Frank Buxton

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Frank Buxton
Frank Buxton Discovery 1966.JPG
Buxton in 1966.
Born (1930-02-13)February 13, 1930
Wellesley, Massachusetts, U.S.
Died January 2, 2018(2018-01-02) (aged 87)
Bainbridge Island, Washington, U.S.
Occupation Actor, television writer, author, television director
Years active 1959–2013
Spouse(s) Cynthia Lovelace Sears (?-2018; his death)

Frank Buxton (February 13, 1930 – January 2, 2018) was 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. Buxton also did the narration, as well as all of the voices, for the "Silly Record" LP (1962 on Harmony Records).

In 1966, Buxton teamed up with Hal Seeger in the animated cartoon series Batfink, providing the voice for the title character in all 100 episodes, as well as 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.[1]

He spent the end of his life in Bainbridge Island, Washington,[2][3] where he was active in community theatre and numerous philanthropic activities.[4] Frank continued to perform regularly with The Edge, an improvisational comedy group at Bainbridge Performing Arts. He was also a regular cast member on the web cooking show Cookus Interruptus.


Buxton died on January 2, 2018 in Bainbridge Island, Washington from heart-related issues.[5] At the time of his death, he was still active in local theater and improv.[6]




  1. ^ List of Peabody Award winners (1970–1979)#1970
  2. ^ Alcalá and Buxton honored as Island Treasures Sunday at IslandWood, Bainbridge Island Review, March 12, 2010, retrieved January 25, 2012
  3. ^ Local authors, Bainbridge Public Library, March 26, 2011, archived from the original on January 19, 2012, retrieved January 25, 2012
  4. ^ Treasures in heaven, Bainbridge Island Review, December 11, 2009, retrieved January 25, 2012
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  6. ^ Barnes, Mike; Bartlett, Rhett (January 3, 2018). "Frank Buxton, Writer and Director on 'The Odd Couple' and 'Happy Days,' Dies at 87". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 3, 2018.

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