|Soupy Sales / Milton Supman
(January 8, 1926 – October 22, 2009) was a Jewish American comedian, actor, and radio-TV
personality and host. He was best known for his local and network
children's television show, Lunch with Soupy Sales; a series of comedy
sketches frequently ending with Sales receiving a pie in the face,
which became his trademark. During the 1960s, an urban legend arose
that Sales had sneaked off-color jokes into the show, but this has
been disproven repeatedly.
From 1968 to 1975, he was a regular panelist on the syndicated revival
of What's My Line? and appeared on several other TV game shows. During
the 1980s Sales hosted his own show on WNBC-AM in New York City.
Sales was married twice: first to Barbara Fox (from 1950 until
their divorce in 1979). They had two sons, both of whom are rock
musicians: bassist Tony Sales and drummer Hunt Sales. Along with
David Bowie and Reeves Gabrels, the Sales brothers comprised the
art rock band Tin Machine and worked with Iggy Pop on Lust For
Sales' second wife (from 1980 until his death) was dancer Trudy
Sales died on October 22, 2009, at the age of 83, at Calvary
Hospice in the Bronx, New York. He had had many health problems
and entered the hospice a week prior to his death.