Marty Feldman

Marty Feldman

  • Highest Rated: 93% Young Frankenstein (1974)
  • Lowest Rated: 22% Yellowbeard (1983)
  • Birthday: Jul 8, 1933
  • Birthplace: London, England, UK
  • Wild-haired, pop-eyed British comedian Marty Feldman dropped out of school at 15 in hopes of becoming a jazz trumpeter. Instead he found steady work as a radio comedy writer, first for the popular BBC weekly Educating Archie (which in the tradition of Edgar Bergen starred a ventriloquist and his dummy), and most famously for Kenneth Horne's Round the Horne, which ran from 1965 to 1969. Round the Horne would become something of a cult favorite when it was rebroadcast on American public radio in the 1970s to capitalize on Feldman's latter-day fame. Toiling away on many of Britain's best satirical TV and radio series of the 1960s, Feldman avoided the cameras, feeling that he was a bit too grotesque-looking for public consumption. Once he did start acting as well as writing, the public loved him and begged for more. His biggest British TV break was The Marty Feldman Comedy Machine, in which he appeared in lightning-paced sketches (often artificially sped up, "Benny Hill" style) with some of the best English comedy talent available, most notably the great Spike Milligan. Feldman was introduced to American TV audiences when he co-starred on Dean Martin Presents the Golddiggers in London, the 1970 summer replacement for The Dean Martin Show (an Americanized Marty Feldman Comedy Machine would be broadcast briefly two years later). Having made his film debut in The Bed Sitting Room (1969), Feldman became a U.S. movie favorite with his role as Igor, Gene Wilder's bemused hunchbacked assistant (whose hump switched shoulders from scene to scene), in director Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein (1973). Feldman later co-starred with Brooks and Dom DeLuise as a Ritz Brothers-like team of movie producers in Silent Movie (1975); his manic tango with Anne Bancroft, wherein the actress deftly imitated Feldman's cross-eyed squint, was the highlight of the film. In 1977, Feldman followed the footsteps of fellow Mel Brooks alumnus Gene Wilder by directing as well as starring in The Last Remake of Beau Geste (1977), an uneven but hilarious spoof in which Feldman cast himself as the twin brother of Michael York! A second directorial effort, the organized-religion takeoff In God We Trust (1979), was such a disaster that Feldman was obliged to confine himself to acting assignments for the rest of his career. While filming the all-star "comedy salad" Yellowbeard in Mexico City, Feldman died suddenly of heart failure. He is buried at Hollywood's Forest Lawn Cemetery in close proximity to the grave of his lifelong idol, Buster Keaton.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

22% Yellowbeard Gilbert 1983
No Score Yet Slapstick of Another Kind Sylvester 1982
No Score Yet In God We Tru$t (In God We Trust) (Gimme That Prime Time Religion) Director Brother Ambrose 1980
40% The Last Remake of Beau Geste Screenwriter 1977
No Score Yet Sex With A Smile (40 gradi all'ombra del lenzuolo) "The Bodyguard" male 1976
78% Silent Movie Marty Eggs 1976
No Score Yet The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother Olville Sacker 1975
93% Young Frankenstein Igor 1974
No Score Yet The Magnificent Seven Deadly Sins Screenwriter 1971
No Score Yet Think Dirty Teddy 1970
62% The Bed Sitting Room Nurse Arthur 1969
No Score Yet At Last the 1948 Show Actor 1967

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

100% The Muppet Show
1976-1981
Guest
  • 1980
No Score Yet The Flip Wilson Show
1970-1974
Guest
  • 1973
  • 1971

QUOTES FROM Marty Feldman CHARACTERS

Marty Eggs
Would you mind dancing with a mild-mannered pervert?
Igor
What hump?
Igor
My grandfather use to work for your grandfather. Of course the rates have gone up.
Igor
Dr. Frankenstein?
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
Frokensteen.
Igor
You're putting me on.
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
No, it pronounced, "Frokensteen".
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
No, it pronounced, 'Frokensteen'.
Igor
Do you also say Froaderick?
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
No . . . "Frederick."
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
No... 'Frederick.'
Igor
Well, why isn't it "Froaderick Frokensteen"?
Igor
Well, why isn't it 'Froaderick Frokensteen'?
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
It isn't, it's "Frederick Frokensteen"
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
It isn't, it's 'Frederick Frokensteen'.
Igor
I see.
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
You must be Igor. [He pronounces it ee-gor.]
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
You must be Igor. [he pronounces it ee-gor.]
Igor
No, it's pronounced "eye-gor."
Igor
No, it's pronounced 'eye-gor.'
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
But they told me it was "ee-gor"..
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
But they told me it was 'ee-gor'..
Igor
Well, they were wrong then, weren"t they?
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
Whose brain did you put in him?
Igor
Err... Abby something...
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
Abby who?
Igor
Abby... Normal. Yes that's it, Abby Normal!
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
Are you saying that you put an abnormal brain in a 7 foot tall, 54 inch wide GORILLA!!!???
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
Are you saying that you put an abnormal brain in a 7 foot tall, 54 inch wide GORILLA?
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
You must be Igor?
Igor
No, it's pronounced, 'Eyegor'.
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
They told me it was Igor.
Igor
Well they were wrong then, weren't they?
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
What a filthy job!
Igor
Could be worse.
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
How?
Igor
Could be raining. *starts raining*
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
Damn your eyes!
Igor
Too late.
Igor
Not the third switch!
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
Igor, help me with the bags.
Igor
[Imitating Groucho Marx] Soitenly. You take the blonde, I'll take the one in the turban.
Igor
Sed-a......Sed-a......Dirty word! He said a dirty word!
Igor
Sed-a... Sed-a... Dirty word! He said a dirty word!
Igor
"I've got no body, nobody's got me. Hachachacha."
Igor
I've got no body, nobody's got me. Hachachacha.
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
"Igor!"
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
Igor!
Igor
"Froedrick!"
Igor
Froedrick!
Igor
"Dr. Frankenstein?"
Igor
Dr. Frankenstein?
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
"Fronkensteen."
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
Fronkensteen.
Igor
"What?"
Igor
What?
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
"My name is Dr. FRONKENSTEEN."
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
My name is Dr. FRONKENSTEEN.
Igor
"Do you say Froedrick?"
Igor
Do you say Froedrick?
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
"No, it's Frederick. But you must be Eegor."
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
No, it's Frederick. But you must be Eegor.
Igor
"It's Igor."
Igor
It's Igor.
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
"But they told me it was Eegor!"
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
But they told me it was Eegor!
Igor
"Well I guess they'd be wrong then, wouldn't they.!"
Igor
Well I guess they'd be wrong then, wouldn't they.
Igor
I can remember what my dad used to say in times like this.
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
What did he say?
Igor
'What the hell are you doing in the bathroom all day and night? Give someone else a chance!'
Igor
Abby... Abby normal
Igor
Abby Normal.
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
What a filthy job.
Igor
Could be worse.
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
How?
Igor
Could be raining...(Thunder followed by rain)
Igor
Could be raining. [thunder followed by rain]
Igor
walk this way
Igor
Walk this way.
Igor
What hump?