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Larry Storch

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Lawrence Samuel Storch born January 8, 1923 is an American comedian and actor best known for his comic television roles, including voice-over work for cartoon shows, such as Mr Whoopee on Tennessee Tuxedo and His Tales, and his live-action role of the bumbling Corporal Randolph Agarn on F Troop

Contents

  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Performing career
  • 3 Variety show appearances
  • 4 As an impressionist and voiceover actor
  • 5 Film appearances
  • 6 Stage work
  • 7 Comedy LPs
  • 8 Recent work
  • 9 Personal life
  • 10 Tributes
  • 11 Filmography
  • 12 References
  • 13 External links

Early life

Storch was born in New York City, a son of Alfred Storch, a realtor, and his wife Sally née Kupperman Storch, a telephone operator He attended DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx with Don Adams, who remained his lifelong friend Due to hard times in the Great Depression, Storch said he never graduated from high school, instead finding work as a stand-up comic for $12 a week opening for bandleader Al Donahue at the band shell in Sheepshead Bay He served in the United States Navy during World War II on the submarine tender USS Proteus with Tony Curtis

Performing career

Storch was originally a stand-up comic This led to guest appearances on dozens of television series, including, Car 54, Where Are You, Hennesey, Get Smart, Sergeant Bilko, Columbo, CHiPs, Fantasy Island, McCloud, Emergency!, The Flying Nun, Alias Smith and Jones, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, That Girl, I Dream of Jeannie, Gomer Pyle, Gilligan's Island, The Doris Day Show, The Persuaders, Love American Style, and All in the Family

Storch, top right, with F-Troop cast 1965

His most famous role was the scheming Corporal Randolph Agarn on the situation comedy F-Troop 1965–1967, with Forrest Tucker, Ken Berry and Melody Patterson

In 1975, Storch co-starred with Bob Burns who was disguised as a gorilla and Forrest Tucker on the short-lived but popular Saturday morning children's show The Ghost Busters He also appeared on The Love Boat, was Al Bundy's childhood hero on Married with Children, and was a semi-regular on Car 54, Where Are You He co-starred on the short-lived series The Queen and I

Variety show appearances

Storch appeared on many variety shows, including Sonny and Cher, Laugh-In, Hollywood Squares, Playboy After Dark and The Hollywood Palace, with several appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show, The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and The Steve Allen Show Jackie Gleason personally asked Storch to fill in for him in the summer of 1953 while Gleason was on hiatus This led to the 10-episode The Larry Storch Show with guest stars including Janet Blair, Risë Stevens, Dick Haymes and Cab Calloway

As an impressionist and voiceover actor

An impressionist, Storch does hundreds of voices and dialects ranging from Muhammad Ali to Claude Rains This has proved useful for cartoons He has voiced characters in numerous television and film animations including The Batman/Superman Hour, The Pink Panther Show, Groovie Goolies, The Inspector, The Brady Kids, Cool Cat, Koko the Clown, Treasure Island, Return from Oz, Scooby-Doo and Tennessee Tuxedo

Storch had worked with Mel Blanc and June Foray at Warner Bros-Seven Arts He was the first actor to voice Batman's arch enemy, "The Joker", in The Adventures of Batman segments produced by Filmation animation in the late 1960s Storch continued his association with Filmation as a voiceover actor in other series the company produced including Journey Back to Oz where he voiced Aunt Em and Uncle Henry's farmhand Amos He provided the Tin Man's speaking voice while Danny Thomas provided the character's singing voice

Cary Grant—who never actually said the line "Judy, Judy, Judy" in any movie or performance—attributed the phrase's origin to a Storch performance in which he impersonated Grant Storch was imitating Grant when he was told Judy Garland had just walked into the club

Film appearances

Storch has appeared in more than 25 Hollywood films, including The Last Blitzkrieg 1959, Who Was That Lady 1960, 40 Pounds of Trouble 1962, Captain Newman, MD 1963, Wild and Wonderful 1964, Sex and the Single Girl 1964 and The Great Race 1965, all starring Tony Curtis He also appeared in Bus Riley's Back in Town 1965, A Very Special Favor 1965, That Funny Feeling, 1965, The Great Bank Robbery 1969, Airport 1975 1974, The Happy Hooker Goes to Washington 1977, Record City 1978, SOB 1981, Fake-Out 1982, Sweet Sixteen 1983 and A Fine Mess 1986, as well as the cult sci-fi films The Monitors 1969 and Without Warning 1980 Tony Curtis and Storch reunited for a 2003 run of the musical version of Some Like It Hot In 2005, he worked with Anthony Michael Hall in Funny Valentine 2005, and appeared in the documentary feature The Aristocrats 2005

Stage work

After success in television and films, Storch returned to the New York stage, after having first performed on the Broadway stage in the 1950s He received rave reviews for the off-Broadway production of Breaking Legs Co-starring Philip Bosco and Vincent Gardenia, the show extended several times before going on the road Storch appeared in the Broadway productions of Porgy and Bess which Larry considers his favorite, Arsenic and Old Lace with Jean Stapleton, and Annie Get Your Gun with Reba McEntire He toured the United States and Europe with Porgy and Bess

In 2004, he was in Sly Fox with Richard Dreyfus and his old friend Irwin Corey Larry, then 81, and "Professor" Corey, 90, did eight shows a week In March 2008, Storch celebrated his 50th anniversary performing on Broadway His first Broadway appearance had been Who was That Lady I Saw You With, later made into a 1960 film starring Dean Martin and Tony Curtis, with Storch appearing

