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Harvey Herschel Korman (February 15, 1927 May 29, 2008) was an American comedic actor who performed in television and movie productions beginning in 1960. His big break was being a featured performer on The Danny Kaye Show, but he was probably best remembered for his performances on the sketch comedy series The Carol Burnett Show and in the comedy films of Mel Brooks, most notably as Hedley Lamarr in Blazing Saddles.


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 of Drama.

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.[6][7] He was buried at Woodlawn Cemetery in Santa Monica, California.

Personal life

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 (19831984) (spin-off of The Family sketches, from The Carol Burnett Show) Alistair Quince/Host; Ed Higgins/Eunice's husband
* 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 Balls
* 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 skits

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