Los Angeles native William Schallert became interested in acting in 1942 while a student at UCLA. He came by it naturally, as his father, Edwin Schallert, was the drama editor for the Los Angeles Times. After college Bill, along with Sydney Chaplin, founded the critically acclaimed Circle Theater troupe. Schallert, a versatile character actor, has appeared in numerous films and television shows. In the 1950s he appeared in a run of science fiction films, but continued to make a variety of films into the 1990s. TV viewers know him best as high school teacher Mr. Pomfret in The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, and as Martin Lane, Patty’s father in The Patty Duke Show.
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