Actor, Comedian. Born in Chicago, Illinois, who was of Russian Jewish descent; the son of Ellen (née Blecher) and Cyril Raymond Korman, a salesman. He started acting in school plays in kindergarten and made his professional debut at age 12 on a local radio station. He left college at the outbreak of WWII for service in the United States Navy. After being discharged he studied at the Goodman School of Drama at the Chicago Art Institute. Following graduation he tried his luck on Broadway and attempted to launch a nightclub act as half of a comedy duo but without success, and had to support himself working in restaurants and pumping gas. A move to California and a role in 1961's "Living Venus" started his career. For the next five years he found small parts in movies and television including "The Red Skelton Show," "The Untouchables," "Route 66," and "The Lucy Show." He gained some attention on "The Danny Kaye Show" in addition to a recurring voice role of the Great Gazoo in the animated series "The Flintstones." In 1967 he joined the ensemble cast of "The Carol Burnett Show" which proved to be his niche, creating several memorable characters and classic moments, often with fellow comedian Tim Conway. He was nominated for six Emmy Awards for his work, winning in 1969, 1971, 1972, and 1974. He was also nominated for four Golden Globes, winning in 1975. He remained with the show for ten seasons. He was memorable as 'Hedley Lamarr' in 1974's Western spoof "Blazing Saddles", working with Mel Brooks' stable of players again for "High Anxiety" in 1977 , "History of the World: Part I" in 1981, and "Dracula: Dead and Loving It" 1995. He would continue to guest star in numerous television programs such as "Diagnosis Murder" and "Suddenly Susan" and work as a voice actor in animated shows such as "The Wild Thorneberrys" and "Buzz Lightyear of Star Command" until 2001 when he delivered his last role, a voice characterization in "The Ruby Princess Runs Away." In 2005 he won the TV Land Legend Award which he shared with his Carol Burnett Show alumni. In January 2008 he was successfully operated on for the removal of a benign brain tumor. Less than a day after his release, he was re-admitted to the hospital with an abdominal aneurysm and was expected not to survive the night. He lived another four months. He succumbed at UCLA Medical Center to complications from the aneurysm at the age of 81.
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