Larry Storch and Dark Shadows star Marie Wallace appeared in Love Letters by AR Gurney on June 24, 2012, a benefit performance for the Actor's Temple in New York City

In the summer of 2012, Storch appeared in a benefit performance of Love Letters with actress Diana Sowle Best Known for her role as Mrs Bucket in the original Willy Wonka film in Farmville, Virginia to benefit The Tom Mix Rangers

Comedy LPs

He recorded a comedy LP Larry Storch at The Bon Soir released by Jubilee in the 1960s Other records include Larry Storch Reads Philip Roth's Epstein, Larry Storch Pooped/Eighth Wonder of the World, Larry Storch / I'm Walkin In less than two years' time, Storch appeared on three TV Guide covers, all with various F-Troop co-stars, Storch being the only one featured on all three covers He also appeared on the cover of TV Guide in 2000

Recent work

Storch is now "semi-retired" He received the 2013 Barrymore Award for Lifetime Achievement in Film and TV from the Fort Lee Film Commission The award was presented to him on December 31, 2013 Guests of the evening included Larry's friend, boxing legend Jake LaMotta; Larry's stepdaughter, Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and author June Cross; and early rock and roller Tom Austin from the Royal Teens co-author of the million-selling hit "Short Shorts" On May 19, 2014, Storch was honored by the Friars Club in New York City with its Sunshine Committee Award after performing at the committee benefit

Personal life

Storch married actress Norma Catherine Greve on July 10, 1961 They remained married until her death at age 81 on August 28, 2003 Both briefly appeared in the made-for-television movie The Woman Hunter 1972 He has three children: a stepson, Lary May; a daughter, Candace Herman, the result of a brief encounter with his future wife, born in 1947 and given to the adoption process later reunited; and a stepdaughter, June Cross, born in 1954 to Norma and Jimmy Cross "Stump" of the song-and-dance team "Stump and Stumpy"

Storch's younger brother, Jay 1924–1987, was an actor/voiceover performer under the name Jay Lawrence

Tributes

In an episode of the sitcom Married with Children, "Something Larry This Way Comes" aired March 12, 1995, Storch plays himself Kelly Bundy attends the "Larry Storch School of Acting" Plays by the students are performed in abandoned theatres which the audience sneak into through building cracks and boarded up entryways In that same episode, Al Bundy's boss Gary reveals her disdain for Storch, saying that she attended the "Larry Storch School of Heating and Air Conditioning Repair", an apparently fly-by-night institution When Storch himself walked into the shoe store, Gary knocked him out

An episode of Animaniacs titled "The Sound of Warners", features a banner that says "Larry Storch Days; Nov 13 & 14"

The band Splitsville paid tribute to Storch in their song "Come Back to the Five and Dime, Larry Storch, Larry Storch"

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Fort Lee, New Jersey Mayor Mark Sokolich named Storch as honorary Mayor for a Day on June 1, 2014 "Larry has vowed that as mayor of Fort Lee he will mount his horse and charge to the bridge and nobody’s going to take our lanes," said Sokolich, referring to the Fort Lee lane closure scandal Storch had previously been honored by the local film commission for performing at the Riviera Nightclub, which had closed 60 years earlier

A Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs, California Walk of Stars was dedicated to Storch in 2014

Passaic, New Jersey Mayor Alex Blanco named Storch as an honorary citizen of Passaic on September 13, 2016, upon the occasion of Storch's first visit to the hometown of his fictional F Troop character "I’ll remember this group today more than a crowd at Yankee Stadium," Storch remarked During a meeting of the Passaic County freeholders, he received a Distinguished Service Medal to recognize his World War II service

Filmography

  • Aesop's Fables 1971 Rooster voice

References

  1. ^ "Larry Storch profile" Filmreferencecom Retrieved 2010-08-26 
  2. ^ Yost, Mark June 22, 2012 "At Age 89, 'F Troop' Figure Holding the Fort on Acting" Wall Street Journal Retrieved July 10, 2012 
  3. ^ Biography for Tony Curtis on IMDb
  4. ^ "Article – "Judy, Judy, Judy" – The Ultimate Cary Grant Pages" Carygrantnet Retrieved 2010-08-26 
  5. ^ Many citations available on Factiva, but "Ask The Globe", September 2, 1992 The Boston Globe gives credit to Storch as the impressionist who originated the line
  6. ^ Larry Storch at the Internet Broadway Database
  7. ^ Martin Douglas 2003-09-21 "Norma Storch Is Dead at 81 Subject of TV Documentary" New York Times Retrieved 2010-08-26 The truth was that Ms Cross was the child of an affair Mrs Storch had had with Jimmy Cross, a black song-and-dance man who was Stump in the well-known performing team Stump and Stumpy 
  8. ^ "Jay Lawrence on" Tvcom Retrieved 2010-08-26 
  9. ^ Jay Lawrence profile on IMDb
  10. ^ Moss, Linda June 1, 2014 "Fort Lee welcomes TV comedian Larry Storch as mayor for a day" The Record Retrieved June 2, 2014 
  11. ^ "Comedian Larry Storch to join Palm Springs Walk of Stars" wwwkesqcom Gulf-California Broadcast Company Sep 16, 2014 
  12. ^ Cowen, Richard September 13, 2016 "Actor who played Passaic corporal in '60s sitcom 'F Troop' visits city for first time" The Record Retrieved September 14, 2016 

External links

  • Larry Storch on IMDb
  • Larry Storch at the Internet Broadway Database
  • Larry Storch at the Internet Off-Broadway Database
  • Larry Storch page
  • Official Larry Storch MySpace page
  • Larry Storch on Facebook

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