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Del Close

Highest Rated: 81% Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

Lowest Rated: 50% The Big Town (1987)

Birthday: Mar 9, 1934

Birthplace: Manhattan, Kansas, USA

This eccentric, outspoken actor and writer is best-known within his own profession for being the acting coach and "metaphysician" for such young comics as Gilda Radner, John and James Belushi, Bill Murray, Dan Akroyd, Chris Farley and other "Saturday Night Live" members. After several abortive tries at college, the Kansas-born Close took to the road in the 1950s, working as a carnival barker and fire-eater ("Azrad the Incombustible"). He toured the country with various theatrical companies in the 1950s, including working alongside Nichols and May at the Compass Players in St. Louis in 1957. Later, Close co-founded Chicago's comedy group Second City (1960) and San Francisco's improvisational group The Committee (1963). Close also worked with such 1950s and 60s performers as Lenny Bruce, Mort Sahl and Tiny Tim. A Midwestern Timothy Leary, Close experimented with every drug imaginable and enthusiastically procured them for John Belushi, Lenny Bruce and others. (Close gave up drugs in the early 1980s after Belushi's death.)

Highest rated movies

Ferris Bueller's Day Off
The Public Eye
Next of Kin
The Big Town

Filmography

Movies

Credit
65% 52% The Public Eye H.R. Rineman (Character) $3.0M 1992
50% 45% Next of Kin Frank (Character) $15.4M 1989
50% 36% The Big Town Deacon Daniels (Character) $776.7K 1987
81% 92% Ferris Bueller's Day Off English Teacher (Character) $69.0M 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Last Affair Unknown (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gold: Before Woodstock, Beyond Reality Hawk (Character) - 1972

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet My Mother the Car Cheskin (Guest Star) 1965-1966
No Score Yet 50% Get Smart Unknown (Guest Star) 1965