Buck Henry (born December 9, 1930 in New York, New York as Buck Henry Zuckerman) is an American actor, writer and director, best known for his work in television, film, comedy, and satire.
He went to boarding school at Choate Rosemary Hall and graduated from Dartmouth College, where he worked on the Dartmouth Jack O'Lantern humor magazine.
He was a cast member on TV programs such as The New Steve Allen Show ( 1961), That Was the Week That Was (1964-65), and Quark (1978), a show for which he also wrote. He was a co-creator and writer for Get Smart (1965-70) and Captain Nice (1967). As of 2005, he has hosted NBC's Saturday Night Live 10 times. He recently appeared on the television show Will and Grace (2005).
Mr. Henry has appeared in more than 40 films including Catch-22 (1970), Taking Off (1971), The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976), Gloria (1980), Eating Raoul (1982), Aria (1988), Defending Your Life (1991), The Player (1992), and Grumpy Old Men (1993).
His many writing credits include The Owl and the Pussycat (1970, adaptation), What's Up, Doc? (1972, adaptation), The Day of the Dolphin (1973), Protocol (1984), and To Die For (1995). He shared an Oscar nomination for his screenplay, The Graduate (1967).