Known for movies

Short Info

DiedJanuary 5, 1982, Los Angeles, California, United States
SpouseCaroline Dubs
FactFather of Michael Lembeck.

Harvey Lembeck was born on April 15, 1923, in New York City. His parents were Jewish immigrants from Russia. He had two brothers and one sister. Lembeck was educated in the New York City public school system. He began his career as a stand-up comedian in the early 1940s.

He later appeared in several Broadway shows and movies. Lembeck is best remembered for his role as Sergeant Ernest G. Bilko in The Phil Silvers Show (1955-1959). He also appeared in several films, including The Longest Day (1962) and The Odd Couple (1968).

Lembeck died of cancer on January 5, 1982, at the age of 58.

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Full NameHarvey Lembeck
DiedJanuary 5, 1982, Los Angeles, California, United States
Height5' 6"
EducationNew York University


SpouseCaroline Dubs
ChildrenMichael Lembeck, Helaine Lembeck


MoviesBeach Party, Stalag 17, Bikini Beach, How to Stuff a Wild Bikini, Pajama Party, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Love with the Proper Stranger, Fireball 500, Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine, Sergeant Deadhead, You're in the Navy Now, The Frogmen, The Gong Show Movie, Between Heaven and Hell, Hello Do...
TV ShowsEnsign O'Toole, The Hathaways, The Phil Silvers Show

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1US Army, WWII.
2New York University graduate of 1947, who got his start in show business as half of 'the Dancing Carrolls', before specializing in military comedy. His acclaimed performance in Stalag 17 (1953) reprised the role he had previously played on the stage.
3Ex-father-in-law of Barbara Deutsch.
4Father-in-law of actress Lorna Patterson.
5Dark, chunky, raucous comic actor of the 1950s and '60s who provided lip service in a wise-guy vein on stage ("Stalag 17"), screen (Stalag 17 (1953), all the Beach Party movies as the inept Hells' Angels-like Eric Von Zipper), and TV (The Phil Silvers Show (1955)). Very reminiscent of John Belushi.
6Also father of Helaine Lembeck who performed in 14 episodes of Welcome Back, Kotter (1975), among others.
7Father of Michael Lembeck.




Mork & Mindy1981-1982TV SeriesOvits
Lily: Sold Out1981TV MovieMickey Gold
The Love Boat1980TV SeriesTom Lauck
Nobody's Perfect1980TV SeriesStumpy
The Gong Show Movie1980Man in Steam Room
The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo1979TV SeriesHank
240-Robert1979TV SeriesMorey Allen
Flying High1979TV SeriesClerk
Vega$1978TV SeriesMike at Jockey Club
All in the Family1973-1978TV SeriesWally / Sam Galinksi
Mother, Juggs & Speed1978TV ShortHarry Fishbine
CHiPs1978TV SeriesChampagne Truck Driver
Raid on Entebbe1976TV MovieMr. Harvey
Chico and the Man1976TV SeriesOfficer Francis X. Harroway
Big Eddie1975TV SeriesBoom Boom
It's a Bird... It's a Plane... It's Superman!1975TV MovieGangster
There Is No 131974Older George
Hawkins1974TV SeriesBartender
Horowitz in Dublin1973
Love, American Style1972TV SeriesHarry Millman (segment "Love and the Lucky Couple")
Insight1972TV SeriesIrving Irving
Night Gallery1971TV SeriesJoe Casey (segment "The Dear Departed")
The Partridge Family1971TV SeriesMarino
Hello Down There1969Sonarman
The Name of the Game1968TV SeriesJack Stephens
It Takes a Thief1968TV SeriesGino
The Spirit Is Willing1967Capt. Pederson (uncredited)
The Monkees1966TV SeriesFuselli
Fireball 5001966Charlie Bigg
Please Don't Eat the Daisies1966TV SeriesBen
The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini1966Eric Von Zipper
Batman1966TV SeriesEagle-Eye
The Farmer's Daughter1965TV Series
The Wild Weird World of Dr. Goldfoot1965TV ShortHugo
Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine1965Motorcycle Thug in Dungeon
The Man from U.N.C.L.E.1965TV SeriesTiger Ed
Sergeant Dead Head1965Airman McEvoy
How to Stuff a Wild Bikini1965Eric Von Zipper
My Favorite Martian1965TV SeriesRembrandt Jones
Beach Blanket Bingo1965Eric Von Zipper
Ben Casey1965TV SeriesSammy Brewer
Pajama Party1964Eric Von Zipper
Mr. Novak1964TV SeriesVic Rizzo
Bikini Beach1964Eric Von Zipper
The Unsinkable Molly Brown1964Polak
Love with the Proper Stranger1963Julio Rossini
Beach Party1963Eric Von Zipper
Ensign O'Toole1962-1963TV SeriesSeaman Gabby Di Julio
Armstrong Circle Theatre1962TV Series
Route 661962TV SeriesZip
The Defenders1962TV SeriesMorton Wolfe
The Hathaways1962TV Series
The Donna Reed Show1961-1962TV SeriesRudy Meyer / Al
Vu du pont1962Mike
Sail a Crooked Ship1961Nickels
The Last Time I Saw Archie1961Duty Sgt. Malcolm Greenbriar
The Million Dollar Incident1961TV MovieBullets Durgom
Dan Raven1960TV SeriesBrink
The Phil Silvers Show1955-1959TV SeriesCpl. Rocco Barbella / Indian Chief
Keep in Step1959TV MovieCpl Rocco Barbella
Kiss Me, Kate1958TV MovieGunmen
Between Heaven and Hell1956Pvt. Bernard 'Bernie' Meleski - Co. G
The Goldbergs1956TV Series
The New Recruits1955TV MovieCpl. Barbella
Justice1954TV Series
Make Room for Daddy1953-1954TV SeriesChips / Chips Collins
The Command1954Pvt. Gottschalk
Mission Over Korea1953Sgt. Maxie Steiner
Stalag 171953Sgt. Harry Shapiro
Girls in the Night1953Chuck Haynes
Back at the Front1952Joe
Just Across the Street1952Al
Finders Keepers1952Undetermined Role
The Frogmen1951Marvin W. 'Canarsie' Mikowsky
Fourteen Hours1951Cab Driver (uncredited)
You're in the Navy Now1951Norelli


It's a Bird... It's a Plane... It's Superman!1975TV Movie performer: " It's a Swell Country"
How to Stuff a Wild Bikini1965performer: "The Boy Next Door", "I Am My Ideal", "Follow Your Leader" - uncredited
Beach Blanket Bingo1965performer: "Follow Your Leader" - uncredited
The Phil Silvers Show1955TV Series performer - 1 episode


Something Evil1972TV Movie associate producer


Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine1965special thanks


The Paul Ryan Show1977TV SeriesHimself
You Don't Say1966-1968TV SeriesHimself
The Linkletter Show1964TV SeriesHimself
Stump the Stars1963TV SeriesHimself - Guest Panelist
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1962TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Phil Silvers Pontiac Special: Keep in Step1959TV SpecialCpl. Rocco Barbella
The Ed Sullivan Show1955TV SeriesHimself / Cpl. Rocco Barbella

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Pioneers of Television2014TV Mini-Series documentaryCpl. Rocco Barbella - Phil Silvers Show

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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