Arts & Entertainment | January 9, 2020 10:06 am

Buck Henry, “The Graduate” Screenwriter and “Get Smart” Co-Creator, Dead at 89

Henry suffered a heart attack in Los Angeles

Buck Henry attends the 2013 Telluride Film Festival - Day 3 on August 31, 2013 in Telluride, Colorado.  (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images For Telluride Film Festival)
Buck Henry attends the 2013 Telluride Film Festival - Day 3 on August 31, 2013 in Telluride, Colorado. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images For Telluride Film Festival)
Vivien Killilea

Buck Henry, the screenwriter behind The Graduate who also co-created Get Smart and was a frequent host of Saturday Night Live in the sketch show’s early days, has reportedly passed away at the age of 89 on Wednesday night (Jan. 8). Henry suffered a heart attack and died at Cedars-Sinai Heath Center in Los Angeles, according to Deadline.

In addition to penning the script for the classic Dustin Hoffman movie and creating the beloved spy sitcom, Henry — born Henry Zuckerman in  became the first person to host Saturday Night Live five times (and later, the first to host 10 times). He appeared as the straight man in John Belushi’s famous Samurai sketches, and he played Mr. Dantley, the father of Bill Murray’s nerdy Todd character.

In later years, he made guest appearances on 30 Rock, playing Dick Lemon, the father of Tina Fey’s Liz Lemon.

Celebrity tributes to Henry began pouring in on social media, with Judd Apatow writing “Buck Henry was hilarious and brilliant and made us laugh more times than we even know.”

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