Richard Schaal

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Richard Schaal
Richard Schaal Phyllis 1976.jpg
Schaal in 1975
Born (1928-05-05)May 5, 1928
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Died November 4, 2014(2014-11-04) (aged 86)
Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1964-1990
Spouse(s) Lois Treacy (?-?) (divorced) (1 child)
Valerie Harper (1964-1978) (divorced)
Tasha Brittain (1980-1989) (divorced)
Children Wendy Schaal

Richard Schaal (/ˈʃɑːl/; May 5, 1928 – November 4, 2014) was an American film and television actor from Chicago, Illinois.

He was married to actress Valerie Harper from 1964 to 1978. His daughter is actress Wendy Schaal by his first marriage to Lois (née Treacy).[1]

In 1962, Schaal joined Chicago's Second City, becoming skilled in sketch and improvisational comedy.[2] He was featured in several 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).[3] His earliest appearance with Mary Tyler Moore was in the 1966 Dick Van Dyke Show episode "Dear Sally Rogers" (billed as Dick Schaal).[4] In both The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Rhoda, the actor played alongside his then wife Valerie Harper. Later (1983), he had a recurring role in Just Our Luck.

Schaal died on November 4, 2014, in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, aged 86. No cause of death was provided.[5][2]

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