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first_img “He has a great business card from that time that lists something like 15 accents that he could do,” his son recalled with a chuckle. On “The Steve Allen Show,” which ran until 1961 under various names, he quickly endeared himself to audiences as Gordon Hathaway, the effete, country-club snob who would welcome Allen’s arrival with the “Hi, ho, Steverino!” salutation. “I’m not sure if he improvised that or if it was given to him and he just ran with it as a catchphrase,” Nye’s son said. Other regulars on the landmark show included comedians Don Knotts, Tom Poston, Bill Dana and Gabriel Dell. After the show’s run ended, Nye appeared often on TV game shows, in films and as a regular on “The Ann Sothern Show.” He was often cast as the second banana, never the lead. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Comedian Louis Nye, who created a national catchphrase belting out “Hi Ho, Steverino” as one of the stock players on Steve Allen’s groundbreaking 1950s TV show, has died. He was 92. Nye died Sunday at his home in Los Angeles after a long battle with lung cancer, his son, Peter Nye, told The Associated Press on Monday. Nye had continued to work regularly in nightclubs and on television until only a couple of years ago, his son said. He had a recurring role in the HBO comedy “Curb Your Enthusiasm” as the father of Jeff Garlin’s character from 2000 to 2002. When he joined Allen’s show in 1956 he was already well established as one of the era’s most “hep” comedians, appearing regularly on radio, in clubs and on early TV shows. last_img read more