Delta Films executive Ken Ellis recently exclaimed "This 'death' thing seems to be the latest
Earlier this month we lost "Tootsie" Director and Actor Sydney Pollack and then two "Star
Trek" legends, composer Alexander Courage and director Joseph Pevney, depart for the great
unknown. While I don't intend the Delta Films news section to become an obituary column, I
couldn't possibly let the passing of such a brilliant comedic talent as Harvey Korman go
Reading about his dying literally made me tear up. Even now tears well up in my eyes when I
think back on the joy he has brought me through his work in television and films. With the
loss of other Hollywood celebrities like Sydney Pollack, Heath Ledger, the great Charlton
Heston etc you think of these people as great actors and directors but Harvey Korman is
someone you think of as a friend. Watching him on Carol Burnett & Blazing Saddles et al you
feel you know him and he was a buddy. We let him into our living rooms and our lives. He will
be sadly missed.
Korman is best known for his ten year stint on TV's "Carol Burnett Show" for which he won
four Emmy's and a Golden Globe. He probably did some of his best work on that show playing
semi-straightman to Tim Conway's clown.
Burnett was devastated by Korman’s death, said her assistant, Angie Horejsi. “She loved
Harvey very much,” Horejsi said.
Harvey Korman was a staple in Mel Brooks' films including roles in “High Anxiety,” “The History
of the World Part I” and “Dracula: Dead and Loving It.”
“A world without Harvey Korman — it’s a more serious world,” Brooks told the AP on
Thursday. “It was very dangerous for me to work with him because if our eyes met we’d
crash to floor in comic ecstasy. It was comedy heaven to make Harvey Korman laugh.”
His most memorable film role was in Mel Brooks’ 1974 Western satire, “Blazing Saddles”, as
the outlandish Hedley Lamarr, who was endlessly exasperated when people called him Hedy.
Ken Ellis sums up Delta Films reaction to Korman's departure -" Somewhere up there, he's
telling the angels "That's HEDLEY!!!" "
Delta Films says 'goodbye' to a comedic legend
Actor and comedian, Harvey Korman, dead at 81
by Roland Hansen