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Harvey Lembeck

Highest Rated:   100% 14 Hours (1951)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
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
No Score Yet You're in the Navy Now
  • Norelli
1951
No Score Yet The Frogmen
  • Marvin W. `Canarsie' Mikowsky
1951
100% 14 Hours
  • Cab Driver
1951

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet CHiPs
1977-1983
  • Truck Driver
No Score Yet Batman
1966-1968
  • Eagle-Eye

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