Actor Larry Storch, star of 1960s sitcom F Troop, dies at 99

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Larry Storch, the rubber-faced comedian whose long career in theatre, film and television culminated in his role on F Troop as the funny Corporal. Agarn, in a 1960s parody of the Western Frontier TV show, died Friday. Storch was 99 years old.

According to his manager Matt Bekoff, Storch died of natural causes early Friday morning at his New York City apartment.

Although Team F only lasted two seasons on ABC, from 1965 to 1967, it became a cult hit in reruns. His devoted fans could retell almost all the adventures of the incredibly incompetent soldiers of Fort Courage and members of the nearby Indian tribe, who only pretended to fight them.

As Agarn, Storch was the wild-eyed partner and protégé of the scheming Sergeant Forrest Tucker. O’Rourke, who often plotted with top Wild Eagle Frank DeKove to rip off unsuspecting patrons. Captain Ken Berry. Parmenter was the clueless commander of Fort Courage.

While Team F brought him enduring fame, Storch has appeared in numerous films and TV shows both before and after the show. He also had a long career in theater and as a comedian in resorts in the Catskill Mountains in New York State.

According to his manager, he never regretted becoming famous through the series.

“He accepted it. He loved being Agarn,” and he enjoyed working with his co-stars,” Beckoff said. According to him, Storch was “the most kind and sweet person”, who always had time for those who are looking for autographs, and who was generous to those in need.

Storch’s credits included Merry Valentine, Sweet 16, Sex and the Single Girl, The Parent, Airport, Treasure Island, and Oliver Twist. On television, he has guest-starred on shows such as Married… with Children, Archie Bunker’s Place, Trapper John, M.D., Fantasy Island, ChiPS, Love Boat, Get Smart . , “American Love”, “Gilligan’s Island” and “Car 54, Where Are You?”

His many theater performances have ranged from the violent detective in the 1983 Broadway production of Porgy and Bess to The Chief Sitting Bull in the 2000 revival of Annie Get Your Gun with Reba McIntyre.

In a 1998 interview, Storch said that he was surprised that he was being considered for an Army comedy like “F Troop” as it is well known that he served in the Navy during World War II. “All I knew about horses is that they give milk and can bite from both ends,” he joked.

Indeed, it was his service in the Navy that greatly enhanced his career. During the war, he met a radio operator in the Marshall Islands named Bernie Schwartz who told him, “I’m going to be a movie star.” Storch, already a seasoned comedian at the resort, tried to talk him out of it, warning him that business could be difficult.

They met again after the war, and Schwartz, who by this time had changed his name to Tony Curtis, remembered the funny guy from the islands. Storch has appeared in eight Curtis films, including Captain Newman, Who Was That Lady? and The Great Race.

Lawrence Samuel Storch was born in New York City, where, as he proudly recalled, he became a class clown at DeWitt Clinton High School and was “offered not to come back.”

He rehearsed his comedy in Harlem theaters for $2 a night before moving to the famed comedian training ground of his day, the Catskills.

His first big break came on television in the early 1950s with Cavalcade of the Stars with Jackie Gleason. This led to The Larry Storch Show, a 1953 summer serial. This was followed by regular work in film and television.

Storch was married to Norma Greve from 1961 until her death in 2003.

The late Associated Press contributor Bob Thomas contributed to this report.