• Larry Michael Hankin is an American comedian, actor, writer, producer, director, and artist
• He is most notably known for his role as Charley Butts in “Escape From Alcatraz” and Old Joe in “Breaking Bad”
• He holds a degree in Industrial Design and has appeared in over 150 films and shows
• He is a multi-talented artist and has appeared in short films, written a book of satire, and is a photographer and painter
• Larry has an estimated net worth of over $400,000 as of 2020

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Short Info

Date Of BirthAugust 31, 1940
MarkSlender Frame
FactHe has worked in more than 100 films.

Larry Michael Hankin is an American comedian, actor, writer, producer, director and artist, who is most probably notably recognised for his role as Charley Butts in “Escape From Alcatraz”. However, among the younger generation, he will be best known for his role as Old Joe in “Breaking Bad”. Yet in his career as an actor that spans over five decades, Larry has played many parts and a great variety of performances. What people would be wondering the most is where Larry Hankin is today. If so, read on as we discuss the career and future plans of this veteran actor.

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Early life and family

Larry was born on the 31st of August 1940 and will be turning 80 later this year. He is a native New Yorker who was born and raised in ‘The Big Apple’, but unfortunately not much else is known about his childhood or any of his close relatives. It is not even known who his parents were, but they’re probably no longer alive. Considering that he is a veteran himself, it is no surprise that his most ancient history would be covered in dust and secrecy.

Educational background

As much as Larry’s childhood is a mystery, so is the history of his earliest education. It is known though that Larry had graduated from Syracuse University in New York State, where he attended with fellow artists and life-long friends Carl Gottlieb and Frank Langella. Larry holds a degree in Industrial Design, and is a multi-talented artist who started his career in the entertainment business as an illustrator before turning to acting.

Larry Hankin


After Larry graduated from college, he settled in Greenwich Village New York City with his friend Carl Gottlieb, the writer behind the film “Jaws”, and took up stand-up comedy at local coffee houses.

He subsequently did opening acts for legends such as Woody Allen and Miles Davis, gaining some fame with the Greenwich crowds. From there he travelled to Chicago where he joined ‘Second City’, but didn’t stay long, taking-off with six other members of the comedy club to start a new act in San Francisco. It was called ‘The Committee’, and was mostly an improv comedy act.

After his success as a comedian, Larry travelled to Los Angeles, where he experienced a bit of bad luck, being homeless before being discovered as an actor. Penny Marshal cast Larry in a dancing act on “Laverne and Shirley”, and from there he became a working actor in Hollywood.

Fans have plenty to be thankful for in regards to Larry’s discovery since he played a great variety of memorable characters. His first major motion picture credit was in 1979 alongside Clint Eastwood in “Escape From Alcatraz”, since when he has appeared in numerous comedic and dramatic roles in television.

Larry invested his first big pay check on a gamble for the production of “Solly’s Diner”, a short film which he wrote and directed, and also played the major role in. His gamble paid off, and the film was nominated for an academy award.

Larry has since appeared in over 150 films and shows, including the memorable character Mr Heckles in “Friends”, Monica and Ross’ downstairs neighbour. He also appeared in shows such as “Seinfeld”, “Star Trek Voyager”, “CSI”, and in most recent times, “Breaking Bad” and the Netflix original film “El Camino”. He also made an appearance in “Home Alone” as Officer Balzak.

Larry has recently taken to YouTube as a new medium, on which he uploads his own short films depicting the life of Emmet Deemus, in a couple of different settings. He has also written a book of satire and a few other publications. Apart from this, Larry also makes a life as a photographer and painter, selling most of his productions via his own dedicated website ‘The real Larry Hankin’.

Hobbies, favourite things and interesting facts

Not much has gone on record about Larry’s personal preferences.

Even his Facebook page remains vague on the details of his likes and dislikes, but in an interview on YouTube, Larry mentioned that he has ADHD disorder. He also mentioned that, like the character Emmet, Larry had been a motorcyclist for some time in his youth.


Larry’s romantic involvements in the past, as well as the present, has been kept secret, and is safely hidden from public knowledge. It is not known if he has ever married, neither is it known if he has any children. To date, it is suspected that Larry is single and has had few to no relationships.

