Richard Schaal

Richard Schaal

Highest Rated: 86% The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming! (1966)

Lowest Rated: 14% The Hollywood Knights (1980)

Birthday: May 05, 1928

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA

Richard Schaal was a comedian who was a pioneer of Chicago's Second City school of improv. He appeared in a variety of TV comedies, such as "The Dick Van Dyke Show" (CBS 1961-66) and "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" (CBS 1970-77). Schaal was born in Chicago, Illinois on May 5th, 1928 to a machinist father and a telephone operator mother. His first occupation was in construction, but he soon turned to drama. He enrolled in The Second City, the pioneering improv comedy school founded by Bernard Sahlins, shortly after it opened in 1959. Schaal's comedy was less cerebral than many of his contemporaries, such as Mike Nichols and Elaine May; his talents were in the realm of physical comedy and miming. Schaal eventually moved to Los Angeles and appeared in a variety of TV shows; his most notable roles included TV entertainer Chuckles the Clown on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and the abrasive Charlie on its spin-off "Rhoda" (CBS 1974-78), which starred Schaal's second wife, Valerie Harper, whom he married in 1964. Schaal's daughter from a previous marriage, Wendy Schaal, went on to become an actress and voiceover artist. In addition to his small-screen work, Schaal appeared in the comedy war film "The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming" (1966), and George Roy Hill's adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut's "Slaughterhouse-Five" (1972). His last notable film role came in the horror comedy "Once Bitten" (1985), in which he played the father of the main character, a young man (played by a Canadian comic named Jim Carrey, in his first leading role) seduced by a comely vampire. Schaal continued to take on small TV roles until his retirement in 1990. He passed away in Woodland Hills, CA at age 86 on November 4, 2014.

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
14% 70% The Hollywood Knights Nevans (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet 35% Americathon Jerry (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Let's Switch Ross Daniels (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet 70% Thursday's Game Bob (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Nightmare George (Character) - 1974
60% 32% Steelyard Blues Zoo Official Mel (Character) - 1973
81% 68% Slaughterhouse Five Howard W. Campbell, Jr. (Character) - 1972
86% 74% The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming! Oscar Maxwell (Character) - 1966

TV

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67% No Score Yet Sydney Unknown (Guest Star) 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Almost Grown Dick Long (Character) 1988-1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Trapper John, M.D. Dr. David Sandler (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star)
1981-1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Just Our Luck Chuck (Character) 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet Nero Wolfe Unknown (Guest Star) 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet It's a Living Emmitt Allen (Guest Star) 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Dukes of Hazzard Billy Ray (Guest Star) 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet Police Woman Simmons (Guest Star) 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rhoda Unknown (Guest Star) 1974-1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Phyllis Leo Heatherton (Character) 1975-1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Harry O Unknown (Guest Star) 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rockford Files Leonard Blair (Guest Star) 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bob Newhart Show Don Livingston (Guest Star) 1974 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Mary Tyler Moore Show Dino (Guest Star) 1974 1970-1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Shaft Unknown (Guest Star) 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Partridge Family Michelangelo Rezo (Guest Star) 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Banacek Unknown (Guest Star) 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Doris Day Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet That Girl Unknown (Guest Star) 1970 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet I Dream of Jeannie Marvin Oglethorpe (Guest Star) 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Dick Van Dyke Show Stevie Parsons (Guest Star) 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet East Side/West Side Unknown (Guest Star) 1964

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