Hope you’re still enjoying the bundle of joy that is Logo’s Wednesday night Bewitched block. Obviously Elizabeth Montgomery and Agnes Moorehead are treasures, but never overlook the deeply funny, unendingly wicked, quite obviously gay Paul Lynde. He never publicly came out, but the fact is, his penchant for racy punchlines and hammy crudity was relatable specifically to gay viewers the world over. He is irreplaceable. Here are ten elite-level facts that all great Paul Lynde fans should cherish.
1. We love him in Bye, Bye Birdie, but don’t forget his even funnier cameo in Son of Flubber.
In just a few short lines, he establishes that he’s funnier than Fred MacMurray ever was.
2. He graduated as part of one of Northwestern’s most esteemed drama classes with Cloris Leachman and Patricia Neal
Lynde, a vaunted stage actor at Northwestern, graduated in 1944 along with his peers Patricia Neal (the Oscar-winner for Hud), Charlotte Rae from The Facts of Life, Jean Hagen from Singin’ in the Rain, and the Oscar- and Emmy-winning Cloris Leachman, who said of Paul and her calss, “We were the cream of the crop. I mean, we were. It’s not bragging. It’s the truth. We weren’t ‘hopefuls.’”
3. His greatest collaboration with Agnes Moorehead? Charlotte’s Web.
Endora and Uncle Arthur are beloved sitcom characters, so you’d think that Agnes Moorehead and Paul Lynde would receive greater recognition for their collaborative voice roles in Charlotte’s Web. Their singing talents are a verrrritable smorgabord-orgasbord-orgasbord!
4. He once said something unthinkable to Lana Turner.
Paul had a reputation as a pretty nasty drunk. Once in a stupor he approached blonde bombshell Lana Turner, whose mobster boyfriend Johnny Stompanato had been murdered in what ignited a tabloid frenzy, and he roared at her, “You killed him, didn’t you?”
5. Without even trying, he was the greatest weatherman of all time.
I’d pay more attention to cold fronts if this kind of meteorologist awaited me every morning.