Harvey Korman recreated his popular sketch role as aimless, philandering husband "Ed", the husband of "Eunice", in the Southern-fried series "Mama's Family" (1983) with Carol Burnett and starring Vicki Lawrence and Ken Berry. He and Burnett made numerous appearances but did not stay long with the show.
We were an ensemble, and Carol [Burnett] had the most incredible attitude. I've never worked with a star of that magnitude who was willing to give so much away. - on the success of "The Carol Burnett Show"
- Harvey Korman
Harvey Herschel Korman (February 15, 1927 – May 29, 2008) was an American comedic actor who performed in television and movie productions beginning in 1960. His big break was being a featured performer on The Danny Kaye Show, but he is probably 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.
His early television work included voice-over work as the Great Gazoo on The Flintstones. He appeared on numerous television programs, including the role of Blake in the 1964 episode "Who Chopped Down the Cherry Tree?" on the NBC medical drama The Eleventh Hour. He frequently appeared as a supporting player on The Danny Kaye Show from 1963 through 1967. From 1964-1966, he appeared three times in consecutive years on the CBS's comedy The Munsters starring Fred Gwynne and Yvonne De Carlo. During the 1965-1966 season, Korman made regular appearances on The Flintstones as The Great Gazoo, in what would be its final season on network TV. He also starred in the short-lived Mel Brooks TV series The Nutt House.
In later years he did voice work for the live-action movie The Flintstones as well as the animated The Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy to the Rescue. In his final Mel Brooks film he starred as the zany Dr. Seward in the 1995 film Dracula: Dead and Loving It.
It was his work on The Carol Burnett Show which brought Korman his greatest fame. 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. He was also nominated for four Golden Globes for the series, winning in 1975. In later years he reunited with fellow Carol Burnett Show alumnus Tim Conway and toured the country reprising skits from the show, as well as new material. A DVD of new comedy sketches by Korman and Conway, Together Again, was released in 2006.
Korman, who was of Russian Jewish descent, was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Ellen (née Blecher) and Cyril Raymond Korman, a salesman. He served in the United States Navy during World War II. After being discharged, he studied at the Goodman School of Drama. He was a member of the Peninsula Players summer theater program during the 1950, 1957, and 1958 seasons. He was married to Donna Ehlert from 1960 to 1977, and they had two children together (Maria and Chris) and three grandsons (Scott, Noah and Ethan). He married Deborah (née Fritz) in 1982 and was married to her until his death. They had two daughters together (Kate and Laura).
Korman died on May 29, 2008, at UCLA Medical Center as the result of complications from a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm he had suffered four months previously. He was buried at Santa Monica's Woodlawn Cemetery.
Children: first marriage = Maria and Christopher; second marriage = Katherine and Laura.
Son of Ellen (née Belcher) and Cyril Raymond Korman.
Following college he tried his luck on Broadway and in nightclubs (as 1/2 of a comedy duo) but failed and had to support himself as a restaurant cashier. He finally moved to Hollywood and found success.
In 1960, Korman married Donna Elhart and they had two children, Maria and Christopher. They divorced in 1977. Two more children, Katherine (Kate) and Laura, were born of his 1982 marriage to Deborah Fritz.
Born in Chicago, he left college for service in the U.S. Navy during WWII and later studied at the Goodman School of Drama at the Chicago Art Institute.
Korman had an operation in late January 2008 on a non-cancerous brain tumor and pulled through. Less than a day after coming home, he was re-admitted because of a ruptured aneurysm and was given a few hours to live. He survived another four months.
After 10 successful seasons, Harvey left "The Carol Burnett Show" (1967) in 1977 to appear in his own series. Dick Van Dyke took Harvey's place on the popular variety show. "The Harvey Korman Show" (1978) failed to win an audience, as did other series starring or co-starring the comedian, including his regular stint on "The Tim Conway Show" (1980) in 1980.
He studied drama at HB Studio in Greenwich Village in New York City.
He is interred in Woodlawn Cemetery in Santa Monica, California.