Hollywood mourns the death of Larry Storch, aka Corporal Agarn from F Troop, age 99

Larry Storch publicity photo from the Garrison’s Gorilla’s episode The Magnificent Forger. 1967 photo. By ABC Television, Public Domain, https commons.wikimedia.org


Lawrence Samuel Storch (January 8, 1923 – July 8, 2022)[1] was an American actor and comedian best known for his comic television roles, including voice-over work for cartoon shows such as Mr. Whoopee on Tennessee Tuxedo and His Tales, and his live-action role of the bumbling Corporal Randolph Agarn on F Troop.


Storch was originally a comic. This led to guest appearances on dozens of television series, including, MannixCar 54, Where Are You?HenneseyGet SmartSergeant BilkoColumboCHiPsFantasy IslandMcCloudEmergency!The Flying NunAlias Smith and JonesThe Alfred Hitchcock HourThat GirlI Dream of JeannieGomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.Gilligan’s IslandThe Doris Day ShowThe PersuadersLove, American StyleAll in the Family; and Kolchak: The Night Stalker.

His most famous role was from 1965 to 1967 as the scheming Corporal Randolph Agarn on the situation comedy F Troop, with Forrest TuckerKen Berry, and Melody Patterson.

In 1975, Storch co-starred with Bob Burns (who wore a gorilla costume) and Forrest Tucker on the short-lived but popular Saturday morning children’s show The Ghost Busters. He also appeared on The Love Boat, was Al Bundy’s childhood hero on Married… with Children (Al Bundy’s daughter Kelly attended an acting school operated by Larry), and was a semi-regular on Car 54, Where Are You?. He co-starred on the short-lived series The Queen and I.

Larry Storch, top right, with F Troop cast (1965). By ABC Photo-ABC Television, Public Domain, https commons.wikimedia.org

Storch’s younger brother, Jay (1924–1987), was an actor/voiceover performer under the name Jay Lawrence.

Storch died in his sleep at his home on the Upper West Side of Manhattan on July 8, 2022, at the age of 99. At the time of his death, he was believed to be the last surviving regular cast member of F Troop.

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