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DiedMay 29, 2008, Los Angeles, California, United States
SpouseDeborah Korman, Donna Ehlert
FactSon of Ellen (née Belcher) and Cyril Raymond Korman. Harvey's father was born in Russia, to Russian Jewish parents, Solomon Noah Korman and Clara Lederman. Harvey's mother was born in France, also to Russian Jewish parents.

Harvey Korman was an American actor and comedian who performed in television and film for more than four decades. Korman, who was born in Chicago, Illinois, on February 15, 1927, began his career in the 1950s as a supporting player on The Danny Kaye Show. He later appeared on such popular television programs as The Carol Burnett Show, where he won four Emmy Awards, and Maude. Korman also had roles in several films, including High Anxiety (1977), History of the World: Part I (1981), and Spaceballs (1987). He died of complications from a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm on May 29, 2008, at the age of 81.

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Full NameHarvey Korman
DiedMay 29, 2008, Los Angeles, California, United States
Height1.91 m
ProfessionComedian, Voice Actor, Television Director, Television producer
EducationThe Theatre School at DePaul University


SpouseDeborah Korman, Donna Ehlert
ChildrenMaria Korman, Christopher Korman, Laura Korman, Katherine Korman
ParentsEllen Korman, Cyril Raymond Korman


AwardsGolden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries, or Motion Picture Made for Television, Primetime Emmy Award for Individual Performance - Variety Or Music Program, TV Land Legend Award, Primetime Emmy Award for Special Classification Of Individual Achievements, Primetime Emmy Aw...
NominationsTV Land Most "Out of this World" Character Award, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement by a Supporting Performer - Music or Variety, TV Land Favorite Second Banana Award
MoviesBlazing Saddles, High Anxiety, History of the World, Part I, The Flintstones, Dracula: Dead and Loving It, Herbie Goes Bananas, The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, Trail of the Pink Panther, Curse of the Pink Panther, Eunice, Star Wars Holiday Special, Jingle All the Way, Americathon, The Longshot, ...
TV ShowsMama's Family, The Nutt House, The Carol Burnett Show, The Tim Conway Show, The Danny Kaye Show, The Flintstones, The Flintstones' 25th Anniversary Celebration, Carol Burnett and Friends, Leo & Liz in Beverly Hills, The Harvey Korman Show

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1[on Vicki Lawrence] I don't think she knew what a enormously talented she is.
2It 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. - in a 2005 interview
3We 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 - on the success of The Carol Burnett Show (1967).


1The only performer to have worked on all three "Flintstones" iterations: The Flintstones (1960), The Flintstones (1994) and The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas (2000).
2Along with Carol Burnett helped mentor comedian Vicki Lawrence.
3He is interred in Woodlawn Cemetery in Santa Monica, California.
4He studied drama at HB Studio in Greenwich Village in New York City.
5After 10 successful seasons, Harvey left The Carol Burnett Show (1967) in 1977 to appear in his own series. Dick Van Dyke took Harvey's place on the popular variety show. The Harvey Korman Show (1977) failed to win an audience, as did other series starring or co-starring the comedian, including his regular stint on The Tim Conway Show (1980) in 1980.
6Recreated his popular sketch role as aimless, philandering husband "Ed", the husband of "Eunice", in the Southern-fried series Mama's Family (1983) with Carol Burnett and starring Vicki Lawrence and Ken Berry. He made three guest appearances and helped direct the episodes in the first two seasons.
7Korman had an operation in late January 2008 on a non-cancerous brain tumor and pulled through. Less than a day after coming home, he was re-admitted because of a ruptured aneurysm and was given a few hours to live. He survived another four months.
8Born in Chicago, he left college for service in the U.S. Navy during WWII and later studied at the Goodman School of Drama at the Chicago Art Institute.
9In 1960, Korman married Donna Elhart and they had two children, Maria and Christopher. They divorced in 1977. Two more children, Katherine (Kate) and Laura, were born of his 1982 marriage to Deborah Fritz.
10Following college he tried his luck on Broadway and in nightclubs (as 1/2 of a comedy duo) but failed and had to support himself as a restaurant cashier. He finally moved to Hollywood and found success.
11Son of Ellen (née Belcher) and Cyril Raymond Korman. Harvey's father was born in Russia, to Russian Jewish parents, Solomon Noah Korman and Clara Lederman. Harvey's mother was born in France, also to Russian Jewish parents.
12Children: first marriage = Maria and Christopher; second marriage = Katherine and Laura.




