Buck Henry Biography
Buck Henry was an American actor, screenwriter, and director. He was nominated twice for an Academy Award, for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Graduate (1967) and for Best Director for Heaven Can Wait (1978) alongside Warren Beatty. He then went on to co-create Get Smart (1965-1970) with Mel Brooks, and hosted Saturday Night Live 10 times from 1976 to 1980. He later guest starred in such popular shows as Murphy Brown, Hot in Cleveland, Will & Grace, and 30 Rock.
Buck Henry Education
He attended The Choate School, (now Choate Rosemary Hall). He later earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature and a senior fellowship in writing at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, where he wrote for the university humor magazine, the Dartmouth Jack-O-Lantern, where he met movie director Bob Rafelson.
Buck Henry Career
He began his acting career at 15 years old in a Broadway production of Life with Father, which later toured theaters in Brooklyn, Long Island, and the Bronx. He was a focused on his career, He therefore joined the improvisational comedy group the Premise, whose ranks included George Segal and Theodore J. Flicker, performing in the West Village in Manhattan.
This helped lead him into a television career. From 1959 to 1962, as part of an elaborate hoax by comedian Alan Abel, he made public appearances as G. Clifford Prout, the quietly outraged president of the Society for Indecency to Naked Animals, who presented his point of view on talk shows.
The character of Prout wished to clothe all animals in order to prevent their ‘indecency’, using slogans such as “A nude horse is a rude horse”. Henry played the character with deadpan sincerity. He was often presented as an eccentric, but was otherwise taken seriously by the broadcasters who interviewed him.
“Prout” received many letters of support from TV viewers, and even some unsolicited monetary donations, all of which were invariably returned, as neither Henry nor Abel (who had no intention of following through on the Society’s stated aims) wanted to be accused of raising money fraudulently.
Henry became a cast member on The New Steve Allen Show (1961) and the US version of That Was the Week That Was (1964–1965). He was a co-creator and writer for the secret agent comedy television series Get Smart (1965–1970), with comedian Mel Brooks. The show lasted for five seasons and 138 episodes and won numerous Emmy Awards.
Two TV projects created by Henry had short runs: Captain Nice (1967) with William Daniels as a reluctant superhero, and Quark (1978), with Richard Benjamin in command of a garbage scow in outer space. Henry shared an Oscar nomination with Calder Willingham for their screenplay for The Graduate (1967), in which he also appeared in a supporting role as a hotel concierge.
Henry’s cameo in The Player (1992) had him (playing himself) pitching a 25-years-later sequel to the film, which Henry later claimed led to real-life interest in such a project from some studios. His many other screen writing credits included the sex farce Candy (1968), the romantic comedies The Owl and the Pussycat (1970) and What’s Up, Doc? (1972), the satire Catch-22 (1970), the thriller The Day of the Dolphin (1973), the comedy Protocol (1984), and the dark crime dramedy To Die For (1995).
In several of these, such as Candy and Catch-22, he also appeared as an actor. In 1997, Henry was the recipient of the Austin Film Festival’s Distinguished Screenwriter Award. Overall, Henry appeared in more than 40 films including a lead role in Taking Off (1971) and supporting roles in The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976), Gloria (1980), Eating Raoul (1982), Aria (1987), Tune in Tomorrow (1990), Defending Your Life (1991), Short Cuts (1993), and Grumpy Old Men (1993).
He co-directed Heaven Can Wait (1978), the remake of Here Comes Mr. Jordan, with the movie’s star Warren Beatty and appeared in the film as an officious angel, reprising the character originally played by Edward Everett Horton. Henry received a second shared Oscar nomination, this time for Best Director.
In his career, he was known for guest-starring and recurring roles on television. He appeared in an episode of Murphy Brown (“My Dinner With Einstein”, 1989) as Dr. Victor Rudman, a fractal scientist who dated Murphy. He appeared on the television show Will & Grace in 2005. In 2007, he made two guest appearances on The Daily Show as a contributor, billed as the show’s “Senior Senior Correspondent”.
He has also appeared as Liz Lemon’s father, Dick Lemon, in the 30 Rock episodes “Ludachristmas” (December 13, 2007) and “Gentleman’s Intermission” (November 4, 2010). In 2011, he appeared in a multi-episode arc of Hot in Cleveland as Elka’s groom. His Broadway credits included the 2002 revival of Morning’s at Seven. Off-Broadway in July 2009, he starred opposite Holland Taylor in Mother, a play by Lisa Ebersole.
Buck Henry Age
He was born on December 9, 1930 in New York City, U.S. and he died at an age of 89 on January 8, 2020 in Los Angeles, California, U.S. He was nicknamed Buck from childhood
Buck Henry Family
He was born in New York City to Paul Steinberg Zuckerman who was an Air Force brigadier general and stockbroker and actress Ruth Taylor.
Buck Henry Wife
He was previously married to Sally Henry and he has been in a relationship with Heidi Von Beltz (1978).
Buck Henry Height
He was standing at a height of 5 Feet 10 Inches.
Buck Henry Net Worth
He was an American actor, screenwriter, and director who had an estimated networth of $3 million dollars.
Buck Henry Cause of Death
He died of a heart attack at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on January 8, 2020, at the age of 89.
Buck Henry Saturday Night Live
He hosted NBC’s Saturday Night Live ten times between 1976 and 1980, making him the show’s most frequent host during its initial five-year run. It became a tradition during these years for Henry to host the final show of each season, beginning with the 1976–1977 season. Henry’s frequent host record would be broken when Steve Martin made his 11th appearance as host of the show on the finale episode of the 1988–1989 season.
During the October 30, 1976, episode, Buck Henry was injured in the forehead by 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.
Buck Henry Movies
- The Troublemaker (1964) (with Theodore J. Flicker)
- The Graduate (1967) (with Calder Willingham)
- Candy (1968)
- Catch-22 (1970)
- The Owl and the Pussycat (1970)
- Is There Sex After Death? (1971) (Uncredited)
- What’s Up, Doc? (1972) (with Peter Bogdanovich, Robert Benton and David Newman)
- The Day of the Dolphin (1973)
- Heaven Can Wait (1978)
- First Family (1980)
- Protocol (1984)
- To Die For (1995)
- Town & Country (2001)
- The Humbling (2014) (with Michal Zebede)
Buck Henry TV Shows
- That Was the Week That Was (1964) (3 episodes)
- Captain Nice (1967) (2 episodes) (creator)
- Get Smart (1965–1970) (co-creator)
- Quark (1978) (7 episodes)
- The New Show (1984) (TV) (5 episodes)
- Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1985) (1 episode “Wake Me When I’m Dead”)
- Trying Times (1989) (TV) (director)
- Tales from the Crypt (1992) (1 episode)
- Great Railway Journeys (1996) (1 episode)
- Dilbert (2000) (1 episode)
Buck Henry Awards
- Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series 1967 · Get Smart
- Writers Guild of America Award for Best Written Comedy 1968 · The Graduate
- BAFTA Award for Best Screenplay 1969 · The Graduate
- Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Comedy 1973 · What’s Up, Doc?