Buck Henry

Screenwriter, Actor, Director
After limited success as a stage actor, writer Buck Henry established himself as a sketch writer and performer in 1960s television before writing scripts for some of cinema's most seminal films. Henry first found screen ... Read more »
Born: 12/09/1930 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (77)

A Fuller Life 2014 (Movie)

(Himself)

Franklin & Bash 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

A Bird of the Air 2011 (Movie)

Duncan Weber (Actor)

Casting By 2011 (Movie)

Interviewee (Actor)

Hot in Cleveland 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Moguls and Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood 1999 - 2000, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

It Came From Kuchar 2010 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

American Swing 2009 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Get Smart 2008 (Movie)

Consultant (Actor)

Pierre Rissient: Man of Cinema 2008 (Movie)

(Actor)

30 Rock 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Movies That Shook the World 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Will & Grace 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Last Shot 2004 (Movie)

Lonnie Bosco (Actor)

Inside TV Land 1999 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Town & Country 2001 (Movie)

Suttler (Actor)

AFI's 100 Years... 100 Laughs 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Dilbert 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Voice

Breakfast of Champions 1999 (Movie)

Fred T Barry (Actor)

I'm Losing You 1999 (Movie)

Philip Dragom (Actor)

1999 1998 (Movie)

Mr Goldman (Actor)

Curtain Call 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Real Blonde 1998 (Movie)

Dr Leuter (Actor)

Great Railway Journeys III 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Story of X 1997 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Shotgun Freeway: Drives Thru Lost L.A. 1996 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Kurt Vonnegut's Harrison Bergeron 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

To Die For 1995 (Movie)

Mr Finlaysson (Actor)

Even Cowgirls Get the Blues 1994 (Movie)

Dr Dreyfus (Actor)

Grumpy Old Men 1993 (Movie)

Elliott Snyder (Actor)

Mastergate 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Short Cuts 1993 (Movie)

Gordon Johnson (Actor)

Beauty Rest 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Edge 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Linguini Incident 1992 (Movie)

Cecil (Actor)

The Player 1992 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Defending Your Life 1991 (Movie)

Dick Stanley (Actor)

Independent Spirit Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Secret Life of 118 Green Street 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Narrator

Hunger Chic 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Saturday Night Live 15th Anniversary 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Lounge People 1990 (Movie)

Louis (Actor)

Tune in Tomorrow... 1990 (Movie)

Father Serafim (Actor)

Rude Awakening 1989 (Movie)

Lloyd (Actor)

Aria 1988 (Movie)

Preston (Actor)

Dark Before Dawn 1988 (Movie)

Charlie Stevens (Actor)

The Late Show 1986 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The New Show 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Eating Raoul 1982 (Movie)

Mr Leech (Actor)

First Family 1980 (Movie)

Father Sandstone (Actor)

Gloria 1980 (Movie)

Jack Dawn (Actor)

Old Boyfriends 1979 (Movie)

Art Kopple (Actor)

Playboy's 25th Anniversary Celebration 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Heaven Can Wait 1978 (Movie)

Escort (Actor)

Saturday Night Live 1976 - 1977 (Tv Show)

Actor

That Was the Year That Was 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

The Man Who Fell to Earth 1976 (Movie)

Oliver Farnsworth (Actor)

The George Segal Show 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Taking Off 1971 (Movie)

Larry Tyne (Actor)

A Last Laugh at the 60's 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

Catch-22 1970 (Movie)

Lieutenant Colonel Korn (Actor)

Is There Sex After Death 1970 (Movie)

Dr Manos (Actor)

The Owl and the Pussycat 1970 (Movie)

Man Looking Through Doubleday Bookstore (Actor)

The Secret War of Harry Frigg 1968 (Movie)

Stockade Commandant (Actor)

The Graduate 1967 (Movie)

Room Clerk (Actor)

That Was the Week That Was 1963 - 1965 (TV Show)

Actor

The Troublemaker 1963 (Movie)

TR Kingston (Actor)

Edge (TV Show)

