Frank Buxton (February 13,1930-January 2, 2018) was an American actor, television writer, author and television director.
Buxton's first credit was host and producer of the ABC television documentary series Discovery which he hosted from 1962 to 1966 Buxton also did the narration, as well as of the voices, for the "Silly Record" LP (1962 on Harmony Records).
In 1966, Buxton teamed up with Hal Seeger in the animated cartoon series Batfink providing the voice for the title character in all 100 episodes, as well as its recurring villain Hugo A-Go-Go. Buxton co-wrote The Big Broadcast a book on the golden age of radio; the book was co-written will Bill Owen, who succeeded Buxton as host of Discovery from 1966 to 1971. He also hosted the short-lived game show Get the Message for ABC in 1964, later to be replace by Robert Q. Lewis. He also had movie roles in What's Up, Tiger Lily? and Overboard.
For much of the 1970s, Buxton worked as a writer, producer and director for Paramount Television. He served as a story editor for the comedy anthology series Love, American Style; in addition to writing and directing episodes of The Odd Couple, Happy Days and Mork & Mindy.
Buxton also created, wrote, produced and directed the television series Hot Dog for NBC, which starred Woody Allen, Tom Smothers, Jonathan Winters and Joanne Worley. The series won a Peadbody Award in 1970.
He was also the voice of Mr. Starfish in the cartoon Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers in the 80s.
He spent the end of his life in Brainbridge Island, Washington, where he was active in community theatre and numerous philanthropic activities. Buxton continued to perform regularly with The Edge, an improvisational comedy group at Brainbridge Performing Arts. He was also a regular cast member on the web cooking show Cookus Interruptus.
Buxton died on January 2, 2018 in Brainbridge Island, Washington from heart-related issues at the age of 87. At the time of his death, he was still active in local theater and Improv.