Schreiber (left) with Jack Burns, 1966.
|Born||Avery Lawrence Schreiber
April 9, 1935
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Died||January 7, 2002
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Rochelle Issacs (1962-2002; his death; 2 children)|
Life and career
Schreiber was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Minnie (née Shear) and George Schreiber. He started his career in Chicago at the Goodman Theatre. He joined The Second City and later teamed with Jack Burns to form the comedy team of Burns and Schreiber. They recorded several comedy albums and appeared on numerous television shows.
Schreiber is remembered for his many Frito-Lay® ads in the 1970s, as well as his appearances in classic television shows. He was easily recognizable for his trademark bushy moustache, curly hair, and comedic reactions. In 1965, Schreiber played the role of Captain Manzini on My Mother the Car.
Schreiber was a regular guest star on Chico and the Man. He was also a frequent guest on the game show Match Game and a guest in a first-season episode of The Muppet Show (written by former partner Jack Burns, whom he mentioned during a stand-up routine in the episode).
Avery continued to work in film, television and the Theater, as well as teach Improvisational Theater his technique up until the time of his death. He taught master classes at The Second City in Chicago and Los Angeles, and also taught out of his home.
In 1994, Schreiber suffered a heart attack, a complication of diabetes. Though he survived triple bypass surgery, he never fully recovered. He died of another heart attack on January 7, 2002 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He was residing in Los Angeles at the time of his death. He was cremated.
In 2003, the Avery Schreiber Theatre was founded in North Hollywood, California. In 2013 the Avery Schreiber Theatre changed its name to "The Avery Schreiber Playhouse" with the blessing of Shelly, Avery's wife. It is located at 4934 Lankershim Blvd in the NoHo Arts District. 
|1988||A Pup Named Scooby-Doo||Additional Voices|
|1987||Top Cat and the Beverly Hills Cats||Benny the ball|
|1985||The Pound Puppies||Tubbs|
|1984||Faerie Tale Theatre Pinocchio||Boatman|
|1979||The Dukes of Hazzard||Wendel (Episode 1:13 - Double Sting)|
|1978||The Love Boat||Marooned|
|1977||Sha Na Na|
|1976||The Rockford Files||Azie Boyajian|
|1976||The Muppet Show|
|1974||The Harlem Globetrotters Popcorn Machine||Mr. Evil|
|1973||The Burns and Schreiber Comedy Hour|
|1969||That Girl||Al Taylor|
|1965||My Mother the Car||Captain Bernard Manzini|
- "Avery Schreiber, 66, Doritos Funnyman". New York Times. January 9, 2002. Retrieved 2015-03-07.
The comedian Avery Schreiber, who with his partner Jack Burns was a fixture on television in the 1960's and 70's, died here Monday. He was 66 and died of a heart attack, said his wife, Rochelle Isaacs Schreiber. ...
- Avery Schreiber Biography (1935-2002)
- McLellan, Dennis (January 9, 2002). "Avery Schreiber, 66. Jack Burns' Comedy Partner.". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2008-04-26.
Avery and Schreiber began working as a team again in 1972, after getting together for a benefit in Los Angeles. In 1973, ABC gave them a summer variety series, "The Burns and Schreiber Comedy Hour."
- "Frito Lay North America". Gale Directory of Company Histories. Retrieved July 31, 2014.
The 'Crunch' campaign began in the early 1970s, and gained added impetus in 1976 when Avery Schreiber, a bushy-mustached character comedian, began crunching Doritos on national television.
- The Burns and Schreiber Comedy Hour - TV.com
- Comic Avery Schreiber DiesAssociated Press in the Sun Journal, Lewiston p.A8, 08 January 2002 via Google News Archive. Retrieved 2011-01-23.
- Avery Schreiber at the Internet Movie Database
- "Avery Schreiber". Find a Grave. Retrieved August 10, 2010.