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Comedic Actor Harvey Korman Dies at 81

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Comedic Actor Harvey Korman Dies at 81

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Comedic Actor Harvey Korman Dies at 81

Comedic Actor Harvey Korman Dies at 81

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In this May 14, 1972, file photo, Carol Burnett Show regular Harvey Korman is shown with his Emmy award for outstanding achievement by a performer in a music or variety show. Korman died Thursday at the age of 81. hide caption

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In this May 14, 1972, file photo, Carol Burnett Show regular Harvey Korman is shown with his Emmy award for outstanding achievement by a performer in a music or variety show. Korman died Thursday at the age of 81.

Harvey Korman, a comedian who used impeccable diction and timing to hilarious effect, died Thursday in Los Angeles at the age of 81.

Back in the 1960s and '70s, he was a regular on The Carol Burnett Show, where he parodied soap opera As the World Turns in As the Stomach Turns. And he turned Gone with the Wind into Went with the Wind.

Mel Brooks loved that kind of burlesque and put Korman in his movies, including High Anxiety and History of the World. Brooks said he gave Korman tongue-twister lines because he was the only one who could get his mouth around them.

Korman also created classic comedy in Blazing Saddles. He played the conniving — but unfortunately named — villain Hedley Lamarr.

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