Harvey Korman

Actor, TV host, Director
A gifted comic performer with a dignified voice and appearance that belied his skill for outrageous characters, Harvey Korman was an award-winning actor, writer and director whose often under-appreciated career spanned ... Read more »
Born: 02/15/1927 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (94)

Carol Burnett: A Woman of Character 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

CBS at 75: A Primetime Celebration 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Hollywood Squares 1998 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Disney/Pixar's Buzz Lightyear of Star Command 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Voice

Laugh Out Loud: TV's 15 Greatest Comedians 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Carol Burnett Show: Show Stoppers 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Disney's Hercules 1998 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas 2000 (Movie)

Colonel Slaghoople (Actor)

Tim Conway: Just Clowning Around 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

67th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Gideon 1999 (Movie)

Jacob Titleman (Actor)

The 1998 Creative Arts Emmy Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Ruby Princess Runs Away 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

American Comedy Honors 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Performer

Burke's Law 1994 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Diagnosis Murder 1994 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

ER 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ellen 1996 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mama's Family 1982 - 1984, 1994 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Perversions of Science 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Suddenly Susan 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Carol Burnett: Just to Have a Laugh 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Jingle All the Way 1996 (Movie)

President (Actor)

Dracula: Dead and Loving It 1995 (Movie)

Dr Seward (Actor)

Garfield and Friends 1988 - 1995 (TV Show)

Voice

Radioland Murders 1994 (Movie)

Jules Cogley (Actor)

The Flintstones 1994 (Movie)

Dictabird (Actor)

Betrayal of the Dove 1993 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Carol Burnett Show: A Reunion 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Golden Palace 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Dorf's Family Stump 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Nutt House 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 3rd Annual American Comedy Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Performer

The Thirteenth Annual Circus of the Stars 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Comedy After Hours 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Crash Course 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

This Is Your Life (11/26/87) 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Munchies 1987 (Movie)

Cecil/Simon Waterman (Actor)

The 1st Annual American Comedy Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Performer

Alice in Wonderland 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

George Burns Comedy Week 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Leo & Liz in Beverly Hills 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The 12th Annual People's Choice Awards 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Performer

The Flintstones 25th Anniversary Celebration 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The Longshot 1986 (Movie)

Lou (Actor)

Rodney Dangerfield: Exposed 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The Cracker Brothers 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Curse of the Pink Panther 1983 (Movie)

Professor Auguste Balls (Actor)

The Invisible Woman 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Trail of the Pink Panther 1982 (Movie)

Professor Balls (Actor)

Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope For President 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

History of the World Part I 1981 (Movie)

Count de Monet (Actor)

The Tim Conway Show 1979 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

First Family 1980 (Movie)

UN Ambassador Spender (Actor)

Herbie Goes Bananas 1980 (Movie)

Captain Elythe (Actor)

The Celebrity Football Classic 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Americathon 1979 (Movie)

Monty Rushmore (Actor)

Snavely 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

The Carol Burnett Show 1967 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

The Carpenters at Christmas 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

The Harvey Korman Show 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

High Anxiety 1977 (Movie)

Dr Charles Montague (Actor)

The Harvey Korman Show 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

The Love Boat 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

The Mad Mad Mad Mad World of the Super Bowl 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Hi, I'm Glen Campbell 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Blazing Saddles 1974 (Movie)

Hedley Lamarr (Actor)

Don Rickles -- Alive and Kicking 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Huckleberry Finn 1973 (Movie)

King (Actor)

The Many Sides of Don Rickles 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

The Tim Conway Special 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

Three's a Crowd 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

The April Fools 1969 (Movie)

Benson (Actor)

Don't Just Stand There! 1968 (Movie)

Merriman Dudley (Actor)

Gallagher 1964 - 1967 (TV Show)

Actor

The Danny Kaye Show 1963 - 1967 (TV Show)

Actor

Lord Love a Duck 1966 (Movie)

Weldon Emmett (Actor)

The Flintstones 1960 - 1966 (TV Show)

Voice

The Last of the Secret Agents 1965 (Movie)

(Actor)

Gypsy 1962 (Movie)

Phil (Actor)

Son of Flubber 1962 (Movie)

Husband in TV Commercial (Actor)

An Evening at the Improv (TV Show)

Actor

Based on an Untrue Story (TV Show)

Actor

Bud and Lou (TV Show)

Actor

Carpool (TV Show)

Actor

Eunice (TV Show)

Actor

Suddenly Single (TV Show)

Actor
Director (1)

