Richard Schaal

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Richard Schaal
Richard Schaal Phyllis 1976.jpg
Schaal in 1975.
Born Richard Schaal
(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
(m. 19??; div. 19??)
Valerie Harper
(m. 1964; div. 1978)

Tasha Brittain
(m. 1980; div. 1989)
Children Wendy Schaal

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


In 1962, Schaal joined Chicago's Second City, becoming skilled in sketch and improvisational comedy.[1] 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).[2] His earliest appearance with Mary Tyler Moore was in the 1966 Dick Van Dyke Show episode "Dear Sally Rogers" (billed as Dick Schaal).[3] 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.

Personal life[edit]

Schaal was born 5 May 1928 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Victor Cornelius Schaal (1896-1981), a machinist, and Margaret Schaal (née Margaret Semple Waddell, 1897-1983), a telephone operator.

Schaal was married three times, first to Lois Treacy, second to Valerie Harper, and third to Tasha Brittain.[4] With Treacy, he had one child, American voice actress Wendy Schaal and by Wendy, he had a grandson named Adam.

Schaal died 4 November 2014 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, aged 86. No cause of death was provided. He was buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles, California.[5][1]


Year Title Role Notes
1966 The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming Oscar Maxwell
1969 The Virgin President Hugh Mugababy
1969 The Cube The Man in the Cube
1972 Slaughterhouse-Five Howard W. Campbell Jr.
1973 Steelyard Blues Zoo Official Mel
1974 A Knife for the Ladies Ainalls
1979 Americathon Jerry
1980 The Hollywood Knights Nevans
1982 O'Hara's Wife Jerry Brad
1985 Once Bitten Mr. Kendall

Television credits[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1967 That Girl Lost & Found Man (as Dick Schall) Episode: "Gone with the Breeze"


  1. ^ a b Staff (November 6, 2014) "Richard Schaal dies at 86; character actor was a Second City pioneer", Los Angeles Times accessed November 7, 2014.
  2. ^ Richard Schaal on IMDb
  3. ^ The Dick Van Dyke Show, "Dear Sally Rogers" (1966): Full Cast & Crew
  4. ^ Northern Exposure: recurring characters,; accessed November 7, 2014.
  5. ^ Vitello, Paul (November 6, 2014). "Richard Schaal, Actor on TV and in Clubs, Dies at 86". The New York Times. Retrieved November 7, 2014.

External links[edit]