Buck Henry has written the screenplays for the films THE GRADUATE (1967), Catch 22 (1970), The Owl and the Pussycat (1975), What’s Up, Doc? (1972), The Day of the Dolphin (1973), Protocol (1984) and To Die For (1995) among others. He co-directed (with Warren Beatty) and appeared in Heaven Can Wait (1978), and wrote, directed and appeared in First Family (1980).
In television he co-created (with Mel Brooks), story edited and wrote for the series Get Smart; created the series Captain Nice and Quark; was a writer/performer on The Gary Moore Show, The Steve Allen Show, That Was the Week That Was and The New Show; and hosted Saturday Night Live ten times.
He has appeared as an actor in numerous television shows and comedy/drama shows including Murphy Brown, Tales from The Crypt, Falconcrest, Will and Grace, 30 Rock, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Hot in Cleveland, and wrote and hosted segments of PBS’s The Edge and the BBC-PBS series Great Railway Adventures.
On stage he has appeared on Broadway, most recently in the long-running and award-winning comedy Art and the Lincoln Center Production of Morning’s at Seven; off-Broadway and in regional theater and has acted in over forty films including Taking Off (1971), The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976), Gloria (1980), Eating Raoul (1982), The Player (1992), Grumpy Old Men (1993); and L.A. Short Cuts (1993).
His awards include an Emmy win, an Obie award, two Academy Award nominations, a British Academy Award and a Writer’s Guild Award.
He has written for various magazines and newspapers.