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      Harvey Lembeck

      Harvey Lembeck

      Highest Rated: 100% You're in the Navy Now (1951)

      Lowest Rated: 33% Pajama Party (1964)

      Birthday: Apr 15, 1923

      Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA

      Swarthy, squinty, nasally, and comically overconfident, the diminutive Harvey Lembeck was one of the clown princes of post-World-War-II-era army comedy. Himself a veteran of the military, he sublimated his gregarious personality into a stint on the Broadway stage, where his performance as impish soldier Harry "Sugar Lips" Shapiro in the powerhouse POW drama "Stalag 17" landed him the same supporting role in Billy Wilder's gripping, like-titled 1953 film adaptation. Having effectively opened the floodgates for a spate of other spirited soldier parts, he went down in the annals of screwball-TV history as Corporal Rocco Barbella, the right-hand man of the scheming, outrageously opportunistic Sergeant Bilko, on the freewheeling sitcom classic "The Phil Silvers Show" ('55-59). The comic star portrayed similar lunkheads on shows such as the short-lived military comedy "Ensign O'Toole," but he never quite struck the same chord as he did in that inimitable Barbella role, prompting him to hang up his uniform in the early '60s. Luckily, all it took for a career revival was a leather jacket; as the delusional biker-gang leader, Eric Von Zipper, he stumbled and bumbled his way through six films in the enormously popular 1960s "beach party" movies headlined by Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello. Famously, his Von Zipper was the perpetual victim of the series' delightfully absurd "Himalayan Suspender" finger technique, which often left his character in a state of grinning catatonia. Having never retired, he died of a heart attack in 1982 at age 58.

      Highest rated movies

      You're in the Navy Now
      Stalag 17
      Love With the Proper Stranger
      A View From the Bridge
      The Unsinkable Molly Brown
      Beach Blanket Bingo
      Fourteen Hours
      Beach Party

      Photos

      STALAG 17, Harvey Lembeck, William Holden, Robert Strauss, 1953 BEACH BLANKET BINGO, Harvey Lembeck (at wheel), 1965 STALAG 17, William Holden, Richard Erdman, Harvey Lembeck, Robert Strauss, 1953 BIKINI BEACH, Don Rickles, Harvey Lembeck, Jody McCrea, on set, 1964 STALAG 17, Robert Strauss, William Holden, Harvey Lembeck, 1953 BEACH BLANKET BINGO, Andy Romano, Harvey Lembeck (with telescope), Alberta Nelson (2nd from right), Jerry Brutsche (far r), 1965 STALAG 17, Robert Strauss, William Holden, Harvey Lembeck, 1953 THE FROGMEN, Harvey Lembeck, Dana Andrews, 1951, TM and copyright ©20th Century-Fox Film Corp. All Rights Reserved STALAG 17, Harvey Lembeck, Robert Strauss, William Holden, Richard Erdman, Neville Brand, 1953 FIREBALL 500, Annette Funicello, Fabian, Frankie Avalon, Julie Parrish, Harvey Lembeck, 1966 FIREBALL 500, Harvey Lembeck, Chill Wills, Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, 1966 SERGEANT DEADHEAD, from left; Reginald Gardiner, Cesar Romero, Gale Gordon, Harvey Lembeck, Eve Arden, Fred Clark, 1965

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet 37% The Gong Show Movie Man in Steam Room (Character) - 1980
      No Score Yet 63% Raid on Entebbe Mr. Harvey (Character) - 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Horowitz of Dublin Castle Unknown (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet 59% Hello Down There Sonarman (Character) - 1969
      No Score Yet 48% The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini Eric Von Zipper (Character) - 1966
      No Score Yet 35% Fireball 500 Charlie Bigg (Character) - 1966
      No Score Yet 0% Sergeant Deadhead Airman McEvoy (Character) - 1965
      No Score Yet 33% How to Stuff a Wild Bikini Eric Von Zipper (Character) - 1965
      73% 52% Beach Blanket Bingo Eric Von Zipper (Character) - 1965
      78% 70% The Unsinkable Molly Brown Polak (Character) - 1964
      33% 34% Pajama Party Eric Von Zipper (Character) - 1964
      40% 41% Bikini Beach Eric Von Zipper (Character) - 1964
      82% 86% Love With the Proper Stranger Julio Rossini (Character) - 1963
      50% 42% Beach Party Eric Von Zipper (Character) - 1963
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sail a Crooked Ship Nickels (Character) - 1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Last Time I Saw Archie Duty Sgt. Malcolm Greenbriar (Character) - 1961
      80% 62% A View From the Bridge Mike (Character) - 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Million Dollar Incident Eddy (Character) - 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Kiss Me, Kate Gunman (Character) - 1958
      No Score Yet 59% Between Heaven and Hell Pvt. Bernard "Bernie" Meleski (Co. G) (Character) - 1956
      No Score Yet 17% The Command Pvt. Gottschalk (Character) - 1954
      91% 93% Stalag 17 Harry "Sugar Lips" Shapiro (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Girls in the Night Chuck Haynes (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Willie and Joe Back at the Front Joe (Character) - 1952
      63% 73% Fourteen Hours Cab driver (uncredited) (Character) - 1951
      100% 35% You're in the Navy Now Norelli (Character) - 1951

      TV

      Credit
      90% No Score Yet Mork & Mindy Unknown (Guest Star) 1981-1982
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo Unknown (Guest Star) 1979
      No Score Yet 88% All in the Family Unknown (Guest Star) 1973 1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet CHiPs Unknown (Guest Star) 1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Chico and the Man Unknown (Guest Star) 1976
      No Score Yet 100% Night Gallery Unknown (Character) 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Partridge Family Marino (Guest Star) 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Name of the Game Unknown (Guest Star) 1968
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Please Don't Eat the Daisies Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
      72% 78% Batman Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Farmer's Daughter Registrar (Guest Star) 1965
      100% No Score Yet The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet My Favorite Martian Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ben Casey Sammy Brewer (Guest Star) 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mr. Novak Unknown (Guest Star) 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ensign O'Toole Seaman Gabby Di Julio (Character) 1962-1963
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Hathaways Unknown (Character) 1961-1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Phil Silvers Show Cpl. Rocco Barbella (Character) 1955-1959