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Richard Stahl

Highest Rated:   94% L.A. Story (1991)
Lowest Rated:   0% Under the Rainbow (1981)
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To younger generations, the slightly diminutive and balding American character actor Richard Stahl was probably best known as Howard Miller, the deadpan, stone-faced chef (and indifferent receptor of Marian Mercer's affections) on the long-running syndicated sitcom It's a Living. Stahl inherited the position from fellow supporting player Bert Remsen, and sustained it for four seasons, until the program wrapped in September 1989. But Stahl's visage graced a much broader spectrum of films and television shows than his behind-the-counter presence at the Above the Top restaurant -- and if viewers have trouble making a list, this is only a reflection on Stahl's ability to blend in successfully with fellow cast members and settings. Such is the essence of a gifted character player. Stahl made his first bow in 1966, as Steve Parsons on the "Dear Sally Rogers" episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show (its final season). He subsequently became a mainstay on the television airwaves, and his resumé reads like a laundry list of '70s and '80s hit prime time series, including but not limited to: That Girl, The Partridge Family, Love American Style, Bonanza, Columbo, All in the Family, Good Times, The Odd Couple, Maude, Happy Days, The Facts of Life, Murder, She Wrote, Hill Street Blues, and a handful of particularly memorable turns on Newhart. He reinforced his small-screen presence (and audience familiarity) with feature film appearances in such motion pictures as Five Easy Pieces (1970), High Anxiety (1977), The Flamingo Kid (1984), The American President (1995), and The Ghosts of Mississippi (1996). Stahl landed his last role with a bit part in Garry Marshall's 1999 flop, The Other Sister. He spent his final seven years in retirement, battling Parkinson's Disease, and eventually succumbed to the illness on June 18, 2006. Stahl was seventy-four.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
29% The Other Sister
  • Train Ticket Seller
1999
45% Ghosts of Mississippi
  • Judge Hendrick
1996
90% The American President
  • Rumson Staffer
1995
No Score Yet Hi Honey---I'm Dead
  • Jerry
1991
94% L.A. Story
  • Bank Executive
1991
44% Overboard
  • Hosptal Psychiatrist
1987
83% The Flamingo Kid
  • Charlie Cooper
1984
No Score Yet Private School
  • Mr. Flugel
1983
No Score Yet Tin Man
  • Tyson
1983
0% Under the Rainbow
  • Lester
1981
29% All Night Long
  • Pharmacist
1981
82% 9 to 5
  • Meade
1980
75% High Anxiety
  • Dr. Baxter
1977
No Score Yet Terminal Island
  • TV Anchorman
1973
No Score Yet Dirty Little Billy
  • Earl Lovitt
1972
No Score Yet Fuzz
  • Vagrant
1972
No Score Yet Beware! The Blob
  • Edward Fazio
1972
64% Billy Jack
  • Council Chairman
1971
No Score Yet Summertree
  • Man in Conservatory
1971
No Score Yet The Student Nurses
  • Dr. Warshaw
1970
87% Five Easy Pieces
  • Recording Engineer
1970

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Married...With Children
1987-1997
  • Shoemaker
  • 1994
No Score Yet Empty Nest
1988-1995
  • Slim Fred Fred Dietz
  • 1994
  • 1993
  • 1992
0% The Golden Girls
1985-1992
  • Don
  • 1991
No Score Yet It's a Living
1980-1989
  • Howard Miller
  • 1989
  • 1988
  • 1987
  • 1986
  • 1985
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
  • Rev. Matthews
  • 1986
No Score Yet Highway to Heaven
1984-1989
  • Guest
  • Mr. Fisk
  • 1985
No Score Yet Barney Miller
1975-1982
  • Lund
  • 1982
No Score Yet Laverne & Shirley
1976-1983
  • Clerk Chaplain Marshall Stewart
  • 1982
  • 1980
  • 1977
  • 1976
No Score Yet The Bob Newhart Show
1972-1978
  • Bellboy Mel
  • 1977
  • 1974
No Score Yet Happy Days
1974-1984
  • Actor
  • 1975
No Score Yet Good Times
1974-1979
  • Judge Daniels
  • 1974
No Score Yet All in the Family
1971-1979
  • Marshall Doctor
  • 1974
  • 1971
No Score Yet The Odd Couple
1970-1975
  • Florist Buck Cop Dr. Bates Minister Brother Ralph
  • 1974
  • 1972
  • 1971
No Score Yet The Partridge Family
1970-1974
  • Mr. Fenster Michelangelo Rezo
  • 1973
  • 1972
No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
  • Howard Fiber Snedaker
  • 1972
  • 1970
No Score Yet The Dick Van Dyke Show
1961-1966
  • Steve Parsons
  • 1966

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