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Paul Lynde

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b. Paul Edward Lynde, 13 June 1926, Support Vernon, Ohio, USA, d. 10 January 1982, Beverly Hillsides, LA, California, USA. Getting started in NY being a stand-up comic with an outrageous range in thinly disguised intimate dual entendres, Lynde made an appearance on Broadway in New Encounters Of 1952, also showing up within the 1954 film from the present, plus some of his sketches had been found in the 1956 and 1962 editions from the present. He sang ‘Hymn TO SOME Sunday Evening’ within the Broadway display Bye Bye Birdie (1960), exhibiting a middle American’s yen to seem in the Ed Sullivan Present. Lynde performed in summer share productions from the Difficult Years, Don’t Drink WATER, and Plaza Collection. In the first 60s he produced some movies, including Boy Of Flubber (1960), Bye Bye Birdie and BENEATH THE Yum Yum Tree (both 1963), Send Me No Bouquets (1964) as well as the Glass Bottom Fishing boat (1966), the last mentioned set with Doris Time. In 1969 he dubbed voices for the cartoon tv series The Cattanooga Felines and had equivalent duties for the movies Charlotte’s Internet (1973), Journey BACK AGAIN TO Oz (1974) and Hugo The Hippo (1976). On tv he was frequently in the Perry Como Present (1948), and thereafter made an appearance in episodes from the Red Buttons Present (1952), Bilko (1958/9), The Andy Williams Present (1962), Burke’s Rules (1963-65), The Munsters (1964/5), The Jack port Benny Present (1964), Bewitched (1965-71), I IMAGINE Jeannie (1966-68), Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In (1972) as well as the Dean Martin Present (1972). Additionally, from 1966-79 he was a panellist in the Hollywood Squares. He previously his own present, The Paul Lynde Present (1972), a respected function as Dr. Paul Mercy in Temperature ranges Increasing (1972-74), and produced single performances in ratings of other tv shows. He also hosted The Paul Lynde Halloween Particular (1976) and Paul Lynde At THE FILMS (1979). Although often outrageously camp in way and dress, culture’s attitudes through the period of Lynde’s reputation designed that his intimate proclivities weren’t openly known. Pursuing years of weighty drinking and drug abuse, he experienced a coronary attack and was discovered lifeless at his house.

Quick Facts


Full Name Paul Lynde
Died January 11, 1982, Beverly Hills, California, United States
Height 1.8 m
Profession Comedian, Character Actor
Education Northwestern University
Nationality American
Parents Hoy Lynde, Sylvia Bell
Siblings Helen Lynde, Richard Lynde, Cordon Lynde, Grace Lynde, John Lynde
Music Songs Kids, Bye Bye Birdie - Original Broadway Cast: Kids, Hymn for a Sunday Evening, Bye Bye Birdie - Original Broadway Cast: Hymn for a Sunday Evening, Lizzie Borden, Take Off the Mask, Bye Bye Birdie: Kids, Act 2. Lizzie Borden, Guess Who I Saw Today?
Nominations Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy, Primetime Emmy Award for Special Classification Of Outstanding Program Achievement, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Daytime Programming - Individuals
Movies Bye Bye Birdie, Charlotte's Web, The Glass Bottom Boat, Send Me No Flowers, The Villain, Son of Flubber, Under the Yum Yum Tree, Journey Back to Oz, Hugo the Hippo, New Faces, For Those Who Think Young, The Paul Lynde Halloween Special, Gidget Grows Up, Gidget Gets Married, Beach Blanket Bingo, How Sweet It Is!, 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, In Concert Series: Andy Williams
TV Shows Hollywood Squares, Temperatures Rising, The Paul Lynde Show, Bewitched, Where's Huddles?, The Perils of Penelope Pitstop, The Pruitts of Southampton, The Paul Lynde Halloween Special, Cattanooga Cats, It's The Wolf, The Jonathan Winters Show, The Red Buttons Show


