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German by birth, Albert Hague started playing the piano at four, and began to write music when he was six. He studied classical music at the Royal Conservatory in Rome, then emigrated to America in the 1930's. He didn't speak English when he arrived, but worked hard at college, then spent some years playing with small bands in New York.

It was about eight years later that Albert had his first Broadway hit, and from then on he wrote many top songs and collaborated on musicals, winning a prized Tony award for his efforts. He also lectured, coached and taught, and performed solo as well as with his wife, Renee.

It was while they were performing their show His Hits and His Missus in New York that he was spotted as a possible for the role of Professor Benjamin Shorofsky in the Fame movie. He got the part - and recreated the role in the TV Series - adding acting to his list of accomplishments. But its a role he feels right in. “Any actor could have played the role of the teacher,” he says, “but as it happens, the things I say in Fame are really things I believe in. It makes my life very simple, because I'm really playing me.”


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