Ivan Korolenko
Ivan Korolenko
Ivan Korelenko, as played by comedian/actor John Lykes in "World War III" in Season 2.
Vital statistics
Gender: Male
Nationality: Russian
Hair color: Bald
Related to: Yakov Korolenko (brother)
Sonya Korolenko (sister-in-law, mentioned only)
Appearances/Series information
Appeared on: Night Court
appeared in:
"World War III" in Season 2
Played by: John Lykes

Ivan Korolenko was a character who appeared the episode of Night Court, beginning titled "World War III" in Season 2. The part of Yakov was played by late actor John Lykes.

About Ivan

In the episode "World War III", Ivan, who's the brother of Russian immigrant now turned naturalized American citizen Yakov Korolenko, and who's travelling with a Russian circus troupe, seeks to defect from the USSR; when Yakov returns to visit Judge Harry and the gang at the courthouse, he catch up with them in the cafeteria, as Yakov tries to see if he could get Harry to pull some strings in order to secure the possibility of granting Ivan, who doesn't speak a word of English, political asylum in the U.S.. When Harry tells him that granting asylum doesn't fall within his jurisdiction, Mac gives Yakov a phone number to a friend of his who works at the U.S. Immigration Service.

All the time, in the cafeteria, a KGB agent, who is trying to prevent Ivan from defecting, is nearby, standing near the checkout counter; Ivan, Yakov, Harry and the others try to throw him off the trail of Ivan by laughing loud as if they're sharing a joke together as the agent also starts to laugh for no known reason!