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Richard Schaal

  • Highest Rated: 86% The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming (1966)
  • Lowest Rated: 17% The Hollywood Knights (1980)
  • Birthday: May 5, 1928
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Character actor Richard Schaal specialized in playing everymen with off-center, over-the-top or farcical personas. Born in 1925, Schaal first took his television bow in the early '60s, as a guest star on programs such as The Dick Van Dyke Show, That Girl, and The Doris Day Show. He also landed small roles in features including Carl Reiner's Cold War farce The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming! (1966) and George Roy Hill's nihilistic sci-fi saga Slaughterhouse-Five (1972). Fans of The Mary Tyler Moore Show may remember Schaal as Howard Arnell, the slightly goofy ex-boyfriend of Mary Richards (who irritates Mary from time to time by cropping up and engaging in eccentric behavior, such as proposing marriage to her over the loudspeakers at a gymnasium). Schaal also turned up on the two spin-offs of Mary Tyler Moore -- Rhoda and Phyllis; on the former, he played klutzy alcoholic Charlie Burke, while on the latter, he played the (comparatively more together) commercial photographer Leo Heatherton. Subsequent assignments for Schaal included small roles in the features Americathon (1979), The Hollywood Knights (1980), and Once Bitten (1985). He was married for a lengthy period to actress Valerie Harper (Rhoda) and is the father of actress Wendy Schaal (her mother is his first wife, Lois Treacy). Schaal retired from acting in the early 1990s, and passed away in 2014 at age 86.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

18% Once Bitten Mr.Kendall 1985
No Score Yet O'Hara's Wife Jerry Brad 1982
17% The Hollywood Knights Nevans 1980
No Score Yet Americathon Jerry 1979
No Score Yet Thursday's Game Bob 1974
60% Steelyard Blues Zoo Official 1973
77% Slaughterhouse-Five Campbell 1972
86% The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming Oscar Maxwell 1966

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Trapper John, M.D.
1979-1986
Dr. David Sandler Dr. Sandler
  • 1989
  • 1985
  • 1981
  • 1980
  • 1979
No Score Yet Dukes of Hazzard
1979-1985
Billy Ray
  • 1980
No Score Yet Phyllis
1975-1977
Leo Heatherton
  • 1976
  • 1975
No Score Yet Rhoda
1978
Charlie
  • 1975
  • 1974
No Score Yet The Rockford Files
1974-1980
Blair
  • 1974
No Score Yet The Bob Newhart Show
1972-1978
Don Livingston Chuck Brock Don Fezler
  • 1974
  • 1972
No Score Yet The Mary Tyler Moore Show
1970-1977
Howard Dino Paul Chuckles the Clown
  • 1974
  • 1971
  • 1970

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