Who Says I’m Dumb? Larry Storch Alive and Playing his Sax

Larry Storch isn't dead, it was just a wikipedia rumor.


According to published reports, Larry Storch has joined Abe Vigoda, Paul McCartney and Generalisimo Franco in death rumors. But as Mark Twain said, rumors of his death were greatly exaggerated. After an erroneous wikipedia entry, rumors started in the close-knit New York City comedy community that Larry Storch, Corporal Agarn from F-Troop, was dead. It took Drew Friedman, a close and personal friend of Storch, to stem the rumors with a personal post. Larry Storch is alive and playing his saxophone.

Rumors had been circulating in Friars Club and in NYC comedy circles that Larry Storch, Corporal Agarn from the classic comedy show F-Troop and the comedian who originated the “Judy, Judy, Judy” impression of Cary Grant, has died at 90.

New York comedy fixture, Nancy Lombardo, long time emcee at The Friars Club, posted her suspicions that the rumors were false “Larry Storch’s Wikipedia page put up his death notice several hours ago but has since removed it. Perhaps like the 35 year old false rumors of Abe Vigoda’s death, Larry is still alive and well. Fingers crossed. Stay tuned.” Larry Storch was a member of the comic fraternity The Friars Club.

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Storch is best remembered as Corporal Randolph Agarn on the TV series F-Troop which he starred along with Forest Tucker and Ken Berry. He also supplied the voice of Mr. Whoopie on the children’s cartoon Tennessee Tuxedo and His Tales. Storch also put out a few singles in the late fifties and early sixties, including a heavily British accented version of “Goody Goody.”

Storch started out as a standup comedian before moving on to stage and screenwork. He was tapped to play on such TV shows as Hennesey, Get Smart, Sergeant Bilko, Columbo, CHiPs, Fantasy Island, McCloud, Emergency!, The Flying Nun, Alias Smith and Jones, Alfred Hitchcock Hour, That Girl, The Monkees, I Dream of Jeannie, Gomer Pyle, Gilligan’s Island, The Doris Day Show, All in the Family and The Love Boat. He played Charlie the Drunk on Car 54, Where are You? with future Munsters Al Lewis and Fred Gwynn. Al Bundy on Married … With Children, said Larry Storch was his childhood hero. Storch reunited with Forest Tucker for the Saturday morning children’s show The Ghost Busters in 1975. He also co-starred in the short-lived series The Queen and I.

Storch appeared in over 25 films. Along with Tony Curtis he acted in 40 Pounds of Trouble in 1962, Captain Newman, M.D. in 1963, Wild and Wonderful in 1964, Sex and the Single Girl in 1964, and The Great Race in 1965. Storch reunited with Curtis for a musical version of Some Like It Hot in 2003. He was also featured in the one-joke comedy documentary The Aristocrats in 2005.

Storch was born in New York City and went to school with Don Adams, who played Maxwell Smart on Get Smart and who remained a lifelong friend.



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