Feb. 13, 1930 – Jan. 2, 2018
With heavy hearts we say goodbye to Frank Buxton, a long time supporter of the Port Townsend Film Festival. Truly a bon vivant, endlessly curious, quick witted and kind hearted, Frank was a dedicated husband, philanthropist, writer and humorist who entertained audiences throughout his long career in television and film. Among many other credits, he was writer and director of television’s The Odd Couple, Happy Days and Mork & Mindy, and co-wrote Woody Allen’s first film, What’s Up Tiger Lily. After moving to Bainbridge Island with his wife Cynthia Sears, he founded the improvisational company with John Ellis, “The Edge.”
Frank especially loved silent film and comedy; introducing them to everyone he met. The sound of his delicious laughter was the ingredient of many a dinner party punctuated by spontaneous performance. We at PTFF will miss Frank, both as inspiration and loyal supporter. Our ongoing collaboration with the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art began when the museum’s 68-seat Buxton Auditorium was first completed seven years ago. We preview the Festival there annually.
September’s film festival will be dedicated to Frank’s honor. He so loved our quirky miracle of cinema and community and was always behind the scenes, cheering us on. Thank you, Frank, from the bottom of our hearts, for sowing so many seeds of joy in our little corner of the Pacific Northwest!
For more on Frank Buxton’s remarkable career:
News From ME
Bainbridge Island Review
Janette Force, Executive Director for PTFF
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Port Townsend, WA 98368
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