Mostly Credited As: Paul Lynde
Sometimes Credited As: Paul Lynde and Carmen Phillips
Birth Name: Paul Edward Lynde
Date Of Birth: June 13, 1926 (Age 55)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Mount Vernon, Ohio
Date Of Death: January 10, 1982
Cause Of Death: Heart attack in Beverly Hills, California
Height: 5' 11" (1.8 m)
Paul Lynde, character actor, comedian and television star, was born in 1926 at Mount Vernon, Ohio. He studied drama at the ivy-league Northwestern University in Chicago. Among his classmates in the drama department there were Cloris Leachman, Charlotte Rae, Patricia Neal and Claude Akins. Paul graduated in 1948 and then moved to Manhattan, New York City, where he found work as a comedian.
Lynde made his Broadway acting debut in the hit revue, New Faces of 1952, in which he co-starred with Eartha Kitt, Alice Ghostley, and Carol Lawrence. His now-famous monologue from New Faces of 1952, the "Trip of the Month Club”, was used in an eponymous movie in 1954.
Paul Lynde subsequently co-starred in the television situation-comedy, Stanley, with Carol Burnett and Buddy Hackett. In 1960, Paul returned to Broadway, where he played the father in Bye Bye, Birdie. In 1963, the play was made into a movie, in which Lynde co-starred with Ann-Margret and Dick van Dyke.
Paul Lynde made regular appearances on TV shows such as The Perry Como Show, The Phil Silvers Show, I Dream of Jeannie, The Dean Martin Show, The Munsters, The Donny and Marie Osmond Show, and Hollywood Squares.
A character actor in many films and television shows, Paul Lynde is fondly remembered for his recurrent comic role as Uncle Arthur on Bewitched.