Paul Lynde

Actor, Writer
Paul Lynde may well have been the first homosexual man who most Americans willingly welcomed into their homes during less-than liberal times. Certainly, other gay performers predated him - Liberace, Rock Hudson - but ... Read more »
Born: 06/13/1926 in Mount Vernon, Ohio, USA

Filmography

Actor (47)

Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope For President 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

The Hollywood Squares 1966 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Donny and Marie 1975 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Paul Lynde Goes M-a-a-a-ad 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Paul Lynde at the Movies 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

The Villain 1979 (Movie)

Nervous Elk (Actor)

'Twas the Night Before Christmas 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Hugo the Hippo 1978 (Movie)

(Voice)

Komedy Tonite 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Rabbit Test 1978 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Paul Lynde Comedy Hour 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

The Paul Lynde Comedy Hour 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

The Paul Lynde Halloween Special 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

The Donny and Marie Osmond Show 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

The Paul Lynde Comedy Hour 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Perry Como's Summer of '74 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

The Sandy Duncan Show 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Journey Back to Oz 1974 (Movie)

(Voice)

The New Temperatures Rising Show 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Charlotte's Web 1973 (Movie)

of Templeton (Voice)

The Paul Lynde Show 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Bewitched 1964 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Motor Mouse 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Voice

The Cattanooga Cats 1969 - 1971 (TV Show)

Voice

The Perils of Penelope Pitstop 1969 - 1971 (TV Show)

Voice

What's Up, America? 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Where's Huddles! 1969 - 1971 (TV Show)

Voice

The Flying Nun 1967 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

How Sweet It Is 1968 (Movie)

Purser (Actor)

The Pruitts of Southampton 1966 - 1967 (TV Show)

Actor

Gidget 1965 - 1966 (TV Show)

Actor

The Munsters 1964 - 1966 (TV Show)

Actor

Beach Blanket Bingo 1965 (Movie)

Bullets (Actor)

The Glass Bottom Boat 1965 (Movie)

Homer Cripps (Actor)

Send Me No Flowers 1964 (Movie)

Mr Akins (Actor)

Bye Bye Birdie 1963 (Movie)

Mr McAfee (Actor)

For Those Who Think Young 1963 (Movie)

Sid Hoyt (Actor)

Son of Flubber 1962 (Movie)

Sportcaster (Actor)

Under the Yum Yum Tree 1962 (Movie)

Murphy (Actor)

Ruggles of Red Gap 1956 - 1957 (TV Show)

Actor

Stanley 1956 - 1957 (TV Show)

Actor

The Good Fairy 1955 - 1956 (TV Show)

Actor

Gidget Gets Married (TV Show)

Actor

Gidget Grows Up (TV Show)

Actor

New Faces (Movie)

(Actor)

Ruggles of Red Gap (Movie)

Charles Belknap-Jackson (Actor)

Ruggles of Red Gap (Movie)

Charles Belknap-Jackson (Performance)
Writer (1)

New Faces (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Biography

Paul Lynde may well have been the first homosexual man who most Americans willingly welcomed into their homes during less-than liberal times. Certainly, other gay performers predated him - Liberace, Rock Hudson - but Lynde was rare among Hollywood entertainers in that he did little to hide or deny his sexuality, even as he kept his public and private lives separate. Born and raised in Ohio, an overweight Lynde grew up assuming the mantle of class clown to curry favor with his classmates, making him a popular high school performer. In New York City by 1948, Lynde tried his hand at stand-up comedy before heading out on the summer stock circuit. On Broadway by the early 1950s, Lynde began to appear on television toward the end of the decade and cut a comedy album in 1960, but began making an impact on film. A reliable hysteric in such movies as "Son of Flubber" (1963) and "Bye Bye Birdie" (1963), Lynde crafted a particular comic persona for himself, composed of equal parts child-like wonder and bitchy cynicism that gave his performances a bracing edge, stamping a template for such latter day performers as Harvey Fierstein, Nathan Lane and Ricky Gervais. After memorable appearances as Uncle Arthur on "Bewitched" (1964-1972), and hilariously voicing the rat Templeton in the animated children's classic, "Charlotte's Web" (1973), Lynde attained the height of popularity as himself on the long-running TV game show, "Hollywood Squares" (NBC, 1966-1980), but left the program under a cloud of controversy in 1979. Plagued by alcohol and drug dependency, Paul Lynde died at a relatively young age, but left a snide, hilarious legacy on both the big and small screen that few performers of his era could match.

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