The great Larry Storch turns 96 years young today! While he has his own saloon in New Jersey, a star on the Palm Springs Walk of Fame, and (according to MARRIED...WITH CHILDREN) the world's premier School of Acting, it just doesn't seem to be enough to properly honor him. There definitely needs to be a statue of this man somewhere. Preferably one at least as tall as the one of Sam Houston outside Huntsville, Texas along I-45.
Until some wise person makes that happen, we'll just have to celebrate by remembering just why Larry Storch is a national treasure. Let's take at look at some of his classic television moments apart from his best and most famous television role, that of the incomparable Corporal Randolph Agarn on F TROOP.
CAR 54, WHERE ARE YOU?: (1962-63)
It's hard to believe that Storch played Charlie the drunk on CAR 54 only three times; like Ernest T. Bass, it seems like he was there a lot more often. His drinking might have been overstated, since he could actually get drunk without drinking a drop. You don't believe me?
THE PHIL SILVERS SHOW: "Bilko Joins the Navy" (1958)
Sticking with Nat Hiken-land, Larry made two appearances on Hiken's 1950's classic, giving us a preview of the crying act that would become much more prominent in the next decade:
HOLLYWOOD PALACE (November 27, 1965)
Introduced by host Janet Leigh, Storch treats the prime time audience to some of his standup act. Forrest Tucker and Ken Berry joined in the fun, but Storch got this bit to himself:
THE ANDY WILLIAMS SHOW (December 4, 1966)
Still in F TROOP's heyday, and making the variety show rounds. Storch gets nine minutes this time!
KRAFT SUSPENSE THEATRE: "The Jack is High" (1964)
A dramatic role, with Edd "Kookie" Byrnes co-starring, and Storch bringing plenty of humor of his role in this tale that has echoes of OCEAN'S ELEVEN:
COLUMBO: "Negative Reaction" (1974)
Like his frequent co-star Forrest Tucker, Larry made only one COLUMBO appearance, but what a scene it was! Storch has the misfortune of being Columbo's driving instructor, and also has a field day with it:
There's many, many more classic Storch moments, but I don't want to spend the whole night on YouTube. Suffice to say, happy birthday, Larry Storch! Hopefully there's more television magic to come in the near future from the Storch---he is, after all, only semi-retired.