One of the stars of the 1960s comedy series “F Troop” paid a visit to his character’s home town for the first time. The AP reports that Larry Storch, who played Cpl. Agarn on the show, finally made it to Passaic, N.J., for the first time — 49 years after the show went off the air.
Storch gave Passaic plenty of publicity when the show was on the air, frequently making references to it.
Storch “was welcomed Tuesday to Passaic, where he received proclamations honoring his portrayal of Cpl. Randolph Agarn. It was the first time the 93-year-old had been to the city that Agarn called home,” the AP reports.
Storch was proclaimed by Mayor Alex Blanco to be an honorary Passaic resident, with Blanco telling the actor: “I think because of you, Passaic is mentioned all over the world.”
The AP report notes: “He chose Passaic for his character’s home town in the show, which aired from 1965 to 1967, because ‘it sounded tough,’ The Record newspaper reported. Storch grew up in New York and said he modeled Agarn’s character after a tough-talking kid from Brooklyn. But he thought Passaic sounded tougher, and he ad-libbed the name when someone on the set asked him where he was from.”