Paul Lynde, one of the funniest men in America, was well-known for his role on Bewitched, as well as in movies such as Send Me No Flowers, and The Glass Bottom Boat with Doris Day. Most people, however, will always think of him as the center square on The Hollywood Squares. It was there that Paul Lynde’s witty, provocative, “gay” sense of humor made him one of Hollywood’s most unforgettable stars. Born 86 years ago today, Lynde knew that he wanted to be an actor at a very young age. After graduating from Northwestern University, he made his way to New York City and landed his first big movie role as Albert McAfee in Bye Bye Birdie. From there, he was in a series of different television shows, including the Dean Martin Comedy Hour, and movies co-starring such greats as Rock Hudson and Doris Day. Lynde also had his own T.V. series known as The Paul Lynde Show, making him a very well-rounded actor of his time. Paul Lynde died in 1982, but he will always be remembered for his trademark laugh, witty jokes, and seductive charm.
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