Irwin Corey

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"Professor" Irwin Corey

Corey in August 1963.
Born July 29, 1914 (1914-07-29) (age 99)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Nationality American
Years active 1938-present
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) «start: (1941)–end+1: (2012)»"Marriage: Fran Corey to Irwin Corey" Location: (linkback://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irwin_Corey) (her death); 2 children
Website Official website

"Professor" Irwin Corey (born July 29, 1914) is an American comedian, actor, and activist. His career began in 1938. Corey began his stand-up career in an San Francisco club, the hungry i.

Early life[change | edit source]

Corey was born on July 29, 1914 in Brooklyn, New York to an Jewish family.[1] 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.[2] Lenny Bruce once said that Corey is "one of the most brilliant comedians of all time".[3]

Personal life[change | edit source]

Corey was married to Fran Corey from 1941 until her death in 2011.[4] 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]

References[change | edit source]

  1. Official Biography of Professor Irwin Corey
  2. Tom Smothers interview in Jerry Jazz Musician (2002)
  3. Kitty Bruce (ed.), The Almost Unpublished Lenny Bruce: from the private collection of Kitty Bruce, Running Press, 1984. p. 10
  4. 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.
  5. "Irwin & Fran". imdb.com. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1560959/.

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