Actor Harvey Korman dies at 81
Published: Thursday, May 29, 2008
Harvey Korman, star of TV's 'The Carol Burnett Show' and the classic big screen comedy Blazing Saddles, has died at the age of 81.
Korman had been hospitalized four months ago with an abdominal aortic aneurysm.
His daughter, Kate Korman, suggested it was a 'miracle' he survived at all considering the major operations that ensued.
Complications set in last week and he passed away Thursday.
Korman was born in Chicago in 1927. He spent thirteen years trying to get a job on Broadway before starting a nightclub comedy act with a friend. They were fired halfway through their first night.
He moved to California and sold cars for a further three years before landing a job on The Danny Kaye Show. When the show was cancelled he jumped to the Carol Burnett Show and spent a decade enjoying critical acclaim and audience praise.
He also picked up four Emmy awards.
Korman's roles in films such as Blazing Saddles, High Anxiety, The History of the World Part I and a pair of Pink Panther movies cemented his place in Hollywood's comedic elite while turns in Gypsy, Huckleberry Finn and Bud and Lou brought his dramatic talents to the fore.
He is survived by his wife of 25 years and four children.