‘The Graduate’ Writer Buck Henry Remembered by Judd Apatow, Sarah Silverman and More: ‘Hilarious and Brilliant’

Actor-director-screenwriter died Wednesday at age 89

Last Updated: January 8, 2020 @ 9:28 PM

Following the death of actor-director-screenwriter Buck Henry on Wednesday, Fans, friends and admirers in the entertainment industry paid tribute to the co-creator of “Get Smart” and writer behind “The Graduate.”

“Buck Henry was hilarious and brilliant and made us laugh more times than we even know. I was lucky enough to be on a panel with him at SXSW and he was so funny. He said ‘I don’t like to write with people because if they aren’t as funny as me I hate them and if they are funnier than me I hate them,'” Judd Apatow said about the two-time Oscar nominee in a post to Instagram. “He wrote The Graduate and To Die For and co created Get Smart and was a riot hosting SNL back when they would let a writer host SNL. One of the greats.”

“So sad to hear of the passing of Buck Henry,” said Illeana Douglas, who appeared in the Henry-written 1995 film “To Die For.” “Just an honor to get to speak his dialogue in ‘To Die For’ and have him off camera smile, sometimes critique. His ear for comedy was flawless.

“In writing comedy, drama, or acting there are few as deeply, hilariously talented as Buck Henry. Sad day. ‘The Graduate,’ ‘Get Smart,’ ‘SNL.’ Etc. etc, etc. RIP,” comedian Christopher Titus said.

“‘The Graduate’ and ‘Heaven Can Wait’ are perfect screenplays, and ‘Get Smart’ was hilarious. Another comedy legend gone,” Producer David Zuckerman wrote.

See a sampling of tributes to Henry below:

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