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Larry 'Bud' Melman, dead at 85

By pfcb2021     Mar 21, 2007 in Entertainment
Calvin Deforest, better known as Larry 'Bud' Melman on David Letterman's late-night television shows, passed away Monday in Long Island at the age of 85.
He made several dozen appearances on Letterman’s shows from 1982 through 2002, singing a duet 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.”
Deforest's face was the first 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.
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!”
His last appearance was on the "Late Show" on his 81st birthday.
At his request, there will be no funeral service for DeForest, who left no survivors.
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