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Buck Henry


Born - 9 December 1930, New York City, USA
Died - 8 January 2020

Benign, blinkingly bespectacled American comic actor, writer and director with receding dark hair, a multi-talent who first appeared on Broadway as a teenager. The son of silent screen star Ruth Taylor, the twice Oscar-nominated hyphenate was born Buck Henry Zuckerman. After military service in the Korean War, he began writing comedy sketches for TV. He made his acting debut in a film he also wrote, The Troublemaker (1964), three years before his first Oscar nod, with his screenplay for The Graduate (1967). And he began creating a long string of (mostly comic) cameos for the movies: The Secret War of Harry Frigg (1967), Candy (1968), Catch-22 (1970), Taking Off (1971), The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976), Heaven Can Wait (1978, which he also co-directed), Gloria (1980), Eating Raoul (1982), Aria (1987), Rude Awakening (1989), Defending Your Life (1991), Grumpy Old Men (1993), To Die For (1995), The Real Blonde (1997), Breakfast of Champions (1999), Town & Country (2001), The Last Shot (2004) and A Bird of the Air (2011), his last feature, although he starred in a 2020 short, The Pillar Method, which is still to be shown. As well as The Graduate, Henry wrote screenplays for The Owl and the Pussycat (1970), What's Up, Doc? (1972), The Day of the Dolphin (1973), First Family (1980), Protocol (1984), To Die For, Town & Country, Get Smart (2008), The Humbling (2014), Babe West (2019), and others. He died from a heart attack.