The Ruby Princess Runs Away2001ShortHapgood the Dragon (voice)
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command2000TV SeriesGularis
Flintstones Bedrock Bowling2000Video GameGazoo (voice)
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child2000TV SeriesLion
The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas2000Colonel Slaghoople
Hey Arnold!1998-1999TV SeriesDon Reynolds
The Wild Thornberrys1999TV SeriesEarl
The Brothers Flub1999TV SeriesAdditional Voices
Baby Huey's Great Easter Adventure1999VideoProf von Klupp
The Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy to the Rescue1998VideoFloyd (voice)
Hercules1998TV SeriesArismap
ER1998TV SeriesStan Levy
Gideon1998Jacob Titleman
Suddenly Susan1997TV SeriesJimmy
Perversions of Science1997TV SeriesThe Farmer
Diagnosis Murder1997TV SeriesHarvey Huckaby
Jingle All the Way1996President
Ellen1996TV SeriesTherapist
Dracula: Dead and Loving It1995Dr. Seward
Burke's Law1995TV SeriesDr. John Richmond
The Cartoon Cartoon Show1995TV SeriesO. Ratz / Restaurant Owner
Radioland Murders1994Jules Cogley
Garfield and Friends1994TV SeriesProfessor Lamar
The Flintstones1994Dictabird (voice)
Based on an Untrue Story1993TV MovieDr. Meir
Betrayal of the Dove1993Sid
The Golden Palace1992TV SeriesBill
The Nutt House1989TV SeriesReginald Tarkington Reginald J. Tarkington
Crash Course1988TV MovieAbner Fraser
Munchies1987Cecil Watterman Simon Watterman
Leo & Liz in Beverly Hills1986TV SeriesLeo Green
The Longshot1986Lou
Alice in Wonderland1985TV MovieThe White King
The Love Boat1982-1985TV SeriesHarvey Willis / Emmett Stokes / Cabot Fairfield
George Burns Comedy Week1985TV Series
Rodney Dangerfield: Exposed1985TV MovieVarious
Gone Are the Dayes1984TV MovieCharlie Mitchell
Carpool1983TV MovieWendell Brooks
Curse of the Pink Panther1983Prof. Auguste Balls
Mama's Family1983TV SeriesEd Higgins
The Invisible Woman1983TV MovieCarlisle Edwards
Eunice1982TV MovieEd
History of the World: Part I1981Count de Monet
First Family1980Ambassador Spender
Herbie Goes Bananas1980Captain Blythe
The Tim Conway Show1980TV Series
Americathon1979Monty Rushmore
The Star Wars Holiday Special1978TV MovieKrelman Chef Gormaanda Amorphian Instructor
Bud and Lou1978TV MovieBud Abbott
The Harvey Korman Show1977-1978TV SeriesHarvey A. Kavanaugh
Snavely1978TV MovieHenry Snavely
High Anxiety1977Dr. Charles Montague
The Carol Burnett Show1967-1977TV SeriesVarious Characters / Various characters
The Love Boat1976TV MovieWillard
Huckleberry Finn1974The King
Insight1974TV SeriesMatt Slovak
Blazing Saddles1974Hedley Lamarr
Suddenly Single1971TV MovieConrad
Three's a Crowd1969TV MovieDoctor Pike
The April Fools1969Matt Benson
The Wild Wild West1968TV SeriesBaron Hinterstoisser
Don't Just Stand There1968Merriman Dudley
Three Bites of the Apple1967Harvey Tomlinson
The Danny Kaye Show1966TV SeriesGiovanni's Son
F Troop1966TV SeriesCol. Heindreich von Zeppel
The Hero1966TV SeriesRalph Rayburn
The Man Called Flintstone1966Chief Mountmore / Additional Voices (voice)
The Last of the Secret Agents?1966German Colonel
Alice in Wonderland or What's a Nice Kid Like You Doing in a Place Like This?1966TV MovieThe Mad Hatter (voice)
The Flintstones1964-1966TV SeriesThe Great Gazoo / Rockarabian Men / Stonefinger / ...
The Munsters1964-1966TV SeriesProf. Fagenspahen / Dr. Leinbach / Lennie Bates / ...
Lord Love a Duck1966Weldon Emmett
The John Forsythe Show1965TV SeriesH. H. Hopper
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1965TV SeriesBrownie
Gidget1965TV SeriesJoe Hanley
The Lucy Show1964-1965TV SeriesMajor Grayson / Mr. Phillips / Mr. Slater
The Jack Benny Program1964-1965TV Series2nd Salesman / 1st Sergeant / Director
Hazel1964TV SeriesMax Denton
The Eleventh Hour1964TV SeriesBlake
Arrest and Trial1963TV SeriesProf. Belden
Glynis1963TV SeriesKen Bradford
Sam Benedict1963TV SeriesReporter
Dennis the Menace1961-1963TV SeriesMr. Griffin / Bowers
Route 661961-1963TV SeriesMr. Mills / Len Statler
Saints and Sinners1963TV SeriesJerry Grant
Son of Flubber1963Husband in Commercial (uncredited)
Empire1962TV SeriesBunce
Perry Mason1962TV SeriesGeorge Coleman - Bartender
The Donna Reed Show1960-1962TV SeriesCarter Melville / Dr. Allison / Headwaiter
I'm Dickens, He's Fenster1962TV SeriesMr. Rembar
Gypsy1962Phil (uncredited)
The Untouchables1962TV SeriesResident
Dr. Kildare1961-1962TV SeriesDr. B.R. Liebman
Surfside 61962TV SeriesProsecutor
The Detectives1962TV SeriesGibson Holly
The Red Skelton Hour1961TV SeriesArtie
Hennesey1961TV SeriesDr. Don Spright
Adventures in Paradise1961TV SeriesBromby
Living Venus1961Ken Carter
Carving Magic1959ShortAl (uncredited)


