Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Buck Henry, Comedy Genius, Co-Creator of “Get Smart,” Co-Writer of “The Graduate,” Dead at 89


Buck Henry, one of the great comic minds and a legendary writer and performer, has died at age 89.

Buck co-created “Get Smart,” co-directed and wrote “Heaven Can Wait” with Warren Beatty, and co-wrote “The Graduate.” He was a significant contributor to “Saturday Night Live” in its formative years.

He was nominated twice for Oscars. Buck wrote the celebrated and classic screenplays for Nicole Kidman’s “To Die For,” “Catch 22,” “What’s Up, Doc?” and “The Owl and the Pussycat.” There are countless screenplays on which he worked as a script doctor with no credit.

I was lucky enough to know Buck in the 80s, 90s, and 00s. He was one of the greatest talents, a lovely funny man who was so smart and gifted. And he lived in a circle of people who were so hilarious and sharp witted. For many years, he and Carrie Fisher used to send satirical pornographic stories back and forth to each other. (I was once included in their early emails.) I wish I had copies of it now.More stories will be told, I’m sure. This was the man who invented the Cone of Silence and Hymie the Robot and “Don’t call me Chief” with Mel Brooks. A huge, huge loss.

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Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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