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Stars we lost in 2020 –

Buck Henry, the screenwriter behind 1967’s The Graduate and co-creator of 1960s television series Get Smart died Jan. 8 after suffering a heart attack at the age of 89. Henry earned an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Graduate, in which he also played a small role. He also earned an Oscar nod alongside Warren Beatty for directing 1978’s Heaven Can Wait. He won an Emmy for his writing on Get Smart, which he co-created with Mel Brooks. Other writing credits included special material for the 74th Academy Awards and work on the series Quark, The New Show, and The Garry Moore Show. Henry also penned the screenplays for films such as What’s Up, Doc?, The Owl and the Pussycat, Is There Sex After Death?, and The Day of the Dolphin. Henry also had notable turns in front of the camera, including as a frequent Saturday Night Live host and as Liz Lemon’s dad on 30 Rock.


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