Buck Henry

Buck Henry

Birth
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Death 8 Jan 2020 (aged 89)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Burial Details Unknown
Memorial ID 206075186 · View Source
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Screenwriter Director and Actor. Born Henry Zuckerman, he was a prolific screenwriter in the the 1960s and 1970s who wrote screenplays for such films as 'The Graduate,' 'Catch-22' and 'What's Up, Doc?'. He co-directed 1978's 'Heaven Can Wait,' and on television, made regular appearances as a cast member and guest host on 'Saturday Night Live' in the show's early years, and he also co-created the TV show 'Get Smart.' The son of a silent film star Ruth Taylor, he was nicknamed Buck from childhood, but did not officially change his name to Buck Henry until the 1970s. In his teens, he made his acting debut on stage in a Broadway production and later, earned a bachelor's degree in English literature at Dartmouth College, where he wrote for the university humor magazine. Following a stint in the Army during the Korean War, he toured Europe performing in plays he wrote and directed with a repertory company. In the 1960s, he became a member of the improvisational comedy group, Premise, which led to a television career, landing roles on 'The New Steve Allen Show' and 'That Was The Week That Was', which earned him his first Emmy nomination for writing. In 1965, he was a co-creator and writer for 'Get Smart' with Mel Brooks, which lasted for five seasons.

Bio by: Louis du Mort


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  • Originally Created by: Louis du Mort
  • Added: 8 Jan 2020
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