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Victor Buono

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The rotund character actor is most beneficial known for his portrayal of King Tut in the old Batman TV series.

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Full Name Victor Buono
Date Of Birth February 3, 1938
Died January 1, 1982, Apple Valley, California, United States
Profession Comedian, Poet, Voice Actor
Education St. Augustine High School
Nationality American
Parents Victor Francis Buono, Myrtle Belle
Nominations Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Movies What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte, Beneath the Planet of the Apes, Robin and the 7 Hoods, The Greatest Story Ever Told, 4 for Texas, The Silencers, The Strangler, The Man with Bogart's Face, Who's Minding the Mint?, Boot Hill, The Mad Butcher, The Wrath of God, The Evil, The Flight of Dragons, The Man with Icy Eyes, Moonchild, Murder Can Hurt You, Big Daddy, Northeast of Seoul, Goodnight, My Love, Brenda Starr, Temporada Salvaje, Arnold, The Man From Atlantis, Mother, Target: Harry, The Chinese Caper, The Return of the Mod Squad, Better Late Than Never, Target... Earth?, Crime Club, High Risk
TV Shows Man from Atlantis, Batman, Backstairs at the White House, Khan!


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#Fact
1 He was awarded the 1972 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Distinguished Performance for "Henry IV, Part I," at the Mark Taper Forum Theatre in Los Angeles, California.
2 Parents are Victor Francis Buono (1907-1981) and Myrtle Belle Buono (1909-1979).
3 Attended and graduated from Villanova University in Radnor Township, Pennsylvania.
4 Attended and graduated from St. Augustine High School in San Diego, California.
5 Victor Buono passed away 12 years before the same day as Batman (1966) Special Guest Villain Cesar Romero.
6 Victor Buono passed away on January 1, 1982, a month away from what would have been his 44th birthday on February 3.
7 Following his untimely death, he was interred with his mother Myrtle Buono at Greenwood Memorial Park in San Diego, California.
8 Became very popular on the television talk show circuit due to his wit and wisdom. He made several appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) which helped put his comedy album "Heavy!" on the map. He performed a special version of "Fat Man's Prayer", and sold over over 60,000 the following week. Other cuts included "A Word to the Wide" and "We're the Most".
9 In 1980, Buono played the memory-impaired Reverend Jim Ignatowski's millionaire father on Taxi (1978). In actuality, he was only eight months older than Christopher Lloyd, who played Jim. Buono's death in 1982 was written into the series with an episode about Jim's father passing away.
10 Will always be remembered by baby-boomers for his roles as the nefarious King Tut and Count Carlos Manzeppi on the television series Batman (1966) and The Wild Wild West (1965), respectively.
11 Was a frequent guest on talk shows, reciting his own original poetry. Ultimately, in 1971, he recorded some of this poetry on the album "Heavy!" on a small label.
12 Buono liked to read and write, and one of his main hobbies was Shakespeare. He was also highly regarded as a gourmet chef.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Thriller 1960-1961 TV Series Dr. Van de Velde / Carolik
Everglades 1961 TV Series Willie Willamette
Target: The Corruptors 1961 TV Series
Harrigan and Son 1961 TV Series Dr. Blaine
Sea Hunt 1960-1961 TV Series Dr. Tank Wallace / Seminard
Michael Shayne 1961 TV Series Calder Lamont
Outlaws 1960 TV Series Mayor
Checkmate 1960 TV Series Carlos Rodriguez
Surfside 6 1960 TV Series Mr. Beamish
The Story of Ruth 1960 Guard (uncredited)
The Rebel 1960 TV Series Ralph Babcock / Young
Bourbon Street Beat 1960 TV Series Joe Leslie
General Electric Theater 1960 TV Series
Sugarfoot 1960 TV Series S. F. Bartender
Bronco 1959 TV Series Man on Train
The Flight of Dragons 1982 Video Aragh (voice)
Judgment Day 1981 TV Movie Mr. Heavener
Here's Boomer 1981 TV Series Dr. Frankenstein
Vega$ 1980-1981 TV Series 'Diamond' Jim
Katmandu 1980 TV Short
Taxi 1980 TV Series Mr. Caldwell
Fantasy Island 1980 TV Series Dr. Albert Z. Fell / Jack the Ripper
More Wild Wild West 1980 TV Movie Dr. Henry Messenger
The Man with Bogart's Face 1980 Commodore Anastas
Murder Can Hurt You! 1980 TV Movie Chief Ironbottom
Matt and Jenny 1980 TV Series Hezikiah Pike
Better Late Than Never 1979 TV Movie Dr. Zoltan Polos
The Return of Mod Squad 1979 TV Movie Keith Starr
Supertrain 1979 TV Series Misto
Backstairs at the White House 1979 TV Mini-Series President William Howard Taft
The Chinese Caper 1978 Everett Maddox
Flying High 1978 TV Series Smith
The Evil 1978 The Devil
The Rita Moreno Show 1978 TV Movie Leo
Man from Atlantis 1977 TV Series Mr. Schubert
The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries 1977 TV Series Seth Taylor
Sirota's Court 1976 TV Series
Alice 1976 TV Series Mr. James
The Tony Randall Show 1976 TV Series Judge Bernard Gluck
High Risk 1976 TV Movie Sebastian
Brenda Starr 1976 TV Movie Lance O'Toole
The Practice 1976 TV Series Bernard
Don Carmelo il capo 1976
Ellery Queen 1976 TV Series Dr. Friedland
Khan! 1975 TV Series
The Odd Couple 1973-1975 TV Series Hugo Lovelace / Dr. Clove
The Lives of Benjamin Franklin 1974-1975 TV Mini-Series
Moonchild 1974 Maitre D'
The Snoop Sisters 1973 TV Series Nathan
Hawaii Five-O 1973 TV Series Eric Damien
Mannix 1973 TV Series Hamilton Starr
Arnold 1973 Minister
Great Mysteries 1973 TV Series Sam Adelbert
The Lie 1973 TV Movie
Crime Club 1973 TV Movie Judge Roger Knight
Northeast of Seoul 1972 Portman
Mod Squad 1972 TV Series Alexander Vlahos
Assignment: Vienna 1972 TV Series
Goodnight, My Love 1972 TV Movie Julius Limeway
The Wrath of God 1972 Jennings
Night Gallery 1971-1972 TV Series Customer / Vampire (segment "A Midnight Visit")
O'Hara, U.S. Treasury 1971 TV Series Al Connors
The Wild Season 1971
The Man with Icy Eyes 1971 John Hammond
The Mad Butcher 1971 Otto Lehman
Crepa padrone, crepa tranquillo 1970
Up Your Teddy Bear 1970 Lyle "Skippy" Ferns
Beneath the Planet of the Apes 1970 Fat Man
Get Smart 1970 TV Series Hannibal Day
Boot Hill 1969 Honey Fisher
It Takes a Thief 1969 TV Series Mr. Kent
Big Daddy 1969 A. Lincoln Beauregard
Target: Harry 1969 Mosul Rashi
Here's Lucy 1969 TV Series Mr. Vermillion
The Flying Nun 1969 TV Series Marko
Batman 1966-1968 TV Series King Tut
The Legend of Robin Hood 1968 TV Series Sir Guy
Dick Tracy 1967 TV Short Mr. Memory
Who's Minding the Mint? 1967 Captain
Daniel Boone 1967 TV Series Mr. Quaife
T.H.E. Cat 1967 TV Series General Burek
The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. 1967 TV Series Sir Cecil Seabrook
The Wild Wild West 1965-1967 TV Series Count Carlos Manzeppi / Juan Manolo aka Wing Fat
Perry Mason 1962-1966 TV Series Ben Huggins / Nathon Fallon / John Sylvester Fossette / ...
The Silencers 1966 Tung-Tze
I Spy 1966 TV Series Karafatma
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. 1966 TV Series Colonel Hubris
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre 1965 TV Series General Leo Chareet / Grebb
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea 1965 TV Series Tabor Ulrich
Young Dillinger 1965 Prof. Hofman
Memorandum for a Spy 1965 TV Movie Leo Khareet
The Greatest Story Ever Told 1965 Sorak
Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte 1964 Big Sam Hollis
Robin and the 7 Hoods 1964 Sheriff Potts
The Strangler 1964 Leo Kroll
4 for Texas 1963 Harvey Burden
77 Sunset Strip 1960-1963 TV Series Victor Traymund / Stanison / Charlie Case / ...
My Six Loves 1963 Gatecrasher (uncredited)
The New Loretta Young Show 1963 TV Series Ralph Fraser
G.E. True 1963 TV Series Charles Colvin
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? 1962 Edwin Flagg
The Untouchables 1961-1962 TV Series Parnise Surigao / Melanthos Moon
The New Breed 1962 TV Series Manrique
Judgment at Nuremberg 1961 Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Hawaiian Eye 1961 TV Series Egeloff / Malegra
The Detectives 1961 TV Series Gustafson

