Harvey Korman passes away at 81

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  1. Yeagermeister

    Yeagermeister Active Member

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    :( I loved him on the Carol Burnett show and Blazing Saddles

    Comic actor Harvey Korman dies at 81

    LOS ANGELES, California -- Comic actor Harvey Korman has died at 81, according to the UCLA Medical Center.

    Harvey Korman's death comes after complications from the rupture of an abdominal aortic aneurysm.

    Korman died at the center four months after suffering complications from the rupture of an abdominal aortic aneurysm.

    "It was a miracle in itself that he survived the incident at all. Everyone in the hospital referred to him as 'miracle man' because of his strong will and ability to bounce right back after several major operations," said Korman's daughter, Kate Korman. "Tragically, after such a hard-fought battle, he passed away."

    Korman was a regular on "The Carol Burnett Show" from 1967 through 1978, for which he won Emmy awards in 1969, 1971, 1972 and 1974. He also won a Golden Globe for his work on the series.

    The lanky Korman also appeared in Mel Brooks' "Blazing Saddles" (as the sneering Hedley Lamarr), "High Anxiety" and "History of the World, Part 1."

    He starred in his own short-lived situation comedy, "The Harvey Korman Show," in 1978, in which he portrayed Harvey Kavanaugh opposite Christine Lahti, who played his wife, Maggie.
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    He made dozens of appearances in other television shows and movies during his lengthy show-business career, including providing voices for several animated productions. Among those was The Great Gazoo, a helmeted space man who appeared in some episodes of "The Flintstones."

    Korman was born in Chicago, Illinois. His first marriage, to Donna Ehlert in 1960, ended in divorce in 1974. He married Deborah Fritze in 1982. Both marriages produced two children.

    Korman landed some sketch work on "The Red Skelton Show" in 1961, followed by a four-year stint on "The Danny Kaye Show," which led to his joining Carol Burnett in 1967.

    In addition to his wife and daughter, Korman is survived by three other adult children -- Laura, Maria and Chris -- and three grandchildren.
  2. bbgun

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    Damn. He will be missed. Only the clothes he wore on Burnett's show dates them, because they still hold up. I defy anyone to watch his "dentist sketch" with Tim Conway and not cry tears of laughter. Farewell, Harvey.

  3. Goldenrichards83

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    I don't know if any of you guys remember the Carol Burnett show but this guy was hilarious in it. Much respect to Mr. Korman and rest in peace.
  4. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Backwoods Sexy Staff Member

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    Was going to post the very same clip. Such a classic. It was always the funniest scenes on Carol Burnette show when harvey or one of them lost it. It was always funnier than the actual skit.

    RIP Harvey.

    Oh and one of my favorite lines from blazing saddles.

    [Bart, disguised as a Klansman, describes his qualifications as a villain]
    Bart: Stampeding cattle.
    Hedley Lamarr: That's not much of a crime.
    Bart: Through the Vatican?
    Hedley Lamarr: [smiling] Kinkyyyy. Sign here.
  5. Hostile

    Hostile The Duke

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    Oh man, I hate hearing this. Watching Tim Conway crack him up was always a treat.

    R.I.P. Harvey and thank you.
  6. Goldenrichards83

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    Ahh man thank you for that. This made my day. Tim conway is a nut. lol
  7. bbgun

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    That was the genius of TCBS. Any other show would have yelled "cut!" or deleted those "screwups" in post-production. Instead, fans tuned in every week to see how long Korman could keep his composure. Not very long, when you're working with a nut like Conway.
  8. Cajuncowboy

    Cajuncowboy Preacher From The Black Lagoon

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    My favorite was the Gone with the wind sketch. He was such a brilliant comedian.

    There simply aren't any comedians cut in his mold anymore.

    Thanks Harvey.
  9. DallasFanSince86

    DallasFanSince86 Pessimism Sucks

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    RIP Harvey Korman.

    Harvey Korman and Tim Conway were great together.
  10. davidyee

    davidyee Maple Leaf

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    ...make them as good as those three?

    Harvey, Tim and Carol?

    It would be hard to find. Excellent live humour without the crassness and cursing.

    Losing people like this makes you feel like a part of you has disappeared.
  11. GZA

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    This really sucks to hear.

    R.I.P. to him!
  12. joseephuss

    joseephuss Well-Known Member

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    Jaques (Mel Brooks): Count the money! Count the money!

    Count de Monet(Harvey Korman): De Monet. De Monet.

    R.I.P Harvey
  13. bbgun

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    The "Ed, Eunice, and Mama" sketches were hilarious as well.
  14. ologan

    ologan Well-Known Member

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    "That's Hedley...Hedley..."

    He was hilarious! Will miss him,but thank God for videotape and Tivo!
  15. Yeagermeister

    Yeagermeister Active Member

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    And youtube
  16. SuspectCorner

    SuspectCorner Bromo

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    The dress Carol wore with the curtain rod sticking out of it was a genius sight gag - a hilarious bit.
  17. Chief

    Chief "Friggin Joke Monkey"

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    Those were my favorites.

    The "Ed" character he played was outstanding. The despair of having to put up with his crazy wife, his horrible mother-in-law and his imcompetent employee at the hardware store was amazing and his character was perfect.

    RIP Harvey.

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