He used his veteran’s benefits to pay for acting lessons at the Pasadena Playhouse in the late 40s. Sues moved to New York in 1952 and made his Broadway debut as a boys’ school bully in Tea and Sympathy from 1953-55. Sues wrestled with his homosexuality and for about five years in the 1950s was married to his nightclub act’s female stage partner. They later divorced amicably - and his gay side won the wrestling match. Sues was introduced to the fabulous (then secretive) world of Manhattan gay bars by drag-performer/actor Charles Pierce. Sues said, “Charles led me astray…but he did it with style. And a sequined turban.”
Occasionally he would put on a wig, feather boa and false eyelashes and play his co-star JoAnne Worley. She joked, “He looked better than me.” Sues was always good for a laugh - especially if playing a cowboy ordering a frozen daiquiri in an Old West saloon skit.
Sues later acted in summer stock theater productions as well as co-starring in the never-to-be-sold Garry Marshall pilot for the US-version of the BBC Britcom: Are You Being Served? called Beanes of Boston. Sues played swishy (of course) department store clerk “Mr. Humphries” opposite Charlotte Rae as “Mrs. Slocombe”. YouTube had this unfunny curiosity in its collection - and there’s no surprise the series never happened.
Later in life, Sues saw Mickey Rooney when they both participated in the Hollywood Christmas Parade. Sues approached Rooney, "Hi, Mickey! How are you?" "He didn't know who the hell I was. 'Who is it?' he croaked. "I said, 'It's Alan Sues.' 'I don't know you,' he snapped. I told him we worked together on Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas, and he asked me when. I said about twenty years ago. "Jesus Christ!' he yelled, 'Move on!! Get on with your life! Jesus, get over it!" Mickey's status as a total dick is almost unsurpassed.
For a while Alan took to designing hats and designing inflatable greeting cards.
His last public appearance was for a Twilight Zone reunion and Alan signed autographs for eager fans.