Albert Hague

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Albert Hague


Albert Hague (born Albert Marcuse, 13 October 1920, Berlin, Germany – 12 November 2001, Marina del Rey, Calif.) was a German-American songwriter, composer, and actor.

Hague was born to a Jewish family in Berlin, Germany. His father, Harry Marcuse, was a psychiatrist and a musical prodigy, and his mother, Mimi (née Heller), a chess champion. His family considered their Jewish heritage a liability and raised him as a Lutheran. Hague came to America in 1939 on scholarship to the University of Cincinnati. After graduating in 1942, he served in the United States Army during World War II.

Hague's Broadway musicals include Plain and Fancy (1955), Redhead (1959), Cafe Crown (1964), and The Fig Leaves Are Falling (1969).

Famous songs he wrote include Young and Foolish, Look Who's in Love and Did I Ever Really Live? He was the composer for the TV musical cartoon, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and some songs in the 2000 musical version.

He also was an actor, most notably on the TV series Fame, where he played Benjamin Shorofsky, the music teacher.

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