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Larry Hankin

Larry Hankin

Larry Hankin

Larry Hankin

Larry is a visiting professor at the Fletcher School at Tufts University in Medford, MA. He is the co-author of a groundbreaking new book on the urban wellness superpower that is Boston, published by the Harvard Business Review Press.

Actor

Larry Michael Hankin (born December 7, 1937) is an American character actor, performer, director, comedian and producer. He is known for his major film roles as Charley Butts in Escape from Alcatraz (1979), Ace in Running Scared (1986), and Carl Alphonse in Billy Madison (1995). He had smaller roles as Doobie in Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Sergeant Larry Balzak in Home Alone, Mr. Heckles in Friends and Joe in Breaking Bad.

New York-bred character actor Larry Hankin did not decide to become an entertainer until his early 30s, when he waltzed into a Greenwich Village coffee house and thought he'd take up stand-up comedy. He also performed his stand-up act opening for rock bands like the Lovin' Spoonful, as well as jazz pioneer Miles Davis. In the early 1970s, he auditioned for the Second City comedy troupe and began studying with them in Chicago before relocating to San Francisco, where he studied acting with The Committee, an improvisational theater group. Bit parts on television shows like "Laverne & Shirley" followed, and he landed the occasional film role in productions like "Steelyard Blues" and "American Hot Wax." A notable part playing Alcatraz convict Charley Butts in the 1979 Clint Eastwood prison drama, "Escape from Alcatraz," was a memorable role for the lanky, distinctive-looking actor. A year later, a short film he wrote, directed, and starred in, "Solly's Diner," was nominated for an Academy Award. His role in the Adam Sandler comedy "Billy Madison" as Carl, the character who inherits Billy's hotel, was memorable, as was his recurring guest spot on sitcom "Friends," playing Mr. Heckles, the downstairs neighbor of Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox's characters. His most recognized role, though, was on an episode of "Seinfeld," playing an actor hired to play Kramer on Jerry's sitcom pilot within the show. (Source: www.rottentomatoes.com)

Star

He also acted in How Sweet It Is! (1968) with Debbie Reynolds and James Garner and the Adam Sandler movie Billy Madison (1995). He had cameo appearances in three John Hughes films, Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987); She's Having a Baby (1988); and Home Alone (1990); which coincidentally featured Roberts Blossom (playing Old Man Marley), whom he co-starred with in Escape from Alcatraz. He had brief appearances in Pretty Woman as the landlord (1990), as well as minor roles in Loose Shoes (1980), The Sure Thing (1985), and Running Scared (1986). Hankin also appeared in Married... with Children, as well as one of the Halloween specials of Home Improvement. Hankin also appeared in three episodes of Star Trek: Voyager as Gaunt Gary and one episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Hankin and Curtis Armstrong played the hippie entrepreneurs who purchased "Buy the Book" (the bookstore where the titular character works at) on Ellen.

New York-bred character actor Larry Hankin did not decide to become an entertainer until his early 30s, when he waltzed into a Greenwich Village coffee house and thought he'd take up stand-up comedy. He also performed his stand-up act opening for rock bands like the Lovin' Spoonful, as well as jazz pioneer Miles Davis. In the early 1970s, he auditioned for the Second City comedy troupe and began studying with them in Chicago before relocating to San Francisco, where he studied acting with The Committee, an improvisational theater group. Bit parts on television shows like "Laverne & Shirley" followed, and he landed the occasional film role in productions like "Steelyard Blues" and "American Hot Wax." A notable part playing Alcatraz convict Charley Butts in the 1979 Clint Eastwood prison drama, "Escape from Alcatraz," was a memorable role for the lanky, distinctive-looking actor. A year later, a short film he wrote, directed, and starred in, "Solly's Diner," was nominated for an Academy Award. His role in the Adam Sandler comedy "Billy Madison" as Carl, the character who inherits Billy's hotel, was memorable, as was his recurring guest spot on sitcom "Friends," playing Mr. Heckles, the downstairs neighbor of Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox's characters. His most recognized role, though, was on an episode of "Seinfeld," playing an actor hired to play Kramer on Jerry's sitcom pilot within the show. (Source:

 

 

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