Buck Henry (1930–2020)


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Prolific, multi-talented comedy writer, story editor, actor and director. His father was an Air Force general (Paul Steinberg Zuckerman) turned stockbroker and his mother was silent screen star Ruth Taylor, formerly a member of Mack Sennett's bathing beauties. Buck Henry's first fling with comedy was as a contributor to the Dartmouth ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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The Graduate Writer
(1967)
Get Smart Writer
(1965-1970)
(1993)
Heaven Can Wait The Escort
(1978)

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 2019 Babe West (screenplay)
 2014 The Humbling (screenplay)
 2008 Get Smart's Bruce and Lloyd Out of Control (Video) (characters - uncredited)
 2008 Get Smart (characters)
 2002 The 74th Annual Academy Awards (TV Special) (special material written by)
 2001 Town & Country (written by)
 1996 Great Railway Journeys (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- The High Andes to Patagonia (1996) ... (writer)
 1995 To Die For (screenplay)
 1985 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Wake Me When I'm Dead (1985) ... (writer)
 1984 Protocol (screenplay by)
 1984 The New Show (TV Series) (writer - 5 episodes)
- Episode #1.5 (1984) ... (writer)
- Episode #1.4 (1984) ... (writer)
- Episode #1.3 (1984) ... (writer)
- Episode #1.2 (1984) ... (writer)
- Episode #1.1 (1984) ... (writer)
 1980 First Family
 1980 The Nude Bomb (characters)
  Quark (TV Series) (creator - 8 episodes, 1977 - 1978) (written by - 1 episode, 1977)
- Vanessa 38-24-36 (1978) ... (creator)
- All the Emperor's Quasi-Norms: Part 2 (1978) ... (creator)
- All the Emperor's Quasi-Norms: Part 1 (1978) ... (creator)
- Goodbye, Polumbus (1978) ... (creator)
- The Good, the Bad, and the Ficus (1978) ... (creator)
 1975 The Owl and the Pussycat (TV Movie)
 1973 The Day of the Dolphin (screenplay)
 1972 What's Up, Doc? (screenplay)
 1971 Is There Sex After Death? (uncredited)
 1970 The Owl and the Pussycat (screenplay)
 1970 Catch-22 (screenplay by)
  Get Smart (TV Series) (created by - 138 episodes, 1965 - 1970) (story editor - 45 episodes, 1965 - 1967) (written by - 3 episodes, 1965 - 1966) (teleplay by - 1 episode, 1966)
- I Am Curiously Yellow (1970) ... (creator)
- Do I Hear a Vaults? (1970) ... (creator)
- Hello, Columbus - Goodbye, America (1970) ... (creator)
- What's It All About, Algie? (1970) ... (creator)
- Smartacus (1970) ... (creator)
 1968 Candy (screenplay)
 1967 Three's a Crowd (TV Movie) (creator) / (written by)
 1967 The Graduate (screenplay)
  Captain Nice (TV Series) (written by - 2 episodes, 1967) (creator - 1 episode, 1967)
- Is Big Town Burning? (1967) ... (written by)
- The Man Who Flies Like a Pigeon (1967) ... (creator) / (written by)
 1967 ABC Stage 67 (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1964 The Troublemaker (original story) / (screenplay)
 1961 The New Steve Allen Show (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- UCLA (1961)
- Premier (1961)
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Other Works:

Unsold pilot: Wrote / appeared in a pilot for a sitcom called "The Owl and the Pussycat". Also in cast: Bernadette Peters. See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Interviews | 6 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »


Spouse:

Irene Ramp  (his death) | See more »

Parents:

Zuckerman, Paul Stuart | Ruth Taylor
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Personal Quote:

I don't like to write with people because if they aren't as funny as me I hate them and if they are funnier than me I hate them. See more »

Trivia:

The producers of Saturday Night Live (1975) would almost always include a Samurai sketch when he hosted. On one episode, John Belushi accidentally cut him near the eyebrow with his Samurai sword. As a tribute to this on-air injury, the rest of the cast wore bandages over their eyebrows. See more »

Trademark:

Cap and Glasses

Star Sign:

Sagittarius

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