|"Professor" Irwin Corey|
Corey in August 1963.
|Born||July 29, 1914
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
|Genres||Wit/Word play, improvisational and character comedy, satire|
|Influences||Charlie Chaplin, The Marx Brothers|
|Influenced||Lenny Bruce, Mort Sahl, Shelley Berman, Jonathan Winters, Bob Newhart, Tom Smothers|
|Spouse||Fran Corey (m. 1941–2011) (her death); 2 children|
Early life[change | edit source]
Corey was born on July 29, 1914 in Brooklyn, New York to an Jewish family. His parents were forced to give him up in an Hebrew Orphan Asylum of New York. He was never adopted, so he spent the rest of his teenage years in the Asylum. Corey studied at the Belmont High School in Los Angeles, California.
Influences[change | edit source]
Corey was influenced by Charlie Chaplin and by The Marx Brothers. He had influence Lenny Bruce, Mort Sahl, Shelley Berman, Jonathan Winters, Bob Newhart, and Tom Smothers. Lenny Bruce once said that Corey is "one of the most brilliant comedians of all time".
Personal life[change | edit source]
Corey was married to Fran Corey from 1941 until her death in 2011. They had two children, Margaret Corey (dead) and Richard Corey. He also has a grandson, Amadeo. He now lives in his home town of San Francisco, California.
Movies[change | edit source]
- How to Commit Marriage (1969)
- Fore Play (1975)
- Car Wash (1976)
- Thieves (1977) (reprising his stage role)
- Chatterbox! (1977) (cameo)
- Fairy Tales (1979)
- Stuck on You! (1983)
- Jack (1996)
- The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001)
- Irwin & Fran (2012)
References[change | edit source]
- Official Biography of Professor Irwin Corey
- Tom Smothers interview in Jerry Jazz Musician (2002)
- Kitty Bruce (ed.), The Almost Unpublished Lenny Bruce: from the private collection of Kitty Bruce, Running Press, 1984. p. 10
- Kilgannon, Corey. "A Familiar Figure Begs on the Street, but Not for Himself". City Room Blog (The New York Times). http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/10/11/a-familiar-figure-begs-on-the-street-but-not-for-himself. Retrieved January 28, 2012.
- "Irwin & Fran". imdb.com. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1560959/.
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