Thursday, January 07, 2016

Pat Harrington, TV's Schneider, Is Dead at 86

  His character was kinda the weakest part of "One Day at a Time," yet his giant ring of keys spawned a lifetime of jokes, so it was hard not to love him. One of the greatest moments of my life came when "Daily Show" co-creator Lizz Winstead told me I had a "Schneider thing going on" pointing at my upper lip a few years ago, a testament to the character's staying power. (I quietly grew my beard back.)  RIP to the useless super of all useless supers.


Read what his openly gay former co-star Glenn Scarpelli had to say about his passing HERE.


Anonymous said...

thanks for the link to the usa today story, the pictures brought back memories - r.i.p., pat.

macguffin Fifty four said...

Not to be a contrarian, but I don't feel he was the ewes eat part of the show. He was the surrogate father to Julie and Barbara, and later Alex when his father died he was funny (cheesy-funny, like the show itself in the early years), lovable and had great chemistry with the rest of the cast. The show would not have been what it was without Schneider, and I am not just saying that because he just passed away. He was vital to the makeup of the show (now airing on Antennae TV!)

Kenneth M. Walsh said...

Macguffin: You're totally right. I guess I meant it in more of a Kramer way -- he kinda had his schtick that made him a little two-dimensional compared with the others. Haven't re-watched in years, maybe I'm misremembering.

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