Actor

Keep the Change (TV Show)

Actor

Laughing Matters (TV Show)

Actor

The Republic Pictures Story (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (22)

Get Smart's Bruce and Lloyd Out of Control 2014 (Movie)

(original television series charcaters) (Source Material)

The Humbling 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Get Smart 2008 (Movie)

(from characters) (Source Material)

The 74th Annual Academy Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Writer

Town & Country 2001 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

To Die For 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

I Love N.Y. 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Alfred Hitchcock Presents 1985 - 1987 (TV Show)

Writer

Protocol 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

First Family 1980 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Nude Bomb 1979 (Movie)

("Get Smart") (Characters as Source Material)

Quark 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Writer

When Things Were Rotten 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Creator

The Day of the Dolphin 1973 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

What's Up Doc? 1972 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Catch-22 1970 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Get Smart 1965 - 1970 (TV Show)

Writer

The Owl and the Pussycat 1970 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Candy 1968 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Graduate 1967 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Troublemaker 1963 (Movie)

(From Story)

The Troublemaker 1963 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (2)

First Family 1980 (Movie)

(Director)

Heaven Can Wait 1978 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (2)

Heaven Can Wait 1978 (Movie)

(Producer)

Captain Nice 1966 - 1967 (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Other (2)

Get Smart 2008 (Movie)

(Consultant)

Get Smart, Again! (TV Show)

Other

Biography

After limited success as a stage actor, writer Buck Henry established himself as a sketch writer and performer in 1960s television before writing scripts for some of cinema's most seminal films. Henry first found screen success on "The New Steve Allen Show" (ABC, 1961) and "That Was the Week That Was" (NBC, 1964-65) before joining forces with Mel Brooks to create "Get Smart" (NBC/CBS 1965-1970), the popular and Emmy Award-winning screwball sitcom that lived a long fruitful life in syndication for generations. During the spy comedy's run, Henry wrote the script for Mike Nichols' iconic film, "The Graduate" (1967), which earned him his first Academy Award nomination. He continued to pen engaging films like "Catch-22" (1970) and "What's Up Doc?" (1972), while directing Warren Beatty in "Heaven Can Wait" (1978), only to find himself slipping with the unwatchable "First Family" (1980) and the routine Goldie Hawn comedy, "Protocol" (1984). Henry shifted focus from putting pen to paper in order to concentrate on performing, which included hosting "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ) over 10 times, while serving as a rotating host for the failed late night talker, "The Late Show" (NBC, 1984), and a recurring stint on "Falcon Crest" (CBS, 1981-1990). Henry regained his stature as one of Hollywood's top screenwriters with "To Die For" (1995), only to get pulled into the disaster known as "Town & Country" (2001), which showed that his career had as many moments of sharp disappointment as it did of unadulterated genius.

Relationships

Sally Henry

Wife
Met Henry when she was working as Mike Nichols' secretary

Ruth Taylor Director

Mother
Born Jan. 13, 1908; began as a Mack Sennett Bathing Beauty in comedy shorts; later played Lorelei Lee in the first screen adaptation of Anita Loos' "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" (1928) Died on April 12, 1984

Paul Zuckerman

Father
Born in 1899 Died in 1966

EDUCATION

Choate School

Wallingford , Connecticut
all-male school; in 1974 merged with all-female Rosemary Hall; now called Choate Rosemary Hall

Dartmouth College

Hanover , New Hampshire 1952

Harvard Military Academy

Los Angeles , California

Milestones

2011

Cast as Elka's (Betty White) love interest on TV Land sitcom "Hot in Cleveland"

2009

Starred off-Broadway opposite Holland Taylor in "Mother," a play by Lisa Ebersole

2008

Credited with creating the characters for the feature film remake of "Get Smart," starring Steve Carell as Maxwell Smart and Anne Hathaway as Agent 99

2007

Landed a recurring guest appearance on "30 Rock" (NBC) as Liz Lemon's (Tina Fey) father Dick

2005

Guest starred on "Will & Grace" (NBC)

