Pat Harrington (1929 - 2016)
By: Legacy Staff
2 years ago
Pat Harrington Jr., the actor known for his role as building superintendent Schneider on the long-running TV sitcom One Day at a Time, died Jan. 6, according to a statement by his daughter. He was 86.
Harrington, who had been declining with Alzheimer's disease, took a fall in November and was hospitalized with a brain bleed. His death followed just weeks later.
Harrington played Dwayne Schneider on One Day at a Time for the series' entire nine-season run from 1975 to 1984. He was one of only three characters to remain with the show for all nine seasons, along with Valerie Bertinelli and the late Bonnie Franklin, who died in 2013.
As the building superintendent, Schneider was handy with a hammer and nails, but he fancied himself a ladies man and an advice guru, offering tips to the tenants. None was too keen on taking his advice, and his advances toward his female neighbors were rebuffed, too. Harrington played the character with funny smarminess, and his performance made him a star.
It also won him acclaim and awards. Harrington won a 1980 Golden Globe and a 1984 Emmy Award for his supporting performance. In addition to acting, Harrington also wrote a number of episodes for the sitcom.
Born Aug. 13, 1929, in New York, New York, Harrington was the son of actor Pat Harrington Sr., who was known for his work in vaudeville and on Broadway, as well as films including Stage Struck (1958). The young Harrington would follow in his father's footsteps, but first he served his country, joining the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War and rising to the rank of first lieutenant as an intelligence officer.
Harrington's postwar work focused on comedy, with a popular stint with Steve Allen's 1950s comedy troupe "Men on the Street," along with other future sitcom stars including Don Knotts and Tom Poston. He had recurring roles on TV shows including Make Room for Daddy (1953), Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law (1971) and The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (1964); on the latter show, he portrayed his popular character Guido Panzini.
Harrington was also a skilled voice actor who loaned his tones to a number of cartoons. His voice as the Inspector was the star of a Pink Panther-themed series of theatrical cartoons. Other notable voice work included Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels (1977), Yo Yogi! (1991) and Aaahh!! Real Monsters (1994).
Though he found more fame on television, Harrington made several movie appearances, including the Elvis Presley vehicle Easy Come, Easy Go (1967) and the live-action Disney film The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1969).
In later years, Harrington continued to make guest appearances on TV shows, most recently in a 2012 episode of Hot in Cleveland alongside his former co-star, Bertinelli.
Harrington was twice married. His marriage to Marjorie Ann Gortner ended in divorce, and his second wife, Sally Cleaver, survives him. He is also survived by four children, Tresa, Patrick, Michael and Terry.
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