Albert Hague

Albert Hague
Born Albert Marcuse
October 13, 1920
Berlin, Germany
Died November 12, 2001(2001-11-12) (aged 81)
Marina del Rey, California, USA
Occupation songwriter, composer, actor

Albert Hague (born Albert Marcuse, October 13, 1920 November 12, 2001) was a German-American songwriter, composer, and actor.

Early life

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.[1] His family considered their Jewish heritage a liability and raised him as a Lutheran[2] (although he would later embrace his Jewish heritage after coming to the United States).[3] Shortly before he was to be inducted into the Hitler Youth, he and his mother fled to Rome.[2] Hague came to America in 1939 after his sister, who lived in Ohio, got him a musical scholarship at the University of Cincinnati.[2] However, as he did not have a legal immigration status to be in the country, he was adopted by an eye surgeon associated with the university. After graduating in 1942, he served in the United States Army's special service band during World War II.[2][4]


Hague's Broadway Musicals include Plain and Fancy (1955),[5] Redhead (1959),[6] Cafe Crown (1964),[7] and The Fig Leaves Are Falling (1969, with lyrics by Allan Sherman).[8]

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.[9] He also was an actor, most notably on the TV series Fame, where he played Benjamin Shorofsky, the music teacher. It was a part he originated in the film of the same name.[10] Hague also played a small role in the movie Space Jam (1996), as the psychiatrist that the Professional Basketball players go to when they lose their "skill".[11]

Hague and his wife Renee occasionally presented a cabaret act, first as "Hague and Hague: His Hits and His Mrs." and later, in 1998, under the title "Still Young and Foolish".[12] They played at Carnegie Hall, the Cinegrill in Los Angeles, and Eighty Eight's in Manhattan.[13]

Hague was a member of The Lambs where he often taught musical theater to members.[14]

Personal life and death

His wife, Renee Orin, an actress and singer, with whom he often collaborated, died, aged 73, in August 2000 from lymphoma.[15] They had been married since 1951.[2] They had two children. Albert Hague died at age 81 from cancer[16] at a hospital in Marina del Rey, California in November 2001.[2]


Year Film Role Notes
1983NightmaresMel Keefer(segment "Night of the Rat")
1996Space JamPsychiatrist
1996Playing Dangerous 2Professor Agranoff
1999The Story of UsDr. Siegler(final film role)


  1. "Albert Hague Biography (1920-2001)".
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 "Albert Hague, 81, a Composer and Actor". The New York Times. November 15, 2001.
  3. "All those Holiday/Christmas Songs: So Many Jewish Songwriters!". Jewish World Review. December 22, 2014.
  4. Shirley, Don. "Albert Hague, 81; 'Fame' Teacher Wrote Scores for Broadway, TV" Los Angeles Times, November 16, 2001
  5. "Plain and Fancy: Broadway". Retrieved January 17, 2016.
  6. "Redhead': Broadway". Retrieved January 17, 2016.
  7. "Cafe Crown: Broadway". Retrieved January 17, 2016.
  8. "The Fig Leaves Are Falling: Broadway". Retrieved January 17, 2016.
  9. "How the Grinch Stole Christmas". Retrieved January 17, 2016.
  10. "Fame: Film Overview". Retrieved January 17, 2016.
  11. "Space Jam". Retrieved January 17, 2016.
  12. "Albert Hague and Renee Orin: Still "Young and Foolish" in NY Cabaret Act". November 2, 1998.
  13. "Albert Hague, 'Grinch' and Redhead Composer, Is Dead". November 15, 2001.
  14. "The Lambs Club, established 1874". Retrieved February 13, 2018.
  15. "Renee Orin, 73, Actress in Broadway Musicals". New York Times. August 30, 2000.
  16. "Celebrity Obituaries at Grave Hunter".
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