Larry Harmon died on 3rd
July of congestive heart failure. He was 83 years
old. His publicist, Jerry Digney, told The
Associated Press that he died at home.
Larry Harmon brought the
character Bozo the Clown to life for over fifty
years. But he is best known in Laurel and Hardy
circles for his animated cartoons of Stan and
Ollie, which many buffs disliked and some even
scorned but which kids usually loved. He also
provided the voice of Stan in these cartoons, which
were with Hanna-Barbera Productions.
In 1999 Harmon produced
the feature film The All-New Adventures of
Laurel and Hardy: For Love or Mummy about
lookalike nephews of Stan and Ollie. Again its
reception was mixed, but generally unfavourable
Larry Harmon obtained the
rights to the Laurel and Hardy team name and
likenesses back in 1960 and issued Laurel and Hardy
toys, colouring books etc. Larry Harmon's
relationship with the Sons of the Desert was
sometimes controversial, but often equally
benevolent and we mourn his passing.
Besides his wife, Harmon
is survived by his son, Jeff Harmon, and daughters
Lori Harmon, Marci Breth-Carabet and Leslie
Rest in peace and thanks
for the laughs, Larry.