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Born: December 9, 1930 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: Cast ...
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1947:
Broadway acting debut at age 16 in a minor role in "Life with Father"
1948:
Acted in the touring company of "Life with Father"
1952:
Served in the U.S. Army; during the Korean conflict toured Germany with the Seventh Army Repertory Company in a musical comedy that he wrote, directed and starred in
1954:
Returned to civilian life
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With a friend, posed as co-founder of The Society for Indecency to Naked Animals (SINA), a fictional organization that linked animal nudity to the moral decay of Western civilization; appeared on various talkshows to discuss the matter; admitted to the hoax when the organization began gaining in popularity
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Acted in the national company of "No Time for Sergeants"
1960:
Joined the off-Broadway improvisational theater company "The Premise"
1960:
Moved to Hollywood (date approximate)
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Began writing comedy material for "The Steve Allen Show" (NBC) and "The Garry Moore Show" (CBS)
1961:
Became a regular performer on the final season of "The Steve Allen Show"
1964:
Feature debut, co-wrote story, co-scripted (with director Theodore J. Flicker) and acted in "The Troublemaker"
1964:
Wrote for and appeared as a regular on "That Was the Week That Was" (NBC), a well-received American version of the classic British political satire series
1965:
Breakthrough TV credit, co-created with Mel Brooks, scripted episodes and served two years (1965-67) as story editor on "Get Smart!" (NBC, CBS), the extremely popular spy spoof series starring Don Adams as Maxwell Smart and Barbara Feldon as Agent 99
1966:
Co-scripted the ABC special "The World of Mike Nichols"
1967:
TV producing debut, executive produced, created and wrote episodes of "Captain Nice", an NBC superhero spoof
1967:
Breakthrough screenwriting credit, co-scripted (with Calder Willingham) "The Graduate"; first collaboration with director Mike Nichols; garnered an Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay Adaptation
1975:
Reteamed with Mel Brooks to create "When Things Were Rotten," a short-lived spoof of Robin Hood on ABC
1976:
Hosted and wrote for "That Was the Year That Was," an NBC special that satirically reviewed 1976
1978:
Debut as film director and producer with "Heaven Can Wait" (with Warren Beatty); received an Oscar nomination for Best Direction
1978:
Created "Quark," a short-lived sci-fi spoof starring Richard Benjamin on NBC
1980:
Received a "from characters" credit on "The Nude Bomb," a feature version of "Get Smart!"
1980:
First feature credit as sole screenwriter and sole director, "First Family"
1984:
Became a writer and cast member of "The New Show" (NBC), producer Lorne Michaels' failed attempt to create a "Saturday Night Live"-like primetime show
1985:
Wrote and acted in "Wake Me When I'm Dead," an episode of the 1985-86 revival of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" (NBC)
1987:
Last screenwriting credit for eight years, "I Love N.Y."
1987:
Served as a rotating host on "The Late Show," a late night talk show (and the first series produced for Fox)
1987:
Appeared as a recurring character on three episodes of "Falcon Crest" (CBS), the popular primetime soap
1991:
Served as Master of Ceremonies for the "10th Annual Independent Spirit Awards"
1991:
Appeared as a correspondent on "Edge," a monthly magazine series covering American pop culture on PBS
1992:
Appeared in a cameo role as himself in Robert Altman's "The Player"
1993:
Acted in Altman's "Short Cuts"; also featured in "Grumpy Old Men"
1994:
Had a role in Gus Van Sant's misfire "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues"
1995:
Wrote the screenplay for Van Sant's "To Die For"; acted in a supporting role
1997:
Featured in "The Real Blonde"
1999:
Voiced the character of Dadbert on an episode of the UPN animated series "Dilbert"
1999:
Starred on Broadway in "Art"
1999:
Acted in the independent features "I'm Losing You" and "Breakfast of Champions"
2000:
Featured in Griffin Dunne's "Famous"; screened at Cannes
2001:
Co-wrote the comedy feature "Town & Country," starring Warren Beatty and Diane Keaton as a couple with a troubled marriage; also acted
2004:
Cast opposite Matthew Broderick and Alec Baldwin in the comedy "The Last Shot"
2005:
Guest starred on "Will & Grace" (NBC)
2007:
Landed a recurring guest appearance on "30 Rock" (NBC) as Liz Lemon's (Tina Fey) father Dick
2008:
Credited with creating the characters for the feature film remake of "Get Smart," starring Steve Carell as Maxwell Smart and Anne Hathaway as Agent 99
2009:
Starred off-Broadway opposite Holland Taylor in "Mother," a play by Lisa Ebersole
2011:
Cast as Elka's (Betty White) love interest on TV Land sitcom "Hot in Cleveland"

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