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Victor Buono

Highest Rated:   100% Seven Days in May (1964)
Lowest Rated:   11% Four for Texas (1963)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
41% 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
37% The Greatest Story Ever Told
  • Sorak
1965
81% Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte
  • Big Sam
1964
44% Robin and the Seven Hoods
  • Sheriff Potts
1964
100% 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

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Batman
1966-1968
  • King Tut
  • 1968
  • 1967
  • 1966

Quotes from Victor Buono's Characters