Harvey Korman

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Harvey Korman.

Harvey Herschel Korman (Eng. Harvey Herschel Korman ; February 15, 1927, Chicago, Illinois, USA – May 29, 2008 in Los Angeles, California) – American comedian actor.


  • Biography
  • Life
  • Selected filmography
  • Notes
  • Links

Harvey Korman was born in Chicago in a family Sayrela Corman, the seller with Russian and Jewish roots, and his wife, Ellen. In theatrical productions Corman started playing back in kindergarten, and at age 12 became a professional actor, signing a contract with a local radio station. When parents divorce, Harvey lived with his mother, the school started in the theater workshop. During the Second World War, he left college and joined the fleet. After the war, he studied at the Goodman School of Drama, and four years later moved to New York.

In New York, Corman’s career has not developed. He auditioned for the Broadway and off-Broadway in the theaters, but always refused. Harvey had to work tanker, waiter and cashier while suffering from depression. Together with other Corman set comedy room for a night club, which immediately failed. Back in Chicago, Harvey seriously thought about committing suicide, but made another attempt to become an actor and went to Hollywood.

In Los Angeles, Corman did not immediately was able to extract confessions. Within three years he combined the work car salesman, a porter in the place of the theater with the play on the stage of the theater itself and the execution of bit parts in television series. His performance as Hamlet staged by local public theater was awarded the praise of famous actors, Bette Davis and Charles Laughton. However, the movie get Corman did not succeed in his memoirs at the time Hollywood needed a young blond Adonis, and not aging and balding Jews.

In 1964, Corman was in “Danny Kaye Show”, where he became a regular comedy act with numbers up to the closing of the show in 1967. Participation in the TV program has brought fame and Harvey opened the door to other shows, for example, in the animated series “The Flintstones”in which he voiced the character named Big Gaza. In 1967, Corman went to work in the comedy TV show”Carol Burnett Show,”for which he participated in four times became the winner of the”Emmy”and once the prize”Golden Globe”. During the ten years of participation in the show Harvey gained reputation as a master of the genre sketch comedy, starring in more than a thousand rooms. In 1977, Corman created his own show, who are trying to live only one season. Subsequently Corman, along with the other actors, “Carol Burnett Show” Tim Conway, toured the US with the show the best numbers of the program.

Harvey Korman appeared in four films of Mel Brooks’ Blazing Saddles, “”Fear of heights,””History of the World, Part I”and”Dracula, dead and Loving It.” He also played a lot of bit parts in various films and television series, the voice of cartoon characters.

Korman died on 29 May 2008 in Los Angeles as a result of rupture of an abdominal aortic aneurysm. He is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in Santa Monica.


In 1960 Korman married Donna Elhart, in this marriage he had a daughter. In 1982, he married Deborah Fritz, who bore him two daughters and a son.

Selected filmography

  • 1974 – Blazing Saddles / Blazing Saddles Hedley Lamarr
  • 1974 – Huckleberry Finn / Huckleberry Finn «King», the fraudster
  • 1977 – Fear of heights / High Anxiety Charles
  • 1981 – History of the World, Part I / History of the World, Part I Count
  • 1983 – The Curse of the Pink Panther / Curse of the Pink Panther Professor Auguste Bolsena
  • 1993 – Betrayal of the Dove / Betrayal of the Dove Sid
  • 1995 – Dracula, dead and Loving It / Dracula: Dead and Loving It Jack
  • 1996 – Jingle / Jingle all the Way President

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