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Lawrence Samuel Storch (born January 8, 1923) is an American comedian and actor best known for his comic television roles, including voice-over work for cartoon shows, such as Mr. Whoopee on Tennessee Tuxedo and His Tales, and his live-action role of the bumbling Corporal Randolph Agarn on F Troop.
Storch was originally a stand-up comic. This led to guest appearances on dozens of television series, including, Car 54, Where Are You?, Hennesey, Get Smart, Sergeant Bilko, Columbo, CHiPs, Fantasy Island, McCloud, Emergency!, The Flying Nun, Alias Smith and Jones, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, That Girl, I Dream of Jeannie, Gomer Pyle, Gilligan’s Island, The Doris Day Show, The Persuaders, Love American Style, and All in the Family.
His most famous role was the scheming Corporal Randolph Agarn on the situation comedy F-Troop (1965–1967), with Forrest Tucker, Ken Berry, and Melody Patterson.
In 1975, Storch co-starred with Bob Burns (who was disguised as a gorilla) and Forrest Tucker on the short-lived but popular Saturday morning children’s show The Ghost Busters. He also appeared on The Love Boat, was Al Bundy’s childhood hero on Married… with Children, and was a semi-regular on Car 54, Where Are You?. He co-starred on the short-lived series The Queen and I.
Variety show appearances
Storch appeared on many variety shows, including Sonny and Cher, Laugh-In, Hollywood Squares, Playboy After Dark and The Hollywood Palace, with several appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show, The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and The Steve Allen Show. Jackie Gleason personally asked Storch to fill in for him in the summer of 1953 while Gleason was on hiatus. This led to the 10-episode The Larry Storch Show with guest stars including Janet Blair, Risë Stevens, Dick Haymes and Cab Calloway.
As an impressionist and voiceover actor
An impressionist, Storch does hundreds of voices and dialects ranging from Muhammad Ali to Claude Rains. This has proved useful for cartoons. He has voiced characters in numerous television and film animations including The Batman/Superman Hour, The Pink Panther Show, Groovie Goolies, The Inspector, The Brady Kids, Cool Cat, Koko the Clown, Treasure Island, Return from Oz, Scooby-Doo and Tennessee Tuxedo.
Storch had worked with Mel Blanc and June Foray at Warner Bros.-Seven Arts. He was the first actor to voice Batman’s arch enemy, “The Joker”, in The Adventures of Batman segments produced by Filmation animation in the late 1960s. Storch continued his association with Filmation as a voiceover actor in other series the company produced including Journey Back to Ozwhere he voiced Aunt Em and Uncle Henry’s farmhand Amos. He provided the Tin Man’s speaking voice while Danny Thomas provided the character’s singing voice.
Cary Grant—who never actually said the line “Judy, Judy, Judy” in any movie or performance—attributed the phrase’s origin to a Storch performance in which he impersonated Grant. Storch was imitating Grant when he was told Judy Garland had just walked into the club.