Frank Buxton

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Frank Buxton
Frank Buxton Discovery 1966.JPG
Buxton in 1966.
Born Frank Buxton[citation needed]
(1930-02-13) February 13, 1930 (age 84)
Wellesley, Massachusetts, US
Years active 1962–present
Spouse(s) Cynthia Lovelace Sears (?-present)

Frank Buxton (born February 13, 1930 in Wellesley, Massachusetts)[1] is an American actor, television writer, author, and television director.


Buxton's first credit was host and producer of the ABC television documentary series, Discovery, which he hosted from 1962 to 1966.

In 1966 he teamed up with Hal Seeger in the animated cartoon series Batfink. Frank provided the voice for Batfink in all 100 episodes. He also voiced its recurring villain Hugo A-Go-Go. Frank co-wrote The Big Broadcast, a book on the golden age of radio; the book was co-written with Bill Owen, who succeeded Buxton as host of Discovery from 1966 to 1971. He also hosted the game show Get the Message for ABC in 1964, later to be replaced by Robert Q. Lewis. He also had movie roles in What's Up, Tiger Lily? and Overboard.

For much of the 1970s, Buxton worked as a writer, producer and director for Paramount Television. He served as a story editor for the comedy anthology series Love, American Style, in addition to writing and directing episodes of The Odd Couple, Happy Days and Mork & Mindy.

Buxton also created, wrote, produced and directed the television series Hot Dog for NBC, which starred Woody Allen, Tom Smothers, Jonathan Winters, and Joanne Worley. The series won a Peabody Award in 1970.[2]

He currently resides in Bainbridge Island, Washington,[3][4] where he is active in community theatre and numerous philanthropic activities.[5] Frank continues to perform regularly with The Edge, an improvisational comedy group at Bainbridge Performing Arts. He is also a regular cast member on the web cooking show Cookus Interruptus.


  1. ^ Frank Buxton at the Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ List of Peabody Award winners (1970–1979)#1970
  3. ^ Alcalá and Buxton honored as Island Treasures Sunday at IslandWood, Bainbridge Island Review, March 12, 2010, retrieved January 25, 2012 
  4. ^ Local authors, Bainbridge Public Library, March 26, 2011, retrieved January 25, 2012 
  5. ^ Treasures in heaven, Bainbridge Island Review, December 11, 2009, retrieved January 25, 2012 

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