Like his Carol Burnett Show co-star Lyle Waggoner, Harvey Korman once made his living as a door-to-door salesman. Like many Chicago natives, Korman began his acting career in Chicago at the Goodman Theatre. Early TV roles include four seasons on The Danny Kaye Show (1963-67) as a regular. He joined The Carol Burnett Show in 1967, and won four Emmys before he left the show in 1977. Korman had a unique rapport with his Burnett Show co-star Tim Conway; the two would often be found trying to break each other out of character, and it was usually Korman who broke.
A wildly successful comedic actor, Korman is as well known as Ed, Mama (Vicki Lawrence) Harper's son-in-law on "The Family" from The Carol Burnett Show as he is for his appearances in the Mel Brooks films Blazing Saddles(Hedley Lamarr, 1974), High Anxiety (Dr. Charles Montague, 1978) and History of the World, Part I (Count de Monet, 1981).
True aficionados of classic TV will also note that Korman provided the voice of the Great Gazoo on TV's first animated primetime series The Flintstones. Delighting fans everywhere, he provided the voice of The Dictabird in the 1994 film The Flintstones, as well as an on-camera role as Colonel Slaghoople in 2000's film release The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas. His last Mel Brooks film was Dracula: Dead and Loving It.
In November 2002, Korman and long-time friend/co-star Conway were inducted into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame. Korman died in 2008 at the age of 81.