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William Schallert

Highest Rated:   100% Hour of the Gun (1967)
Lowest Rated:   21% House Party 2 (1991)
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Birthplace:   Los Angeles, California, USA
The son of the Los Angeles Times' drama editor, William Schallert was, along with Sydney Chaplin, one of the co-founders of Hollywood's highly regarded Circle Theatre troupe. Sent to Great Britain on a Fulbright Fellowship to study British repertory theatre, Schallert guest-lectured at Oxford on several occasion before heading home. A character actor of almost intimidating versatility, Schallert began his long film and TV career in 1951. While he appeared in films of every variety, Schallert was most closely associated with the many doctors (mad or otherwise), lab technicians and scientific experts that he played in such science fiction endeavors as The Man From Planet X (1951), Gog (1954), Them! (1954) The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957) and The Monolith Monsters (1959). Director Joe Dante paid homage to Schallert's prolific horror-flick work by casting the actor in his Matinee, where he played yet another dabbler in Things Man Is Not Meant to Know in the film-within-a-film "Mant." Schallert's hundreds television credits could fill a book in themselves; the Nickelodeon cable network once tried to put together a montage of the actor's guest star appearances, touching only the tip of the iceberg. He was a regular on such series as Dobie Gillis (as literature teacher Mr. Pomfrit, who always dismissed his class as though announcing the beginning of the Indy 500), Get Smart (as a senile 97-year-old Navy admiral), The Nancy Drew Mysteries (as Nancy's attorney father) The New Gidget (as Gidget's professor father) The Nancy Walker Show, Little Women and Santa Barbara. His most famous TV role was as Patty Lane's ever-patient newspaper-editor dad on The Patty Duke Show, which ran from 1963 through 1966; over twenty years later, Mr. Schallert and Ms. Duke were touchingly reunited--again as father and daughter--on an episode of The Torkelsons (1991-92). William Schallert once served as president of the Screen Actors' Guild, a position later held...by Patty Duke. Shallert continued acting until the early 2010s; he died in 2016, at age 93.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
50% Green Lantern: First Flight
  • Appa Ali Apsa
2009
67% Edgar G. Ulmer: The Man Off-Screen
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Shield for Murder
  • Assistant District Attorney
2003
No Score Yet Harvey
  • Judge Gaffney
1999
No Score Yet The Patty Duke Show: Still Rockin' in Brooklyn Heights
  • Martin Lane
1999
No Score Yet The Second Civil War
  • Secretary of Defense
1997
No Score Yet Tunnel Vision (Tunnelvision)
  • Francis X. Cody
1995
93% Matinee
  • Doctor
1992
21% House Party 2
  • Dean Kramer
1991
No Score Yet Mrs. Lambert Remembers Love
  • Sheriff
1991
No Score Yet Held Hostage: The Sis and Jerry Levin Story
  • Landrum Bolling
1991
No Score Yet The Incident
  • Wallace
1990
No Score Yet Stableboy's Christmas
  • Innkeeper
1990
81% Innerspace
  • Dr. Greenbush
1987
No Score Yet Under the Influence
  • Cade
1986
62% Teachers
  • Horn
1984
No Score Yet Amazons
  • Congressman Stanford Barstow
1984
65% Twilight Zone---The Movie
  • Father
1983
No Score Yet Through Naked Eyes
  • William's Father
1983
No Score Yet Grace Kelly
  • Actor
1983
No Score Yet Hangar 18
  • Mills
1980
No Score Yet Doomsday Chronicles
  • Actor
1979
No Score Yet Little Women
  • Jonathan March
1978
No Score Yet Ike: The War Years
  • Actor
1978
No Score Yet The Strongest Man in the World
  • Quigley
1975
No Score Yet Death Sentence
  • Tanner
1974
86% Charley Varrick
  • Sheriff Bill Horton
1973
No Score Yet The Trial of the Catonsville Nine
  • Judge
1972
No Score Yet Man on a String
  • Actor
1971
88% Colossus: The Forbin Project
  • CIA Director Grauber
1970
No Score Yet Sam Whiskey
  • Mint Superintendent Perkins
1969
50% The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes
  • Prof. Quigley
1969
No Score Yet Speedway
  • Abel Esterlake
1968
83% Will Penny
  • Dr. Fraker
1968
100% Hour of the Gun
  • Herman Spicer
1967
95% In the Heat of the Night
  • Schubert
1967
90% Lonely are the Brave
  • Harry
1962
No Score Yet The Gallant Hours
  • Capt. Tom Lanphier
1960
No Score Yet Blue Denim
  • Vice President
1959
92% Pillow Talk
  • Hotel Clerk
1959
No Score Yet Day of the Outlaw
  • Preston
1959
80% Some Came Running
  • Al
1959
No Score Yet Cry Terror!
  • Henderson
1958
No Score Yet The Monolith Monsters
  • Weatherman
1958
100% The Tarnished Angels
  • Ted Baker
1958
No Score Yet The Story of Mankind
  • Earl of Warwick
1957
No Score Yet Man in the Shadow
  • Jim Shaney
1957
40% Band of Angels
  • Union Lieutenant
1957
81% Written on the Wind
  • Reporter
1957
90% The Incredible Shrinking Man
  • Dr. Arthur Bramson
1957
No Score Yet The Tattered Dress
  • Court Clerk
1957
No Score Yet Gunslinger
  • Scott Hood
1956
No Score Yet Raw Edge
  • Missionary
1956
88% Friendly Persuasion
  • Young Husband
1956
No Score Yet Black Tuesday
  • Collins
1955
No Score Yet An Annapolis Story
  • Tony's instructor
1955
No Score Yet Hell's Horizon
  • Actor
1955
No Score Yet Tobor the Great
  • Johnston
1954
100% Them!
  • Ambulance Attendant
1954
No Score Yet Gog
  • Engle
1954
25% The High and the Mighty
  • Dispatcher
1954
100% Riot in Cell Block 11
  • Reporter
1954
No Score Yet Sword of Venus
  • Valmont
1953
No Score Yet Torpedo Alley
  • Actor
1953
No Score Yet Flat Top
  • Longfellow
1952
No Score Yet Invasion U.S.A.
  • TV Newscaster
1952
No Score Yet Hoodlum Empire
  • Inquiry Clerk
1952
100% The Man from Planet X
  • Mears
1951
No Score Yet The People Against O'Hara
  • Intern
1951
No Score Yet The Reckless Moment
  • Lieutenant
1949
No Score Yet Many Loves Of Dobie Gillis
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
  • Mitchell Jennings
No Score Yet Star Trek
1966-1969
  • Baris
7% The Deep End
2010
  • Mr. Douglas
No Score Yet Desperate Housewives
2004-2012
  • Ken
No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie
1974-1984
  • Dean Russell Harmon Snell
No Score Yet Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
1993-1999
  • Varani
  • Appearing
No Score Yet Medium
2005-2011
  • J. Donald Kessinger
No Score Yet CHiPs
1977-1983
  • Rev. Warmer
The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • Policeman
25% Stephen King's Bag of Bones
2011
  • Max
70% True Blood
2008-2014
  • Mayor Norris

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