Since his career-defining turn as Harold in the cult classic "Harold and Maude," BUD CORT (Howard Putzel) has gone on to distinguish himself in film, television, and theater. Most recently, he has appeared in "Dogma," "But I'm a Cheerleader" and "Love Letters" with Jamie Lee Curtis. Cort has also completed work on "The Secret Diary of Sigmund Freud," a comedy whose ensemble cast includes Carol Kane and Klaus Kinski. His other film credits include "Heat," "Million Dollar Hotel," "Up the Down Staircase," "Sweet Charity," "The Chocolate War," "Brewster McCloud," "Invaders from Mars," "Hotel du Paris" and "M*A*S*H."
Cort's television work includes a starring role in "Tales of the Darkside" for Laurel TV, NBC's "Brave New World," Ronald Dahl's "Tales of the Unexpected," and the Paulist Fathers' series "Insight." In addition to these credits, he had roles on "The Twilight Zone" and "The Hitchhiker," and has hosted "Evening at the Improve." He also co-starred with Shelley Duvall in Joan Silver's adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's "Bernice Bobs Her Hair" on PBS.
The versatile actor made his Broadway debut in Simon Grey's "Wise Child," opposite Donald Pleasence, and he has appeared in Los Angeles at the Mark Taper Forum in Peter Nichol's "Forget-Me-Not Lane" and in Dory Previn's "August 11, 1947." His performance in Samuel Beckett's "Endgame" at the Clurman Theatre in New York and the Mayfair Theatre in Los Angeles won him a Drama Logue Award. Cort was also seen in "Wise Child," "The Seagull," "He Who Got Slapped," and "Demon Wine." Cort is a member of the Director's Unit of The Actor's Studio, and his memorable reading of J.D. Salinger's "The Catcher in the Rye" has been heard by radio audiences across the world.
Besides acting, Cort has performed in a number of one-man shows at The Roxy, The Bitter End, The Improve, The Living Room, and The Village Gate. He recently appeared in Dwight Yoakam's "South of Heaven, West of Hell" and "Coyote Ugly." He gained, and then lost, 100 pounds for his role in "Pollock."