- The Washington Times - Monday, December 19, 2005

MIDLAND, Texas (AP) — Enzo Stuarti, an Italian tenor who performed in Broadway musicals and at Carnegie Hall, and did popular TV commercials plugging a spaghetti sauce, died Dec. 16 of heart failure. He was 86.

Larry Stuart said his father appeared in more than a dozen Broadway productions, including “Around the World in 80 Days,” “South Pacific” and “Kiss Me Kate.”

He performed under the names Larry Lawrence and Larry Stuart before taking the name Enzo Stuarti, his son said.

Mr. Stuarti was a frequent guest on television talk shows, including “The Ed Sullivan Show,” “The Mike Douglas Show” and “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson.

Besides his singing career, Mr. Stuarti appeared in commercials for Ragu spaghetti sauce, delivering the “That’s a nice” line about the sauce.

“Those commercials helped his fame,” his son said.

Mr. Stuarti’s albums, which featured pop and opera, among other genres, included “Enzo Stuarti Arrives At Carnegie Hall” and “Bravo Stuarti! Soft and Sentimental.”

Mr. Stuarti was born March 3, 1919, in Rome. He moved to Newark, N.J., in 1934, joining family members who had fled to the United States years earlier.

After serving in the Merchant Marines during World War II, Mr. Stuarti returned to Italy for several years, his family said.

He returned to the United States in 1951 and appeared on Broadway. He later appeared in concerts with symphony orchestras and in clubs in New York and Las Vegas. Mr. Stuarti’s other passion was race cars. He once test-drove cars for Ferrari Racing Cars in the 1940s in Italy.

Mr. Stuarti and his second wife, Thelma, retired to her hometown of Midland last year.

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