Richard Schaal

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Richard Schaal
Richard Schaal Phyllis 1976.jpg
Schaal in 1975
Born(1928-05-05)May 5, 1928
DiedNovember 4, 2014(2014-11-04) (aged 86)
Occupation Actor
Years active1964–2014
  • Lois Treacy
(m. 1964;div. 1978)
    Tasha Brittain
    (m. 1980;div. 1989)
Children Wendy Schaal

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



In 1962, Schaal joined Chicago's famed 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, actress Valerie Harper. In 1983, he had a recurring role in Just Our Luck .

Personal life

Schaal was born on May 5, 1928, in Chicago, 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 actress Valerie Harper, and third to Tasha Brittain. [4] With Treacy, he had one child, American actress Wendy Schaal.

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

Partial filmography


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


1966 The Dick Van Dyke Show Stevie Parsons (as Dick Schall)Episode: "Dear Sally Rogers"
1967 That Girl Lost & Found Man (as Dick Schall)Episode: "Gone with the Breeze"
1969 I Dream of Jeannie Marvin Oglethorpe (as Dick Schaal)
1970 The Mary Tyler Moore Show Chuckles the Clown
1973 The Partridge Family Michaelangelo RezoEpisode: "Me and My Shadow"
1974 The Rockford Files Leonard BlairEp: "Caledonia,It's Worth a Fortune!"
19751976 Phyllis Leo Heatherton23 episodes
1983 Just Our Luck Chuck13 episodes
19881989 Almost Grown Dick Long13 episodes

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  2. Richard Schaal at IMDb
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