Harvey Lembeck

Harvey Lembeck

Highest Rated: 100% You're in the Navy Now (1951)

Lowest Rated: 29% Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine (1965)

Birthday: Apr 15, 1923

Birthplace: Not Available

Brooklyn-born Harvey Lembeck was a nightclub and Broadway comedian at the time of his 1951 film bow in You're in the Navy Now. The roly-poly, nasal-voiced Lembeck was most often cast as the wise-guy comedy relief in war films, most notably Stalag 17 (1953), in which Lembeck and bearlike Robert Strauss repeated their stage roles as "court jesters" in a dismal POW camp (the two actors would later be reteamed in the 1961 Jack Webb picture The Last Time I Saw Archie, not to mention a series of TV commercials in the mid-1960s). Harvey remained in uniform for a four-year hitch as Corporal Barbella on the popular 1950s Phil Silvers sitcom You'll Never Get Rich. In 1963's Beach Party, Lembeck made the first of several sidesplitting appearances as leather-jacketed Brando wannabe Eric von Zipper, whose attempts to prove his toughness to his fellow bikers always came a-cropper; in Beach Blanket Bingo, for example, he was cut in twain by a buzzsaw, moaning "Why Me?" even as his two halves fell bloodlessly to the floor. During the 1970s and early 1980s, Harvey Lembeck directed several TV sitcom episodes, and also operated a training school for aspiring comedians; carrying on the "family business" after Harvey's death was his son, actor/director Michael Lembeck.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet The Gong Show Movie Man in Steam Room 1980
No Score Yet Raid on Entebbe Mr. Harvey 1977
No Score Yet Something Evil Producer 1972
No Score Yet Hello Down There Sonarman 1969
No Score Yet The Spirit Is Willing Capt. Pederson 1967
No Score Yet Fireball 500 Charlie Bigg 1966
No Score Yet Ghost in the Invisible Bikini Eric Von Zipper 1966
No Score Yet Sergeant Deadhead Pvt. McEvoy 1965
No Score Yet How to Stuff a Wild Bikini Eric Von Zipper 1965
80% Beach Blanket Bingo Eric Von Zipper 1965
29% Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine Man Chained to a Motorcycle 1965
33% Pajama Party Eric Von Zipper 1964
No Score Yet Bikini Beach Eric Von Zipper 1964
75% The Unsinkable Molly Brown Polak 1964
43% Beach Party Eric Von Zipper 1963
89% Love with the Proper Stranger Julio Rossini 1963
No Score Yet A View from the Bridge Mike 1962
No Score Yet Between Heaven and Hell Bernard Meleski 1956
No Score Yet The Command Pvt. Gottschalk 1954
No Score Yet Mission over Korea Sgt. Maxie Steiner 1953
97% Stalag 17 Harry 1953
100% You're in the Navy Now Norelli 1951
No Score Yet The Frogmen Marvin W. `Canarsie' Mikowsky 1951
100% 14 Hours Cab Driver 1951


95% Mork & Mindy
Ovits 1981
No Score Yet CHiPs
Truck Driver 1978
No Score Yet All in the Family
Wally Sam 1978
No Score Yet The Partridge Family
Harry Marino 1971
No Score Yet It Takes a Thief
Gino 1969
100% The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
Tiger Ed 1967
93% Batman
Eagle-Eye 1966
No Score Yet The Monkees
Fuselli 1966
No Score Yet My Favorite Martian
Rembrandt Jones 1965
No Score Yet The Phil Silvers Show
Cpl. Rocco Barbella 1959


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"Animal" Stosh says: You can say that again.

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