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Harvey Korman
Birth name Harvey Herschel Korman
Born February 15, 1927(1927-02-15)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Died May 29, 2008 (aged 81)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active 1950–2006
Spouse Donna Ehlert (1960–1977)
Deborah Korman (1982–2008)
Emmy Awards
Special Classification Achievements - Individuals (Variety Performances)
1969 The Carol Burnett Show
Special Classification of Outstanding Program and Individual Achievement - Individuals
1971 The Carol Burnett Show
Outstanding Achievement by a Performer in Music or Variety
1972 The Carol Burnett Show
Best Supporting Actor in Comedy-Variety, Variety or Music
1974 The Carol Burnett Show
Golden Globe Awards
Best Supporting Actor - Television
1975 The Carol Burnett Show

Harvey Herschel Korman (February 15, 1927 – May 29, 2008) was an American comedic actor who performed in television and movie productions beginning in 1960. His big break was being a featured performer on The Danny Kaye Show, but he is probably best remembered for his performances on the sketch comedy series The Carol Burnett Show and in the comedy films of Mel Brooks, most notably as Hedley Lamarr in Blazing Saddles.



His early television work included voice-over work on Tom and Jerry and as the Great Gazoo on The Flintstones. He appeared on numerous television programs, including the role of Blake in the 1964 episode "Who Chopped Down the Cherry Tree?" on the NBC medical drama The Eleventh Hour. He frequently appeared as a supporting player on The Danny Kaye Show from 1963 through 1967. From 1964-1966, he appeared three times in consecutive years on the CBS's comedy The Munsters starring Fred Gwynne and Yvonne DeCarlo. He also starred in the short-lived Mel Brooks TV series The Nutt House. In later years he did voice work for the live-action movie The Flintstones as well as the animated The Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy to the Rescue. In his final Mel Brooks film he starred as the zany Dr. Steward in the 1995 film Dracula: Dead and Loving It.


The Carol Burnett Show

It was his work on the Carol Burnett Show which brought him his greatest fame. Korman was nominated for six Emmy Awards for his work on The Carol Burnett Show, and won four times - in 1969, 1971 (for "Outstanding Achievement" by a performer in music or variety), 1972 and 1974. He was also nominated for four Golden Globes for the series, winning in 1975. In later years he reunited with fellow Carol Burnett Show alumnus Tim Conway and toured the country reprising skits from the show as well as new material. A DVD of new comedy sketches by Korman and Conway, titled Together Again [1], was released in 2006.

Personal life and death

Korman, who was of Russian Jewish descent,[1] was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Ellen (née Blecher) and Cyril Raymond Korman, who was a salesman.[2][3] He served in the United States Navy during World War II.[4] After being discharged, he studied at the Goodman School of Drama.[5] He was a member of the Peninsula Players summer theater program during the 1950, 1957, and 1958 seasons.[6] He was married to Donna Ehlert from 1960 to 1977, and they had two children together (Maria and Chris) and three grandsons (Scott, Noah and Ethan). He married Deborah (née Fritz) in 1982 and was married to her until his death. They had two daughters together (Kate and Laura).

Korman died on May 29, 2008, at UCLA Medical Center as the result of complications from a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm he had suffered four months previously.[7][8] He was buried at Santa Monica's Woodlawn Cemetery.

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