Pat Harrington Jr. who played Schneider on 'One Day at a Time' dies at 86
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Actor Pat Harrington Jr. was best known for his role of "Schneider" on the long-running TV situation comedy "One Day at a Time." On the show, Harrington played a cocky repairperson, under the impression that he was a hit with women, forever getting into the hair of single mom (Bonnie Franklin) and her two daughters, played by Valerie Bertinelli and Mackenzie Phillips. Harrington has passed away due to complication from Alzheimer's at the age of 86.
Pat Harrington's role on "One Day at a Time," with stories revolving around feminism and youthful rebellion, set against his clueless, macho character sealed his reputation.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "One Day at a Time" told the story of a divorced single mom, played by Franklin who returned to her hometown of Indianapolis with her two teenage daughters to start life anew.
Building superintendent Dwayne Schneider, with his trim mustache, tool belt and a gut pressed against a white T-shirt provided a majority of the laughs generated on the show.
Over the show's run, the character of Schneider evolved from a romantic pest to Franklin's closest friend and confidante, as well as a surrogate father to her daughters.
Produced by Norman Lear, "One Day at a Time" was a hit, airing on CBS from 1975 to 1984, snagging an Emmy award in 1984.
In the 1950's, Harrington had a recurring part on the Danny Thomas sitcom, "Make Room for Daddy," and as a sketch comic on "The Steve Allen Plymouth Show."
Working mostly in TV, he had guest or recurring roles on such shows as "The Munsters," "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.," "Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law," "Love, American Style" and "The Love Boat." Movie roles included "Easy Come, Easy Go" starring Elvis Presley and "The Candidate" with Robert Redford.
Harrington's role on "One Day at a Time," with stories revolving around feminism and youthful rebellion, set against his clueless, macho character sealed his reputation. The female lead on that show, Franklin, passed away in 2013.
Harrington kept working, appearing in such series as "Murder, She Wrote," and "Curb Your Enthusiasm." His last role was on TVLand's "Hot in Cleveland" in 2012.
His health been on the decline in recent years. He most recently suffered a fall and had been battling Alzheimer's.
When he passed away, his family had spent the day and evening "crying, laughing, and loving him."
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