Carol, Carl, Whoopi and Robin1987TV Special
The Cracker Brothers1985TV Movie
Mama's Family1983-1984TV Series 31 episodes
The Harvey Korman Show1977TV Series
The New Dick Van Dyke Show1972TV Series 2 episodes


Alice in Wonderland1985TV Movie performer: "The Lion and the Unicorn"
Americathon1979performer: "Gold", "My Life"
Huckleberry Finn1974performer: "Royalty", "The Royal Nonesuch"
The Carol Burnett Show1974TV Series performer - 1 episode
Blazing Saddles1974performer: "Hail to the Chief" - uncredited
The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour1971TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Danny Kaye Show1965-1966TV Series performer - 2 episodes


The Carol Burnett Show: A Reunion1993TV Movie documentary co-executive producer
Mama's Family1983TV Series co-producer
The Harvey Korman Show1977TV Series executive producer


Edición Especial Coleccionista2011TV Series in memory of - 1 episode
Back in the Saddle2001Video documentary short special thanks


American Masters2007TV Series documentaryHimself
Entertainment Tonight2007TV SeriesHimself
Don Adams' 75th Birthday Roast at the Playboy Mansion2006Video documentaryHimself
TV Land's Top Ten2006TV Series documentaryHimself
The 3rd Annual TV Land Awards2005TV SpecialHimself
The Carol Burnett Show: Let's Bump Up the Lights2004TV MovieHimself
Hollywood Squares1999-2003TV SeriesHimself - Panelist / Himself - Center Square
CBS at 752003TV Special documentaryHimself
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Passions: America's Greatest Love Stories2002TV Special documentaryHimself
Carol Burnett: Show Stoppers2001TV SpecialHimself
Back in the Saddle2001Video documentary shortHimself
Biography1999TV Series documentaryHimself
American Veteran Awards1999TV SpecialHimself
Tim and Harvey in the Great Outdoors1998VideoHimself
The Roseanne Show1998TV SeriesHimself
The 23rd Annual People's Choice Awards1997TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Favorite Comedy Motion Picture
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1994TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1994TV SeriesHimself
The Carol Burnett Show: A Reunion1993TV Movie documentaryHimself
Later with Bob Costas1990TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1972-1989TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
The 3rd Annual American Comedy Awards1989TV SpecialHimself
Circus of the Stars #131988TV Special documentary
Secrets and Rumors1988TV MovieHimself
Super Password1986-1988TV SeriesHimself - Celebrity Contestant
The 1st Annual American Comedy Awards1987TV SpecialHimself
This Is Your Life1987TV SpecialHimself
The Flintstones' 25th Anniversary Celebration1986TV Movie documentaryHimself - Co-Host
The 12th Annual People's Choice Awards1986TV SpecialHimself - Co-Presenter: Favourite Young Television Performer
The Cracker Brothers1985TV MovieHimself
All Star Blitz1985TV SeriesHimself
The 36th Primetime Emmy Awards1984TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program
Bob Hope for President1980TV Special
Donny and Marie1979TV SeriesHimself
The John Davidson Christmas Show1978TV Special
Live Wednesday1978TV SeriesHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1976-1978TV SeriesHimself - Comic Actor
The 30th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1978TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Outstanding Continuing or Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in Variety or Music
The Hollywood Squares1969-1978TV SeriesHimself - Panelist / Himself - Center Square
America 2-Night1978TV SeriesHimself
All-Star Salute to Women's Sports1978TV MovieHimself
How to Survive the 70s and Maybe Even Bump Into Happiness1978TV Special
The Carpenters at Christmas1977TV SpecialHimself
The 29th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1977TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Outstanding Continuing or Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in Variety or Music and Presenter
Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Ted Knight1977TV SpecialHimself
Van Dyke and Company1976TV SeriesHimself
The Muppet Show1976TV SeriesHimself - Special Guest Star
Dinah!1975-1976TV SeriesHimself
The Second Annual Comedy Awards1976TV SpecialHimself
The 26th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1974TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Best Supporting Actor in Comedy-Variety, Variety or Music
Tattletales1974TV SeriesHimself
It's Your Bet1973TV SeriesHimself
Don Rickles: Alive and Kicking1972TV SpecialHimself
The 24th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1972TV SpecialHimself
The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour1971TV SeriesHimself - Various Characters
The Many Sides of Don Rickles1970TV SpecialHimself
The Carol Burnett Show in London1970TV MovieHimself
The Tim Conway Comedy Hour1970TV SeriesHimself
Allen Ludden's Gallery1969TV SeriesHimself
The Steve Allen Comedy Hour1967TV SeriesHimself
The Danny Kaye Show1963-1967TV SeriesHimself
Salute to Stan Laurel1965TV Special documentaryCop in Keaton sketch
Texaco Star Theatre1953TV SeriesHimself - Master of Ceremonies

Archive Footage

Entertainment Tonight2008-2016TV SeriesHimself
The Sixties2014TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - Carol Burnett Show
Edición Especial Coleccionista2011TV SeriesDr. Jack Seward
Under the Boardwalk: The Monopoly Story2010DocumentaryMonopoly Man
15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2009TV SpecialHimself - Memorial Tribute
The 60th Primetime Emmy Awards2008TV SpecialHimself - In Memoriam
The Walt Disney Comedy and Magic Revue1985Video shortCaptain Blythe
Trail of the Pink Panther1982Prof. Auguste Balls
Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter1982TV Movie documentaryActor - 'History of the World Part 1' (uncredited)
Of Muppets and Men: The Making of 'The Muppet Show'1981TV Movie documentaryHimself
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1980TV SeriesHusband in Commercial
The Carol Burnett Show1978TV SeriesVarious Characters


Won Awards

2005Legend AwardTV Land AwardsThe Carol Burnett Show (1967)
1975Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Supporting Actor - TelevisionThe Carol Burnett Show (1967)
1974Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsBest Supporting Actor in Comedy-Variety, Variety or MusicThe Carol Burnett Show (1967)
1972Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Achievement by a Performer in Music or VarietyThe Carol Burnett Show (1967)
1971Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsSpecial Classification of Outstanding Program and Individual Achievement - IndividualsThe Carol Burnett Show (1967)
1969Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsSpecial Classification Achievements - Individuals (Variety Performances)The Carol Burnett Show (1967)

Nominated Awards

2003TV Land AwardTV Land AwardsFavorite Second BananaThe Carol Burnett Show (1967)
1977Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Continuing or Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in Variety or MusicThe Carol Burnett Show (1967)
1976Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Continuing or Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in Variety or MusicThe Carol Burnett Show (1967)
1974Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Supporting Actor - TelevisionThe Carol Burnett Show (1967)
1973Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Supporting Actor - TelevisionThe Carol Burnett Show (1967)
1973Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Achievement by a Supporting Performer in Music or VarietyThe Carol Burnett Show (1967)
1972Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Supporting Actor - TelevisionThe Carol Burnett Show (1967)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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