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Larry Storch



Dialect comedians may not be politically acceptable these days, but American comic actor Larry Storch has never lacked work all the same. A product of the New York ethnic "melting pot," Storch amused his childhood friends (including lifelong chum Don Adams) with his dead-on impressions of the many Italians, Hispanics, Germans and Jews in his neighborhood. He advanced his skills for mimicry by virtually living in the local movie houses, memorizing the speech patterns of such character actors as Victor McLaglen, Guy Kibbee and Charley Grapewin. One of his first jobs after World War II navy service was as a writer on The Kraft Music Hall, where he was frequently required to substitute for the star, blustery actor Frank Morgan; years later, he revived his Morgan impression as Chumley on the cartoon series Tennessee Tuxedo (in which his old pal Don Adams voiced the title character). In 1951 Storch appeared in the Chicago revue Red White and Blue, which led to a stint as summer replacement for Jackie Gleason on the Dumont TV series Cavalcade of Stars. Storch's most common stamping grounds in the '50s was the nightclub stage; at one point he even ran his own club. Storch made his film bow in The Prince who was a Thief (51) which starred a friend from his Navy days, Tony Curtis. When Storch's career was on the wane in the early '60s, Curtis cast him in several of his vehicles of that period, including Who was That Lady (1960), wherein Storch recreated his Broadway role as an emotional Russian spy. After a semi-recurring role as Charlie the Drunk (who became besotted simply by talking about drinking) on the early '60s sitcom Car 54, Where are You?, Storch was cast as Corporal Agarn, comic sidekick of conniving cavalry sergeant O'Rourke (Forrest Tucker) on the western comedy weekly F Troop (1965-66). In addition to Agarn, Storch was permitted to play various foreign branches of the Agarn family, with appropriate broad accents. Since the cancellation of F Troop in 1966, Larry Storch has been a regular on The Queen and I (1969) and The Ghost Busters (1976), has worked periodically in films, and has appeared with great frequency in clubs (still doing "characterization" routines rather than one-liners) and on stage. In 1991, Larry Storch garnered excellent notices for his brief character turn in the off-Broadway play Breaking Legs.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Funny Valentine
  • Dennis
2005
No Score Yet Bittersweet Place
  • Ira Tatz
2004
0% The Silence of the Hams
  • Sergeant
1994
No Score Yet I Don't Buy Kisses Anymore
  • Giora
1992
No Score Yet A Fine Mess
  • Leopold Klop
1986
No Score Yet Sweet Sixteen
  • Earl
1983
No Score Yet Peter-No Tail
  • Actor
1983
No Score Yet Nevada Heat
  • Actor
1982
No Score Yet Fake-Out
  • Ted
1982
90% S.O.B.
  • Guru
1981
No Score Yet Without Warning (It Came Without Warning) (Alien Encounters)
  • Actor
1980
No Score Yet Jack Frost
  • Sir Danny
1979
No Score Yet The Incredible Rocky Mountain Race
  • Eagle Feather
1977
No Score Yet Journey Back to Oz
  • Amos
1974
29% Airport 1975
  • TV Newsman
1974
No Score Yet Oliver Twist
  • Actor
1973
No Score Yet The Monitors
  • Stutz
1969
No Score Yet Bus Riley's Back in Town
  • Howie
1965
No Score Yet That Funny Feeling
  • Luther
1965
No Score Yet A Very Special Favor
  • Harry
1965
74% The Great Race
  • Texas Jack
1965
60% Sex and the Single Girl
  • Motorcycle Cop
1964
No Score Yet Wild And Wonderful
  • Actor
1964
No Score Yet Captain Newman, M.D.
  • Gavoni
1963
No Score Yet 40 Pounds of Trouble
  • Floyd
1963
No Score Yet Tennessee Tuxedo and His Tales
  • Actor
1963
No Score Yet Who Was That Lady?
  • Orenov
1960
No Score Yet The Last Blitzkrieg
  • Ennis
1959
No Score Yet Gun Fever
  • Amigo
1958
No Score Yet Talk of the Town, The - Show 2
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet CHiPs
1977-1983
  • Chub

Quotes from Larry Storch's Characters