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R.I.P. > Goodbye to a Comedy Legend

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Melki | 3515 comments Mod
Buck Henry, an Oscar-nominated screenwriter and director, co-creator of television’s “Get Smart” and a frequent host of “Saturday Night Live”, has died at age 89.


Henry was nominated, along with co-writer Calder Willingham, for an Oscar in 1968 for “The Graduate,” and with Mel Brooks, helped create the spy spoof “Get Smart,” which aired on NBC from 1965-69 and on CBS from 1969-70.

I remember him most from his frequent appearances on Saturday Night Live. He hosted the show 10 times from 1976 to 1980, and held the "hosting" record until 1989 when it was broken by Steve Martin.

Henry also wrote the screenplay for the brilliant 1995 film “To Die For,” starring Nicole Kidman and Matt Dillon.

“Buck Henry was hilarious and brilliant and made us laugh more times than we even know,” filmmaker Judd Apatow wrote on Instagram. “I was lucky enough to be on a panel with him at (South by Southwest) and he was so funny. He said `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.’ One of the greats.”

message 2: by Jay (new)

Jay Cole (jay_cole) | 5437 comments Mod
Thanks for the laughs, Buck.

message 3: by Joel (new)

Joel Bresler | 1548 comments Mod
Clearly, a great loss to entertainment.

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