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#Fact
1 Paul had two sisters.
2 One of only a handful of actors to have appeared on both "magic" television shows Bewitched and I Dream Of Jeannie.
3 His father's name was Hoy Lynde, and his mother's name was Sylvia Bell. He had three brothers: Richard, Cord, and John.
4 Portrayed Mr. MacAfee in the original Broadway stage version of "Bye Bye Birdie" which opened April 14, 1960 and ran for 607 performances. He reprised the role in the film Bye Bye Birdie (1963).
5 Was an accomplished cook.
6 Lynde and long-term companion, Bing Davidson were staying at the Drake hotel in San Francisco, California on July 17, 1965. The two went out the next day for a good time and got very drunk. Davidson decided to show Lynde a trick and dangled off the hotel balcony by his fingers. He was slipping and Paul desperately tried to help him in, but Davidson fell to his death. They are buried next to each other in Amity Cemetery in Ohio.
7 The sign proclaiming Mount Vernon, Ohio, as the birthplace of Paul Lynde was recently changed to read: "Home of Daniel Decatur Emmett, Author of [the song] 'Dixie.'"
8 In "Center Square: The Paul Lynde Story," biographers Steve Wilson and Joe Florenski lay to rest rumors that there was something suspicious about Lynde's death at the age of 55. Dismissing such rumors that the comedian was murdered by a hustler who robbed Lynde's house and left him dead and naked, the authors say that Lynde did die of a heart attack, as the coroner's report contended he did. Lynde expired at almost the same age as his father, who also died from a heart attack. The authors express surprise that Lynde didn't have a heart attack sooner, what with his transgressive lifestyle. Lynde was heavily into alcohol and also used drugs. He claimed to have quit these habits cold-turkey not long before his death, having been transformed by a personal event that he never revealed.
9 Holds a unique place in show business history - he actually got to sing on "The Ed Sullivan Show" the song he performed nightly in the Broadway musical "Bye Bye Birdie" about the excitement of appearing on the iconic "Ed Sullivan Show".
10 When he first went to New York, he lived in an apartment building that housed many other struggling actors. The building had communal kitchens, kitchens shared by all the tenants of a floor. One of the other actors in the building claimed that Lynde used to steal his food from the refrigerator. That actor was a young Marlon Brando.
11 He had a weight problem that he fought to control his entire life.
12 His classmates at Northwestern University included Cloris Leachman, Charlotte Rae, Jeffrey Hunter, Claude Akins, Martha Hyer, Patricia Neal, and Agnes Nixon.
13 Explained his lifelong bachelorhood to fans (in the days before "coming out") by telling them his high-school sweetheart had broken his heart, and he was still too hurt to give other women a chance.
14 Lynde left The Hollywood Squares (1965) in 1979, in a dispute over his salary. When tabloids ran stories claiming he had been fired for his drinking as well as on-set problems, he sued them for libel, seeking $10 million in damages.
15 His older brother Cordon died in World War II.
16 A fan once set up a museum full of Paul Lynde memorabilia in his home town on Mount Vernon, Ohio
17 Long-time "center square" and court jester in residence on the original The Hollywood Squares (1965), Paul Lynde's quips on that show are still quoted, and laughed at, to this day.
18 Told his agent shortly before his death that he had given up cigarettes and alcohol.
19 The coroner who examined his body said he had the heart of an 88-year-old man.
20 Posthumously "outed" by Boze Hadleigh, who has written extensively about previously closeted Hollywood actors/actresses.
21 Attended Northwestern University (Evanston, IL).


