Buck Henry

Highest Rated: 100% Taking Off (1971)
Lowest Rated: 13% Town & Country (2000)
Birthday: Dec 9, 1930
Birthplace: Not Available
Buck Henry's meek and mild, ordinary guy demeanor belies a razor-sharp dry, wry wit that he aptly applies to his screenplays, the roles he portrays, and the projects he directs. Born Buck Henry Zuckerman to a successful Wall Street broker (who was once an Air Force general) and actress Ruth Taylor, Henry launched his career as an actor at age 16, plying a small role in the Broadway version of Life With Father. During the Korean War, Henry served with the Seventh Army Repertory Company touring Germany performing in a musical comedy that he wrote and directed. During the '50s, Henry became somewhat famous for perpetrating the famous SINA hoax -- the acronym stands for the Society for Indecency to Naked Animals -- that made Henry a popular figure on talk shows where he would claim that naked animals were the cause of humanity's moral decay. In 1960, Henry worked briefly in an improvisational troupe before moving to the West Coast to write for the popular television satire That Was the Week That Was with hosts Steve Allen and Garry Moore. He and fellow comic Mel Brooks collaborated in 1964 to create the pilot for the successful spy spoof Get Smart. That year Henry also collaborated on the screenplay and starred in The Troublemaker, but it was not until Henry's second collaborative screenplay for The Graduate (1967) -- he also played a small role -- that he became one of Hollywood's most in-demand screenwriters. In 1973, he and Warren Beatty were Oscar nominated for their joint effort Heaven Can Wait, a remake of Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941). In the film, Henry played the small but crucial role of the heavenly escort who goofs and brings a football player to heaven too soon. Henry was a periodic host on the NBC comedy series Saturday Night Live during the '70s. Through the '80s and '90s, Henry continued to occasionally write screenplays and play supporting roles in feature films.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
51% The Humbling Screenwriter 2015
73% Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles Actor $9.3K 2014
90% A Fuller Life Actor 2014
94% Casting By Actor $14.5K 2013
30% A Bird of the Air Duncan Weber $10.7K 2011
89% It Came from Kuchar Actor 2010
62% The Last Shot Lonnie Bosco $0.4M 2004
No Score Yet A Girl Thing Actor 2001
59% Serendipity Glove Shopper (uncredited) $50M 2001
43% Lisa Picard Is Famous Himself 2001
13% Town & Country Suttler $6.3M 2000
No Score Yet Curtain Call Charles Van Allsburg 2000
26% Breakfast of Champions Fred T. Barry 1999
40% I'm Losing You Philip Dragom $13.2K 1999
No Score Yet 1999 (A Good Clean Break) Actor 1998
34% The Real Blonde Dr. Leuter 1998
88% To Die For Mr. H. Finlaysson Screenwriter 1995
No Score Yet Kurt Vonnegut's Harrison Bergeron Havlicek 1995
No Score Yet Shotgun Freeway Actor 1995
19% Even Cowgirls Get the Blues Dr. Dreyfus 1994
63% Grumpy Old Men Snyder 1993
95% Short Cuts Gordon Johnson 1993
No Score Yet Keep the Change Smitty 1992
No Score Yet The Linguini Incident Cecil 1992
98% The Player Himself 1992
97% Defending Your Life Dick Stanley 1991
45% Tune in Tomorrow... (Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter) Fr. Serafim 1990
19% Rude Awakening Lloyd 1989
No Score Yet Dark Before Dawn Stevens 1989
50% Aria Preston 1988
25% Protocol Screenwriter 1984
86% Eating Raoul Mr. Leech 1982
20% First Family Director Fr. Sandstone Screenwriter 1980
92% Gloria Jack Dawn 1980
18% The Nude Bomb (The Return of Maxwell Smart) Screenwriter 1980
No Score Yet Old Boyfriends Art Kopple 1979
89% Heaven Can Wait Producer Director The Escort 1978
83% The Man Who Fell to Earth Oliver Farnsworth 1976
45% The Day of the Dolphin Actor Screenwriter 1973
90% What's Up, Doc? Screenwriter 1972
No Score Yet Is There Sex After Death? Dr. Louise Manos 1971
100% Taking Off Larry Tyne 1971
81% Catch-22 Lt. Col. Korn Screenwriter 1970
80% The Owl and the Pussycat Screenwriter Man Looking Through Doubleday's Bookstore 1970
57% Candy Screenwriter 1968
No Score Yet The Secret War of Harry Frigg Stockade Commandant 1968
89% The Graduate Screenwriter Room Clerk 1967

TV

CREDIT
61% Franklin & Bash
2011-2014
  • 2013
No Score Yet Hot in Cleveland
2010-2015
Fred Frank
  • 2013
  • 2011
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • 2012
81% 30 Rock
2006-2013
Dick Lemon
  • 2010
  • 2007
82% Tales from the Crypt
1989-1996
  • 1992
No Score Yet Murphy Brown
1988
  • 1989
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Appearing Host Guest
  • 1980
  • 1979
  • 1978
  • 1977
  • 1976
No Score Yet Get Smart
1965-1970
Screenwriter
  • 1966
  • 1965

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