Paul Lynde

Highest Rated: 89% Bye Bye Birdie (1963)
Lowest Rated: 0% The Villain (1979)
Birthday: Jun 13, 1926
Birthplace: Mount Vernon, Ohio, USA
Biting, sarcastic comic actor Paul Lynde made his Broadway debut in Leonard Sillman's New Faces of 1952, which was transferred to film virtually intact in 1953. Far heavier than most of his fans remember him (he tipped the scales at 260 pounds), Lynde scored with a "sick" monologue in which he described the various injuries that had befallen him. The undercurrent of pain inherent in his comedy has been attributed by some observers to Lynde's lifelong insecurities, many of these stemming from the time when his father, mother, and favorite brother all died within a three-month period. By the time Lynde was cast as the long-suffering father in the 1961 Broadway play Bye Bye Birdie, he had slimmed down considerably and his comic gifts had sharpened to a fine point. Beginning with the 1963 Disney film Son of Flubber, Lynde played a series of movie character parts in which he made snide, cynical comments about everyone and everything. Funny in small doses, Lynde's screen character was a bit too much to take on an extended basis, though he was very funny in the recurring character of Uncle Arthur on the '60s TV sitcom Bewitched, and, after several busted pilots, managed to survive a full season with The Paul Lynde Show in 1972. He also provided a number of cartoon voices, notably the villainous Sylvester Sneakley on Hanna-Barbera's Saturday morning opus The Perils of Penelope Pitstop (1969). During the late '70s, Lynde cultivated a fan following for his wisecracking appearances as the "center square" on the TV celebrity game show The Hollywood Squares. He died in 1982 at the age of 55.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
0% The Villain Nervous Elk 1979
No Score Yet Rabbit Test Dr. Roger Vidal 1978
No Score Yet Paul Lynde Halloween Special Actor 1976
No Score Yet Paul Lynde Halloween Special Actor 1976
No Score Yet Hugó, a víziló (Hugo the Hippo) Actor 1976
No Score Yet Journey Back to Oz Pumpkinhead 1974
76% Charlotte's Web Templeton 1973
No Score Yet The Perils of Penelope Pitstop Actor 1969
No Score Yet How Sweet It Is! the Purser 1968
57% The Glass Bottom Boat Cripps 1966
80% Beach Blanket Bingo Bullets 1965
57% Send Me No Flowers Mr. Akins 1964
No Score Yet For Those Who Think Young Sid Hoyt 1964
No Score Yet Under the Yum Yum Tree Murphy 1963
89% Bye Bye Birdie Mr. McAfee 1963
86% Son of Flubber Sportscaster 1963
No Score Yet New Faces Screenwriter Himself 1954

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Bewitched
1964-1972
Uncle Arthur Harold
  • 1971
  • 1970
  • 1969
  • 1968
  • 1966
  • 1965
No Score Yet I Dream of Jeannie
1965-1970
Guest Porter
  • 1968
  • 1967
  • 1966
No Score Yet The Beverly Hillbillies
1962-1971
Clerk
  • 1967
83% The Munsters
1964-1966
Dr. Dudley
  • 1965
  • 1964
No Score Yet The Phil Silvers Show
1955-1959
Dr. Rudy
  • 1959

QUOTES FROM Paul Lynde CHARACTERS