“Forgotten Hollywood”- Loss of a Television Staple…

Posted on January 7, 2016 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here… One_day_at_a_time_schneider_1976

   Pat Harrington Jr. was an actor and comedian who in the 1950s received attention as a member of Steve Allen’s fabled television comic troupe, but secured lasting fame decades later as Dwayne Schneider, the handyman on the long-running One Day at a Time. The series from prolific producer Norman Lear was a hit, airing on CBS from 1975 to 1984. The role brought him an Emmy  in its final year of production. He also had a recurring part on the Danny Thomas sitcom, Make Room for Daddy.          PAT HARRINGTON JR.  —->

   Harrington Jr. was the son of a song-and-dance man who made his name in vaudeville and on Broadway. Following in his father’s footsteps, he pursued a career in entertainment. Steve Allen added his talent to the likes of Louis Nye, Don Knotts, and Tom Poston. Once Allen was replaced by Jack Paar on The Tonight Show, Harrington Jr. was included in memorable sketches.

   During the 1960s, Pat guest-starred on The Bing Crosby Show, Mr. NovakF TroopThe Man From U.N.C.L.E., McHale’s Navy, Love American Style, and The Love Boat. After his success on One Day at a Time, he was invited to appear on Curb Your Enthusiasm, Murder She WroteThe King of Queens, and Hot in Cleveland. He also had small roles in films, including Easy Come Easy Go starring Elvis Presley, and The Candidate with Robert Redford. Harrington Jr. was additionally a voice actor for various cartoons.

   Pat Harrington Jr. was 85.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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