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Korman in BLAZING SADDLES.

About Harvey Korman (1927 – 2008)

Harvey Herschel Korman was born on February 15, 1927, in Chicago, Illinois, into a Russian Jewish immigrant family. His father, Cyril Raymond Korman, was a salesman and his mother, Ellen, was a homemaker.

Harvey Korman is known for his broad comic characterizations, often over the top, inspiring much hilarity.

Harvey left college and joined the Navy during WW11. After the war, Harvey went back to school and studied acting at the Goodman School of Drama at the Chicago Art Institute. Harvey went to New York, and studied drama at HB Studio in Greenwich Village in New York City.

After struggling to make it in New York, being part of a comic duo, Harvey went to Hollywood to start over in television and films; finally finding the success he was looking for in the thespian world.

In 1960, Harvey married Donna Elhart;(1960-1977). They had two children, Maria and Christopher.  Twelve years later, Harvey married Deborah Fritz on September 8th, 1982. They also had two children: Katherine and Laura.

In 1963 Korman's first big break was being a featured performer on "The Danny Kaye Show."

Harvey Korman made his feature debut in "The Last of the Secret Agents"; (1966).

For ten years, Harvey was an ensemble comedian playing in skits on the hit television series, THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW, from 1967-1977. Harvey commented in an interview, "We were an ensemble, and Carol [Burnett] had the most incredible attitude. I've never worked with a star of that magnitude who was willing to give so much away." 

For his performances on The Carol Burnett Show, Harvey was nominated for four Best Supporting Actor Golden Globes;(1972-1975), and won one of those four nominations in 1975.
Harvey was also nominated for seven Primetime Emmys;(1969-1977), and won four Primetime Emmys;(1969, 1971,1972, and 1974)

Harvey left the show for his own series, THE HARVEY KORMAN SHOW, which was short lived. Harvey shared this in another 2005 interview, "It takes a certain type of person to be a television star. I didn't have whatever that is. I come across as kind of snobbish and maybe a little too bright. ... Give me something bizarre to play or put me in a dress and I'm fine."

Harvey Korman found a home in the irreverently comic movies of Mel Brooks, beginning with BLAZING SADDLES, a Western spoof, riddled with over-the-top cliches and stereotypes, in which he plays a greedy railroad builder, up to no good, planning dastardly schemes to get the land of the town of Rockridge. The movie was nominated for three Oscars.

Next, Harvey Korman played a machinating doctor in a psychiatric clinic in the Mel Brooks comedy, HIGH ANXIETY. Korman also played in Brook's HISTORY OF THE WORLD, PART I, the irreverent redux of history.

Harvey Korman played Professor Auguste Balls in TRAIL OF THE PINK PANTHER [1982] and CURSE OF THE PINK PANTHER [1983]. He worked for another 18 years in television movies, series and films.

Harvey Korman died in Westwood, California, at UCLA Medical Center from complications of a ruptured aortic aneurysm. His remains rest at Santa Monica's Woodlawn Cemetery.

Harvey Korman's notable movie credits include...

THE RUBY PRINCESS RUNS AWAY (2001)
THE FLINTSTONES IN VIVA ROCK VEGAS (2000)
GIDEON (1999)
JINGLE ALL THE WAY (1996)
DRACULA: DEAD AMD LOVING IT (1995)
RADIOLAND MURDERS (1994)
BETRAYAL OF THE DOVE (1993)
THE LONGSHOT (1986)
THE INVISIBLE WOMAN (1983)
TV TRAIL OF THE PINK PANTHER (1982)
HISTORY OF THE WROLD - part 1 (1981)
HERBIE GOES BANANAS (1980)
BUD AND LOU (1978)
HIGH ANXIETY (1977)
BLAZING SADDLES (1974)
HUCKLEBERRY FINN (1974)
THE APRIL FOOLS (1969)
DON'T JUST STAND THERE (1968)
THREE BITES OF THE APPLE(1968)
LORD LOVE A DUCK (1966)
LIVING VENUS (1961)

Harvey Korman's notable television credits include...

THE NUTT HOUSE (TV SERIES 1989)
LEO & LIZ IN BEVERLY HILLS (TV SERIES 1986)
ALICE IN WONDERLAND (TV MOVIE) (1985)
THE LOVE BOAT (TV SERIES 1982-1985)
THE CRACKER BROTHERS(TV MOVIE)(1985)
RODNEY DANGERFIELD:EXPOSED (TV MOVIE)(1985)
GONE ARE THE DAYES (TV MOVIE)(1984)
EUNICE (TV MOVIE) (1982)
THE HARVEY KORMAN SHOW (TV SERIES 1977-1978)
THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW (TV SERIES 1966-1977)
SUDDENLY SINGLE (TV MOVIE)(1971)
THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW IN LONDON (TV MOVIE)(1970)
THE FLINTSTONES (TV SERIES-VOICE)(1964-1966)
THE MUNSTERS (TV SERIES 1964-1966)
WALT DISNEY'S WONDERFUL WORLD OF COLOR (TV SERIES 1965)
THE LUCY SHOW (TV SERIES 1964-1965)
THE JACK BENNY PROGRAM (TV SERIES 1964-1965)
THE DONNA REED SHOW (TV SERIES 1960-1962)
DR. KILDARE (TV SERIES 1961-1962)

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Harvey Korman in BLAZING SADDLES (1974).

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Harvey Korman in F TROOP (1965 - 67 TV).

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Harvey Korman in DRACULA: DEAD AND LOVING IT.

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Harvey Korman in LORD LOVE A DUCK (1966).