Buck Henry dead: The Graduate screenwriter dies aged 89 (Image: GETTY)
Buck Henry, a Hollywood screenwriter behind the likes of The Graduate and What’s Up, Doc?, has reportedly died of a heart attack at Cedars-Sinai Health Center in Los Angeles, according to US publication Deadline. He was aged 89 when he passed.
Buck Henry was comedy royalty. May he laugh all the way to the biggest room in the sky. RIP
His death has been confirmed to the publication by a family member.
Buck was born in New York City to a silent film actress and star of the original Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Ruth Taylor who died in 1984, and Paul Steinberg Zuckerman, a retired Air Force brigadier general and stockbroker who passed in 1965.
He began his passion for writing when attending The Choate School and Dartmouth College, where he worked on the Dartmouth Jack-O-Lantern humour magazine.
He appeared on the hit TV show Will and Grace in 2005 and in 2007, he made two guest appearances on The Daily Show as a contributor.
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Buck Henry was confirmed dead on Wednesday night (Image: GETTY)
Buck Henry hosted Saturday Night Live from 1976 and 1980 (Image: GETTY)
Buck won an Emmy for co-writing the hit 2008 action/adventure series Get Smart alongside Mel Brooks, that starred Don Adams as the bumbling yet somehow effective Maxwell Smart, debuted on NBC in 1965.
Driven by the popularity of the James Bond films, the sitcom was an early hit, finishing the season No. 12 among all primetime programs.
Co-starring Barbara Feldon and Edward Platt, it moved to CBS for its fifth and final season in 1969-70.
The popular franchise was then made into a film in 2008, which debuted Steve Carrell and Anne Hathaway as the protagonists.
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