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Paul Lynde



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
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 Kraft Music Hall - Alan King
  • Actor
1969
No Score Yet How Sweet It Is!
  • the Purser
1968
50% 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 Bewitched - 'Cuz It's Witchcraft
  • Actor
1964
No Score Yet Under the Yum Yum Tree
  • Murphy
1963
92% Bye Bye Birdie
  • Mr. McAfee
1963
86% Son of Flubber
  • Sportscaster
1963
No Score Yet New Faces
  • Screenwriter
  • Himself
1954

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