Mostly Credited As: Soupy Sales
Birth Name: Milton Supman
Date Of Birth: January 08, 1926 (Age 83)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Franklinton, North Carolina
Date Of Death: October 22, 2009
A graduate of Huntington High School in Huntington, West Virginia and Marshall University which was interrupted by WWII when he joined the Navy and would entertain his ship mates by telling jokes and stories over the intercom. After the war ended he would return to Marshall University, and soon after graduating Sales' began his entertainment career as a script writer and then DJ at radio station WHTN in Huntington. Soupy's unusual nickname came from his family. His older brothers were nicknamed "Hambone" and "Chicken Bone"; so Milton was called "Soup Bone", which he later shortened to "Soupy".As a disc jockey he used the stage name "Soupy Hines". The name sounded too much like Heinz, which was a brand name food company so Soupy went back to his surname of Sales.
Soupy's first TV job was the host of a teen dance show called Soupy's Soda Shop, which originated in Cincinnati. He soon had another program called Club Nothing!, a comedy/variety show. Once canceled Sales would move to Cleveland, where he created another comedy/variety program called Soupy's On!...a take on his Cincinnati show and this would be where he took his first pie in the face, a later trade mark of his. Soupy's best known show was originally called 12 O'clock Comics, a children's program and later was changed to The Soupy Sales Show. This is not only where he would find fame, but also the low point of his career. Once on New Years Day, Soupy told his young viewers to go in their parents wallets and send him those funny looking green pieces of paper and in return he will send them back a postcard from Puerto Rico. This resulted in a suspension. Urban legends also claim that Soupy would slip in adult jokes over the air waves. Since the end of this program, Sales has appeared as a guest on a number of game shows.
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Claims to have been hit in the face by over 25,000 pies during his career.
Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Trini López are among his guests, hit by pies.
Once recorded a novelty song called "Do the Mouse," which had moderate sales.
Was the butt of the pranks constantly pulled on him by his crew while filming his children's program.
One prank involved a stripper who knocked on a door and wore just balloons. Although off screen of the TV viewers, the audience did get a full glimpse of Soupy's embarrassed reaction.
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