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Buck Henry, the actor. writer and director, has passed away at age 89.

Henry was a major talent. He wrote the screenplay adaptations of films that included The Graduate, Catch-22, The Owl and the Pussycat and To Die For. He co-directed (with Warren Beatty) the 1978 version of Heaven Can Wait (and played an angel whose mistake sets the plot in motion). He co-wrote 1972's What's Up, Doc?. He hosted "Saturday Night Live" 10 times during its first five years.

And, he co-created, with Mel Brooks, the sixties situation comedy, "Get Smart."

The Variety obit provides this bit of trivia:

"From 1959-62, he generated some notoriety by pretending to be G. Clifford Prout Jr., the president of the Society for Indecency to Naked Animals (SINA). Henry called the prank organization 'a parody of uptight, silly morality chasers.' (Slogans included 'A nude horse is a rude horse.') But Walter Cronkite, who broadcast a serious segment on SINA for CBS News, never forgave Henry for not letting him in on the joke."
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