Larry Hovis

About Larry Hovis

Who is it?: Actor, Writer, Producer
Birth Day: February 20, 1936
Birth Place:  Wapato, Washington, United States
Cause of death: esophageal cancer
Alma mater: University of Houston
Occupation: Singer, actor
Spouse(s): Ann Corrigan (married 1955-1995)
Children: Kimberly

Larry Hovis

Larry Hovis was born on February 20, 1936 in  Wapato, Washington, United States, is Actor, Writer, Producer. Larry Hovis was born February 20, 1936, in Wapato, Washington. He grew up in Houston, Texas. He started out as a vocalist, singing with his sister Joan Hovis, then joined a quartet called "The Mascots", and they appeared on Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts (1948). While Larry was earning his degree in philosophy at the University of Houston, he was signed to Capitol Records, where he recorded the album "My Heart Belongs to Only You". In the late 1950s, he moved to New York and appeared in the Broadway shows "The Billy Barnes Revue" (1959) and "From A to Z" (1960). In 1963, Larry relocated his family to California, where he performed stand-up comedy routines in local clubs. His first notable appearance on a major TV show was in 1964 on Gomer Pyle: USMC (1964), appearing in ten episodes. He also appeared in two episodes of The Andy Griffith Show (1960). Larry eventually landed a minor role on the pilot episode of Hogan's Heroes (1965). When two other actors backed out of the series, he was given the permanent role of demolition man "Sgt. Carter". While a regular on the popular TV series, Hovis continued to write scripts for television specials and also wrote and performed on the breakthrough comedy series Laugh-In (1967). In 1966, he wrote the screenplay for the film Out of Sight (1966). After the unexpected cancellation of Hogan's Heroes (1965), Hovis appeared in such TV programs as The Doris Day Show (1968), Adam-12 (1968), Chico and the Man (1974), Holmes and Yo-Yo (1976), Alice (1976) and others. Behind the scenes Larry produced several game shows, including Liar's Club (1976), in which he was a panelist from 1976 to 1978. In 1993, he appeared in the theatrical film Shadow Force (1992).
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As per our current Database, Larry Hovis has been died on September 9, 2003(2003-09-09) (aged 67)\nAustin, Texas, U.S..

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When Larry Hovis die, Larry Hovis was 67 years old.

Popular As Larry Hovis
Occupation Actor
Age 67 years old
Zodiac Sign Pisces
Born February 20, 1936 ( Wapato, Washington, United States)
Birthday February 20
Town/City  Wapato, Washington, United States
Nationality United States

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Larry Hovis’s zodiac sign is Pisces. According to astrologers, Pisces are very friendly, so they often find themselves in a company of very different people. Pisces are selfless, they are always willing to help others, without hoping to get anything back. Pisces is a Water sign and as such this zodiac sign is characterized by empathy and expressed emotional capacity.

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Hovis was born in Wapato, Washington, and moved to Houston, Texas, as a small child. As a youth, he was a singer, appearing on Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts. Hovis attended the University of Houston. During the mid-1950s, Hovis sang in nightclubs with groups including the Mascots, and the Bill Gannon Trio. He wrote songs and signed with Capitol Records, which released one album. His biggest song was We Could Have Lots of Fun.


Hovis began appearing in local theater productions. After some success, he moved to New York City in 1959 and appeared in Broadway revues such as From A to Z which showcased his singing and comedy talents.


Hovis moved to California in 1963 where he performed stand-up comedy and tried to break into television. In 1964, he was discovered by Andy Griffith's manager and was hired to appear on the TV series Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., where he played "Pvt. Larry Gotschalk". He also appeared on The Andy Griffith Show'As Gilly Walker..'.


In 1965, when another actor backed out of the television show Hogan's Heroes, Hovis was cast as "Sgt. Andrew Carter", a POW in a German prison camp who was an expert on explosives. In the pilot episode, Carter was a lieutenant and was only going to appear in that one episode. For the series he retained the character of Sgt. Carter, replacing a character played by Leonid Kinskey in the pilot. (Kinskey decided after the pilot that he didn't want to stay with a show that had actors pretending to be Nazis). In the series, Carter was of Sioux ancestry; Hovis himself was partly of Yakama Indian ancestry. Later, in an episode of the comedy Alice, Hovis played an American Indian police detective who arrests a fake American Indian conman.


While Hovis was a regular on Hogan's Heroes, he also did other work in the entertainment industry, including writing the screenplay for the 1966 spy-spoof Out of Sight. He also co-wrote Mitzi Gaynor's 1968 and 1969 television specials, and appeared in and wrote comedy bits for Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In.


In the mid-1970s, Hovis made a few appearances on the game show Match Game alongside his Hogan's Heroes castmate Richard Dawson. Later in the decade he produced and was a regular panelist on the game show Liar's Club.


Even before Hogan's Heroes was canceled in 1971, Hovis had already made appearances on other TV shows.


In the early 1980s, Hovis toured in the musical The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas as Melvin P. Thorpe. In 1982, Hovis was a writer/producer on the show So You Think You Got Troubles, which was hosted by actor/ventriloquist Jay Johnson. Later in the decade, Hovis teamed up with Gary Bernstein to form Bernstein-Hovis Productions, which produced the game shows Anything For Money, the original version of Lingo and the short-lived Yahtzee, a TV version of the classic dice game, for which Hovis also announced and served as a regular panelist.


Hovis was hired as a co-producer for the hidden-camera television show Totally Hidden Video, but was fired by Fox executives after Candid Camera creator Allen Funt filed a lawsuit alleging that Hovis had staged segments of the show's 1989 debut episode using paid actors.


Beginning in the 1990s, Hovis taught drama at Southwest Texas State University – now called Texas State University-San Marcos – in San Marcos, Texas.


Hovis died of esophageal cancer in Austin, Texas, on September 9, 2003. He was 67 years old.

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