He wasn’t just the tall, mustachioed guy who played Big Enos in the Smokey and the Bandit movies. Pat McCormick, who died this weekend at 78, was also a top TV comedy writer across five decades, creating gags for shows from Get Smart to Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show, where he was also a regular sketch player — on one memorable evening, at the height of the 1970s streaking craze, McCormick made a naked dash behind Carson during the host’s monologue. He was the kind of comedian who was especially beloved by other comedians, as is apparent fromthe blog of TV and comic book scribe Mark Evanier, who pays homage to McCormick here and here.
Tribute: Pat McCormick
- 'Voice': How about a Judges' Veto?
- 'Victoria's Secret': 12 years of 'Fantasy Bras'
- Golden Globe noms: TV wild cards we'd love to see
- Golden Globes: We predict the movie nominees
- Mayer Hawthorne's 'Reach Out Richard': First Look
- Amy Poehler presents 'Broad City': Sneak peek
- 'Arrow' sneak peek: Run, Roy, run!
- 'Mary Poppins': Karen Dotrice on being 'Jane Banks'
Top 5 Most Read
- AFI movies of the year: 'Her' and '12 Years a Slave' in; 'August: Osage County' out
- 'The Voice' recap: Green Eggs and Adam
- 'Mary Poppins' star talks 50th anniversary and 'Saving Mr. Banks'
- 'Community': Check out the first trailer for season 5 -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO
- 'New Year's Rockin' Eve': Ariana Grande, The Fray, Capital Cities, and Daughtry set to perform -- EXCLUSIVE