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Harvey Korman



Like many Chicago born-and-bred actors, Harvey Korman cut his acting teeth at that city's Goodman Theatre. He sold aluminum siding door-to-door while waiting for his Big Break, taking the occasional Broadway walk-on, TV commercial and cartoon voice-over. His earliest significant TV exposure came about during his four seasons (1963-67) as a regular on The Danny Kaye Show. He went on to join The Carol Burnett Show in 1967, remaining with the series until its 1977 demise and winning four Emmies in the process. Korman's versatility was only part of his appeal; it was also a stitch to watch him try to maintain a straight face while enduring the antics of fellow comic actor Tim Conway. One recurring sketch on the Burnett series, "The Family," later spun off into the TV series Mama's Family. While Korman had played Mama's (Vicki Lawrence) vituperative son-in-law Ed on the Burnett Show "Family" sketches, his principal contribution to Mama's Family was confined to his weekly introductory comments as "Alastair Quince"; he also directed a 1983 special based on the "Family" principals, Eunice.



Most of Korman's other TV-series projects were lukewarm single-season affairs like The Harvey Korman Show (1978), Leo and Lizz in Beverly Hills (1986) and The Nutt House (1989). Korman's finest film work can be found in his antic appearances in the films of Mel Brooks, especially his portrayal of greedy land baron Hedley Lamarr in 1974's Blazing Saddles. One of his later projects was the voice of the Dictabird in the 1994 box-office hit The Flintstones -- a piquant piece of casting, inasmuch as Korman had supplied the voice of "The Great Gazoo" in the original Flintstonesanimated television series of the 1960s. Korman died of unspecified causes in May 2008.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Carol Burnett: Just to Have a Laugh
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Dorf Goes Fishing / Tim & Harvey in the Great Outdoors
  • Actor
2002
25% The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas
  • Colonel Slaghoople
2000
No Score Yet Jewel Kingdom: The Ruby Princess Runs Away
  • Actor
2000
71% Lord Love a Duck
  • Weldon Emmett
2000
No Score Yet Gideon
  • Jacob Titleman
1999
No Score Yet The Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy to the Rescue
  • Floyd
1998
No Score Yet Baby Huey's Great Easter Adventure
  • Actor
1998
17% Jingle All the Way
  • President
1997
11% Dracula - Dead and Loving It
  • Dr. Seward
1995
24% Radioland Murders
  • Jules Cogley
1994
21% The Flintstones
  • Voice of Dictabird
1994
No Score Yet Based on an Untrue Story
  • Dr. Meir
1993
No Score Yet Betrayal of the Dove
  • Sid
1992
No Score Yet Crash Course
  • Abner Fraser
1988
No Score Yet Munchies
  • Cecil Waterman / Simon Waterman
1987
No Score Yet The Longshot
  • Lou
1986
No Score Yet Gone Are the Dayes
  • Charlie Mitchell
1984
29% Curse of the Pink Panther
  • Prof. Balls
1983
25% Trail of the Pink Panther
  • Prof. Balls
1982
62% History of the World---Part I
  • Count de Monet
1981
17% First Family
  • Ambassador Spender
1980
40% Herbie Goes Bananas
  • Captain Blythe
1980
No Score Yet Americathon
  • Monty Rushmore
1979
No Score Yet Bud and Lou
  • Bud Abbott
1978
75% High Anxiety
  • Dr. Charles Montague
1977
No Score Yet Huckleberry Finn
  • The King
1974
90% Blazing Saddles
  • Hedley Lamarr
1974
No Score Yet The April Fools
  • Benson
1969
No Score Yet The Last Of The Secret Agents?
  • German Colonel
1966
69% Gypsy
  • Phil
1962

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
  • Stan Stan Levy
The Carol Burnett Show
1978
  • Actor

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