R.I.P. Larry Storch, comedian and F-Troop's Corporal Agarn

He also voiced animated characters Cool Cat and Koko the Clown.

The Everett Collection

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.

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forthekids 19 months ago
Larry performed the voices of "Tennesse Tuxedo & Inspector Gadget"...for"Tennesse Tuxedo & His Tales" and"Inspector Gadget".
mdit21 24 months ago
So sad to hear about the passing of Larry Storch. I believe he kept Agarn's calvary hat from "F-Troop" (though it looked like it went through some battles). R.I.P. Larry Storch.
teedalt 24 months ago
He was also Drac on the Groovie Ghoolies cartoon show in the early 70s. And Mr. Whoopie on Tennessee Tuxedo also in the early 70s
Snickers 24 months ago
Didn't even know he had passed. So sorry to hear and to me he will always be corporal Agarn. R.I.P Larry and thanks for the laughs.
Doc 24 months ago
Will miss you Agarn, et. al.
Thanks, Larry, for making me laugh and forgetting the world for while.
L 24 months ago
Dang! I was SO hoping he'd make it to 100 but six months is a long time.
WF 24 months ago
Don't forget "the Groovy Guru" on Get Smart!

"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....
BobbyLankford 24 months ago
He was in the I Dream of Jeannie episode in which Jeannie turns NASA's space chimp into a human (played by Storch), and Major Nelson, Major Healey and Dr. Bellows all look for the
missing chimp.
Kramden62 24 months ago
I was just watching the episode of "The Doris Day Show" from the third season (I just bought the entire series DVD box set) where Larry Storch played former boxer Duke Farentino, and with Doris' help, tries to launch a nightclub act of his own.

Another great talent is no longer with us. Rest in peace, Mr. Storch.
Rita6868 24 months ago
Awe! Larry gave me so much entertainment throughout the years.When he walked on screen I knew the episode would get better.I remember I would always smile when he walked in. Ugh! Another great one leaving us.He was close to reaching 100!Thank You so much Larry for all of the laughs! You are truly missed.
cassandrawht 24 months ago
A long time ago, on a sad day for him, my father looked at me and said "The longer you live, the more you cry". I didn't know what he meant when he said that, I was young. Now, many years later, I do. Another icon from my childhood is gone. Mr Storch, as well as L.Q. Jones, provided me with hundreds of hours of great entertainment as I was growing up in the 50's and 60's. I will miss them very much. By the way, I watched every episode of The Ghost Busters. It was a dumb but funny show about a team of 3 ghost investigators, 2 men and a gorilla, firm name Spencer, Tracy and Kong. Mr Storch played Kong, the gorilla was Tracy. Now I will sit down and have a good cry.
Mike cassandrawht 24 months ago
For The Record:
On The Ghost Busters:
The firm was Spenser, Tracy, and Kong.
Larry Storch was Spenser.
Bob Burns was Tracy (the gorilla).
Forrest Tucker was Kong.
The Ghost Busters is available as a DVD set.
Track it down; you'll get some surprises...
JosephScarbrough 24 months ago
First June Foray, then Betty White, now Larry Storch: all legends who were so close to reaching 100, but were ultimately unable to.
L JosephScarbrough 24 months ago
There are several who are in their 90s. It's a real horse race to see if any will hit the big 1 0 0.
MarkSpeck 24 months ago
It was mentioned that he and Forrest Tucker co-starred in F-Troop, but while The Ghostbusters was mentioned, it didn't say that Storch and Tucker were reunited for that Saturday morning show.

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!
bagandwallyfan52 24 months ago
I heard that Larry Storch.did the voice of Mr Whoopee on the Tennessee Tuxedo cartoons and I
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.
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Green Acres is also funny!!
I am disappointed that farmer
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
KevinButler LoveMETV22 24 months ago
Larry was the voice of"Phinease J.Woopie".
Kramden62 bagandwallyfan52 24 months ago
"Get Smart" is on Decades (MeTV's sister channel), Tuesday through Saturday mornings at 1:30 A.M. Eastern.
bagandwallyfan52 24 months ago
And now Larry Storch and Forrest
Tucker(F Troop) are REUNITED IN
HEAVEN! RIP Larry Storch
Kramden62 bagandwallyfan52 24 months ago
And also with Doris Day!
Catman 24 months ago
When I was a kid, my uncle had an album, "Live at the Bon Soir" by Larry Storch. This was before F Troop and I remember being in hysterics over the thing. My grandmother, who was very sensitive to negative Italian stereotypes, thought Larry's bit about the Mafia boss being interrogated in front of the McClellan Rackets Committee hearings was hillarious. His accent was spot on, and he sounded like so many of the old country relatives it was like he was family.
The Mothers and Fathers Italian Association had us in tears!
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