Richard Schaal

Richard "Dick" Schaal (/ˈʃɑːl/; May 5, 1928 – November 4, 2014) was an American film and television actor.

Richard Schaal
Schaal in 1975
Born(1928-05-05)May 5, 1928
DiedNovember 4, 2014(2014-11-04) (aged 86)
Years active1964–2014
  • Lois Treacy
  • Valerie Harper
    (m. 1964; div. 1978)
  • Tasha Brittain
    (m. 1980; div. 1989)
ChildrenWendy Schaal


In 1962, Schaal joined Chicago's Second City, becoming skilled in sketch and improvisational comedy.[1] He was featured in a number of episodes of the 1970s sitcoms The Mary Tyler Moore Show (where he played no fewer than four different characters: Howard Arnell, his brother Paul, Chuckles the Clown and Dino), The Bob Newhart Show (as three characters: Don Fezler, Don Livingston and Chuck Brock), Rhoda (as Charlie Burke) and Phyllis (23 episodes as Leo Heatherton).[2] His earliest appearance with Mary Tyler Moore was in the 1966 Dick Van Dyke Show episode "Dear Sally Rogers" (billed as Dick Schaal).[3] In both The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Rhoda, the actor played alongside his then wife Valerie Harper. In 1983, he had a recurring role in Just Our Luck.

Personal life

Schaal was born May 5, 1928 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Victor Cornelius Schaal (1896-1981), a machinist, and Margaret Schaal (née Margaret Semple Waddell; 1897-1983), a telephone operator.

Schaal was married three times, first to Lois Treacy, second to Valerie Harper, and third to Tasha Brittain.[4] With Treacy, he had one child, American voice actress Wendy Schaal and by Wendy, he had 1 grandson named Adam Victor.

Schaal died November 4, 2014 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, aged 86. No cause of death was provided. He was buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles, California.[5][1]

Partial filmography


Year Title Role Notes
1966The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are ComingOscar Maxwell
1969The Virgin PresidentHugh Mugababy
1969The CubeThe Man in the Cube
1972Slaughterhouse-FiveHoward W. Campbell Jr.
1973Steelyard BluesZoo Official Mel
1974A Knife for the LadiesAinalls
1980The Hollywood KnightsNevans
1982O'Hara's WifeJerry Brad
1985Once BittenMr. Kendall


1970 The Mary Tyler Moore Show Chuckles the Clown
1973 ‘’The Partridge Family’’ Michaelangelo Rezo Episode: “Me and My Shadow”
1966 Dick Van Dyke Show Stevie Parsons (as Dick Schall) Episode: "Dear Sally Rogers"
1967 That Girl Lost & Found Man (as Dick Schall) Episode: "Gone with the Breeze"
19751976 Phyllis Leo Heatherton 23 episodes
1983 Just Our Luck Chuck 13 episodes
19881989 Almost Grown Dick Long 13 episodes


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