Schreiber (left) with Jack Burns in 1966
Avery Lawrence Schreiber|
April 9, 1935
Chicago, Illinois, United States
January 7, 2002 (aged 66)|
Los Angeles, California, United States
|Cause of death||Heart attack|
Rochelle Issacs (m. 1962)
Avery Lawrence Schreiber (April 9, 1935 – January 7, 2002) was an American comedian and actor. He was a veteran of stage, television, and film. He came to prominence in the 1960s in a comedy duo with Jack Burns, then went on to an array of acting parts mostly on television sitcoms and a series of advertisements for Doritos tortilla chips.
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 series.
Schreiber is remembered for his many Doritos ads in the 1970s, as well as his appearances on classic television series. 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.
In the summer of 1973, he co-hosted the ABC comedy The Burns and Schreiber Comedy Hour.
Schreiber was a regular guest star on the situation comedy 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 theater, as well as teaching improvisational theater 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 resulting from complications 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. Schrieber was survived by his wife Rochelle and two children.
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 approval of Rochelle Isaacs Schreiber (Shelley), Avery's wife. It is located at 4934 Lankershim Blvd. in the NoHo Arts District.
|1999||Becker||Man Outside Reggie's Diner|
|1993-1995||Animaniacs||Beanie the Brain-Dead Bison|
|1992||Days of Our Lives||Leopold Alamain|
|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|
|1984||The Fall Guy||Truck Driver (Episode 4:1 - Losers Weepers)|
|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|
|1975||Chico and the Man||Gypsy (Episode 2:1 - Play Gypsy)
Fortune Teller (Episode 2:9 - Misfortuneteller)
|1974||The Harlem Globetrotters Popcorn Machine||Mr. Evil|
|1973||The Burns and Schreiber Comedy Hour|
|1970||The Doris Day Show|
|1969-1970||That Girl||Al Taylor|
|1969||Love, American Style||Season 1, Episode 7 - Love and the Advice-Givers|
|1965-1966||My Mother the Car||Captain Bernard Manzini|
|1964||"East Side/West Side||Truck Driver|
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- "Avery Schreiber Biography (1935-2002)". Film Reference. Retrieved 3 July 2016.
- McLellan, Dennis (January 9, 2002). "Avery Schreiber, 66; Jack Burns' Comedy Partner". Los Angeles Times.
- Hollandsworth, Skip (January 1996). "Lay's of Our Lives". Texas Monthly. ISSN 0148-7736.
- As an in-joke on an episode of The Fall Guy, Schreiber guest-starred as a truck driver eating Doritos!
- "The Burns and Schreiber Comedy Hour". TV.com. Retrieved 3 July 2016.
- Knolle, Sharon (15 June 2013). "NoHo's Avery Schreiber Theater Shutting Down After 10 Years". LAist. Archived from the original on 21 June 2013.