Actor Pat Harrington, Jr. passed away yesterday of complications from Alzheimer’s Disease. He was 86.
Following his father’s footsteps into acting, Harrington is best remembered for his portrayal of Schneider, the mustachioed maintenance man on the CBS comedy One Day at a Time from 1975 to 1984. The Schneider character was popular enough that there was consideration of giving Harrington a spinoff show, but this never came to fruition.
Prior to that breakthrough role, Harrington had numerous TV credits beginning with a recurring role on Make Room for Daddy starring Danny Thomas. Harrington developed a character named Guido Panzini who appeared on several TV shows such as The Steve Allen Plymouth Show, The Tonight Show with Jack Paar as well as episodes of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. & McHale’s Navy. Other TV credits include The Munsters, The Beverly Hillbillies, The Partridge Family and Columbo. Harrington was also a well regarded voice actor.
His final TV appearance saw him reunite with former One Day at a Time co-star Valerie Bertinelli in a 2012 episode of Hot in Cleveland. He would be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s shortly thereafter.
Since Star Wars is the talk of the town again, I leave you with a One Day at a Time clip featuring Mark Hamill in a guest spot as Schneider’s kleptomaniac nephew.
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