US comedian LOUIS NYE died on Sunday (09OCT05) at his Los Angeles home. He was 92.
The funnyman, famed for the catchphrase "Hi, ho, Steverino!", had been battling lung cancer for several years.
Nye shot to fame as one of the players on Steve Allen's groundbreaking 1950s TV show where he became an audience favourite playing the bumbling GORDON HATHAWAY, a country club snob best remembered for his funny salutation.
The popular comedian was also a talented impressionist with a large repertoire of characters he could assume. In the 1980s and 1990s he provided a range voices for the INSPECTOR GADGET cartoon show.
His son PETER says, "He had a great business card from that time that lists something like 15 accents that he could do."
Movie credits include CANNONBALL RUN II, WON TON TON, THE DOG WHO SAVED HOLLYWOOD and A GUIDE FOR THE MARRIED MAN.
His son believes the talented entertainer will be remembered for being "just naturally funny".