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Name: Paul Edward Lynde                                                                   
Born: 13 June 1926 Mount Vernon, Ohio, USA                                                 
Died: 10 January 1982 Beverly Hills, California, USA                                       
Paul Edward Lynde (June 13, 1926 - January 10, 1982) was an American comedian             
and actor. A noted character actor, Lynde was well known for his roles as Uncle           
Arthur on Bewitched and Harry McAfee, the befuddled father in Bye Bye Birdie. He           
was also the regular "center square" guest on the classic game show, Hollywood             
Squares, from 1968 to 1981.                                                               
Paul Lynde was born in Mount Vernon, Ohio, and studied drama at Northwestern               
University in Evanston, where his classmates included Cloris Leachman, Charlotte           
Rae, Patricia Neal, and Claude Akins. He graduated in 1948 and moved to New York           
City, where he initially worked as a stand-up comic.                                       
Lynde made his Broadway debut in the hit revue New Faces of 1952 in which he co-starred   
opposite fellow newcomers Eartha Kitt, Alice Ghostley, and Carol Lawrence. In             
one now-famous monologue, the "Trip of the Month Club," Lynde portrayed a man on           
crutches recounting his misadventures on the African safari he took with his               
late wife. The show was filmed and released as a movie in 1954.                           
After the revue's run, Lynde co-starred in the short-lived sitcom Stanley                 
opposite Buddy Hackett and Carol Burnett, both of whom were also starting out             
their careers in show business. In 1960, Lynde returned to Broadway when he was           
cast as the father in Bye Bye Birdie. He reprised the role in the play's film             
adaptation, which was released in 1963 and co-starred Dick van Dyke and Ann-Margret.       
Over the years, Lynde made regular appearances on sitcoms such as The Phil                 
Silvers Show, The Munsters, and I Dream of Jeannie, and variety shows such as             
The Perry Como Show and The Dean Martin Show. He was a frequent guest on the               
Donny and Marie Osmond Show. Lynde first appeared in episode 26 of Bewitched, "Driving     
is the Only Way to Fly", as Samantha's driving instructor Harold Harold, before           
taking on the recurring role of "Uncle Arthur".                                           
Lynde also did extensive voice work on animated cartoons, particularly those of           
Hanna-Barbera Productions. His most notable roles included Sylvester Sneakly ("The         
Hooded Claw") in The Perils of Penelope Pitstop and Pertwee from Where's Huddles?.         
He also voiced the role of Templeton the gluttonous rat in the animated feature           
Charlotte's Web. Lynde's sardonic inflections added a dimension to such lines as           
the sly, drawn-out whine, "What's in it for meeee?"                                       
In 1972, Lynde starred in the short-lived ABC sitcom, The Paul Lynde Show,                 
playing an uptight attorney and father at odds with his liberal-minded son-in-law.         
The series was canceled after only one season. The network then "transferred"             
Lynde to another comedy series that had debuted in 1972, Temperature's Rising,             
for the 1973 season, but his presence in the cast did not help flagging ratings           
and this series, too, was not renewed. The series failure reportedly                       
exacerbated Lynde's pre-existing drinking problem, which led to numerous run-ins           
with the law and frequent arrests for public intoxication.