Hamilton and Billie Hayes as H. Pufnstuf's Witchiepoo teamed up in a skit to kidnap Paul in one of the campiest holiday celebrations of all time. Lynde also suffered from weight control problems, and was honored in by Weight Watchers. That same year, Lynde's beloved dog, Harry MacAfee, died.
Gay History – June 13, 1926: Happy Birthday Paul Lynde – His Funny and Not-So-Funny Life
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Paul Lynde was born in in Mount Vernon, Ohio one of six children and the middle of four boys. His father was a local police officer and the sheriff of the Mount Vernon Jail for two years. Lynde got his inspiration to become an actor at the age of four or five after his mother took him to see the original silent film Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ Then came an appearance on a Broadway show, "New Faces of ". One of his most memorable roles was a recurring role on Bewitched playing the sneering, sarcastic Uncle Arthur.
Billy Eichner to play Paul Lynde in biopic of the gay TV icon
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Eichner is developing Man in the Box , a movie about the former Hollywood Squares star, who rose to fame in the s and '70s while having to conceal his sexuality. In that story, we spoke to the Billy on the Street host about his feelings about the complicated Lynde, whose undeniable talent and comic timing were offset by self-destructive and abusive behavior, as well as conflicted attitudes about being a gay man in Hollywood. Considering that it's still challenging for actors and comedians even 40 years later, and he was on television all the time and he was beloved, he probably was the first gay person — whether he was using that word or not — to show up regularly in a lot of people's homes across America. Despite considerable television fame on Squares , guest appearances on other shows like playing Uncle Arthur on the original Bewitched , and occasional movie roles such as playing the big-screen version of Harry MacAfee in Bye Bye Birdie , a role he founded on Broadway , Lynde never did reach the level of dramatic success he strove for, and he died in So even though he didn't come out and say, 'I'm gay,' he really wasn't faking it either — which is what the majority of gay actors at that time felt that they had to do.