Henry Zuckerman, better known as Buck Henry (born December 9, 1930), is an American actor, writer, film director, and television director.
Early life [ edit ]
Henry was born in
New York City, the son of silent film actress Ruth Taylor and Paul Stuart Zuckerman (April 15, 1899 – 1965), a former Air Force general and stockbroker. [1 ] [2 ] [3 ]
Buck Henry attended
The Choate School (now Choate Rosemary Hall) and Dartmouth College, where he met Bob Rafelson, and also worked on the humor magazine. From 1959 to 1962, as part of an elaborate hoax by comedian Dartmouth Jack-O-Lantern Alan Abel, he pretended to be G. Clifford Prout, the quietly outraged president of the Society for Indecency to Naked Animals, who presented his point of view on talk shows. [ ] citation needed
Television career [ edit ]
Henry's dry humor attracted attention in the entertainment community. He became a cast member on
TV programs such as (1961) and The New Steve Allen Show (1964–65). He was a co-creator and writer for That Was The Week That Was (1965–70), with Get Smart Mel Brooks. Two of his TV projects had short runs but are fondly remembered by fans: (1967) with Captain Nice William Daniels as a reluctant superhero, and (1978), with Quark Richard Benjamin in command of a garbage scow in outer space.
He appeared on the television show
(2005). He made two guest appearances on Will and Grace as a contributor in 2007. He has also appeared as Liz Lemon's father, Dick Lemon, in the The Daily Show episodes " 30 Rock Ludachristmas" (December 13, 2007) and " Gentleman's Intermission" (November 4, 2010). In 2011, he appeared in a multi-episode arc of as Elka's groom. Hot In Cleveland
Saturday Night Live [ edit ]
Henry hosted NBC's
ten times, appearing first in 1976, and for the last time in 1980. It became a tradition in those four years that he hosted the last show of each season. Henry also hosted the only live remote attempted by Saturday Night Live SNL, broadcast live from Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Henry's frequent host record would be broken when Steve Martin hosted the 14th season finale in 1989. During the October 30, 1976 episode, Buck Henry was injured in the forehead by [4 ] John Belushi's katana in the samurai sketch. Henry's head began to bleed and he was forced to wear a large bandage on his forehead for the rest of the show. As a gag, the members of the SNL cast each wore a bandage on their foreheads as well.
Recurring characters on SNL [ edit ]
Howard, a sadistic stunt coordinator
Marshall DiLaMuca, father of Bill Murray's character Todd in the
Nerds sketches Mr. Dantley, the straight man and frequent customer to Samurai Futaba's (
John Belushi) many businesses. Uncle Roy, a single,
pedophilic babysitter who disguises his attempts at molesting the children he's watching (played by Gilda Radner and Laraine Newman) as games.
Celebrity impersonations on SNL [ edit ]
Film and stage career [ edit ]
Henry has appeared in more than 40 films including
, Catch-22 , Taking Off , The Man Who Fell to Earth , Gloria , Eating Raoul , Aria , The Graduate , Tune In Tomorrow , Defending Your Life , The Player and [5 ] . He co-directed Grumpy Old Men , the 1978 remake of Heaven Can Wait , and appeared in the film as an officious angel, reprising the character originally played by Here Comes Mr. Jordan Edward Everett Horton.
His many writing credits include
, Candy , The Owl and the Pussycat , What's Up, Doc? , Catch-22 , The Day of the Dolphin , and Protocol . He shared an To Die For Oscar nomination for his screenplay, , a film in which he made a cameo appearance. In 1997, Henry was the recipient of the The Graduate Austin Film Festival's Distinguished Screenwriter Award.
Broadway credits include the 2002 revival of . Off-Broadway in July 2009, he starred opposite Morning's at Seven Holland Taylor in Mother, a play by Lisa Ebersole. [6 ]
Writing credits [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
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