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Also Known As: Albert Marcuse Died: November 12, 2001
Born: October 13, 1920 Cause of Death: cancer
Birth Place: Berlin, DE Profession: composer, actor, singer

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Although he achieved late-in-life fame as the white bearded, bespectacled and eccentric Professor Shorofsky in both the film and TV series "Fame," Albert Hague had already achieved success as a composer for stage and screen. When one considers that he spoke no English when he arrived in the USA in 1939 as an emigre from Germany, his success is quite amazing. He was born Albert Marcuse in Berlin, the son of a psychiatrist and a chess champion, who was a musical prodigy. By the time his family had settled in America and he had been adopted by his stepfather, Hague was concentrating on a career as a classical pianist. He studied in Rome and earned a scholarship to the University of Cincinnati. During WWII, he served in the US Army's special services band. After the war, Hague settled in NYC but it was Cleveland that saw his first produced stage show, "Reluctant Lady," in 1948. (The leading lady Renee Orin was to become Mrs. Hague.) Later that year, he debuted on Broadway with incidental music for "The Madwoman of Chaillot" but it was several years before he enjoyed his first major success, the 1955 musical "Plain and Fancy" about the Amish, which yielded the lovely standard "Young and Foolish." Hague...

Although he achieved late-in-life fame as the white bearded, bespectacled and eccentric Professor Shorofsky in both the film and TV series "Fame," Albert Hague had already achieved success as a composer for stage and screen. When one considers that he spoke no English when he arrived in the USA in 1939 as an emigre from Germany, his success is quite amazing. He was born Albert Marcuse in Berlin, the son of a psychiatrist and a chess champion, who was a musical prodigy. By the time his family had settled in America and he had been adopted by his stepfather, Hague was concentrating on a career as a classical pianist. He studied in Rome and earned a scholarship to the University of Cincinnati. During WWII, he served in the US Army's special services band. After the war, Hague settled in NYC but it was Cleveland that saw his first produced stage show, "Reluctant Lady," in 1948. (The leading lady Renee Orin was to become Mrs. Hague.) Later that year, he debuted on Broadway with incidental music for "The Madwoman of Chaillot" but it was several years before he enjoyed his first major success, the 1955 musical "Plain and Fancy" about the Amish, which yielded the lovely standard "Young and Foolish." Hague had his biggest success with the Tony-winning murder mystery musical "Redhead" (1959). Following that, his stage career petered out, as shows like "The Fig Leaves Are Falling" (1969) and "Miss Moffatt" (1974) proved unsuccessful. Hague did have one other major achievement that is perhaps his best-known work: the score to the perennial holiday special "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" (originally aired on CBS in 1966).

In 1980, Hague made his film acting debut in a role that seemed tailor-made, the gruff music teacher Shorofsky in Alan Parker's "Fame" and later won legions of fans reprising the part in the TV version, which softened the character a bit. Subsequently, he has bee cast as men of learning in such efforts as "Nightmares" (1983), the CBS TV-movies "Not Just Another Affair" (1982) and "Passions" (1984) and more recently the feature "Space Jam" (1996). Although a generation of theatergoers enjoyed his compositions, and baby boomers may know his score for the "Grinch" (if not the man behind it), others will always recall him in his signature role as the eccentric music teacher in "Fame."

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Story of Us, The (1999) Doctor Siegler
2.
 Space Jam (1996) Psychiatrist
3.
 Playing Dangerous 2 (1996) Professor Agranoff
6.
 Passions (1984) Peters
7.
 Nightmares (1983) Mel Keefer ("Night Of The Rat")
8.
 Not Just Another Affair (1982) Professor Zakall
9.
 Fame (1980) Shorofsky
10.
 1988 Miss USA Pageant (1988) Judge
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1955:
Breakthrough Broadway musical, "Plain and Fancy"
1964:
Composed the musical score for the ill-fated stage show "Cafe Crown"
1939:
Moved with family to the USA; could not speak any English when he arrived
1969:
Provided the musical score for "The Fig Leaves Are Falling"
1942:
Served in the US military during WWII; was in the Special Services band
1996:
Appeared in "Space Jam"
:
Began performing a cabaret act with his wife
:
Settled in NYC after WWII
1948:
Broadway debut as composer with incidental music for "The Madwoman of Chaillot"
1980:
Film acting debut as Professor Shorofsky in "Fame"
1937:
Left Germany from Rome
:
Reprised the role of Professor Shorofsky in the TV series "Fame" (NBC, 1982-1983, syndicated, 1983-1987)
1953:
TV debut as composer "The Mercer Girls"
1982:
TV-movie acting debut, "Not Just Another Affair" (CBS)
1925:
Began studying piano (date approximate)
1948:
Composed first stage work, "Reluctant Lady", produced in Cincinnati
1959:
Had biggest Broadway success with "Redhead"; won Tony Award for Best Musical; lyrics written by Dorothy Fields
1986:
Played "Rip Van Winkle" for "Faerie Tale Theatre" (Showtime)
1951:
Scored the film "Coney Island U.S.A."
1974:
Was the composer of the ill-fated stage musical "Miss Moffatt", starring Bette Davis
:
While in college in Cincinnati, began working as a saloon piano player
1966:
Wrote the delightful musical score for the animated TV special "How the Grinch Stole Christmas"
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Education

Royal Conservatory of St Cecilia: - 1938
University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music: Cincinnati, Ohio - 1942

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wife:
Renee Orin. Actor, singer, screenwriter. Met when she was cast a slead in his first produced show in 1948; died of lymphoma on August 26, 2000 at age 73.

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father:
Harry Marcuse. Psychiatrist. Died c. 1930.
mother:
Mimi Heller. Cooking school owner, chess player.
father:
Eliott B Hague. Eye surgeon. Adoptive father; lived in Cincinnati; offered to adopt Hague so he could attend the University of Cincinnati and legally remain in the USA.
daughter:
Janet Hague.
son:
Andrew Hague.
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