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R.I.P. Larry “Bud” Melman, 85

March 22, 2007

Calvert Deforest pubpicSad to see one of my favorite late-night characters pass away.  Calvert Deforest, who played the character Larry “Bud” Melman on the David Letterman shows on NBC and CBS and the author of “Cheap Advice: Your Guide to Low Cost Luxury“, passed away a week ago from pneumonia at the age of 85.

Calvert was the first face people saw in 1992 when Letterman debuted on CBS, as he popped out of the CBS “eye” logo to announce “This is CBS!”

Letterman issued this statement (via the AP): “Everyone always wondered if Calvert was an actor playing a character, but in reality he was just himself – a genuine, modest and nice man. To our staff and to our viewers, he was a beloved and valued part of our show, and we will miss him.”

DeForest’s last appearance on “Late Show” came in 2002, celebrating his 81st birthday.

Video clips of his best moments after the jump…   
Here’s one of DeForest’s best appearances on the NBC show, as he greeted bus station passengers with hot towels in NYC in 1983:

DeForest also did some gags in a bear suit, trying to make change in the hallways of 30 Rock:

And Calvert also was a Johnny Carson “decoy” in 1994, for Carson’s last TV appearance, on Dave’s CBS program:

We’ll miss you Calvert!

  1. March 22, 2007 2:00 pm

    I got to meet Larry “bud” at a World Series game once. He was a nice guy and didn’t seem to rushed to ‘get away’ from a fan.
    Great memories!

  2. Jesus Gerardo permalink
    March 24, 2007 2:44 pm

    Well that just straight sucks. He was much better than Chris Elliot.

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