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Les Lye

Les LyeAKA Leslie Earnest Lye

Born: 18-Nov-1924
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Died: 21-Jul-2009
Location of death: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Comic, Actor

Nationality: Canada
Executive summary: You Can't Do That On Television

Military service: Canadian Army

Began working in radio in Ottawa in 1948, moving to television ten years later. Collaborated on Rich Little's first comedy record, My Fellow Canadians, in the early 1960s. With Bill Luxton, Lye co-starred in the children's afternoon comedy show Uncle Willy & Floyd, which debuted in 1966 and ran for two decades. In 1979, he joined the sketch comedy show You Can't Do That On Television, which aired nationally in Canada later that year and was introduced to American audiences on the cable network Nickelodeon in 1981. A versatile entertainer, Lye performed all of the adult male characters on the show, many of them horrible, disgusting parodies of grown-up authority figures. Lye was a demon with a different face on each of the show's descending rings of hell -- pencil-moustached production manager Ross Ewich, history teacher Mr. Schidtler, cafeteria chef Barth, and slovenly, chain-smoking father figure Senator Lance Prevert, among many others.

Wife: Johnni (one son, two daughters)
Son: Brett
Daughter: Daralyn
Daughter: Emily

    University: BA, University of Toronto
    University: Lorne Greene's Academy of Radio Arts (1948)

    Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
    Risk Factors: Smoking

    You Can't Do That On Television Ross Ewich, etc. (1979-90)
    Uncle Willy & Floyd Floyd (1966-88)

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