Life and career
Korman was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of
Ellen (née Belcher) and Cyril Raymond Korman, who was a salesman.
He was Jewish.
Korman served in the United States Navy during World
War II. After being discharged, he studied at the Goodman School
His early television work included voice-over work
on Tom and Jerry and as the Great Gazoo on The Flintstones. 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. He also
starred in the short-lived Mel Brooks TV series The Nutt House.
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.
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. He was buried
at Woodlawn Cemetery in Santa Monica, California.
He was married to Donna Ehlert from 1960 to 1977,
and they had two children together: Chris and Maria Korman. He married
Deborah (née Fritz) in 1982 and was married to her until
his death. They had two daughters together, Kate and Laura Korman.
Other selected television series
* The Harvey Korman Show (1978) — Eponymous lead
* The Tim Conway Show (1980) — Regular
* Mama's Family (1983–1984) (spin-off of The Family sketches, from
The Carol Burnett Show) — Alistair Quince/Host; Ed Higgins/Eunice's
* Leo And Liz In Beverly Hills (1986) — Leo Green
* Nutt House (1989) — Reginald Tarkington
* Blazing Saddles (1974) — Hedley Lamarr
* Huckleberry Finn (1974) — The King of France
* The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976) (deleted scene) Professor
* High Anxiety (1977) — Dr. Charles Montague
* The Star Wars Holiday Special (1978) — Chef Gormaanda, Krelman,
and Toy Video Instructor
* Americathon (1979) — Monty Rushmore
* Herbie Goes Bananas (1980) — Captain Blythe
* First Family (1980) — U.N. Ambassador Spender
* History of the World, Part I (1981) — Count de Monet
* Trail of the Pink Panther (1982) — Professor Balls
* Munchies (1987) — Cecil Watterman, Simon Watterman
* Radioland Murders (1994)
* Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995) — Dr. Jack Seward
* Together Again: Conway & Korman (2006) (DVD) — in various