Physical characteristics

  • Date of Birth: 31 August 1940
  • Hair colour: Grey
  • Eye colour: Brown
  • Height: 6ft 4ins (1.93m)
  • Weight: 147.7 lbs ( 67kgs)
  • Shoe Size: Unknown
  • Star Sign: Virgo
  • Nationality: American
  • Ethnicity: Caucasian

Net worth

As an actor, writer, producer and director, Larry has raked in an estimated net worth of over $400,000 as of 2020.

General Info

Full NameLarry Hankin
Date Of BirthAugust 31, 1940
Height1.93 m
ProfessionScreenwriter, Film producer, Film director, Actor, Film Editor
EducationSyracuse University


NominationsAcademy Award for Best Short Film (Live Action)
MoviesEscape from Alcatraz, Home Alone, Billy Madison, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Pain & Gain, Pretty Woman, Money Talks, She's Having a Baby, Annie, Running Scared, The Alphabet Killer, Vegas Vacation, The Star Chamber, Armed and Dangerous, Out on a Limb, Yours, Mine and Ours, Ratboy, Doctor Dracula...
TV ShowsClaude's Crib, The Music Scene, Free Country

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#Marks / Signs
1Deadpan Voice
2Slender Frame
3Dishevelled appearance


1Degree in Industrial Design at Syracuse University, New York.
2He began his career as an illustrator in the entertainment world.
3Is also a screenwriter, producer, director and singer.
4He has worked in more than 100 films.
5He played God in both Joan of Arcadia (2003) and The Last Hand (2010).
6In the season 4 Seinfeld episode, "The Pilot," he portrayed an actor playing a character based on Cosmo Kramer. In real life, Hankin auditioned for the role of Kramer and was series co-creator Larry David's first choice during casting, as he felt Hankin was most similar to his friend Kenny Kramer who the character was based on; however, Michael Richards was ultimately cast.
7Was considered for the role of Detective Vukovich in The Terminator (1984).
8Has played a homeless man in episodes of three different series: ER (1994), Malcolm in the Middle (2000) and Joan of Arcadia (2003).
9Was a member of the comedy improvisation groups Second City (Chicago) and The Committee (San Francisco).
10Studied acting at Syracuse University, Syracuse New York. In same class with Frank Langella and Carl Gottlieb.




