Harvey Korman

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Harvey Korman

Born

2/15/1927, Chicago, Ilinois

Died

5/29/2008

Birth Name

Harvey Herschel Korman

Gender

Male

Also Known As

Harvey Corman, Harvey Kormen
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Biography

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Harvey Korman was a well known actor in the 60's and 70's due to his work on The Carol Burnett Show. He was often paired with the famous comedian Tim Conway and together, they were a hilarious team. They often competed to see which one could make the…more

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  • Trivia

    • Harvey graduated from Wright Junior College in Chicago, IL.

    • Harvey was not just an actor, he was also a director, TV host, and producer during his career.

    • Harvey provided the voice of Dictabird in the 1994 live-action feature The Flintstones.

    • One of the skits that Harvey and Tim Conway did on The Carol Burnett Show where Tim Conway is the dentist and accidentally numbs himself with Harvey playing the part of the patient is shown to students in dental school and it is how now to do the procedure.

    • Harvey was a car salesman and doorman at a movie theater before he became an actor.

    • Harvey had an operation in late January 2008 on a non-cancerous brain tumor and pulled through. Less than a day after coming home, he was re-admitted because of a ruptured aneurysm and was given a few hours to live. He survived another four months.

    • Dick Van Dyke took Harvey's place on The Carol Burnett Show.

    • The Carol Burnett Show never recovered from Harvey's departure in 1977.

    • Harvey's part of Hedley Lamarr in the Mel Brooks' film Blazing Saddles was his best known role in movies.

    • Harvey provided the voice of Gazoo from the 1960's animated series The Flintstones for a final time in the video game Flintstones Bedrock Bowling in 2000.

    • Harvey's film debut was as a photographer for a Playboy-inspired men's magazine in 1961's Living Venus, an ultra-low-budget feature by cult director Herschell Gordon Lewis.

    • Harvey studied under the renowned drama instructor, Uta Hagen, in New York.

    • Harvey started acting in school plays in kindergarten and turned professional at 12, when a local radio station signed him.

    • Harvey sold aluminum siding door-to-door while waiting for his big break, taking the occasional Broadway walk-on, TV commercial and cartoon voice-over.

    • Even though he did small parts on The Red Skelton Show and The Untouchables, Harvey's first big break was a stint as a featured performer on The Danny Kaye Show in 1963.

    • Harvey left the Burnett program in 1977 after 10 successful seasons to appear in his own series. The Harvey Korman Show failed to win an audience, as did other series starring or co-starring the comedian.

    • Harvey tried his luck on Broadway and in nightclubs (as 1/2 of a comedy duo) after college, but failed and had to support himself as a restaurant cashier. He finally moved to Hollywood and found success.

    • Harvey was the son of Ellen (née Belcher) and Cyril Raymond Korman.

    • Harvey studied at the Goodman School of Drama at the Chicago Art Institute where he performed Shakespeare, Shaw and Ibsen.

    • Harvey served in the United States Navy during World War II.

    • Harvey was married to Donna Ehlert from 1960 to 1977, and they had two children together: Chris and Maria Korman. He was then married to Deborah (née Fritz) in 1982 and was married to her until his death. They had two daughters together, Kate and Laura Korman.

    • He and Tim Conway produced and starred in Tim Conway and Harvey Korman: Together Again a play that was made of both new and classic comedy skits that they performed on The Carol Burnett Show.

    • Harvey was nominated as Favorite Second Banana in the 2003 TV Land Awards.

    • Korman won a Golden Globe award for Best Supporting Actor - Television for his work on The Carol Burnett Show in 1975.

    • Harvey did a radio commercial for GM Goodwrench Service in 2002.

    • Harvey was 6 feet 3 and a half inches tall.

    • Harvey did voiceover work on Tom And Jerry.

