Pat Paulsen Biography (1927-1997)
Born July 6, 1927, in South Bend, WA; died April 25, 1997, in Tijuana, Mexico. Comedian, actor, writer, and producer. With his deadpan delivery and political satire, Paulsen was a hit on the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour and made several mock campaigns for the presidency of the United States. Paulsen workedon the comedy and folk club circuit in the 1960s and had appeared on The Steve Allen Show when he met Tom and Dick Smothers in San Francisco. Paulsen went on to become a featured personality on the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, ashow that ran from 1967 to 1969, winning an Emmy award in 1968. He also hada short-lived comedy show of his own, Pat Paulsen's Half a Comedy Hour (on ABC in 1970). His other television appearances were on the shows Joey and Dad,Get Smart, The Tonight Show, and Too Close For Comfort. During the 1970s and1980s, he made a few satirical, although semi-serious, runs for the U.S. presidency running on the STAG (Straight Talkin' American Government) ticket. Paulsen also appeared in the movies Where Were You When the Lights Went Out (1968), Harper Valley PTA (1978), and Night Patrol (1985). When not in comedy clubs, Paulsen worked summers in northern Michigan, producing and performing inplays at the Cherry County Playhouse, which he owned. He also produced winesin Sonoma County, California.
- comedian, actor, writer, producer
- Birth Details
- July 6, 1927
- South Bend, Washington, United States
- Death Details
- April 25, 1997
- Tijuana, Mexico
- Who's Who in America, 46th edition, Marquis, 1990.
- Chicago Tribune, April 26, 1997, sec. 1, p. 23.
- Los Angeles Times, April 26, 1997, p. A18.
- New York Times, April 26, 1997, p. 52.
- Washington Post, April 26, 1997, p. C4.