Thursday, May 29, 2008

Harvey Korman, R. I. P.

Actor Harvey Korman, star of 'The Carol Burnett Show' and other films, dies in Los Angeles at 81: "LOS ANGELES - A UCLA Medical Center spokeswoman says actor Harvey Korman has died. Hospital spokeswoman Roxanne Moster said Korman died Thursday but she released no details.

The Emmy-winning star of such TV programs as 'The Carol Burnett Show' and films such as 'Blazing Saddles,' was 81."

11 comments:

pattinase (abbott) said...

I always picture him as Rhett Butler.

JD Rhoades said...

He was one of the greats; he made being funny seem effortless. Watching him and Tim Conway work together was sheer joy.

Bill Crider said...

Judy and I saw Korman and Conway on stage a couple of years ago. A hilarious show.

TM said...

And a generous soul, to all appearances. Certainly not a divo.

Patrick Shawn Bagley said...

My oldest daughter watched the "Gone with the Wind" sketch a couple of years ago (when she was eight), and laughed so hard there were tears in her eyes. It wasn't just Korman, of course, but he was a major part of some comic bits that are timeless.

George Vreeland Hill said...

He was funny and good!
I wish more people in Hollywood had Harvey Korman's ability.
We will miss him, but we will never forget him!!

Randy Johnson said...

I'm sorry to hear this. I loved his work over the years. After his work with Conway(watching him fall apart during a sketch with Conway was often the funniest part), I was fond of the Mel Brooks movies in which he had parts.

Anonymous said...

That's Hedley!

Jeff

Fred Blosser said...

"I want you to round up every vicious criminal and gunslinger in the west. ... I want rustlers, cut throats, murderers, bounty hunters, desperados, mugs, pugs, thugs, nitwits, halfwits, dimwits, vipers, snipers, con men, Indian agents, Mexican bandits, muggers, buggerers, bushwhackers, hornswogglers, horse thieves, bull dykes, train robbers, bank robbers, ass-kickers, sh*t-kickers and Methodists."

norby said...

I read or heard an interview with Tim Conway where he said that often his goal in a sketch was to get Harvey Korman to start laughing...

Of course, once he started, you just had go along for the ride.

Brent McKee said...

The thing about Korman is that he was such an easy target to make laugh. I swear sometimes that Korman would break up on Conway just out of anticipation of Tim's line. Or maybe it was just Tim giving him a look or a slow take that quickly (and literally) had him rolling on the floor laughing. People like that are a gift and a curse to a comedian; a gift because they always give a big reaction, a curse because they set up an expectation among other people about what that next line or action is going to be that may not be met because the person is easy.