Larry “Bud” Melman who was a regular guest on the Late Show With David Letterman has passed away at the age of 85.
Melman, who’s real name is Calvin Deforest, died Monday at a hospital in Long Island after suffering from a long-term illness.
He is best known for his numerous appearances on Letterman’s show over a twenty year span from 1982 to 2002. Melman was always doing some crazy duty like “loudly” interviewing people on the street, singing “I Got You Babe” in a duet with Sonny Bono, or just helping with the Top 10 list.
“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.”
Melman was well known for his white hair and black rimmed glasses and actually was the first person seen when Letterman’s show premiered back in 1982 by doing a parody of the prologue from Frankenstein.
During his career, he also made guest appearances in Run-DMC music videos, on Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, and Saturday Night Live.
From all of us here at Inside Pulse, we send out our thoughts and best wishes to Melman’s friends and family. May he rest in peace.