Scope and Content
Title: Harvey Lembeck Papers
Date (inclusive): 1946-1982
Collection number: 287
Creator: Lembeck, Harvey
Extent: 4 boxes (2 linear ft.)
and 1 carton (1.5 linear ft.)
Abstract: Harvey Lembeck made his acting debut in the Broadway production of
Mr. Roberts (1948) and went on to establish himself in film, television, and on stage. The collection consists of photographs, clippings,
ephemera and a small number of scripts related to his career.
University of California, Los Angeles. Library.
Performing Arts Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Performing
Arts Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
Harvey Lembeck was born in Brooklyn, NY, on April 15, 1923. His numerous credits include roles in film, television, and theater.
He made his acting debut in the Broadway production of
Mr. Roberts with Henry Fonda (1948). His film work includes
Stalag 17 (1953),
Love with the Proper Stranger (1963), T
he Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964), and he is well known for his recurring role as Erich Von Zipper in a string of 1960s beach party films. He established
his television career as Rocco Barbella on
The Phil Silvers Show: You'll Never Get Rich (1955-1959). He founded the Harvey Lembeck Comedy Workshop (1964) to train performers in the art of comedy. Lembeck died
in Beverly Hills, CA, on January 5, 1982.
Scope and Content
The bulk of the collection consists of photographs, clippings, and/or printed ephemera for a variety of motion picture, television,
and stage projects related to the career of actor Harvey Lembeck. Additionally, there are a small number of scripts for selected
Hotel or Why Do You Need Such Big Potatoes,
Mother Juggs and Speed,
Man of La Mancha, and a project titled Von Zipper, among others. It is important to mention that there are no scripts for number of other
projects in which Lembeck was involved, such as beach party films,
Love with a Proper Stranger,
Mr. Roberts, Sergeant Bilko,
Stalag 17, or The
Unsinkable Molly Brown. Additional materials in the collection include a small number of fan letters (1950s, 1970s, and 1980s); a small amount
of clippings and printed ephemera related to the Harvey Lembeck Comedy Workshop; and a small sampling of photographs documenting
in a small way Lembeck's philanthropic associations. File titles were supplied by the processor.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Actors--United States--Archival resources.