Emmy-nominated comic actor Larry Storch, best known for his role on the 1960s TV series “F Troop,” died in his sleep early Saturday morning, according to a post on his Facebook page. He was 99.
“It is with the heaviest of hearts that we share with you the news our beloved Larry passed away in his sleep overnight,” the Facebook post read.
“We are shocked and at a loss for words at the moment. Please remember he loved each and every one of you and wouldn’t want you to cry over his passing. He is reunited with his wife Norma and his beloved F Troop cast and so many friends and family.”
Storch’s personal manager, Matt Beckoff, told The Hollywood Reporter Storch died of natural causes in his apartment on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
He was born Jan. 8, 1923, in New York City and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, where he was a shipmate of another future star, Tony Curtis, aboard a submarine.
In fact, the first of Storch’s 249 screen credits, according to IMDb, was in a 1951 movie starring Curtis, “The Prince Who Was a Thief.” The two were longtime friends and worked together in seven films in which Curtis starred.
Storch’s last credit was for the 2010 TV series “Medium Rare.”
Storch appeared in some 25 movies over the years, as well as on stage and on comedy albums — but the vast bulk of his resume was in television, where he appeared in dozens of shows as a guest actor or doing voiceovers.
His most famous role was in “F Troop,” in which he played Cpl. Randolph Agarn, a dim-witted soldier in a rag-tag outfit stationed at the fictional Fort Courage in the post-Civil War west.
The ABC series ran for two seasons from 1965 through 1967, and Storch was nominated in 1967 for a prime-time Emmy for Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Comedy Series. The series also starred Ken Berry and Forrest Tucker.
Storch is also remembered for regular turns in “Car 54, Where Are You?”, “Get Smart” and the cartoon show “Tennessee Tuxedo and His Tales,” in which he voiced the character of Phineas J. Whoopee.
In 2014, a Golden Palm Star was dedicated to Storch on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars.
Storch’s wife died in 2003. His brother, the late Jay Lawrence, was also an actor. Storch is survived by a daughter and a step-daughter.