Thursday, May 29, 2008

Harvey Korman – 1927-2008

From CNN:

Comic actor Harvey Korman has died at 81, according to the UCLA Medical Center.

Harvey Korman’s death comes after complications from the rupture of an abdominal aortic aneurysm.

Korman died at the center four months after suffering complications from the rupture of an abdominal aortic aneurysm.

“It was a miracle in itself that he survived the incident at all. Everyone in the hospital referred to him as ‘miracle man’ because of his strong will and ability to bounce right back after several major operations,” said Korman’s daughter, Kate Korman. “Tragically, after such a hard-fought battle, he passed away.”

Korman was a regular on “The Carol Burnett Show” from 1967 through 1978, for which he won Emmy awards in 1969, 1971, 1972 and 1974. He also won a Golden Globe for his work on the series.

The lanky Korman also appeared in Mel Brooks’ “Blazing Saddles” (as the sneering Hedley Lamarr), “High Anxiety” and “History of the World, Part 1.”

What an amazing talent, what a wonderful comedian, and what a loss. I used to watch Carol Burnett just to see if she could crack him up, and I loved him in all of Mel Brooks’ movies.

God speed, Hedy Lamarr. (“That’s Hedley!”)