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Patty Duke Show 1963 TV Series Mr. Snell
Bye Bye Birdie 1963 Harry McAfee
Son of Flubber 1963 Sportscaster
Jackie Gleason: American Scene Magazine 1962 TV Series Gary Snead
Play of the Week 1960 TV Series
The Phil Silvers Show 1958-1959 TV Series Rudy the Doctor / The Desk Clerk
Producers' Showcase 1957 TV Series Belknap-Jackson
Stanley 1956 TV Series
The Good Fairy 1956 TV Movie Dr. Metz
The Red Buttons Show 1952 TV Series Regular performer (1955)
The Villain 1979 Nervous Elk
Rabbit Test 1978 Dr. Roger Vidal, M.D.
'Twas the Night Before Christmas 1977 TV Movie Clark Cosgrove
Hugo the Hippo 1975 Aban-Khan (voice)
The New Temperatures Rising Show 1973-1974 TV Series Dr. Paul Mercy
The Paul Lynde Show 1972-1973 TV Series Paul Simms
Charlotte's Web 1973 Templeton (voice)
Journey Back to Oz 1972 Pumpkinhead (voice)
Gidget Gets Married 1972 TV Movie Louis B. Latimer
Love, American Style 1970-1971 TV Series Stanley (segment 'Love and the House Bachelor') / (segment "Love and the Pregnancy") / Grisdale (segment "Love and the Nervous Executive")
Bewitched 1965-1971 TV Series Uncle Arthur Harold Harold
Where's Huddles? 1970 TV Series Claude Pertwee / Uncle Pertwee Famouse
The Perils of Penelope Pitstop 1969-1970 TV Series The Hooded Claw Sylvester Sneekly
The Kraft Music Hall 1970 TV Series Doctor Zodiak
Gidget Grows Up 1969 TV Movie Louis B. Latimer
The Jackie Gleason Show 1969 TV Series Worthington Kenmore
Cattanooga Cats 1969 TV Series Mildew Wolf (voice)
That's Life 1968-1969 TV Series Clerk
The Flying Nun 1968 TV Series Father Lundigan
The Mothers-In-Law 1968 TV Series Wally Logan
How Sweet It Is! 1968 The Purser
I Dream of Jeannie 1966-1968 TV Series Porter / Allen Kerr / Harry Huggins
The Beverly Hillbillies 1967 TV Series Passport Clerk
Hey, Landlord 1967 TV Series Mr. Gregory
That Girl 1967 TV Series Nate Caswell
The Phyllis Diller Show 1967 TV Series Harvey
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre 1966 TV Series Judge
F Troop 1966 TV Series Sgt. Ramsden
The Glass Bottom Boat 1966 Homer Cripps
Gidget 1966 TV Series Herman Marshall
The Farmer's Daughter 1965 TV Series Tony / Tony Parrish
Beach Blanket Bingo 1965 Bullets
Burke's Law 1963-1965 TV Series Guy Hawthorne Jr. / Dr. McCoy / Arthur Clark
The Munsters 1964-1965 TV Series Dr. Edward Dudley
Two's Company 1965 TV Movie Paul Greg
The Cara Williams Show 1964 TV Series Charles Crump
The Jack Benny Program 1964 TV Series Veterinarian
Send Me No Flowers 1964 Mr. Akins
For Those Who Think Young 1964 Sid Hoyt
Grindl 1963 TV Series Purvis Inchback
Under the Yum Yum Tree 1963 Murphy

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Paul Lynde Halloween Special 1976 TV Special performer: "We Wish You a Merry Christmas", "Deck the Halls", "Here Comes Peter Cottontail", "My Funny Valentine", "Dixie I Wish I Was in Dixie" - uncredited
Charlotte's Web 1973 performer: "A Fair is a Veritable Schmorgasboard-orgasboard-orgasboard"
Bewitched 1965-1969 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Dean Martin Presents the Golddiggers 1968 TV Series performer - 3 episodes
Bye Bye Birdie 1963 performer: "Hymn for a Sunday Evening" aka "The Ed Sullivan Song", "Kids"

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
New Faces 1954 additional sketches