Biography

A gifted comic performer with a dignified voice and appearance that belied his skill for outrageous characters, Harvey Korman was an award-winning actor, writer and director whose often under-appreciated career spanned more than 40 years. After a decade of struggling off-Broadway and in summer stock theater, Korman made small gains on film and television with appearances in "Living Venus" (1961) and on the comedy-variety program "The Danny Kaye Show" (CBS, 1963-67). Generations of cartoon fans would also remember his distinctive voice as the unctuous alien, the Great Gazoo on "The Flintstones" (ABC, 1960-66). It was, however, as a cast member on the beloved sketch-comedy series "The Carol Burnett Show" (CBS, 1967-1978) that Korman truly rose to prominence. The perfect foil for the chameleon-like Burnett - and later, paired to perfection with comic-actor Tim Conway - Korman's performances lent an understated, manic brilliance to the very best skits the long-running show had to offer. He portrayed several memorable characters on film, as well - perhaps the most frequently quoted being that of the dastardly Hedley Lamarr in Mel Brooks' classic Western parody "Blazing Saddles" (1974). As one of Brooks' favorite actors, he was invited back for choice roles in "High Anxiety" (1977), "History of the World: Part I" (1981) and "Dracula: Dead and Loving It" (1995). Whether playing the put-upon straight man or a hilariously over-the-top villain, Korman and his impeccable comic timing could always be counted on to deliver the laughs.

Relationships

Cyril Raymond Korman

Father

Ellen Korman

Mother

Donna Elhart

Wife
Married 1960 Divorced 1977

Deborah Fritz

Wife
Married Sept. 8, 1982 until his death May 29, 2008

Katrherine Korman

Daughter
Mother, Deborah Fritz

Maria Korman

Daughter
Mother, Donna Ehlert

Christopher Korman

Son
Mother, Donna Ehlert

EDUCATION

Wright Junior College

Chicago , Illinois

Goodman School of Drama

Chicago , Illinois 1949

Milestones

2000

Voiced Colonel Slaghoople in the live-action prequel "The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas"

1995

Re-teamed with Mel Brooks for the comedy feature, "Dracula: Dead And Loving It"

1994

Provided the voice of the Dictabird for the live-action feature of "The Flintstones"

1994

Co-starred in the ensemble comedy feature, "Radioland Murders"; story by George Lucas

1993

Co-executive produced (also performed) the CBS special retrospective, "The Carol Burnett Show: A Reunion"

1989

Cast as Reginald J. Tarkington on the short-lived NBC sitcom, "The Nutt House"; produced by Mel Brooks (also wrote)

1988

Hosted "Comedy After Hours," a series featuring veteran stand-up comics broadcast on the Playboy Channel

1987

Co-directed the CBS Carol Burnett Special, "Carol, Carl, Whoopi and Robin"

1987

Starred in the horror film, "Munchies"

1986

Once again starred as Leo Green in the short-lived CBS sitcom, "Leo & Liz in Beverly Hills"; created by Steve Martin (also wrote and produced)

1985

First appeared as Leo Green in an installment of "George Burns Comedy Week"

1983

Reprised the role of Ed Higgins for the sitcom spin-off "Mama's Family" (NBC); also directed some episodes

1982

Reprised role of Ed Higgins, husband of Burnett's Eunice (based on a series of sketches from "The Carol Burnett Show") for the comedy special "Eunice"

1980

Appeared as a regular on the failed CBS variety series, "The Tim Conway Show"

1979

First lead in a feature, "Americathon"

1978

Co-starred (with Buddy Hackett) as comic Bud Abbott in the NBC TV-movie, "Bud and Lou"

1978

Starred as an aging acting teacher in ABC's short-lived series, "The Harvey Korman Show"

1974

Played most noteworthy feature role, Hedley Lamarr, in Mel Brooks's "Blazing Saddles"

1969

Appeared as a guest on "The Tim Conway Special"

1968

TV-movie debut, "Three's a Crowd" (ABC)

1967

Staged comedy sketches for "The Steve Allen Comedy Hour"

1967

Co-starred as part of the company of regulars on the CBS comedy-variety series, "The Carol Burnett Show"

1966

Feature debut, "The Last of the Secret Agents?"

1965

Voiced a recurring character, the Great Gazoo, on the popular ABC animated sitcom, "The Flintstones"

1963

First big break, featured performer on "The Danny Kaye Show" (CBS)

1944

Served with the US Naval Reserve

Acted in small roles in Broadway plays

Appeared in TV commercials

Directed two episodes of "The New Dick Van Dyke Show" (CBS)

SIMILAR ARTICLES