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Jud Strunk
Jud Strunk
Credits
Roles Maître d'
Bellboy
Biographical Information
Full Name Justin Roderick Strunk, Jr.
Birthdate June 11, 1936
Birthplace Jamestown, New York, United States
Death Date October 5, 1981 (age 45)
Death Place Carabassett Valley, Maine, United States

Jud Strunk played two roles in the Salem episodes of the seventh season of Bewitched (1970).

Biography[]

The country music performer Jud Strunk was born Justin Roderick Strunk, Jr. on June 11, 1936, in Jamestown, New York. He was a vocalist, played tenor banjo and piano, and recorded four albums. He was also an actor who specialized in comedy.

In 1960, while still in his twenties, he moved to Farmington, Maine, eventually making his home on a 100-acre farm in Eustis, Maine. Strunk toured in a one-man show for the United States Armed Forces, after which he regularly traveled from Maine to New York City to perform. He had a role in the Broadway musical Beautiful Dreamer, which led to television acting jobs in California during the early 1970's: two appearances on Bewitched and a regular gig on Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In.

He recorded four record albums of country music: Downeast Viewpoint (Columbia - 1970), Jones' General Store (MGM - 1971), Daisy a Day (MGM - 1973), and A Semi-Reformed Tequila Crazed Gypsy Looks Back (MCA - 1977). The albums are filled with his own songs, which evinced a political and ecological awareness.

Ironically, he scored a Top 15 hit on the Pop chart with his single Daisy a Day, a song without political import, but that proved to be a good, old-fashioned tear-jerker about devoted love. A taped copy of Daisy a Day was brought along by the astronauts of the Apollo 17 lunar mission, making it the first recorded song ever played on the moon.

In 1974, he cracked the Top 60 on the Pop charts with his spoken-word single My Country. His 1975 novelty song The Biggest Parakeets in Town made it into the Pop Top 50.

He lost an election for a Senate seat in the Maine Legislature by one vote in 1970. In 1980, he was arrested and tried on a charge of providing alcohol to minors when he had a high-school graduation party on his farm for his son and classmates; he said the party was meant to keep the young people from drinking and driving on their graduation night. His fans in the packed courtroom broke into applause when he was acquitted.

Strunk was a pilot, and started restoring antique airplanes after he left show business. He had a heart attack at the age of 45 while flying a restored airplane in Carrabassett Valley, Maine. He was killed instantly in the plane crash, along with his passenger, Richard Ayotte.

Strunk was married and divorced twice. He had three children - Rory, Jeffrey and Joel.

Bewitched Credits[]

Sources[]

  • Jud Strunk on the Internet Movie Database. Retrieved on October 22, 2021, edited.
  • Tynan, Steven. Jud Strunk memorial on Find a Grave, April 12, 2010. Retrieved on October 22, 2021, edited.
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