2004

Cast opposite Matthew Broderick and Alec Baldwin in the comedy "The Last Shot"

2001

Co-wrote the comedy feature "Town & Country," starring Warren Beatty and Diane Keaton as a couple with a troubled marriage; also acted

2000

Featured in Griffin Dunne's "Famous"; screened at Cannes

1999

Acted in the independent features "I'm Losing You" and "Breakfast of Champions"

1999

Voiced the character of Dadbert on an episode of the UPN animated series "Dilbert"

1999

Starred on Broadway in "Art"

1997

Featured in "The Real Blonde"

1995

Wrote the screenplay for Van Sant's "To Die For"; acted in a supporting role

1994

Had a role in Gus Van Sant's misfire "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues"

1993

Acted in Altman's "Short Cuts"; also featured in "Grumpy Old Men"

1992

Appeared in a cameo role as himself in Robert Altman's "The Player"

1991

Served as Master of Ceremonies for the "10th Annual Independent Spirit Awards"

1991

Appeared as a correspondent on "Edge," a monthly magazine series covering American pop culture on PBS

1987

Served as a rotating host on "The Late Show," a late night talk show (and the first series produced for Fox)

1987

Last screenwriting credit for eight years, "I Love N.Y."

1987

Appeared as a recurring character on three episodes of "Falcon Crest" (CBS), the popular primetime soap

1985

Wrote and acted in "Wake Me When I'm Dead," an episode of the 1985-86 revival of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" (NBC)

1984

Became a writer and cast member of "The New Show" (NBC), producer Lorne Michaels' failed attempt to create a "Saturday Night Live"-like primetime show

1980

First feature credit as sole screenwriter and sole director, "First Family"

1980

Received a "from characters" credit on "The Nude Bomb," a feature version of "Get Smart!"

1978

Created "Quark," a short-lived sci-fi spoof starring Richard Benjamin on NBC

1978

Debut as film director and producer with "Heaven Can Wait" (with Warren Beatty); received an Oscar nomination for Best Direction

1976

Hosted and wrote for "That Was the Year That Was," an NBC special that satirically reviewed 1976

1975

Reteamed with Mel Brooks to create "When Things Were Rotten," a short-lived spoof of Robin Hood on ABC

1967

TV producing debut, executive produced, created and wrote episodes of "Captain Nice", an NBC superhero spoof

1967

Breakthrough screenwriting credit, co-scripted (with Calder Willingham) "The Graduate"; first collaboration with director Mike Nichols; garnered an Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay Adaptation

1966

Co-scripted the ABC special "The World of Mike Nichols"

1965

Breakthrough TV credit, co-created with Mel Brooks, scripted episodes and served two years (1965-67) as story editor on "Get Smart!" (NBC, CBS), the extremely popular spy spoof series starring Don Adams as Maxwell Smart and Barbara Feldon as Agent 99

1964

Feature debut, co-wrote story, co-scripted (with director Theodore J. Flicker) and acted in "The Troublemaker"

1964

Wrote for and appeared as a regular on "That Was the Week That Was" (NBC), a well-received American version of the classic British political satire series

1961

Became a regular performer on the final season of "The Steve Allen Show"

1960

Moved to Hollywood (date approximate)

1960

Joined the off-Broadway improvisational theater company "The Premise"

1954

Returned to civilian life

1952

Served in the U.S. Army; during the Korean conflict toured Germany with the Seventh Army Repertory Company in a musical comedy that he wrote, directed and starred in

1948

Acted in the touring company of "Life with Father"

1947

Broadway acting debut at age 16 in a minor role in "Life with Father"

Acted in the national company of "No Time for Sergeants"

Began writing comedy material for "The Steve Allen Show" (NBC) and "The Garry Moore Show" (CBS)

With a friend, posed as co-founder of The Society for Indecency to Naked Animals (SINA), a fictional organization that linked animal nudity to the moral decay of Western civilization; appeared on various talkshows to discuss the matter; admitted to the ho

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