Ronald Ralph Schell
December 23, 1931
Ronald Ralph Schell (born December 23, 1931) is an American actor and stand-up comedian. He appeared on the May 28, 1959, episode of the TV quiz You Bet Your Life, hosted by Groucho Marx. Schell demonstrated a comic barrage of beatnik jive talk. As a stand-up comedian, he first developed his act at the hungry i nightclub in San Francisco, California. Schell is probably best known for his 1960s television role as Duke Slater in Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.
Schell was born in Richmond, California, on December 23, 1931. Upon graduation from high school, he served four years in the United States Air Force, where he became an airman first class.
In his role as Duke Slater on Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., Schell's character was cast for three seasons as a Marine private and best friend of Gomer Pyle. Schell left for a season to star as a disc jockey in his own sitcom, Good Morning World. He then returned to Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. as a corporal for its fifth and final season. Schell played Duke Slater as an urban, streetwise character, compared to Pyle's rural, bucolic character, as portrayed by Jim Nabors. Returning as a corporal, Slater acted more as a mediator between Pyle and Sgt. Carter, portrayed by Frank Sutton, than as a buddy to Pyle.
Schell lent his voice to "Jason" on the animated series Battle of the Planets and co-starred as "Mr. Brown" on The Mouseketeers at Walt Disney World.
His other television guest credits include The Andy Griffith Show, The Patty Duke Show, Phil of the Future, Yes, Dear, The Wayans Bros., Step by Step, Coach, The Golden Girls, 227, Saved by the Bell, Empty Nest, Mr. Belvedere, Santa Barbara, Trapper John, M.D., Too Close for Comfort, The Brian Keith Show, The New Temperatures Rising Show, The Love Boat, Love, American Style, Alice, Mork & Mindy, One Day at a Time, Charlie's Angels, The Dukes of Hazzard, Sanford and Son, Emergency!, Happy Days, Adam-12, The New Dick Van Dyke Show, That Girl, Black Sheep Squadron, and Jessie.
Schell's gradual ascendency into the public's attention earned him the title "America's Slowest Rising Comedian".
Schell also acted in a few Pacific Southwest Airlines (PSA) commercials such as "Smile Inspection" and "PSA Gives You A Lift Pageant". At the end of a Jerry Lewis PSA jingle, a voice said "That was Jerry Lewis for PSA, and this is Ronnie Schell. What did I do wrong?" Schell was the voice for the hockey puck-shaped character on the Peter Puck cartoons, which aired during televised National Hockey League games in the 1970s. From the mid to late 1980s, Schell appeared in numerous television commercials for Shakey's Pizza.
In 2007, Schell was part of a touring cabaret show titled, 5 Star Revue with Gary Collins, Mary Ann Mobley, Ruta Lee, and Steve Rossi. He starred in the 2009 off-Broadway production of Don't Leave it All to Your Children!, a comedic and musical revue dedicated to aging baby boomers.
Schell was the comedy advisor to Richard Dreyfuss in the 2019 Netflix film The Last Laugh.
He married Janet Rodeberg in 1968; they have two children, Greg and Chris Schell.
|1975||The Strongest Man in the World||Referee|
|1976||The Shaggy D.A.||TV Director|
|1978||The Cat from Outer Space||Jake (voice) / Sgt. Duffy|
|1979||Love at First Bite||Guy in Elevator|
|1980||How to Beat the High Cost of Living||Bill Pike|
|1981||The Devil and Max Devlin||Greg Weems|
|1986||The Check Is in the Mail...||Dr. Brannigan|
|1987||Dutch Treat||Lou Winters|
|1987||Ultraman: The Adventure Begins||Samson (voice)||Credited as Ronald Schell|
|1990||Jetsons: The Movie||Rudy 2 (voice)|
|1991||Rover Dangerfield||Eddie (voice)|
|1993||Dorf Goes Fishing||DIP Host||Direct-to-video|
|1994||Revenge of the Red Baron||Lou|
|1997||The Good Bad Guy||Chief Harrison|
|1997||Venus Envy||Simon Sayes|
|2000||Family Jewels||Bill Taller|
|2000||The View from the Swing||Man in Diner|
|2001||Recess Christmas: Miracle on Third Street||Mayor Fitzhugh (voice)||Direct-to-video|
|2002||The Biggest Fan||Mr. Wastedberg|
|2006||Pennies||Mr. Tinker||Short film|
|2017||The Candle||Grandpa Joe||Short film|
|1964-1969||Gomer Pyle: USMC||Duke Slater||Main cast, 92 episodes|
|1967-1968||Good Morning World||Larry Clarke||Main cast, 26 episodes|
|1973||Butch Cassidy||Additional voices||13 episodes|
|1973||Goober and the Ghost Chasers||Gilly (voice)||16 episodes|
|1973||Peter Puck||Peter Puck (voice)||9 episodes|
|1973-1974||Wait Till Your Father Gets Home||Additional voices||3 episodes|
|1976||Sanford and Son||Mr. Wilkens||Episode: "Committee Man"|
|1977||The Skatebirds||Additional voices||16 episodes|
|1977||The Wonderful World of Disney||Mr. Brown||Episode: "The Mouseketeers at Walt Disney World"|
|1977–1978||Fred Flintstone and Friends||Gilly (voice)||95 episodes (Goober and the Ghost Chasers segments)|
