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Larry “Bud” Melman, Dead at 85

Calvert DeForest, best known for his role as Larry “Bud” Melman on the David Letterman Show, died today. He was 85.

“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. Brooklyn-born Calvert DeForest, who was 85, died Monday at a hospital on Long Island, the Letterman show announced Wednesday…

“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.” His last appearance on “Late Show” came in 2002, celebrating his 81st birthday…

There will be no funeral service for DeForest, who left no survivors.”

He will be missed.

3 comments to Larry “Bud” Melman, Dead at 85

  • I’ll miss him every day. I will bear this load of grief for a long time to come.

  • Joshua

    I find it hard to believe that just because Melman “left no survivors,” that he won’t get a funeral. What will they do? Just wrap him up in a burlap sack and plop him in a hole in Potter’s Field? Seems an unfitting end to a man who made so many laugh.

  • I found him funny, but not so much on the Letterman show.