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"Professor" Irwin Corey
Corey in August 1963.
|Born||July 29, 1914|
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
|Died||February 6, 2017 (aged 102)|
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, stand-up comedian|
|Spouse(s)||Fran Corey (m. 1941–2011) (her death); 2 children|
"Professor" Irwin Corey (July 29, 1914 – February 6, 2017) was 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.
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.
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".
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 lived in his home town of San Francisco, California until moving to Manhattan, New York for his comedic stage career.
- 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)
- 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- Kitty Bruce (ed.), The Almost Unpublished Lenny Bruce: from the private collection of Kitty Bruce, Running Press, 1984.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.
- Shapiro, T. Rees; Shapiro, T. Rees (2017-02-07). "Irwin Corey, comic who styled himself the World’s Foremost Authority, dies at 102" (in en-US). The Washington Post. . https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/irwin-corey-comic-who-styled-himself-the-worlds-foremost-authority-dies-at-102/2017/02/07/b39560ae-ed36-11e6-b4ff-ac2cf509efe5_story.html?utm_term=.d7b5a09d7ab6. Retrieved 2017-02-07.
- "Irwin & Fran". imdb.com. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1560959/.