Buck Henry Biography (1930-)

Full name, Buck Henry Zuckerman; born December 9, 1930, in New York, NY; sonof Paul Zuckerman (a stockbroker and former air force general) and Ruth Taylor (an actress).

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Writer, director, producer, story editor, television series creator, actor
Birth Details
December 9, 1930
New York, New York, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Appearances
  • (Film debut) T. R. Kingston, The Troublemaker, Janus, 1964
  • Hotel clerk, The Graduate, Embassy, 1967
  • Stockade commandant, The Secret War of Harry Frigg, Universal, 1968
  • Lieutenant Colonel Korn, Catch-22, Filmways, 1970
  • Man looking through Doubleday's bookstore, The Owl and the Pussycat, Columbia, 1970
  • Larry Tyne, Taking Off, Universal, 1971
  • Dr. Manos, Is There Sex after Death?, 1971
  • Oliver Farnsworth, The Man Who Fell to Earth, Cinema V, 1976
  • The escort, Heaven Can Wait, Paramount, 1978
  • Art Kopple, Old Boyfriends, Avco-Embassy, 1979
  • Bernie Cates, The Absent-Minded Waiter (short), 1979
  • Strong Medicine, 1979
  • Father Sandstone/TV anchorman, First Family, Warner Bros., 1980
  • Jack Dawn, Gloria, Columbia, 1980
  • Mr. Leech, Eating Raoul, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1982
  • Preston, "Rigoletto," Aria, Virgin Vision, 1987
  • Lloyd Stool, Rude Awakening, Orion, 1989
  • Charlie Stevens, Dark before Dawn, 1989
  • Father Serafim, Tune in Tomorrow ... (also known as Aunt Juliaand the Scriptwriter), 1990
  • Dick Stanley, Defending Your Life, Warner Bros., 1991
  • Cecil, The Linguini Incident, 1991
  • Shakespeare's Plan 10 from Outer Space, 1991
  • Himself, The Player, 1992
  • Lewis Louis, The Lounge People, 1992
  • Dr. Dreyfus, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, 1993
  • Gordon Johnson, Short Cuts, 1993
  • Elliott Snyder, Grumpy Old Men, 1993
  • Mr. H. Finlaysson, To Die For, 1995
  • Himself, Shotgun Freeway: Drives through Lost L.A., 1995
  • Dr. Leuter, The Real Blonde, Paramount, 1997
  • Mr. Goldman, 1999, R.A.M.M. Entertainment, 1998
  • Phillip Dagrom, I'm Losing You, Sterling Home Entertainment, 1998
  • Host, The Story of X (documentary), 1998
  • Fred T. Barry, Breakfast of Champions, Buena Vista, 1999
  • Himself, Famous, 2000
  • Town and Country, New Line Cinema, 2001
  • Film Director, Except Where Indicated
  • (With Warren Beatty) Heaven Can Wait, Paramount, 1978
  • First Family, Warner Bros., 1980
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • The Steve Allen Show, ABC, 1961
  • That Was the Week That Was, NBC, 1964-65
  • The New Show, NBC, 1984
  • Rotating host, The Late Show, 1986
  • Movies
  • Smitty, Keep the Change, 1992
  • Clay Fielder, Mastergate, 1992
  • TV producer, Harrison Bergeron (also known as Kurt Vonnegut's Harrison Bergeron), Showtime, 1995
  • Charles Van Allsburg, Curtain Call, Starz!, 1999
  • Miniseries
  • A Girl Thing, 2001
  • Specials
  • A Last Laugh at the '60s, ABC, 1970
  • The George Segal Show, NBC, 1974
  • Host, That Was the Year That Was, 1976
  • Playboy's 25th Anniversary Celebration, 1979
  • Director, "Hunger Chic," Trying Times, KCET, 1989
  • Saturday Night Live 15th Anniversary, 1989
  • Edge, 1990
  • Narrator, The Secret Life of 118 Green Street, 1990
  • Master of ceremonies, Independent Spirit Awards, 1991
  • The Republic Pictures Story, 1991
  • Beauty Rest, 1992
  • Indecision '92: The Democratic National Convention, 1992
  • Laughing Matters, Showtime, 1993
  • Himself, Luck, Trust & Ketchup: Robert Altman in Carver Country (also known as Luck, Trust & Ketchup), Bravo, 1993
