Eddie Applegate

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Eddie Applegate
Born Edward Robert Applegate
(1935-10-04)October 4, 1935
Wyncote, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died October 17, 2016(2016-10-17) (aged 81)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor, painter
Years active 1963–2013
Spouse(s) Tanya Maniatty (1967-1986, divorce)
Betty Jenkins
Children 3

Edward Robert "Eddie" Applegate (October 4, 1935 – October 17, 2016) was an American television actor, best known for his work in the 1960s, most notably in the role of Richard Harrison, the boyfriend of Patty Lane on The Patty Duke Show.[1]

Early life[edit]

Applegate was born in Wyncote, Pennsylvania.[2]


Applegate's career began at the Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, Pennsylvania.[2] He was active in stock theater, particularly on the East Coast, for more than eight seasons in both winter and summer. He also had the role of Hugo Peabody in the national touring production of Bye Bye Birdie.[3]


Applegate's film debut was in A Ticklish Affair (1963).[4]


Applegate appeared as Richard Harrison on 70 episodes (Another source says "88 of the ABC sitcom's 104 episodes".)[5] of the Patty Duke Show, which was broadcast on ABC from 1963-66.[6] He also played Bob Mooney in The Lucy Show[6]:634 and Willie Maxwell, a reporter, on Nancy.[6]:741 In the 1960s, he appeared as single episode characters in a number of other popular television shows, including Daktari, and Gunsmoke.[5]

Recent work[edit]

In 1999, Applegate reprised the role of Richard Harrison in a reunion, The Patty Duke Show: Still Rockin' in Brooklyn Heights. In this show, he appeared as the ex-husband of Patty Lane. Also in 1999, Applegate was featured on an episode of E! Entertainment Television's Celebrity Profile, a show which tries the answer the "whatever happened to..." question about relatively well-known entertainment personalities of the past. In the 2000s (decade), Applegate has also appeared occasionally in minor movie roles, such as Exorcism (2003) and Welcome to September (2005).[1]

In 2009, Applegate appeared as Henry in the indie thriller Rain From Stars, written by Stephen Wallis and released in the United States in 2013.[5]


After his television career faded, Applegate became more involved with painting, a hobby that he had previously taken up in order to relax when he was working regularly on television shows. He describes himself as a "Realist to Impressionist painter".[7]

Personal life and death[edit]

In 1967, Applegate married Tanya Maniatty. They had three children and divorced in 1986.[2]

Applegate lived in Chatsworth, California with his wife Betty. He was an active member of the San Fernando Valley Art Club, serving as Vice President. He died on October 17, 2016 at a nursing home in Los Angeles after a long illness.[8][9] He is survived by his children, Heather, Michael and John, and a large extended family.[9]

Applegate's death was the third in the main cast of The Patty Duke Show in 2016, following Patty Duke (Mar. 29) and William Schallert (May 8) earlier that year.


  1. ^ a b Eddie Applegate on IMDb
  2. ^ a b c Wagner, Laura (January 2017). "Eddie Applegate". Classic Images (499): 40.
  3. ^ "Eddie Applegate Top Teen Catch of Sweet Apple, U.S.A." The San Bernardino County Sun. California, San Bernardino. February 13, 1963. p. 18. Retrieved December 27, 2016 – via Newspapers.com. open access publication – free to read
  4. ^ Pylant, James (2014). In Morticia's Shadow: The Life & Career of Carolyn Jones. BookBaby. ISBN 9780984185788. Retrieved 27 December 2016.
  5. ^ a b c Barnes, Mike (October 18, 2016). "Eddie Applegate, Actor on 'The Patty Duke Show,' Dies at 81". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 28 December 2016.
  6. ^ a b c Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7. P. 817.
  7. ^ Eddie Applegate Paintings Archived 2009-03-24 at the Wayback Machine., edapplegate.com; accessed October 18, 2016.
  8. ^ "Eddie Applegate, Actor on 'The Patty Duke Show,' Dies at 81". Yahoo.com. 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2016-10-19.
  9. ^ a b "Eddie Applegate Dead: 'Patty Duke Show' Actor Was 81". The Hollywood Reporter. 1969-12-31. Retrieved 2016-10-19.

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