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.
January 5, 1982, Los Angeles, California, United States
New York University
Michael Lembeck, Helaine Lembeck
Beach 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...
Ensign O'Toole, The Hathaways, The Phil Silvers Show
New 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.
Dark, 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.