Buck Henry, legendary screenwriter of 'The Graduate', has died aged 89
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Buck Henry, legendary screenwriter of ‘The Graduate’, has died aged 89

Buck Henry, the highly celebrated actor, screenwriter, and director, has died at the age of 89.

Henry, famously twice nominated for an Academy Award, is arguably best known for the screenplay he wrote of Mike Nichols’ critically acclaimed comedy-drama The Graduate which earned him his first Oscar nomination.

Having then gone on to work on more than 40 other films, Henry earned his second Oscar nomination in 1979 when he and co-directed Heaven Can Wait alongside Warren Beatty—the project was subsequently nominated for nine Academy Awards.

Having began his career as a TV writer for Steve Allen and Gary Moore’s television programs, Henry went on to become a co-writer for popular television series Get Smart alongside Mel Brooks. 

Following his rise through television and film, Henry emerged as a Saturday Night Live favourite and continued his close affiliation with the show right up until the end of his career—hosting the programme eleven times in total.

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