Schreiber (left) with Jack Burns, 1966
|Born||Avery Lawrence Schreiber
April 9, 1935
Chicago, Illinois, United States
|Died||January 7, 2002
Los Angeles, California, United States
|Cause of death||Heart attack|
|Spouse(s)||Rochelle Issacs (m. 1962)|
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 Doritos 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, 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.
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 Rochelle Isaacs Schreiber (Shelley), Avery's wife. It is located at 4934 Lankershim Blvd in the NoHo Arts District.
|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|
|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|
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