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America 2009 TV Series documentary
Bob Hope for President 1980 TV Special
The Hollywood Squares 1966-1979 TV Series Himself - Center Square / Himself - Panelist / Himself -The Center Square / ...
Dinah! 1975-1979 TV Series Himself
Paul Lynde Goes MA-A-A-AD 1979 TV Movie Himself - Host
Paul Lynde at the Movies 1979 TV Special Himself / Maurice Darlyrimple
Donny and Marie 1975-1979 TV Series Himself
A Mac Davis Special: Christmas Odyssey - 2010 1978 TV Special Himself
The Paul Lynde Comedy Hour 1978 TV Movie Himself - Host
America 2-Night 1978 TV Series Himself
ABC's Silver Anniversary Celebration 1978 TV Special Himself
The 29th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1977 TV Special Himself
Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Peter Marshall 1977 TV Special Himself
The Paul Lynde Comedy Hour 1977 TV Movie Himself - Host
The Paul Lynde Halloween Special 1976 TV Special Himself / Big Ruby Red / Sheik
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1964-1976 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself
Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Dean Martin 1976 TV Special Himself
The Second Annual Comedy Awards 1976 TV Special Himself
The Paul Lynde Comedy Hour 1975 TV Movie Himself - Host
Donahue 1975 TV Series Himself
The Mac Davis Show 1975 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Smothers Brothers Show 1975 TV Series Himself
The $10,000 Pyramid 1975 TV Series Himself
Sandy Duncan Special 1974 TV Special Himself
Perry Como's Summer of 74 1974 TV Movie Himself
All-Star Baffle 1973 TV Series Himself
Password All-Stars 1972 TV Series Himself - Celebrity Contestant
The Jerry Reed When You're Hot You're Hot Hour 1972 TV Series Himself - Cameo
The 24th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1972 TV Special Himself
The Dean Martin Show 1968-1972 TV Series Himself
The Carol Burnett Show 1970-1972 TV Series Himself
Laugh-In 1972 TV Series Himself
The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour 1971 TV Series Himself
This Is Your Life 1971 TV Series Himself
The Hollywood Squares 1971 TV Series Center Square
Mantrap 1971 TV Series Himself
The Pet Set 1971 TV Series documentary Himself
The Golddiggers 1971 TV Series Himself
The 25th Annual Tony Awards 1971 TV Special Himself
The Kraft Music Hall 1968-1970 TV Series Himself / Restaurant Critic
Name Droppers 1970 TV Series Himself
Dean Martin Presents the Golddiggers 1968-1969 TV Series Himself
The 21st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1969 TV Special Himself
Stump the Stars 1969 TV Series Himself
The Jerry Lewis Show 1968-1969 TV Series Himself
The Jonathan Winters Show 1967-1969 TV Series Himself
Silent Treatment 1968 Documentary Himself
Funny You Should Ask 1968 TV Series Himself
Operation: Entertainment 1968 TV Series Himself
Personality 1968 TV Series Himself
Snap Judgment 1968 TV Series Himself
The Mike Douglas Show 1964-1968 TV Series Himself - Co-Host / Himself
Dream Girl of '67 1967 TV Series Himself - Bachelor Judge
The Hollywood Palace 1964-1967 TV Series Himself
You Don't Say 1967 TV Series Himself - Panelist / Himself
Everybody's Talking 1967 TV Series Himself
The Steve Allen Comedy Hour 1967 TV Series Himself
P.D.Q. 1967 TV Series Himself
Gypsy 1967 TV Series Himself
The Bob Braun Show 1967 TV Series Himself (1967-1984)
The Bob Hope Show 1966 TV Series Himself
Crossword 1966 TV Movie Himself
The Celebrity Game 1964 TV Series Himself
The Jack Paar Program 1964 TV Series Himself
Fractured Flickers 1963 TV Series Himself
Arthur Godfrey Loves Animals 1963 TV Movie Himself
The Ed Sullivan Show 1952-1962 TV Series Himself / Harry McAfee - Scene from 'Bye Bye Birdie'
The Andy Williams Show 1962 TV Series Himself
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall 1961-1962 TV Series Himself
Henry Fonda and the Family 1962 TV Special Himself
The Jack Paar Tonight Show 1957-1959 TV Series Himself
The George Gobel Show 1959 TV Series Himself
The Lux Show 1958 TV Series Himself
Social Security in Action 1958 TV Series Himself
The Jerry Lewis Show 1957 TV Special Player in TV Production Skit
Frankie Laine Time 1956 TV Series Himself
The Martha Raye Show 1954-1956 TV Series Himself
The Saturday Night Revue 1954 TV Series Himself
The Colgate Comedy Hour 1954 TV Series Himself
New Faces 1954 Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Carol Burnett's Favorite Sketches 2016 TV Movie
The Sixties 2014 TV Mini-Series documentary Uncle Arthur
Making the Boys 2011 Documentary Uncle Arthur
The Age of Believing: The Disney Live Action Classics 2008 TV Movie documentary Sportscaster
Pioneers of Television 2008 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself / Harry McAfee
Bewitched 2005 Uncle Arthur (uncredited)
Broadway: The American Musical 2004 TV Mini-Series documentary Harry McAfee (in 'Bye Bye Birdie')
E! True Hollywood Story 1999-2003 TV Series documentary Himself
Smothered: The Censorship Struggles of the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
Rock Hudson's Home Movies 1992 Documentary Mr. Akins
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color 1980 TV Series Sportscaster
The Mike Douglas Show 1976 TV Series Himself - Comic Actor

