Victor Buono

Highest Rated: 95% Seven Days in May (1964)
Lowest Rated: 11% Four for Texas (1963)
Birthday: Feb 3, 1938
Birthplace: Not Available
While attending San Diego's St. Augustine High School, Victor Buono appeared in three plays a year - including the title role in Hamlet! After planning to attend medical school, Buono was rechannelled into an acting career, spending the summer of his 18th year at the municipal Globe Theatre in San Diego, then studying drama at Villanova University. He made his first network TV appearance at age 21, playing bearded poet "Bongo Benny" in an episode of 77 Sunset Strip; this led to 45 TV guest spots over the next three years, during which Buono would later claim he always played "Standard Bad Man 49-B. Buonogenerally played characters much older than himself, his expressive facial features and excess weight helping him pull off the deception. Robert Aldrich cast Buono as the third-rate songwriter who leeches off of faded child star Bette Davis in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane (1962). Davis' was opposed to the casting, insisting that Buono was "grotesque," but after filming finished the actress went up to Buono and apologized for her earlier attitude; even more gratifying to Buono was his Oscar nomination for Baby Jane. Buono's greatest period of TV activity were the years between 1964 and 1970, when he was much in demand to play villains of various nationalities and ethnic origins on the many secret-agent programs of the period. As bad as Buono's bad guys were, he always played them with a rogueish twinkle in the eye just to let the audience know it was all in fun. His best remembered roles during the late 1960s were Count Manzeppi on the adventure series Wild Wild West, and King Tut on the weekly campfest Batman. Also during this period Buono began going the talk-show route, regaling audiences with his self-deprecating poetry, most of it centered on his avoirdupois ("I think that I shall never see / My feet"). These appearances led to nightclub and lecture dates, a popular comedy record album, and a slim volume of poems, It Could Be Verse. In the 1970s and 1980s, Buono's screen characters began to veer away from outright villainy; now he was most often seen as pompous intellectuals or shifty con men. That he could also play straight, and with compassion, was proven by Buono's appearance as President Taft in the TV miniseries Backstairs at the White House, wherein he delivered a poignant tribute to the late Mrs. Taft. Victor Buono was 43 when he died suddenly at his ranch home in Apple Valley, California.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Seduction of a Nerd Actor 2005
No Score Yet The Flight of Dragons Actor 1982
No Score Yet The Man with Bogart's Face Commodore Anastas 1980
No Score Yet More Wild Wild West Dr. Henry Messenger 1980
No Score Yet Better Late Than Never Dr. Zoltan Polos 1979
No Score Yet Backstairs at the White House Actor 1979
No Score Yet The Evil The Devil 1978
No Score Yet Chinese Caper Actor 1978
No Score Yet Man from Atlantis Mr. Schubert 1977
No Score Yet Arnold Minister 1973
No Score Yet Moon Child Maitre d' 1972
No Score Yet The Wrath of God Jennings 1972
No Score Yet Northeast of Seoul Actor 1972
No Score Yet The Mad Butcher Otto 1971
No Score Yet Up Your Teddy Bear Actor 1970
38% Beneath The Planet Of The Apes Fat Man 1970
No Score Yet Savage Season Actor 1970
No Score Yet Boot Hill Honey Fisher 1969
No Score Yet Who's Minding the Mint? Captain 1967
No Score Yet The Silencers Tung-Tze 1966
40% The Greatest Story Ever Told Sorak 1965
81% Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte Big Sam 1964
44% Robin and the Seven Hoods Sheriff Potts 1964
95% Seven Days in May Bit 1964
No Score Yet The Strangler Leo Kroll 1964
11% Four for Texas Harvey Burden 1963
92% What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? Edwin Flagg 1962

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Taxi
1978-1983
Caldwell
  • 1980
No Score Yet The Odd Couple
1970-1975
Lovelace Clove
  • 1975
  • 1973
No Score Yet Night Gallery
1970-1973
Customer
  • 1971
No Score Yet Get Smart
1965-1970
Day
  • 1970
No Score Yet It Takes a Thief
1968-1970
Kent
  • 1969
93% Batman
1966-1968
King Tut
  • 1968
  • 1967
  • 1966
No Score Yet The Wild Wild West
1965-1969
Wing Fat Count Manzeppi
  • 1967
  • 1966
  • 1965
100% The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
1964-1968
Hubris
  • 1966

QUOTES FROM Victor Buono CHARACTERS