Award winning actor Pat Harrington died January 6 in Los Angeles at the age of 86. Harrington’s daughters reported that their father died surrounded by family. While no official cause of death was given, the daughters reported that Harrington had been suffering from Alzheimer’s and was recovering from a recent fall.
Winning a Golden Globe and an Emmy Award for his role, Harrington played a scene stealing building superintendent who saw no problem with barging into the apartment of a single mom with two teenage girls.
Though he is most notably attached to the television sitcom “One Day at a Time” as the building superintendent Dwayne F. Schneider for 199 episodes; he appeared in over 150 productions beginning with his screen debut in 1949 on “The Ford Theater Hour”. Other roles include numerous variety shows as Guido Panzini, eleven episodes of “Make Room for Daddy”, “Alfred Hitchcock Presents”, “The Yellowbird”, “The Lucy Show”, “The Munsters”, “McHale’s Navy”, “F Troop”, “The Beverly Hillbillies”, “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.”, “Easy Come, Easy Go”, “Journey to the Center of the Earth”, “The Outsider”, “Aquaman”, “The Pink Panther Show”, “The Computer Who Wore Tennis Shoes”, “Here Come the Brides”, “The New Andy Griffith Show”, “Marcus Welby, M.D.”, “Nanny and the Professor”, “The Courtship of Eddie’s Father”, “The New Scoby Doo Movies”, “The Addams Family”, “Love, American Style”, “The Partridge” Family”, “Wait Till Your Father Gets Home”, eleven episodes of “Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law”. “Columbo”, “Kolchak the Night Stalker”, “The Invisible Man”, 40 episodes of “Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels”, five episodes of “The Love Boat”, four episodes of “Murder, She Wrote”, “Silk Stalkings”, “Empty Nest”, “Fantasy Island”, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”, “The King of Queens”, and his final role in 2012 on “Hot in Cleveland”.
He was born Daniel Patrick Harrington Jr on August 13, 1929 in New York City the son of a French Canadian actor who performed in Vaudeville and on Broadway. Not wishing for young Pat to follow in his father’s footsteps, Harrington earned a BS in Philosophy and Government from Fordham University and a MS in Political Philosophy from the Bronx School. After graduation, Harrington served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War.
Despite his degrees, Harrington began selling ads at NBC and was “discovered” by Jonathan Winters regaling co-workers with comedic routines at the nearby adult establishment.
Harrington is survived by his second wife Sally; children Patrick, Michael, Terry, and Tresa; and four grandchildren.
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