|1977-1980||Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels||Additional voices||39 episodes|
|1978||Battle of the Planets||Jason / Additional voices||85 episodes|
|1978||Yogi's Space Race||Additional voices||13 episodes|
|1979||Casper and the Angels||Additional voices||Episode: "Love at First Fright/Saving Grace in Outer Space"|
|1982||Jokebook||Additional voices||3 episodes|
|1982-1983||Meatballs & Spaghetti||Additional voices||25 episodes|
|1982-1983||Shirt Tales||Rick Raccoon (voice)||Main Character, 23 episodes|
|1982-1988||The Smurfs||Pushover Smurf / Reporter Smurf / Additional voices||8 episodes|
|1985||Snorks||Additional voices||Episode: "Snorkitis is Nothing to Sneeze At/The Whole Toot and Nothing But"|
|1986||Pound Puppies||Buster / Mr. Hubert (voices)||Episodes: "From Wags to Riches and Happy and Howlidays"|
|1986-1988||The Flintstone Kids||Yuckster (voice)||4 episodes|
|1987||Scooby-Doo Meets the Boo Brothers||Freako / Demonstrator Ghost (voices)||Television movie|
|1987||DuckTales||Additional voices||Episode: "The Right Duck"|
|1988||Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School||Colonel Calloway (voice)||Television movie|
|1988-1989||Fantastic Max||Additional voices||3 episodes|
|1988||Mr. Belvedere||Contest Judge||Episode: "Marsha's Secret"|
|1989||A Pup Named Scooby-Doo||Additional voices||8 episodes|
|1989||Saved by the Bell||Principal Elliot Stingwell||Episode: "Save That Tiger"|
|1990||The Golden Girls||Thomas||Episode: "Triple Play"|
|1990||Midnight Patrol: Adventures in the Dream Zone||Additional voices||13 episodes|
|1991||Out of This World||Pinky Starr||Episode: "Mayor Evie"|
|1991||Yo Yogi!||Calvin Klunk (voice)||9 episodes|
|1992||The Legend of Prince Valiant||Master Fezzick (voice)||Episodes: "The Road Back" and "The Fist of Iron"|
|1992||Tom & Jerry Kids Show||Additional voices||Episode: "Penthouse Mouse/12 Angry Sheep/The Ant Attack"|
|1992||Rugrats||Fish / Clerk (voices)||Credited as Ronald Schell|
Episode: "Visitors from Outer Space/The Case of the Missing Rugrat"
|1992||Duckman||Eric Duckman (voice)||Pilot only|
|1993||I Yabba-Dabba Do!||Additional voices||Television movie|
|1993||Droopy, Master Detective||Additional voices||13 episodes|
|1993||Hollyrock-a-Bye Baby||Additional voices||Television movie|
|1995-1996||Coach||Dr. Howard / Customer||Episodes: "Turtle World" and "Grimmworld"|
|1997||What a Cartoon!||Mel (voice)||Episode: "Strange Things"|
|1997-1999||Recess||Mayor Fitzhugh (voice)||3 episodes|
|2002||What's New, Scooby-Doo?||Additional voices||Episode: "Space Ape at the Cape"|
|2004||Yes, Dear||Cliff Marshall||Episode: "Dead Aunt, Dead Aunt"|
|2004||Phil of the Future||75-Year-Old Phil||Episode: "Age Before Beauty"|
|2004-2007||The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy||Real Estate Agent / Toadblatt (voices)||Episodes: Nigel Planter and the Order of the Peanuts and the Incredible Shrinking Mandy|
|2004||Megas XLR||Mac (voice)||Episodes: "Bad Guy" and "S-Force S.O.S."|
|2008||Easy to Assemble||Ronnie Schell||Episodes: "Actors Anonymous" and "Gotcha!"|
|2011||Jessie||Ranger Bill||Episode: "Zuri's New Old Friend"|
|2012||Retired at 35||Sal||Episode: "Poker Face"|
|2014-2015||You'll Be Fine||Harry||3 episodes|
|2017||Heaven's Waiting Room||Vic||Unknown episodes|
|2018||Kaplan's Corner||Ronnie||Episode: "Marvin's Ghost"|
- ^ Presenter: Groucho Marx (April 21, 2014). "You Bet Your Life #58-36 Creators of Honey West (Secret word 'Table', May 28, 1959)". You Bet Your Life. Retrieved July 4, 2017 – via YouTube.
- ^ Stack, Peter (March 1, 2001). "Comedy Veterans Reunite / Annual gig recalls North Beach days". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved September 7, 2022.
- ^ Nolte, Carl. "The impresario of North Beach". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved September 7, 2022.
- ^ Elwood, Philip (February 16, 1996). "Acres of backyard diamonds". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved September 7, 2022.
- ^ "Commercials". PSA. Retrieved September 7, 2022.
- ^ Gans, Andrew (April 8, 2009). "Minkus, Rodd, Schell, Rossi Cast in Off-Broadway Revue, Don't Leave It All to Your Children!". Playbill. Retrieved September 7, 2022.
- Ronnie Schell at IMDb
- Ronnie Schell at the TCM Movie Database
- Ronnie Schell - Kliph Nesteroff interview
- Appearance on You Bet Your Life
- 1931 births
- Living people
- American male film actors
- American male television actors
- American male voice actors
- American stand-up comedians
- Comedians from California
- Male actors from California
- National Hockey League broadcasters
- People from Richmond, California
- San Francisco State University alumni
- United States Air Force airmen
- 20th-century American comedians
- 21st-century American comedians
- 20th-century American male actors
- 21st-century American male actors