Larry Storch is an American actor, comedian, impressionist, and voice actor. He is one of the oldest living comedians of Jewish descent. Storch is best known for his comic roles and for his voice roles in animation series such as ‘Tennessee Tuxedo and His Tales.’ He attained fame as ‘Corporal Randolph Agarn’ in the satirical sitcom ‘F Troop.’ Storch was born into an ordinary family. Since his family was affected by the Great Depression, he could not complete his high-school graduation. Storch initially earned his livelihood by working as a stand-up comedian. This marked his entry into the field of entertainment. Soon after, he bagged guest roles in quite a few TV series, such as ‘Car 54, Where Are You?,’ ‘Columbo,’ and ‘The Doris Day Show.’ Storch also appeared on several variety shows, such as ‘Laugh-In’ and ‘The Ed Sullivan Show.’ Storch is a brilliant voice actor. He is a talented impressionist and can imitate almost any kind of voice. Storch has acted in films such as ‘40 Pounds of Trouble’ and ‘The Great Bank Robbery.’ He has done commendable work on stage, too. Storch has received several honors for his work. He presently leads a semi-retired life.
Childhood & Early Life
Larry Samuel Storch was born on January 8, 1923, in New York City, into a Jewish family. His father, Alfred Storch, was a realtor. His mother, Sally Storch, was a telephone operator. There is no information available about his siblings.
Storch attended the ‘DeWitt Clinton High School.’ Actor Don Adams was his school friend. They remained friends throughout their lives. During his childhood days, the US was hit by the Great Depression. Storch’s family was also affected, and he was forced to discontinue his studies.
To earn his livelihood, Storch worked as a stand-up comedian for bandleader Al Donahue. During World War II, Storch served the ‘United States Navy.’ He was posted on the submarine ‘USS Proteus.’
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After his initial days as a stand-up comedian, Storch was offered guest roles in several TV series. He appeared in minor roles in series such as ‘Car 54, Where Are You?,’ ‘Fantasy Island,’ ‘The Flying Nun,’ ‘The Alfred Hitchcock Hour,’ and ‘The Doris Day Show.’
In 1965, Larry Storch bagged one of the most notable roles of his career. He was chosen to portray ‘Corporal Randolph Agarn’ in the American satirical TV series ‘F Troop.’ It was aired on ‘ABC.’ The series was a fun-filled story about the life of US soldiers. ‘Randolph Agarn’ was portrayed as an eccentric and extremely loud soldier. He was also shown to be a hypochondriac. The series featured Storch as several lookalike relatives of ‘Agarn,’ too. His performance in the series earned Storch an ‘Emmy’ nomination for ‘Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Comedy Series.’
In 1975, Storch played a major role in the TV series ‘The Ghost Busters.’ It was a children’s series about a team of detectives investigating ghostly occurrences. The series featured him as ‘Spencer,’ one of the detectives. The series was short-lived. Storch appeared in the lead role in the series ‘The Queen & I,’ which was aired on ‘CNS.’ as the series featured him as ‘Junior Officer Charles Duffy.’ This, too, was a short-lived series.
Storch has also appeared on several variety shows, such as ‘The Ed Sullivan Show,’ ‘The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour,’ and ‘Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In.’ He had his own variety show, ‘The Larry Storch Show.’ The show featured Storch and his guests in comedy sketches. It was aired on ‘CBS,’ as a replacement for ‘The Jackie Gleason Show.’
Storch was best known for his voice acting. He lent his voice to animation series such as ‘The Batman/Superman Hour,’ ‘The Pink Panther Show,’ and ‘Koko the Clown.’ In the series ‘Groovie Goolies,’ Storch voiced several characters, such as ‘Drac,’ ‘Hagatha,’ and ‘Ghoulihand.’ The series ‘The Inspector’ saw him lend his voice to ‘The Commissioner.’ Storch has voiced the iconic cartoon characters ‘Cool Cat’ and ‘Merlin the Magic Mouse.’ Storch is a talented impressionist. He has imitated hundreds of famous people, ranging from boxer Muhammed Ali to actor Claude Rains.
Storch has appeared in supporting roles in several movies. He made his movie debut with the 1951 movie ‘The Prince Who Was a Thief.’ Storch was part of the movies ‘40 Pounds of Trouble,’ ‘Wild and Wonderful,’ and ‘Sex and the Single Girl.’ He performed as ‘Juan’ in the movie ‘The Great Bank Robbery.’ He remained active in movies till the second half of the 2000s.
Storch has made significant contributions on stage, too. He made his ‘Broadway’ debut with the play ‘Who Was That Lady I Saw You With.’ He was part of plays such as ‘Porgy and Bess,’ ‘Arsenic and Old Lace,’ and ‘Annie Get Your Gun.’ Storch has recorded several comedy LPs, too. Two of them are ‘Larry Storch at The Bon Soir’ and ‘Larry Storch Reads Philip Roth’s Epstein.’
He has contributed to the soundtracks of ‘The Ghost Busters,’ ‘Gomer Pyle: USMC,’ ‘F Troop,’ and ‘Shower of Stars.’
Family & Personal Life
In July 1961, Larry Storch married actor Norma Catherine Greve. The couple remained married till her death in 2003.
He has three children, stepson Lary May, stepdaughter June Cross, and daughter Candace Herman. Storch and his wife worked together for the TV movie ‘The Woman Hunter.’
In 2013, Storch was honored with the ‘Barrymore Award for Lifetime Achievement in Film and TV.’ In 2014, a ‘Golden Palm Star’ on the ‘Walk of Stars’ of Palm Springs, California, was dedicated to Storch. He has received a ‘Distinguished Service Award’ for his services during World War II.
Storch currently leads a semi-retired life. He travels around the world and meets his fans. He loves to play the saxophone. He is one of the rare few people of his age who are active on social media. Storch has many followers on his ‘Facebook’ profile.