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    Rip: Harvey Korman

    Korman and Conway were great together.

    Harvey Korman dies 4 months after aneurysm


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    The late Harvey Korman, second from right, in a 1968 skit on "The Carol Burnett Show," in which some shapely legs -- and then their owners -- are revealed to the audience. From left, Betty Grable, Martha Raye, Jackie Gregory, Lyle Waggoner, Korman and Burnett.


    [COLOR=#999999 ! important]From the Associated Press
    5:27 PM PDT, May 29, 2008 [/color]
    Harvey Korman, the tall, versatile comedian who won four Emmys for his outrageously funny contributions to "The Carol Burnett Show" and played a conniving politician to hilarious effect in "Blazing Saddles," died today. He was 81.

    Korman died at UCLA Medical Center after suffering complications from the rupture of an abdominal aortic aneurysm four months ago, his family said. He had undergone several major operations.

    "He was a brilliant comedian and a brilliant father," daughter Kate Korman said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. "He had a very good sense of humor in real life. "

    A natural second banana, Korman gained attention on "The Danny Kaye Show," appearing in skits with the star. He joined the show in its second season in 1964 and continued until it was canceled in 1967. That same year he became a cast member in the first season of "The Carol Burnett Show."

    Burnett and Korman developed into the perfect pair with their burlesques of classic movies such as "Gone With the Wind" and soap operas like "As the World Turns" (their version was called "As the Stomach Turns").

    Another recurring skit featured them as "Ed and Eunice," a staid married couple who were constantly at odds with the wife's mother (a young Vickie Lawrence in a gray wig). In "Old Folks at Home," they were a combative married couple bedeviled by Lawrence as Burnett's troublesome young sister.

    Korman revealed the secret to the long-running show's success in a 2005 interview: "We were an ensemble, and Carol had the most incredible attitude. I've never worked with a star of that magnitude who was willing to give so much away."

    Burnett was devastated by Korman's death, said her assistant, Angie Horejsi.

    "She loved Harvey very much," Horejsi said.

    After 10 successful seasons, Korman left Burnett's show in 1977 for his own series. Dick Van Dyke took his place, but the chemistry was lacking and the Burnett show was canceled two years later. "The Harvey Korman Show" also failed, as did other series starring the actor.

    "It takes a certain type of person to be a television star," he said in that 2005 interview. "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."

    His most memorable film role was as the outlandish Hedley Lamarr (who was endlessly exasperated when people called him Hedy) in Mel Brooks' 1974 Western satire, "Blazing Saddles."

    "A world without Harvey Korman -- it's a more serious world," Brooks told the AP today. "It was very dangerous for me to work with him because if our eyes met we'd crash to floor in comic ecstasy. It was comedy heaven to make Harvey Korman laugh."

    He also appeared in the Brooks comedies "High Anxiety," ''The History of the World Part I" and "Dracula: Dead and Loving It," as well as two "Pink Panther" moves, "Trail of the Pink Panther" in 1982 and "Curse of the Pink Panther" in 1983.

    Korman's other films included "Gypsy," ''Huckleberry Finn" (as the King), "Herbie Goes Bananas" and "Bud and Lou" (as legendary straightman Bud Abbott to Buddy Hackett's Lou Costello). He also provided the voice of Dictabird in the 1994 live-action feature "The Flintstones."

    In television, Korman guest-starred in dozens of series including "The Donna Reed Show," ''Dr. Kildare," ''Perry Mason," ''The Wild Wild West," ''The Muppet Show," ''The Love Boat," ''The Roseanne Show" and "Burke's Law."

    In their '70s, he and Tim Conway, one of his Burnett show co-stars, toured the country with their show "Tim Conway and Harvey Korman: Together Again." They did 120 shows a year, sometimes as many as six or eight in a weekend.

    Korman had an operation in late January on a non-cancerous brain tumor and pulled through "with flying colors," Kate Korman said. Less than a day after coming home, he was re-admitted because of the ruptured aneurysm and was given a few hours to live. But he survived for another four months.

    "He fought until the very end. He didn't want to die. He fought for months and months," said Kate Korman.

    Harvey Herschel Korman was born Feb. 15, 1927, in Chicago. He left college for service in the U.S. Navy, resuming his studies afterward at the Goodman School of Drama at the Chicago Art Institute. After four years, he decided to try New York.

    "For the next 13 years I tried to get on Broadway, on off-Broadway, under or beside Broadway," he told a reporter in 1971.

    He had no luck and had to support himself as a restaurant cashier. Finally, in desperation, he and a friend formed a nightclub comedy act.

    "We were fired our first night in a club, between the first and second shows," he recalled.

    After returning to Chicago, Korman decided to try Hollywood, reasoning that "at least I'd feel warm and comfortable while I failed."

    For three years he sold cars and worked as a doorman at a movie theater. Then he landed the job with Kaye.

    In 1960 Korman married Donna Elhart and they had two children, Maria and Christopher. They divorced in 1977. Two more children, Katherine and Laura, were born of his 1982 marriage to Deborah Fritz.

    In addition to his daughter Kate, he is survived by his wife and the three other children.

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    Re: Rip: Harvey Korman

    A favorite of mine, for sure. I loved it when Tim Conway would get him to break up in the middle of a skit.
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    Sad news indeed. I remember the show when I was a kid, and I loved it.

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    RIP Count DeMoney.
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    Re: Rip: Harvey Korman

    That's Hedley.

    I enjoyed him so much on Carol Burnett.

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    Very sad to hear about this. When he and Conway were together they were at their best. He was great on the Carol Burnett Show playing many varied characters. They just don't make shows like they used to. RIP Harvey Korman. You made us all laugh.
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    What a shame. One of my favorites. I loved him with Conway and in the Mel Brooks stuff but one of my favorites was when he was "Ed" in The Family sketch on Carol Burnett. Conway wasn't always in that sketch (as Mickey, I think was his name) but Korman was always great in that one.

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    He and Conway were still doing shows in Vegas the last time I was there in 2004. It's good that he still had a place to showcase his talent so many years after the Carol Burnett Show. RIP Harvey.
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    Re: Rip: Harvey Korman

    A pure comedic talent. I simply loved his skits with Conway.
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    RIP Harvey Korman(Tim Conway's wingman) you will be missed!!!!
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    A famous Korman role from The Flintstones

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    I had no idea he was the Great Gazoo. Loved those episodes.
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