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Victor Buono
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    (February 3, 1938-January 1, 1982)
    Birth name was Charles Victor Buono
    Best known for his role as villainous King Tut in 10 episodes of the TV series 'Batman' (1966-68)
    Acted in 'What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962),' '4 for Texas (1963),' 'Robin and the Seven Hoods (1964),' 'Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964),' 'The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965),' 'The Silencers (1966),' 'Who's Minding the Mint? (1967),' 'Target: Harry (1969)' and 'Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970)'
    Died of a heart attack at age 43
    He was going to become a doctor but the acting bug bit him.
    He was a heavyweight who portrayed the heavy in many roles.
    His first TV gig had him as bearded poet Bongo Benny in '77 Sunset Strip' - later deciding to record some of his original poetry on an album entitled 'Heavy.'
    He told Lee Meriwether on the 'Batman' set he knew his weight would lead to his death and predicted he wouldn't live past 32 (he was off by 11 years).
    As a budding chef, he cooked gourmet meals for his friends.
    He was fascinated by the works of Shakespeare, stating, 'The more you study him, the greater he grows.'
    His first film role as Edwin Flagg in 'What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?' earned him both an Academy Award and Globe nomination.
    He occassionally portrayed Jim's dad on 'Taxi.' After his death, 'Taxi' had a memorable episode of Jim's dad dying.
    He said of portraying King Tut - 'Being on 'Batman' allowed me to do something we actors are taught never to do: overact.'

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