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Old 03-21-2007, 10:42 PM   #1
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R.I.P. Larry 'Bud' Melman

Posted in the Letterman thread, but thought he deserved his own thread.

Loved watching "Larry Bud Melman" in the old days. He was so funny. I was saddened today by the news of his passing.

NEW YORK - The balding, bespectacled nebbish who gained cult status as the oddball Larry "Bud" Melman on David Letterman's late night television shows has died after a long illness. The Brooklyn-born Calvert DeForest, who was 85, died Monday at a hospital on Long Island, the Letterman show announced Wednesday. He made dozens of appearances on Letterman's shows from 1982 through 2002, handling a variety of twisted duties: dueting with Sonny Bono on "I Got You, Babe," doing a Mary Tyler Moore impression during a visit to Minneapolis, handing out hot towels to arrivals at the Port Authority Bus Terminal.

"Everyone always wondered if Calvert was an actor playing a character, but in reality he was just himself — a genuine, modest and nice man," Letterman said in a statement. "To our staff and to our viewers, he was a beloved and valued part of our show, and we will miss him."

The gnomish DeForest was working as a file clerk at a drug rehabilitation center when show producers, who had seen him in a New York University student's film, came calling. His was the first face to greet viewers when Letterman's NBC show debuted on Feb. 1, 1982, offering a parody of the prologue to the Boris Karloff film "Frankenstein."

"It was the greatest thing that had happened in my life," he once said of his first Letterman appearance.

DeForest, given the nom de tube of Melman, became a program regular. The collaboration continued when the talk show host launched "Late Show with David Letterman" on CBS in 1994.

Cue cards were often DeForest's television kryptonite, and his character inevitably appeared in an ill-fitting black suit behind thick black-rimmed glasses.

The Melman character opened Letterman's first CBS show, too — but used his real name because of a dispute with NBC over "intellectual property." DeForest, positioned inside the network's familiar eye logo, announced, "This is CBS!"

DeForest often draw laughs by his bizarre juxtaposition as a "Late Show" correspondent at events such as the 1994 Winter Olympics in Norway or the anniversary Woodstock concert that year.

His last appearance on "Late Show" came in 2002, celebrating his 81st birthday


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He was really funny, and completely unique. I was actually thinking about him a few weeks ago, since I hadn't seen him in so long.


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I'm said that he's dead, but I'm happy because I know it was an absolute thrill for him to be on Dave's show. He was 85, so he lived a long life. May we never forget him. Sadly, he was one of the last people from Dave's funny days on NBC.
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I loved his appearances!!

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He was funny and charming in every way

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I should have toast on a stick for breakfast in memory.

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Larry Bud was great. RIP, buddy!
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I haven't watched Letterman in years, but I remember Larry "Bud" Mellman. He was always funny.
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Re: R.I.P. Larry 'Bud' Melman

I always wondered what happend to this guy. Larry Bud Melman used to appear all the time on Letterman on NBC, but I don't remember seeing him on CBS. He used to always yell, "Bite Me", and I laughed at his use....of course, I was eleven and twelve.

So much better than that Deli sandwich guy who has no charisma and isn't even funny as a straight man. Letterman has the easiest job in the world, given the amount of money he's paid. I could do that job better!
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LBM was great on Letterman, I have such fond memories of so much laughter when he'd appear. He had Letterman in stitches too. RIP, man. You will be missed.
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Calvert DeForest, who passed away last week, appeared over 250 times on LATE NIGHT. Among the characters he portrayed on the show were Larry "Bud" Melman, Larry "Bud" Fortensky, Larry "Bud" Headroom, Larry "Bud" Hussein, Larry "Bud" Schwarzkopf, George Patton, Kenny the Gardener, Leroy Neiman, Ranger Larry, Road Warrior, and Roy Orbison.
He impersonated Cher, Pete Rose, and Ronald Reagan.
He handled live remotes at the Port Authority of New York, the Empire State Building, the Essex House, Times Square, an ATM machine outside a Chemical Bank at 34th and 5th, the Staten Island Ferry, outside the U.N. Soviet Mission, outside his American Goodwill Tour trailer, in a rowboat at the Central Park lake, at the 6th Ave Thanksgiving Parade route, in a cab going around the block (to determine the number of laps it would take within the show's hour), on 6th Ave. to choose Mr. Christmas, at the 1992 Democratic National Convention, the 1992 Republican National Convention, and the 1993 Inauguration in Washington, D.C.
He presented one Top Ten list 20 years ago to the month, on April 15, 1987: "Top Ten Things People Say When They Meet Larry 'Bud' Melman."
His great uncle, Lee DeForest, invented the 3-element vaccum tube, an integral ingredient into the creation of the very medium that made "Larry 'Bud' Melman" a household name -- television.

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