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    Letterman regular 'Bud' Melman dies
    By LARRY McSHANE, Associated Press Writer
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    NEW YORK - Calvert DeForest, the white-haired, 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. The Brooklyn-born DeForest, who was 85, died Monday at a hospital on Long Island, Letterman's "Late Show" announced Wednesday.

    He made dozens of appearances on Letterman's shows from 1982 through 2002, handling a variety of twisted duties: dueting 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."

    The gnomish DeForest was working as a file clerk at a drug rehabilitation center when show producers, who had seen him in a New York University student's film, came calling.

    He was the first face 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.

    DeForest, given the nom de tube of Melman, became a program regular. The collaboration continued when the talk show host launched "Late Show with David Letterman" on CBS in 1993, though DeForest had to use his real name because of a dispute with NBC over "intellectual property."

    Cue cards were often DeForest's television kryptonite, and his character inevitably appeared in an ill-fitting black suit behind thick black-rimmed glasses.

    DeForest often drew laughs by his bizarre juxtaposition as a "Late Show" correspondent at events such as the 1994 Winter Olympics in Norway or the anniversary Woodstock concert that year.

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

    DeForest also appeared in an assortment of other television shows and films, including "Nothing Lasts Forever" with Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd.

    At his request, there will be no funeral service for DeForest, who left no survivors.
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    He was wonderful on the show. I'm sorry to hear that he passed away.
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    Aw, I liked this guy, RIP

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    I found his character awesome. But there was a long period of time, he did not appear on the show before he stopped in 2002. Rumour had it was, he had a falling out with Letterman. (I am thinking over money)

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    I always liked him too. How sad that he didn't have any family though.

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    RIP Larry Bud Melman. I will be forever grateful for your invention of toast on a stick!!

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    he was great

    his winter games work was classic

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