Gridlock1980TV MovieSill
Solly's Diner1980ShortSometimes Jones
The Girl, the Gold Watch & Everything1980TV MovieRené
Die Laughing1980Bock
The Jerk1979Circus Hand (uncredited)
California Fever1979TV SeriesMiller
Benson1979TV SeriesElectrician
Escape from Alcatraz1979Charley Butts
Uncle Joe Shannon1978Sound Technician
Outside Chance1978TV MovieDeputy in Van
Laverne & Shirley1977-1978TV SeriesBiff / Tall Dancer
Coming Attractions19782nd Veteran
Free Country1978TV Series
American Hot Wax1978Diamond's Manager
Doctor Dracula1978Wainwright
The Plant Family1978TV MovieArt - Ava's husband
China de Sade1977Agent (as Lance Hunt)
Lou Grant1977TV SeriesHalsey / Cab Driver
Steelyard Blues1973Bill the Garbage Truck Driver
Thumb Tripping1972Simp
Evil Roy Slade1972TV MovieSnake
The Phynx1970Philbaby
Viva Max1969Romero
How Sweet It Is!19681st Policeman
Yours, Mine and Ours1968Supermarket Clerk / Harry
Sheriff Who1967TV MovieSnake Larson
Hey, Landlord1966-1967TV SeriesBeast / Bernie the Bug Man / Arnold
That Girl1966TV SeriesGus
The Homeless Detective-12016TV Movie completedEmmett Sagittarius Deemus
Bill Plympton Presents: Magnum FarceannouncedMayor Culpa - Cookie (voice)
Red Team Gopost-productionThe Homeless Guy
Emmett in Peopleland2016ShortEmmett Deemus
Bad Internet2016TV SeriesMr. Heckles / The Rock
The Homeless Detective2015TV MovieEmmett Deemus
Adam Ruins Everything2015TV SeriesLarry
The Parting Shot2015ShortAaron
The Mourning2015Dad
How to Grow Your Own2015Buzzy
You'll Be Fine2014TV SeriesSam Smothers
Elwood2014ShortSammy the Sausage
Nobuddies2013ShortLarry the Dealer
Vegas2013TV SeriesVictor Ferris
Random Acts2013TV SeriesDoughnut Man
Pain & Gain2013Pastor Randy
Dwelling2013TV SeriesAbe
Baby Mentalist2013TV Series shortChief Bernard Briggs
Sometimes Jones & The Magic Credit Card2012Video short voice
CollegeHumor Originals2012TV SeriesGandalf
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation2007-2012TV SeriesOld Stoner Dude / Zapata Childs
Breaking Bad2010-2012TV SeriesOld Joe
Svetlana2011TV Series
The Last Hand2010-2011TV SeriesLenny (God)
The Adventures of Barry Baz2011TV MovieJoe the Bum
Cover Me2010Video shortCop #3
The IT Chicks2010TV SeriesFrank
The Outlaw Emmett Deemus & Willy Jones2009ShortEmmett Deemus
The Outlaw Emmett Deemus and the Porno Queen2008ShortEmmett Deemus
The Alphabet Killer2008Perry
Reach for Me2008Elliot
The Outlaw Emmett Deemus2008ShortEmmett Deemus
Saving Grace2007TV SeriesCrusty
Nobel Son2007Dr. Polaczek
The Sarah Silverman Program.2007TV SeriesMister Johnson
My Silent Sadness2007ShortFrederyk Baczynski
My Uncle Emmett2006Video short
My Name Is Earl2006TV SeriesTom
Wanted2005TV SeriesSex Shop Owner
Joan of Arcadia2003-2005TV SeriesHomeless Man God
The Entertainment Weekly Guide: Guilty Pleasures2005TV Movie
Early Bird2005TV MovieLenny
The Wager2004Type-Writer
Monk2004TV SeriesBearded Man
Highway to Oblivion2003TV MovieSid
Malcolm in the Middle2003TV SeriesLuther
Knee High P.I.2003TV MovieFudgie
Nobody Knows Anything!2003Blind Man
Hard Ground2003TV MovieToothless
Gacy2003VideoEddie Bloom
MDs2002TV SeriesMr. Orloff
ER2002TV SeriesBearded Homeless Guy
Walker, Texas Ranger2001TV SeriesDoc
The Independent2000William Henry Ellis
Shasta McNasty2000TV SeriesVorheves
Enemy Action1999Yuri
Martial Law1999TV SeriesFather Bosley
Payne1999TV SeriesDelivery Man
Party of Five1998TV SeriesCorkery
The Tony Danza Show1997TV SeriesGary
Money Talks1997Roland
Weird Science1997TV SeriesManfiedy / Mr. Renfro
Claude's Crib1997TV SeriesAl
Vegas Vacation1997Preacher
A Delicatessen Story1996ShortMr. Hankin
Friends1994-1996TV SeriesMr. Heckles
Home Improvement1996TV SeriesLarry
Ellen1996TV SeriesLarry
Courthouse1995TV SeriesMr. Jones
Star Trek: Voyager1995TV SeriesGaunt Gary
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman1995TV SeriesDr. Martin Solsvig
Billy Madison1995Carl Alphonse
Prehysteria! 21994VideoKetchum
The George Carlin Show1994TV SeriesKenny
It's Pat1994Postal Supervisor
The Shadow1994Taxi Driver
Step by Step1994TV SeriesAbe Lincoln
Married with Children1994TV SeriesMary
Mad About You1993TV SeriesBob the Security Guard
Johnny Bago1993TV SeriesLion Tamer
Seinfeld1993TV SeriesTom Pepper (Kramer)
Picket Fences1993TV SeriesBernie Thompson
T Bone N Weasel1992TV MovieRev. Gluck
Out on a Limb1992Officer Darren
Deuce Coupe1992Slick Lowry
Star Trek: The Next Generation1992TV SeriesWind Dancer
I-Witness1991TV MovieMike
L.A. Law1991TV SeriesLyle Kendrick
K-91991TV Movie
Black Magic Woman1991Hank Watfield
Dark Romances Vol. 11990VideoDrunk
1st & Ten: The Championship1990TV SeriesJim Marsh
Home Alone1990Officer Balzak
Death Warrant1990Mayerson
Dragnet1990TV SeriesMedical Examiner / Doctor Kristo / Lab Attendant
Shannon's Deal1990TV Series
Pretty Woman1990Landlord
Matlock1989TV SeriesClayton Hood
Chicken Soup1989TV SeriesErnie Foran
Tales from the Crypt1989TV SeriesMortician
Guns of Paradise1988TV SeriesZak
Mr. Belvedere1988TV SeriesVinnie
Nightfall1988Desert King
She's Having a Baby1988Hank
The Loner1988TV MovieAbner Gibson
Jake and the Fatman1987TV SeriesHolly
Planes, Trains & Automobiles1987Doobie
Fatal Beauty1987Jerry Murphy
Amazon Women on the Moon1987Man in Pub (segment "Son of the Invisible Man")
Ratboy1986Robert Jewell
ALF1986TV SeriesAndrew Seminick, Burglar
Armed and Dangerous1986Kokolovitch
Running Scared1986Ace
Joe Bash1986TV SeriesStu
Newhart1986TV SeriesWild Mel
George Burns Comedy Week1985TV Series
Hunter1985TV SeriesJimmy Cracklin
Amazing Stories1985TV SeriesJubal
It's a Living1985TV SeriesJosep
Brothers1985TV SeriesBenedict
Faerie Tale Theatre1985TV SeriesMr. Bert Man
The Sure Thing1985Trucker
Code Name: Foxfire1985TV Series
Hill Street Blues1985TV SeriesEarl Schuester
Joanna1985TV MovieLittle Joe
An Uncommon Love1983TV MovieFreddie
Goodnight, Beantown1983TV SeriesArnold 'Tubby' Heller
The Star Chamber1983Det. Kenneth Wiggan
At Ease1983TV SeriesBig Boss
Love, Sidney1983TV SeriesDentist
The Sting II1983Handicap
Family Ties1982TV SeriesWalter
Annie1982Pound Man
Hart to Hart1982TV SeriesMeter Cop
Eight Is Enough1978-1981TV SeriesMax
Barney Miller1981TV SeriesEarl Kelso
WKRP in Cincinnati1980TV SeriesMickey Broadhead