    • Harvey won 4 Emmy Awards:
      1969 - Special Classification Achievements - Individuals (Variety Performances)for The Carol Burnett Show
      1971 - Special Classification of Outstanding Program and Individual Achievement - Individuals for The Carol Burnett Show
      1972 - Outstanding Achievement by a Performer in Music or Variety for The Carol Burnett Show
      1974 - Best Supporting Actor in Comedy-Variety, Variety or Music for The Carol Burnett Show

  • Quotes

    • Tim Conway: (About his friendship with Harvey) It's a 45-year friendship, it was a great ride; we worked together probably 30 years, plus the Burnett show, which was about as good as it gets. edit "

    • Mel Brooks: A world without Harvey Korman - it's a more serious world. It was very dangerous for me to work with him because if our eyes met we'd crash to floor in comic ecstasy. It was comedy heaven to make Harvey Korman laugh.

    • Harvey: (About the success of The Carol Burnett Show) We were an ensemble, and Carol [Burnett] had the most incredible attitude. I've never worked with a star of that magnitude who was willing to give so much away.

    • Tim Conway: (Talking about Harvey Korman) I don't know whether either one of us was the straight man. The most important thing in comedy when you're working together is for one guy to know when to shut up. And we both knew when to shut up; quiet show, actually.

    • Mel Brooks: (talking about Harvey Korman) Harvey was a major, major talent, and he could have very easily have done Shakespearean drama. That's how gifted and talented Harvey was. . . . I loved working with him

    • Harvey: It takes a certain type of person to be a television star. I didn't have whatever that is. I come across as kind of snobbish and maybe a little too bright. Give me something bizarre to play or put me in a dress and I'm fine.

    • Harvey Korman: I got canceled in the middle of making the pilot.

    • Harvey Korman: (on sketch comedy) You asked what is the secret of a really good sketch. And it is a sketch is a small play. It's got a beginning, and a middle and an end. It should have a plot; it should have the characters, conflict. It is a little play. And in it, will be funny stuff.

    • Harvey Korman: You have to have a certain persona to be a star, you know, and I don't have that. I'm a banana.

    • Harvey Korman: And I'll tell you somebody else who was a straight man and considers himself a straight man and describes himself as one, Cary Grant.

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Harvey Korman was one of the best comedians of all time.

    9.5
    Harvey Korman was one of the best comedians and along with Tim Conway helped make "The Carol Burnett Show" one of the most popular shows during its run. Harvey began his career from working on radio and worked his way up to appear on a program put on by the late great actor Danny Kaye. After a short stint with that program, Harvey voiced the mysterious Great Gazoo on the popular prime time animated series, "The Flintstones". Harvey also played roles in a few movies and his best known movie was "Blazing Saddles" by Mel Brooks. Sadly Harvey Korman passed away in 2008. We have truly lost a great talent with his passing.moreless
  • As an audience we loved to watch Tom Conway crack Mr. Korman up.

    10
    I am truly shocked. Earlier this week we lost Dick Martin and now I just learned about the death of Harvey Korman. He was 81. Harvey Korman was a truly special talent. He could be the comic relief on an episode of The Munsters and the play straight man to Carol Burnett and Tim Conway on the The Carol Burnett Show (He was both comic relief and straight man as Hedley Lamarr in the in the 1974 Mel Brooks comedy Blazing Saddles).



    As a Child of Television, every Saturday night (Before SNL) ended with The Carol Burnett Show. Mr. Korman was a great utility man. He played the husband, the boss the father and the buddy. As an audience we loved to watch Tom Conway crack Mr. Korman up.



    Of course I have to mention that Mr. Korman was also the voice of The Great Gazoo on The Flintstones.



    Mr. Korman discusses his life and career in a series of interviews for the Archive of American Television.



    To Quote Harvey Korman, "You asked what is the secret of a really good sketch. And it is a sketch is a small play. It's got a beginning, and a middle and an end. It should have a plot; it should have the characters, conflict. It is a little play. And in it, will be funny stuff".



    Good Night Mr. Korman and thank you for all those funny Saturday nights.



    Stay Tuned



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