22 March 2007

Calvert DeForest, R.I.P.

From the L.A. Times:

Calvert DeForest, the roly-poly character actor with the black-framed glasses and seemingly clueless delivery who developed a cult following as Larry "Bud" Melman on "Late Night With David Letterman" in the 1980s, has died. He was 85.

DeForest, who continued appearing with Letterman under his own name after the late-night comedian moved from NBC to CBS in the 1990s, died after a long illness Monday at a hospital in Babylon, N.Y., a spokesman for Letterman's production company said."Everyone always wondered if Calvert was an actor playing a character, but in reality he was just himself: a genuine, modest and nice man," Letterman said in a statement Wednesday. "To our staff and to our viewers, he was a beloved and valued part of our show, and we will miss him."

Here's the whole thing.


Anonymous Scott K said...

I think that everyone who knew and loved Calvert from his appearances on Letterman's show over the years all had the same heartfelt reaction that I did upon hearing this sad news: "Calvert DeForest was still alive?"

22 March, 2007 16:45  
Blogger PSA+ said...

That was certainly my initial heartfelt reaction. Followed by some chuckles.

22 March, 2007 17:04  

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