The Homeless Detective-12016TV Movie writer completed
How To Become An Outlaw 12015Documentary writer completed
Emmett in Peopleland2016Short story / writer
The Homeless Detective2015TV Movie
Sometimes Jones & The Magic Credit Card2012Video short writer
The Outlaw Emmett Deemus & Willy Jones2009Short story
The Outlaw Emmett Deemus and the Porno Queen2008Short story and screenplay
The Outlaw Emmett Deemus2008Short writer
My Uncle Emmett2006Video short story
Revenge of the Ring Thing2004Video documentary short
Solly's Diner1980Short


The Homeless Detective-12016TV Movie co-producer completed
How To Become An Outlaw 12015Documentary producer completed
Emmett in Peopleland2016Short co-producer / producer
The Homeless Detective2015TV Movie producer
Sometimes Jones & The Magic Credit Card2012Video short producer
The Outlaw Emmett Deemus & Willy Jones2009Short co-producer
The Outlaw Emmett Deemus and the Porno Queen2008Short producer
The Outlaw Emmett Deemus2008Short executive producer / producer
My Uncle Emmett2006Video short producer
Revenge of the Ring Thing2004Video documentary short producer
Solly's Diner1980Short producer


How To Become An Outlaw 12015Documentary completed
How to Become an Outlaw2014
Sometimes Jones & The Magic Credit Card2012Video short
My Uncle Emmett2006Video short
Revenge of the Ring Thing2004Video documentary short
Solly's Diner1980Short


The Homeless Detective-12016TV Movie completed
The Outlaw Emmett Deemus and the Porno Queen2008Short
Revenge of the Ring Thing2004Video documentary short
Solly's Diner1980Short

Animation Department

Sometimes Jones & The Magic Credit Card2012Video short animator


Revenge of the Ring Thing2004Video documentary short


Since '45 - In the Extraordinary House of History2017Documentary filmingHimself
How To Become An Outlaw 12015Documentary completedEmmett Deemus
The Hollywood Review2015TV SeriesHimself - Host (2016)
Actors Reporter Interviews2013TV SeriesHimself
The Chris Gethard Show: Public Access2012TV SeriesHimself
Actors Entertainment2012TV SeriesHimself
Revenge of the Ring Thing2004Video documentary short
20: Entertainment Weekly's Best Holiday Movies2004TV Movie documentarySanta
Music Scene1969TV SeriesHimself - Host
Playboy After Dark1969TV SeriesHimself


Nominated Awards

2015LAIFF April AwardLos Angeles Independent Film Festival AwardsBest ActorThe Parting Shot (2015)
2014Gold PrizeWorld Series of ScreenwritingBest ScreenplayScreenplay: "The Outlaw Emmett Deemus"
1980OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Short Film, Live ActionSolly's Diner (1980)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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