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Overview (3)

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Died in Los Angeles, California, USA  (heart attack)
Birth NameHarry Einstein

Mini Bio (1)

Harry Parke was born on May 6, 1904 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA as Harry Einstein. He was an actor and writer, known for Night Spot (1938), Badminton (1945) and The Yanks Are Coming (1942). He was married to Thelma Leeds and Lillian Anshen. He died on November 24, 1958 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Spouse (2)

Thelma Leeds (7 February 1937 - 24 November 1958) ( his death) ( 3 children)
Lillian Anshen (22 October 1925 - ?) ( divorced) ( 1 child)

Trivia (7)

Died at the dais only moments after he had sat down from his comedic presentation at a Lucille Ball/Desi Arnaz Friar's Roast. When Milton Berle, seated next to him, shouted, "Is there a doctor in the house?" the audience laughed, not yet realizing that Berle was serious.
When he slumped down onto Milton Berle's lap after he had the heart attack from which he died moments later, Berle directed crooner Tony Martin to sing, attempting to divert the crowd. Martin's unfortunate song choice was "There's No Tomorrow".
Entombed at Home of Peace Memorial Park, Los Angeles, CA - Chapel Mausoleum, Corridor of Eternal Life, C-248.
Comedian/dialectician best known to old time radio buffs for his characterization of Parkyakarkus, (pronounced Park Your Carcass) a stereotypically Greek luncheonette owner whose primary talent seemed to be comically mangling the English language.
From December 1936, to March 1939, covering 39 episodes, he was a featured regular on Al Jolson's CBS radio show, "The Lifebuoy Program." In keeping with his mangling of language, he called Jolson both "Joslyn" and "Jostin".
He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Radio at 1708 Vine St.

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