Black Scorpion Returns, New Concorde, 2001.

John, This Train, 2001.

Television Appearances; Series:

Soupy's Soda Shop, WKRC–TV (Cincinnati, OH), c. 1949.

Club Nothing, WKRC–TV (Cincinnati, OH), c. 1949.

Soupy's On!, WEXL–TV (Cleveland, OH), early 1950s.

12 O'Clock Comics (later known as Lunch with Soupy Sales!), WXYZ–TV (Detroit, MI), 1953–1960.

Host, The Soupy Sales Show (also known as Lunch with Soupy Sales), ABC, 1959–1961.

Host, The Soupy Sales Show!, ABC, 1962, then syndicated, 1964–1966.

Himself/panelist, What's My Line?, syndicated, 1965–1967.

Himself/panelist, To Tell the Truth, syndicated, 1969.

Host, Junior Almost Anything Goes, ABC, 1976.

Host, The Soupy Sales Show, syndicated, 1976.

Host, The New Soupy Sales Show, syndicated, 1979–1980.

Wisecracking cop then Igor, Sha Na Na, syndicated, 1978–1981.

Voice of Donkey Kong, Saturday Supercade, CBS, 1983.

Semi–regular panelist, To Tell the Truth, syndicated, 2000.

Sonny Dey/Professor Prophet, Black Scorpion (also known as Roger Corman Presents Black Scorpion), Sci–Fi Channel, 2001.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Santola, Don't Push, I'll Charge When I'm Ready, NBC, 1977.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Host, The Soupy Sales Show, CBS, 1970.

Make 'em Laugh, CBS, 1979.

Super Bloopers & New Practical Jokes, NBC, 1989.

Interviewee, NYTV: By the People Who Made It, PBS, 1998.

Also appeared as himself, Palisades Amusement Park: A Century of Fond Memories; himself, Television: Our Life & Times; himself, 40 Years of Fine Tuning.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Pete Richards, Barney and Me, NBC, 1973.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Stable owner, "The Legacy," The Rebel, ABC, 1960.

Meyers, "The Hope Chest," The Rebel, ABC, 1960.

Himself, "Hennesey Meets Soupy Sales," Hennesey, 1962.

Henry Geller, "Who Killed Mr. X?," Burke's Law, ABC, 1963.

Himself, The Judy Garland Show, CBS, 1963.

Harlan Livingston III, "This Is Going to Hurt Me More than It Hurts You," Route 66, CBS, 1964.

Guest, The Ed Sullivan Show, 1965.

Himself, Hullabaloo, NBC, 1965, 1966.

"Murder at N.B.C.," Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre, NBC, 1966.

The Carol Burnett Show, 1968, 1969, 1970.

Himself, The Hollywood Palace, 1969.

Lance Bradford, "The Hero," The Beverly Hillbillies, CBS, 1969.

Lance Bradford, "Our Hero the Banker," The Beverly Hillbillies, CBS, 1969.

Himself, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, NBC, 1970.

"Love and the Big Surprise," Love, American Style, ABC, 1972.

"Love and the Wishing Star," Love, American Style, ABC, 1972.

Himself, Tony Orlando and Dawn, CBS, 1976.

Himself, Match Game 73, 1976.

"What's a Museum For, Anyway?," The CBS Festival of Lively Arts for Young People, CBS, 1978.

Mr. Marshall, "Accidental Cruise/The Song Is Ended/A Time for Everything/Anoushka," The Love Boat, ABC, 1978.

Guest, The $25,000 Pyramid, 1982.

Guest panelist, The $10,000 Pyramid, CBS, 1987.

"The Farmer's Daughter," Monsters, syndicated, 1989.

Fred Gardner, "Miss Jenkins," Wings, NBC, 1994.

Mr. Martini, "Easy Street," Boy Meets World, ABC, 1996.

Also appeared as himself, Wonderama; title role, The Pied Piper of Astroworld; himself, The Mike Douglas Show; himself, The Merv Griffin Show; himself, The Barbera McNair Show; panelist, Match Game PM; himself, Kraft Music Hall; in Chain Reaction, NBC; Can You Top This.



"Do the Mouse," 1965.


Blaa–Oh Blaa–Oh Blaa–Oh: The Complete Reprise Recordings, Rhino, 2001.



(With Charles Salzberg) Soupy Sez: My Life and Zany Times! (memoir), M. Evans, 2001.

Also wrote Soupy Sales: Did You Hear the One About?! (joke book); Stop Me If You've Heard This One?! (joke book).



St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, St. James Press, 2000.


People Weekly, October 19, 1998, p. 155.