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1976 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Individual Achievement in Daytime Programming The Hollywood Squares (1965)
1975 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Individual Achievement - Daytime Programming The Hollywood Squares (1965)
1974 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Special Classification of Outstanding Program and Individual Achievement The Hollywood Squares (1965)
1973 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best TV Actor - Comedy or Musical The Paul Lynde Show (1972)
1973 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Achievement by Individuals in Daytime Programming The Hollywood Squares (1965)
1972 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Achievement in Daytime Programming - Individuals The Hollywood Squares (1965)


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#Quote
1 [to a traffic cop who had flagged him down for drunk driving] I'll have a double cheeseburger and a chocolate shake.
2 I always wanted to be Anna May Wong. She seemed so much more exotic and exciting than plain ordinary folk. But no-go. I wasn't fated to be Wong, just white.
3 I had a drag scene in Doris Day's The Glass Bottom Boat (1966). An elegant gown. Actually, it was more expensive than any of the ones Doris had to wear. That day that I came in fully dressed and coiffed, I was the belle of the set! Everybody went wild! Doris came over and looked me up and down and told me, 'Oh, I'd never wear anything that feminine.'
4 I was in 'Bye Bye Birdie' on Broadway - played the father. I was in the film version, but they should have retitled it 'Hello, Ann-Margret!' They cut several of my and the other actors' best scenes and shot new ones for her so she could do her teenage-sex-bombshell act.
5 Sometimes, I think you're better off not being married today. When you see your married friends split up, it's devastating. Call it scared! Call it an obsession. But I took it for granted I was going to marry a girl I went with for nine years. That is, until I received her wedding invitation. [in 1974]
6 I don't meet enough women outside show business, and I wouldn't marry anyone in this field. [in 1969]
7 I'm used to living alone, and I like it that way. You become so selfish living alone...I'd make a terrible husband anyway.
8 I have so many friends who were lovers. After they got married, it was over.
9 I don't know who the hell Paul Lynde is or why he's funny, and I prefer it to be a mystery to me. An actor shouldn't undergo psychoanalysis, because there are a lot of things you're better off not knowing.
10 Upon telling his family he wanted to go into show business: "My dad hit the roof and I hit the road, simultaneously."

#Trademark
1 Nasally voice
2 His distinctive laugh after every joke he made on The Hollywood Squares (1965)

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