Mount Vernon, Ohio, USA
Place of Death
Beverly Hills, California, USA
Cause of Death
Claim to Fame
Uncle Arthur from Bewitched
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Paul Lynde was born in 1926 in Mount Vernon, Ohio (one of six children and the middle of four boys). His father was a local police officer and the sheriff of the Mount Vernon Jail for two years. Lynde got his inspiration to become an actor at the age of four or five after his mother took him to see the original silent film Ben Hur (1926). After graduating from Northwestern University, Lynde relocated to New York City where his first break came from being a stand-up comedian at the Number One Fifth Avenue nightclub. Then came an appearance on a Broadway play, New Faces of 1952.
Lynde also had a two-year run on TV with "The Perry Como Show" (1948) and the Broadway and film versions of Bye Bye Birdie (1963). Throught his life, Lynde appeared in the Broadway plays The Impossible Years, Don`t Drink the Water, and Plaza Suite. His many film credits include New Faces (1954), Send Me No Flowers (1964), and Rabbit Test (1978). One of his memorable roles is a recurring role on "Bewitched" (1964) playing the sneering, sarcastic Uncle Arthur. He appeared on TV`s "The Dean Martin Show" (1965), "The Kraft Music Hall" (1967), "Donny and Marie" (1976), and both the prime-time and daytime versions of the game show _"Hollywood Squares, The" (1966)_ where he occupied the famous center square. He had two TV series of his own, "The Paul Lynde Show" (1972) and "Temperatures Rising" (1972). Paul Lynde`s witty, wisecracking one-liners and his novel line delivery made him one of Hollywood`s funniest and best loved entertainers. Paul Lynde died under mysterious circumstances when he was found dead after having drowned in his backyard swimming pool allegedly under the influence of alcohol, or after suffering a heart attack in January 1982 at age 55. He had been in ill-health for over a year with cancer or some other illness that was never fully revealed to the public before or after his death.
Northwestern University (attended)
Full Name at Birth
Paul Edward Lynde
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Paul Edward Lynde (June 13, 1926 – January 11, 1982) was an American comedian and actor. A character actor with a distinctively campy and snarky persona that often poked fun at his barely in-the-closet homosexuality, Lynde was well known for his roles as Uncle Arthur on Bewitched and the befuddled father Harry MacAfee in Bye Bye Birdie. He was also the regular "center square" panelist on the game show Hollywood Squares from 1968 to 1981, and he voiced four Hanna-Barbera productions: he was Templeton the gluttonous rat in Charlotte's Web, Mildew Wolf from It's the Wolf (a segment of Cattanooga Cats), neighbor Claude Pertwee on Where's Huddles? and The Hooded Claw in The Perils of Penelope Pitstop.
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1952–1982, 1944–1982, 1954–1982
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