Actor Pat Harrington passed away January 7, leaving us with a career legacy that spanned more than sixty years. While Harrington began his professional life in 1949 with a role on The Ford Theatre Hour, and appeared in numerous movies and TV shows after that, he became a virtual “overnight sensation” with the debut of One Day at a Time in 1975 where he played the amorous building super Dwayne F. Schneider (“The ladies in this building don’t call me ‘super’ for nothing”) for nine seasons. The role brought him an Emmy in 1984. [Editor’s note: Netflix is rebooting the series with a Cuban-American family. The Schneider character will be part of the show.]
Harrington gained notice as a comedian in the 1950s as part of the “Men on the Street” group on Steve Allen’s Tonight Show. The group also included Tom Poston and Don Knotts. He also gave voice to Inspector Clouseau in the animated The Pink Panther shorts.
Harrington’s other TV highlights include Make Room for Daddy, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Jack Paar Tonight Show, The Littlest Hobo, Mr. Novak, The Lucy Show, The Munsters, McHale’s Navy, F Troop, The Beverly Hillbillies, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Captain Nice, Here Come the Brides, The Flying Nun, The Interns, Marcus Welby, M.D., Nanny and the Professor, The Courtship of Eddie’s Father, The New Scooby-Doo Movies (as Moe Howard), The New Temperatures Rising Show, Circle of Fear, The Rookies, The Girl With Something Extra, Love, American Style, The Partridge Family, Wait Till Your Father Gets Home, Columbo, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, Police Woman, McMillan & Wife, Ellery Queen, The Invisible Man, Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels, The Love Boat, Glitter, Who’s the Boss?, Crazy Like a Fox, Hotel, Murder, She Wrote, The Golden Girls, Silk Stalkings, The George Carlin Show, Empty Nest, The Wayans Bros., Fantasy Island, Diagnosis Murder, These Old Broads, Las Vegas, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The King of Queens, and a final appearance with Valerie Bertinelli on Hot In Cleveland in 2012.
Harrington’s film credits include The Wheeler Dealers, Move Over, Darling, Easy Come, Easy Go, The President’s Analyst, 2000 Years Later, The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes, Every Little Crook and Nanny, The Candidate, The Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat, Round Trip to Heaven, and Ablaze.
Harrington was 86.