Harvey Atkin

1942 - 2017


Harvey Atkin, the character actor who played camp director Morty Melnick in “Meatballs,” died Monday, July 17, 2017, according to multiple news sources. He was 74.

Atkin’s friend and agent Larry Goldhar confirmed the news the following day in a statement:

“It is with great sadness that we can confirm our beloved friend, husband, father, and grandfather, Harvey, passed away peacefully last night following his battle with cancer.”

The Canadian actor had a recurring role as Sergeant Ronald Coleman on the television series “Cagney & Lacey” and appeared on multiple episodes of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” as Judge Alan Ridenour.

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Atkin was born Dec. 18, 1942, in Toronto, Ontario. He was a real estate agent before becoming an actor. He started his acting career doing TV commercials in Canada. Atkin was also a voice actor. He played Mario and Luigi’s archenemy, King Koopa, on the “Super Mario Bros.” animated cartoon series. He is probably best remembered for his role in the summer camp comedy film “Meatballs,” which was released in 1979. Atkin’s camp director character, Morty, tries to rein in his crazy head counselor, Tripper Harrison, who is played by Bill Murray. A running joke in the movie is that everyone calls him Mickey instead of Morty. His performance as Morty Melnick earned Atkin a Genie nomination. He is survived by his wife, Celia, two children, and five grandchildren.

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To Harvey Atkins
You were a very talented actor. You did a great job playing morty in the movie meatballs. You made me laugh., My prayers go to your family. Lisa Weiner

John 3:16

I will never forget you. I will always remember you as king koopa's voice. Thank you for making my childhood great. I would've loved to have met you in person-maybe we'll see each other in heaven one day. Rest in peace.

I would like to express my deepest condolences to the family for their loss. May you find comfort and help in God during this time of mourning.

I remember Harvey so well when my parents landsmen of Manley and Sonia Tessler would visit from Montreal with the Rubins.
He wad such a lovely exceptionally warm and dear to us.
Sima Aronowicz
Hamilton ontario

To his family and friends I am so sorry for your loss. Cherish and enjoy the many fond memories you've had with him. Find strength and comfort in our Heavenly Father through prayer.

Dear Celia, Harvey's sisters and children . Sincere condolences to all on Harvey'S passing may you be comforted inowing the he was loved by a multitude. Sincerely Eitta Salter.

You were a great character actor. Will miss you; RIP

Goodbye mort so sorry for his loss very funny in meatballs.thanks for the laughs