R.I.P. Larry Storch, comedian and F-Troop's Corporal Agarn
He also voiced animated characters Cool Cat and Koko the Clown.
Like many comedians of his generation, Larry Storch mastered his craft telling jokes at resorts in New York’s Catskill Mountains. Born in the Bronx in 1923, Storch entered comedy early in life. He was already performing regularly by the time he joined the Navy during WWII.
While serving overseas, Storch met a young radio operator in the Marshall Islands, Bernie Schwartz, who also had showbusiness dreams. Despite Storch’s warnings that Hollywood was a tough racket, Schwartz pursued his goal of becoming a movie star after the war — adopting the stage name Tony Curtis. The rest is Hollywood history, although Curtis never forgot his hilarious friend from the Navy. Storch appeared in no less than eight of Curtis’ films.
After making a name for himself at resorts and comedy clubs, Larry Storch appeared on Jackie Gleason’s Cavalcade of Stars in the early Fifties before hosting his own short-lived variety show, The Larry Storch Show, in 1953. Though his show only lasted one summer, Storch continued to perform on programs like The Ed Sullivan Show and earned his first major guest starring roles in The Phil Silvers Show and Car 54, Where Are You?
Storch also voiced the TV version of Koko the Clown in the early 1960s, an animated character who costarred with Betty Boop three decades before. He also appeared in many movies and played a bank robber who visits Gilligan’s Island before winning his most famous role, Cpl. Randolph Adarn in F-Troop. He appeared in all 65 episodes of the Western spoof and is best remembered for his banter with Forrest Tucker’s Sgt. O’Rourke.
After F-Troop, Storch appeared in Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., Get Smart and voiced Cool Cat in the 1968 cartoon short “Big Game Haunt.” His career lasted four more decades into the 2000s, acting in everything from All in the Family to Trapper John, M.D. to Married… with Children.
One of his only other regular live-action TV roles was in the 1975 kids’ series The Ghost Busters, which was totally unrelated to the eventual Eighties flick. It’s one of many Seventies shows that share a name with other, more famous franchises.
Larry Storch played countless hilarious characters over his six-decade career. He was 99.
"F Troop" will always be one of my favorite TV shows (I was in 7th and 8th Grades when it was originally aired). My favorite episode (if I'm remembering this correctly) is when the Prussian Army officer visits: Corporal Agarn had his boots shined up with bacon grease, and this prompted the Prussian officer's Dachshund to start licking Agarn's boots.
Another TV treasure gone....
Another great talent is no longer with us. Rest in peace, Mr. Storch.
I loved his appearance on Married...With Children, when Peg called her friends to let them know that Larry Storch from D-Cup was visiting them. She made another phone call later where she called the show G-Spot. Priceless!
Already knew that Don Adams did
the voice of Tennessee Tuxedo.But
WHO did the voice of zookeeper
Stanley Livingston and who did the voice of Chumley?
I would like to see Get Smart and
F Troop on METV.
RIP Larry Storch.
Newt Kiley played by Kay Kuter
Was NOT in season 6 of Green Acres and Ginger(Charlene Salerno) the girlfriend of Wally Plumstead Skip Young was NOT
On Season14 of The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet and Kathy Nolan (,Kate McCoy) was not
On the Last Season of The
Real McCoys and Candy Moore (Chris Carmichael) Disappeared from The Lucy Show and Ann
Marshall who played Angela Brown on My Favorite Martian
Also vanished into thin air.and joined Chuck Cunningham in
THE SITCOM ZONE.
Tucker(F Troop) are REUNITED IN
HEAVEN! RIP Larry Storch
The Mothers and Fathers Italian Association had us in tears!