Richard Schaal

Biography: Character actor Richard Schaal specialized in playing everymen with off-center, over-the-top or farcical personas. Born in 1925, Schaal first took his television bow in the early '60s, as a guest star on programs such as The Dick Van Dyke Show, That Girl, and The Doris Day Show. He also landed small roles in features including Carl Reiner's Cold War farce The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming! (1966) and George Roy Hill's nihilistic sci-fi saga Slaughterhouse-Five (1972). Fans of The Mary Tyler Moore Show may remember Schaal as Howard Arnell, the slightly goofy ex-boyfriend of Mary Richards (who irritates Mary from time to time by cropping up and engaging in eccentric behavior, such as proposing marriage to her over the loudspeakers at a gymnasium). Schaal also turned up on the two spin-offs of Mary Tyler Moore -- Rhoda and Phyllis; on the former, he played klutzy alcoholic Charlie Burke, while on the latter, he played the (comparatively more together) commercialCharacter actor Richard Schaal specialized in playing everymen with off-center, over-the-top or farcical personas. Born in 1925, Schaal first took his television bow in the early '60s, as a guest star on programs such as The Dick Van Dyke Show, That Girl, and The Doris Day Show. He also landed small roles in features including Carl Reiner's Cold War farce The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming! (1966) and George Roy Hill's nihilistic sci-fi saga Slaughterhouse-Five (1972). Fans of The Mary Tyler Moore Show may remember Schaal as Howard Arnell, the slightly goofy ex-boyfriend of Mary Richards (who irritates Mary from time to time by cropping up and engaging in eccentric behavior, such as proposing marriage to her over the loudspeakers at a gymnasium). Schaal also turned up on the two spin-offs of Mary Tyler Moore -- Rhoda and Phyllis; on the former, he played klutzy alcoholic Charlie Burke, while on the latter, he played the (comparatively more together) commercial photographer Leo Heatherton. Subsequent assignments for Schaal included small roles in the features Americathon (1979), The Hollywood Knights (1980), and Once Bitten (1985). He was married for a lengthy period to actress Valerie Harper (Rhoda) and is the father of actress Wendy Schaal (her mother is his first wife, Lois Treacy). Schaal retired from acting in the early 1990s, and passed away in 2014 at age 86. Expand

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Title: Year: Credit: User score:
tbd The Dukes of Hazzard: Season 3 Sep 16, 1980 Billy Ray tbd
tbd The Bob Newhart Show: Season 3 Sep 14, 1974 Don Fezler tbd
tbd The Rockford Files (1974): Season 1 Mar 27, 1974 Blair tbd
tbd The Bob Newhart Show: Season 2 Sep 15, 1973 Don Livingston tbd
tbd The Mary Tyler Moore Show: Season 4 Sep 15, 1973 Dino / Dino tbd
tbd The Bob Newhart Show: Season 1 Sep 17, 1972 Chuck Brock tbd
tbd The Mary Tyler Moore Show: Season 2 Sep 18, 1971 Howard Arnell / Howard tbd
tbd Love, American Style: Season 2 Sep 25, 1970 Writer tbd
tbd The Mary Tyler Moore Show: Season 1 Sep 19, 1970 Paul Arnell / Chuckles The Clown / Howard / Paul tbd