Harvey Korman

Comedian + Actor
Born Feb 15, 1927

Harvey Herschel Korman was an American comedic actor who performed in television and movie productions beginning in 1960. His big break was being a featured performer on CBS's The Danny Kaye Show, but he is best remembered for his performances on the sketch comedy series The Carol Burnett Show and in several films by Mel Brooks, most notably as Hedley Lamarr in Blazing Saddles.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Harvey Korman.


1927 Birth Born on February 15, 1927.


1950 23 Years Old He was a member of the Peninsula Players summer theater program during the 1950, 1957, and 1958 seasons.


1960 33 Years Old Korman was married to Donna Ehlert from 1960 to 1977, and they had two children together, Maria and Christopher Korman.
1961 34 Years Old Korman made his first TV appearance as a head waiter in The Donna Reed Show episode, "Decisions, Decisions, Decisions". He appeared as a comically exasperated public relations man in a January 1961 episode of the CBS drama Route 66. … Read More
1963 36 Years Old He frequently appeared as a supporting player on The Danny Kaye Show from 1963 through 1967. … Read More
1964 37 Years Old From 1964 to 1966, he appeared three times in consecutive years on the CBS comedy The Munsters starring Fred Gwynne and Yvonne De Carlo.
1965 38 Years Old During the 1965–1966 season, Korman made regular appearances on ABC's The Flintstones as The Great Gazoo in its final season on network television.


1967 40 Years Old It was his work on The Carol Burnett Show, beginning in 1967, which brought Korman his greatest fame.
1969 42 Years Old 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. … Read More
1974 47 Years Old While appearing on The Carol Burnett Show, Korman gained further fame by appearing as the villainous Hedley Lamarr in the 1974 film Blazing Saddles. … Read More


1978 51 Years Old In 1978 he appeared in the CBS Star Wars Holiday Special providing comedy in three of the special's variety segments: a cantina skit with Bea Arthur where he plays a barfly who drinks through a hole in the top of his head, another as Chef Gormanda, a four-armed parody of Julia Child, and one as a malfunctioning Amorphian android in an instruction video.
1980 53 Years Old In 1980 he played Captain Blythe in the Walt Disney comedy, Herbie Goes Bananas.
1981 54 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1981 he played Count de Monet in History of the World, Part 1. … Read More
1982 55 Years Old He married Deborah Korman (née Fritz) in 1982 and was married to her until his death in 2008. … Read More


2008 81 Years Old Korman died at the age of 81 on May 29, 2008 at UCLA Medical Center, as the result of complications from a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm he had suffered four months earlier. … Read More
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