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Alan Thicke Show 1981 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1969-1981 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
Target... Earth? 1980 Documentary Homer the Archivist
The Hollywood Squares 1967-1972 TV Series Himself
The Mike Douglas Show 1967-1972 TV Series Himself - Actor / Himself
The David Frost Show 1970-1971 TV Series Himself
The Virginia Graham Show 1971 TV Series Himself
This Is Your Life 1971 TV Series Himself
The Dick Cavett Show 1968-1970 TV Series Himself
The Joey Bishop Show 1967-1969 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest Host
The Woody Woodbury Show 1968 TV Series Himself
The Merv Griffin Show 1967 TV Series Himself
Everybody's Talking 1967 TV Series Himself
Dateline: Hollywood 1967 TV Series Himself
Hollywood Talent Scouts 1966 TV Series Himself
The 35th Annual Academy Awards 1963 TV Special Himself - Nominee:Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Reel Horror 1985 Skippy
Backstairs at the White House 1979 TV Mini-Series President William Howard Taft

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1963 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actor in a Supporting Role What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
1963 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Supporting Actor What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
1963 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Top New Male Personality 7th place.


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#Quote
1 [on Shakespeare] The more you study him, the greater he grows.
2 I've heard or read about actors being asked the immortal question "Why have you never married?". They answer with the immortal excuse "I just haven't found the right girl." Because I'm on the hefty side, no one's asked me yet. If they do, that's the answer I'll give. After all, if it was good enough for Monty Clift or Sal Mineo...
3 In 1938, of parents properly licensed to produce babies, I was born. I am now rich, famous, devilishly handsome and thirty-three years old. And I don't anticipate a time in the future when I shall be anything other than rich, famous, devilishly handsome and thirty-three years old.
4 Being on Batman (1966) allowed me to do something we actors are taught never to do: overact.

#Trademark
1 Luminous aquamarine eyes.
2 Booming operatic voice
3 Often played characters much older than himself

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