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Buck Henry

Highest Rated:   100% Taking Off (1971)
Lowest Rated:   13% Town & Country (2000)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
51% The Humbling
  • Screenwriter
2015
72% Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles
  • Actor
$9.3k 2014
88% 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
61% 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
32% The Real Blonde
  • Dr. Leuter
1998
87% To Die For
  • Screenwriter
  • Mr. H. Finlaysson
1995
No Score Yet Kurt Vonnegut's Harrison Bergeron
  • Havlicek
1995
No Score Yet Shotgun Freeway
  • Actor
1995
22% Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
  • Dr. Dreyfus
1994
65% 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
14% Protocol
  • Screenwriter
1984
85% Eating Raoul
  • Mr. Leech
1982
17% First Family
  • Director
  • Fr. Sandstone
  • Screenwriter
1980
95% Gloria
  • Jack Dawn
1980
19% 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
82% The Man Who Fell to Earth
  • Oliver Farnsworth
1976
43% 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
85% Catch-22
  • Lt. Col. Korn
  • Screenwriter
1970
80% The Owl and the Pussycat
  • Screenwriter
  • Man Looking Through Doubleday's Bookstore
1970
80% Candy
  • Screenwriter
1968
No Score Yet The Secret War of Harry Frigg
  • Stockade Commandant
1968
91% The Graduate
  • Screenwriter
  • Room Clerk
1967

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Franklin & Bash
2011-2014
  • Actor
  • 2013
No Score Yet Hot in Cleveland
2010-2015
  • Fred Frank
  • 2013
  • 2011
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Actor
  • 2012
81% 30 Rock
2006-2013
  • Dick Lemon
  • 2010
  • 2007
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Host
  • Guest
  • Appearing
  • Actor
  • 1980
  • 1979
  • 1978
  • 1977
  • 1976

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