Larry Storch of TV's 'F Troop' dies at 99

Larry Storch of TV's 'F Troop' dies at 99

LOS ANGELES — Larry Storch, the rubber-faced comic whose long career in theater, movies and television was capped by his "F Troop"

role as zany Cpl. Agarn in the 1960s spoof of Western frontier TV shows, died Friday. Storch was 99.

Storch died of natural causes early Friday in his New York City apartment, according to his manager, Matt Beckoff.

Although "F Troop" lasted only two seasons on ABC, from 1965 to 1967, it became a cult favorite in reruns

Its devoted fans could recite almost all of the adventures of the incredibly incompetent soldiers of Fort Courage

and the members of the nearby Native American tribe who only pretended to be at war with them.

As Agarn, Storch was the wild-eyed partner and protege of Forrest Tucker's wily Sgt. O'Rourke

who often schemed with Frank DeKova's Chief Wild Eagle to fleece unsuspecting visitors.

Ken Berry's Capt. Parmenter was Fort Courage's clueless commander.

While "F Troop" brought him lasting fame, Storch appeared in scores of films and TV shows both before and after the show

He also enjoyed a long career in theater and as a comic at resorts in New York State's Catskill Mountains area.

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