Calvert DeForest

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Calvert DeForest

Born

7/23/1921, Brooklyn, New York

Died

3/19/2007

Birth Name

Calvert Lewis DeForest, Jr.

Gender

Male
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Biography

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Calvert was perhaps best known for his role as Larry "Bud" Melman on Late Night with David Letterman.



When he was young, he had expressed an interest in acting, but his mother was not pleased with the idea of her son not having a "real job", so…more

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • He made a cameo appearance in the Run DMC video "King of Rock".

    • When he travelled to Minneapolis for "Late Night with David Letterman", he went dressed as Mary Tyler Moore.

    • In 1999, he released an album called "Calvert Deforest: Erotic Experience". The songs selected for the compilation were inspired by the popularity of "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery".

    • In 1994, he released a book called "Cheap Advice". It was a humorous look at life and how to deal with adversity.

    • He was the only television personality to be invited to Woodstock '94.

    • In all of the years he had worked with David Letterman, he never had a conversation with him that lasted more than 5 minutes.

    • One of his early acting rolls was in a student film called King of the Z's

    • The stage name of "Larry 'Bud' Melman" was the creation of David Letterman and his then-girlfriend Merrill Markoe.

    • Calvert reveived an average of 200 fan letters and 2 dozen interview requests per week.

    • Calvert's uncle, Lee DeForest, invented the 3-element vaccuum tube which helped usher in the age radio and television.

    • In one parody skit, he dueted with Sonny Bono to sing "I Got You, Babe" dressed as Cher.

    • The character name of "Larry 'Bud' Melman" was the intellectual property of NBC and could not be used when David Letterman's show moved to CBS.

    • Before getting his big break in television, DeForest worked as a file clerk at drug rehab center.

  • Quotes

    • Calvert DeForest: (When asked why his mother disapproved of him wanting to act for a living) My mom and uncle were both in the theatre. They always told me about the bad things, never the good things. They tried to talk me out of acting, but my heart was set on acting and I wouldn't listen to them.

    • Calvert DeForest: (When asked about making his first appearance on David Letterman's show in 1982) I was very nervous since I never did this before. It felt very strange, however, once it was over I felt very relaxed.

    • Calvert DeForest: (To introduce the first episode of "Late Night With David Letterman" in 1982)
      Good evening. Certain NBC executives feel it would be unkind to present this show without a word of friendly warning. We are about to unfold a show featuring David Letterman, a man of science who sought to create a show after his own image without reckoning upon God. It is one of the strangest tales ever told. I think it will thrill you. It may shock you. It might even horrify you. So if any of you feel that you don't care to subject your nerves to such a strain, now is your chance to ... well, we warned you.

    • Calvert DeForest: (When crowds scream as he passes by) I feel like Elvis!

    • Calvert DeForest: (When asked about landing his recurring role on "Late Night With David Letterman") It was the greatest thing that had happened in my life.

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