Harvey Korman Biography

(Actor and Comedian Known for His Sketch Comedy Series 'The Carol Burnett Show')

Birthday: February 15, 1927 (Aquarius)

Born In: Chicago, Illinois, United States

Harvey Korman was an American actor and comedian who had performed in numerous TV and film productions such as ‘The Danny Kaye Show,’ ‘The Man Called Flintstone,’ and ‘The Carol Burnett Show’. He often collaborated with Mel Brooks. Born into a family of Russian Jewish descent in USA, he served in the United States Navy during World War II. He decided to pursue a career in the entertainment industry after his discharge from the navy. He began his TV career as a head waiter in the TV show ‘The Donna Reed Show’. He then went on to appear in other shows, such as ‘Route 66’, ‘I’m Dickens, He’s Fenster’, and ‘Sam Benedict’. His first important work was in the teen comedy film ‘Lord Love a Duck’. The film was a satire of the popular culture of the time. He then performed a voice role in the comedy film ‘The Man Called Flintstone’. Over the years, he was also seen in many other movies like ‘The April Fools’, ‘Herbie Goes Bananas’ and ‘Trail of the Pink Panther’.

Quick Facts

Also Known As: Harvey Herschel Korman

Died At Age: 81


Spouse/Ex-: Deborah Korman, Donna Ehlert (m. 1960–1977)

father: Cyril Raymond Korman

mother: Ellen

children: Christopher Korman, Katherine Korman, Laura Korman, Maria Korman

Born Country: United States

Jewish Actors Jewish Comedians

Height: 6'3" (190 cm), 6'3" Males

Died on: May 29, 2008

place of death: Los Angeles, California, United States

City: Chicago, Illinois

Ancestry: Russian American

Cause of Death: Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

U.S. State: Illinois

More Facts

education: DePaul University

Harvey Korman’s early acting stints were in TV shows such as ‘The Donna Reed Show’, ‘The Red Skelton Hour’, and ‘Route 66’. Over the years, he continued to appear in other shows like ‘Dennis the Menace’, ‘The Munsters’ and ‘The Lucy Show’. His popularity started increasing after he started appearing in the sketch comedy show ‘The Carol Burnett Show’ in 1967. The show was not only a success with the audiences, but it also earned him six nominations for the Emmy Awards out of which he won four. He was nominated for four Golden Globes as well, out of which he won one. He starred in the show for ten years.
His first important role on the big screen was in the 1966 teen comedy film ‘Lord Love a Duck’, which was based on the 1961 novel by Al Hine. Other films he appeared in over the years include ‘The Man Called Flinstone’ (1966), ‘The April Fools’ (1966), and ‘Huckleberry Finn’ (1974). He earned much fame for his role in ‘Blazing Saddles’, an American satirical Western film directed by Mel Brooks. The film was a huge success commercially, earning nearly $120 million on a paltry $2.6 million budget.
From 1983 to 1984, he played a recurring role in ‘Mama’s Family’, which was a spin-off of ‘The Family’ sketches of ‘The Carol Burnett Show.’ In the 1980s, his work on the big screen included ‘Trail of the Pink Panther’ (1982), ‘Curse of the Pink Panther’ (1983), ‘Munchies’ (1987), ‘The Flintstones’ (1994) and ‘Jingle All the Way’ (1996).
His last film work was ‘The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas’, a 2000 comedy film which was directed by Brian Levant. The film was based on the animated TV series of the same name. The film was met with unfavorable reviews from the critics and was a flop at the box office too.
Family & Personal Life
Harvey Korman was married to Donna Ehlert from 1960 to 1977. He had two children named Maria and Christopher Korman with her. Later in 1982, he married Deborah Korman, with whom he remained till his death in 2008. They had two daughters, Kate and Laura.
Harvey Korman passed away at the age of 81, on 29th May 2008. The cause of his death was complications from a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm which he had suffered four months earlier.


Golden Globe Awards
1975 Best Supporting Actor - Television The Carol Burnett Show (1967)
Primetime Emmy Awards
1974 Best Supporting Actor in Comedy-Variety, Variety or Music The Carol Burnett Show (1967)
1972 Outstanding Achievement by a Performer in Music or Variety The Carol Burnett Show (1967)
1971 Special Classification of Outstanding Program and Individual Achievement - Individuals The Carol Burnett Show (1967)
1969 Special Classification Achievements - Individuals (Variety Performances) The Carol Burnett Show (1967)

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