After 10 successful seasons, Harvey left the Burnett program in 1977 to appear in his own series. Dick Van Dyke took Harvey's place on the popular variety show. "The Harvey Korman Show" failed to win an audience, as did other series starring or co-starring the comedian, including his regular stint on "The Tim Conway Show" in 1980.
Recreated his popular sketch role as aimless, philandering husband Ed, the husband of Eunice, in the Southern-fried series "Mama's Family" with Carol Burnett and starring Vicki Lawrence and Ken Berry. He and Burnett made numerous appearances but did not stay long with the show.
Korman had an operation in late January 2008 on a non-cancerous brain tumor and pulled through. Less than a day after coming home, he was re-admitted because of a ruptured aneurysm and was given a few hours to live. He survived another four months.
Born in Chicago, he left college for service in the U.S. Navy during WWII and later studied at the Goodman School of Drama at the Chicago Art Institute.
In 1960 Korman married Donna Elhart and they had two children, Maria and Christopher. They divorced in 1977. Two more children, Katherine (Kate) and Laura, were born of his 1982 marriage to Deborah Fritz.
Following college he tried his luck on Broadway and in nightclubs (as 1/2 of a comedy duo) but failed and had to support himself as a restaurant cashier. He finally moved to Hollywood and found success.
Son of Ellen (née Belcher) and Cyril Raymond Korman.
Children: first marriage = Maria and Christopher; second marriage = Katherine and Laura.
Spouse: Deborah Fritz (8 September 1982 - 29 May 2008) (his death) 2 children; Donna Elhart (27 August 1960 - 1977) (divorced) 2 children