Paul Lynde
Paul Lynde
Paul Lynde in 1970s publicity photo
General Information:
Date of birth: (1926-06-13)June 13, 1926
Born in: Mount Vernon, Ohio, U.S.
Died: January 10, 1982(1982-01-10) (aged 55)
Died in: Beverly Hills, CA, U.S.
Years active: 1944–1982
Series/character information
Appeared on/in: I Dream of Jeannie
Number of
3 in total

Paul Lynde (born June 13, 1926-died January 10, 1982) guest starred in three episodes of I Dream of Jeannie, first as snooty IRS agent Harry Huggins, who was enlisted to audit Tony when Jeannie blinks various works of fine art and a safe filled with cash and gold leads him to suspect that Tony is an art smuggler in "My Master, the Rich Tycoon", then as film director Allen Kerr, who was to direct Tony and Roger in a movie which was to be shot at the NASA Space Center in "Everybody's a Movie Star" in Season 3, and finally, as Commander Porter, who was enlisted by Dr. Bellows to whip Tony and Roger into shape for a survival training exercise he was to accompany them on in the Season 3 episode "Please, Don't Feed The Astronauts".


A highly talented and funny comedian and actor, Paul is perhaps known for his role as Uncle Arthur on another successful Screen Gems produced sitcom, ABC-TV's Bewitched, as well as he being the regular "center square" guest on the game show Hollywood Squares, hosted by Peter Marshall from 1968 to 1981. Among his many voice acting roles in cartoons, Paul provided the voice Templeton the Rat in the Hannah-Barbera productions film Charlotte's Web and The Hooded Claw in The Perils of Penelope Pitstop. and a role in the all-star film Journey Back to Oz. Among Lynde's big screen credits are roles in Bye Bye Birdie, Beach Blanket Bingo and Disney's Son of Flubber.


Paul apparently died on the evening of January 10, 1982, after being discovered by a friend in his Beverly Hills home, dead in his bedroom, this after not having shown up at a birthday party for him in the early hours of January 11, 1982. [1][2] The coroner ruled the death a heart attack.[1] Lynde's cremated remains are interred at Amity Cemetery, in Amity, Ohio, next to those of his brother Johnny and sister Helen. His father and mother are buried at the same cemetery.


Paul's popularity and admiration of him have continued since his 1982 death. A biography was published in 2005, titled Center Square: The Paul Lynde Story. Authors Steve Wilson and Joe Florenski described Lynde as "Liberace without a piano" and that to most 1970s-era viewers, he was a frustrated bit player and "character actor on a daytime game show."


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