Schaal in 1975
May 5, 1928|
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Died||November 4, 2014
Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
(m. 19??; div. 19??)
(m. 1964; div. 1978)
(m. 1980; div. 1989)
In 1962, Schaal joined Chicago's Second City, becoming skilled in sketch and improvisational comedy. He was featured in a number of episodes of the 1970s sitcoms The Mary Tyler Moore Show (where he played no fewer than four different characters: Howard Arnell, his brother Paul, Chuckles the Clown and Dino), The Bob Newhart Show (as three characters: Don Fezler, Don Livingston and Chuck Brock), Rhoda (as Charlie Burke) and Phyllis (23 episodes as Leo Heatherton). His earliest appearance with Mary Tyler Moore was in the 1966 Dick Van Dyke Show episode "Dear Sally Rogers" (billed as Dick Schaal). In both The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Rhoda, the actor played alongside his then wife Valerie Harper. In 1983, he had a recurring role in Just Our Luck.
- The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming (1966)
- The Cube (1969)
- Slaughterhouse-Five (1972)
- The Hollywood Knights (1980)
- O'Hara's Wife (1982)
- Once Bitten (1985)
- Northern Exposure: recurring characters, comcast.net; accessed November 7, 2014.
- Staff (November 6, 2014) "Richard Schaal dies at 86; character actor was a Second City pioneer", Los Angeles Times accessed November 7, 2014.
- Richard Schaal on Internet Movie Database
- The Dick Van Dyke Show, "Dear Sally Rogers" (1966): Full Cast & Crew
- Vitello, Paul (November 6, 2014). "Richard Schaal, Actor on TV and in Clubs, Dies at 86". The New York Times. Retrieved November 7, 2014.
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