Harvey Lembeck

Harvey Lembeck

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

Lowest Rated: 33% Pajama Party (1964)

Birthday: Apr 15, 1923

Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA

Swarthy, squinty, nasally, and comically overconfident, the diminutive Harvey Lembeck was one of the clown princes of post-World-War-II-era army comedy. Himself a veteran of the military, he sublimated his gregarious personality into a stint on the Broadway stage, where his performance as impish soldier Harry "Sugar Lips" Shapiro in the powerhouse POW drama "Stalag 17" landed him the same supporting role in Billy Wilder's gripping, like-titled 1953 film adaptation. Having effectively opened the floodgates for a spate of other spirited soldier parts, he went down in the annals of screwball-TV history as Corporal Rocco Barbella, the right-hand man of the scheming, outrageously opportunistic Sergeant Bilko, on the freewheeling sitcom classic "The Phil Silvers Show" ('55-59). The comic star portrayed similar lunkheads on shows such as the short-lived military comedy "Ensign O'Toole," but he never quite struck the same chord as he did in that inimitable Barbella role, prompting him to hang up his uniform in the early '60s. Luckily, all it took for a career revival was a leather jacket; as the delusional biker-gang leader, Eric Von Zipper, he stumbled and bumbled his way through six films in the enormously popular 1960s "beach party" movies headlined by Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello. Famously, his Von Zipper was the perpetual victim of the series' delightfully absurd "Himalayan Suspender" finger technique, which often left his character in a state of grinning catatonia. Having never retired, he died of a heart attack in 1982 at age 58.

Highest rated movies

You're in the Navy Now
Stalag 17
Fourteen Hours
Love With the Proper Stranger
A View From the Bridge
The Unsinkable Molly Brown
Beach Blanket Bingo
Beach Party

Photos

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 37% The Gong Show Movie Man in Steam Room (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet 64% Raid on Entebbe Mr. Harvey (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Horowitz of Dublin Castle Unknown (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet 57% Hello Down There Sonarman (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet 48% The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini Eric Von Zipper (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet 35% Fireball 500 Charlie Bigg (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet 0% Sergeant Deadhead Airman McEvoy (Character) - 1965
No Score Yet 34% How to Stuff a Wild Bikini Eric Von Zipper (Character) - 1965
73% 52% Beach Blanket Bingo Eric Von Zipper (Character) - 1965
78% 70% The Unsinkable Molly Brown Polak (Character) - 1964
33% 35% Pajama Party Eric Von Zipper (Character) - 1964
No Score Yet 41% Bikini Beach Eric Von Zipper (Character) - 1964
82% 87% Love With the Proper Stranger Julio Rossini (Character) - 1963
43% 43% Beach Party Eric Von Zipper (Character) - 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Last Time I Saw Archie Duty Sgt. Malcolm Greenbriar (Character) - 1961
80% 62% A View From the Bridge Mike (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Million Dollar Incident Eddy (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kiss Me, Kate Gunman (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet 55% Between Heaven and Hell Pvt. Bernard "Bernie" Meleski (Co. G) (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet 0% The Command Pvt. Gottschalk (Character) - 1954
97% 93% Stalag 17 Harry "Sugar Lips" Shapiro (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet Girls in the Night Chuck Haynes (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet Willie and Joe Back at the Front Joe (Character) - 1952
83% 73% Fourteen Hours Cab driver (uncredited) (Character) - 1951
100% 40% You're in the Navy Now Norelli (Character) - 1951

TV

Credit
90% No Score Yet Mork & Mindy Unknown (Guest Star) 1981-1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo Unknown (Guest Star) 1979
No Score Yet 90% All in the Family Unknown (Guest Star) 1973 1978
No Score Yet 80% CHiPs Unknown (Guest Star) 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Chico and the Man Unknown (Guest Star) 1976
No Score Yet 100% Night Gallery Unknown (Character) 1971
No Score Yet 50% The Partridge Family Marino (Guest Star) 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Name of the Game Unknown (Guest Star) 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet Please Don't Eat the Daisies Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
72% 80% Batman Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Farmer's Daughter Registrar (Guest Star) 1965
100% No Score Yet The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet My Favorite Martian Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ben Casey Sammy Brewer (Guest Star) 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mr. Novak Unknown (Guest Star) 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ensign O'Toole Seaman Gabby Di Julio (Character) 1962-1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Hathaways Unknown (Character) 1961-1962
No Score Yet 100% The Phil Silvers Show Cpl. Rocco Barbella (Character) 1955-1959