  • Himself, AFI's 100 Years, 100 Laughs: America's Funniest Movies, CBS, 2000
  • Honorary cochairperson, 15th Annual IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards, 2000
  • Pilots
  • Felix, The Owl and the Pussycat, 1970
  • Episodic
  • Guest host, The Dick Cavett Show, 1970
  • Host, That Was the Year That Was, NBC, 1976
  • Victor Rudman, "My Dinner with Einstein," Murphy Brown, CBS, 1989
  • Reporter (Reagan), Edge, 1991
  • Great Railway Journeys III, PBS, 1996
  • Also appeared as voice of Dildad, Dilbert, UPN; as guest host, Saturday Night Live, NBC; in Falcon Crest, CBS; and in Alfred Hitchcock Presents.
  • Television Work
  • Series
  • Creator (with Mel Brooks) and story editor, Get Smart!, NBC, 1965-69
  • Creator and executive producer, Captain Nice, NBC, 1967
  • Creator, When Things Were Rotten, 1975
  • Creator, Quark, NBC, 1978
  • Movies
  • Characters creator, Get Smart, Again!, 1989
  • Specials
  • Director, "Hunger Chic," Trying Times, KCET, 1989
  • Stage Appearances
  • Bernardine, New York City, 1952
  • Fortress of Glass, Circle in the Square, New York City, 1952
  • The Premise (improvisation), off-Broadway, 1961-62
  • Artie, House of Blue Leaves, Pasadena Playhouse, Pasadena, CA, 1987
  • Wylie, Kingfish, Los Angeles Theatre Center, Los Angeles, 1988, then Public Theatre, New York City, 1988
  • Three Viewings, Manhattan Theatre Club, New York City, 1995
  • Also appeared as Marc, Art, Broadway production; and in The Moth, New York City.
  • Major Tours
  • (Stage debut) A Day son, Life with Father, U.S. cities, 1948
  • No Time for Sergeants, U.S. cities, 1956
  • RECORDINGS
  • Spoken Word Albums
  • LotusLand, ITW Industries, 1993
  • WRITINGS
  • Screenplays
  • (With Theodore J. Flicker) The Troublemaker, Janus, 1964
  • (With Calder Willingham) The Graduate (adapted from Charles Webb's novel of the same title), Embassy, 1967
  • Candy (adapted from Terry Southern and Mason Hoffenberg's novel of the same title; also known as Candy e il suo pazzo mondo), Cinerama, 1968
  • Catch-22 (adapted from Joseph Heller's novel of the same title), Filmways,1970
  • The Owl and the Pussycat (adapted from a play by Bill Manhoff), Columbia, 1970
  • Taking Off, Universal, 1971
  • Is There Sex after Death?, 1971
  • (With David Newman and Robert Benton) What's Up, Doc?, Warner Bros., 1972
  • The Day of the Dolphin (based on the novel by Robert Merle), Avco-Embassy, 1973
  • First Family, Warner Bros., 1980
  • Protocol, Warner Bros., 1984
  • I Love N.Y., 1987
  • To Die For, 1995
  • Town and Country, New Line Cinema, 2001
  • Television Specials
  • That Was the Year That Was, 1976
  • Television Episodes
  • The Garry Moore Show, 1958-67
  • The Steve Allen Show, ABC, 1961
  • (With Bob Howard) The Bean Show, CBS, 1964
  • That Was the Week That Was, NBC, 1964-65
  • Get Smart!, NBC, 1965-69
  • Captain Nice, NBC, 1967
  • Quark, NBC, 1978
  • The New Show, NBC, 1984
  • "Wake Me When I'm Dead," Alfred Hitchcock Presents, 1985

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Books:
    • Dictionary of Literary Biography, December, 1980 Volume 26: American Screenwriters, Gale, 1984.
    • International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers, Volume 4: Writers and Production Artists, St. James Press, 1996.
    Periodicals:
    • American Film, .
    • Focus on Film, June 12, 1970 Summer, 1972.
    • Life, .
    • New York Times Magazine, July 19, 1970 .

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