Avery Lawrence Schreiber (April 9, 1935 – January 7, 2002) was an American comedian and actor. He was a veteran of stage, television, and film. He came to prominence in the 1960s in a comedy duo with Jack Burns, then went on to an array of acting parts mostly on television sitcoms and a series of advertisements for Doritos tortilla chips.
Schreiber (left) with Jack Burns in 1966
Avery Lawrence Schreiber
April 9, 1935
Chicago, Illinois, United States
|Died||January 7, 2002 (aged 66)|
Los Angeles, California, United States
Rochelle Issacs (m. 1962)
Life and careerEdit
Schreiber was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Minnie (née Shear) and George Schreiber. He started his career in Chicago at the Goodman Theatre. He joined The Second City and later teamed with Jack Burns to form the comedy team of Burns and Schreiber. They recorded several comedy albums and appeared on numerous television series.
Schreiber is remembered for his many Doritos ads in the 1970s, as well as his appearances on classic television series. He was easily recognizable for his trademark bushy moustache, curly hair, and comedic reactions. In 1965, Schreiber played the role of Captain Manzini on My Mother the Car.
In the summer of 1973, he co-hosted the ABC comedy The Burns and Schreiber Comedy Hour.
Schreiber appeared in The Monitors (1969), the first film production of Chicago's Second City comedy troupe. His most famous film credits include Don't Drink the Water (1969), Deadhead Miles (1972), Swashbuckler (1976), The Last Remake of Beau Geste (1977), The Concorde ... Airport '79, Silent Scream (1979), Scavenger Hunt (1979), Caveman (1981), Jimmy the Kid (1983) and Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993).
Schreiber was a regular guest star on the situation comedy Chico and the Man. He was also a frequent guest on the game show Match Game and a guest in a first-season episode of The Muppet Show (written by former partner Jack Burns, whom he mentioned during a stand-up routine in the episode).
Avery continued to work in film, television and theater, as well as teaching improvisational theater technique up until the time of his death. He taught master classes at The Second City in Chicago and Los Angeles, and also taught out of his home.
He and his wife Rochelle had two children.
In 1994, Schreiber suffered a heart attack resulting from complications of diabetes. Though he survived triple bypass surgery, he never fully recovered. He died of another heart attack on January 7, 2002 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
In 2003, the Avery Schreiber Theatre was founded in North Hollywood, California. In 2013, the Avery Schreiber Theatre changed its name to The Avery Schreiber Playhouse with the approval of Rochelle Isaacs Schreiber (Shelley), Avery's wife. It is located at 4934 Lankershim Blvd. in the NoHo Arts District.
|1969||The Monitors||Max Jordan|
|1969||Don't Drink the Water||The Sultan|
|1972||Deadhead Miles||Boss Fulano|
|1976||The Southern Double Cross|
|1977||The Last Remake of Beau Geste||Arab Chieftain / Used Camel Salesman|
|1977||Lindsay Wagner: Another Side of Me|
|1978||Loose Shoes||Theatre Manager|
|1978||Christmas at Walt Disney World||Geppetto|
|1979||The Concorde ... Airport '79||Russian coach Markov|
|1979||Silent Scream||Sgt. Manny Ruggin|
|1980||Steve Martin: All Commercials|
|1980||Galaxina||Captain Cornelius Butt|
|1983||Jimmy the Kid||Dr. Stevens|
|1984||Cannonball Run II||Uncredited|
|1988||Saturday the 14th Strikes Back||Frank Baxter|
|1993||Robin Hood: Men in Tights||Tax Assessor|
|1995||Dracula: Dead and Loving It||Peasant on Coach|
|1997||The Lay of the Land||Dean Bill Whittier|
|1998||The Russian Room||Old Russian Man||Short|
|2000||Rebel Yell||Granddaddy of Punk|
|2001||Dying on the Edge||Saul||(final film role)|
|1964||East Side/West Side||Truck Driver|
|1965-1966||My Mother the Car||Captain Bernard Manzini|
|1969||Love, American Style||Season 1, Episode 7: Love and the Advice-Givers|
|1969-1970||That Girl||Al Taylor|
|1970||The Doris Day Show|
|1971||Escape||Nicholas Slye||TV movie|
|1972||Second Chance||Roberto Gazzari||TV movie|
|1973||The Burns and Schreiber Comedy Hour|
|1974||The Harlem Globetrotters Popcorn Machine||Mr. Evil||TV movie|
|1975||Ben Vereen... Comin' at Ya||Regular Performer|
|1975||Chico and the Man||Gypsy / Fortune Teller||2 episodes|
|1975||Sammy and Company|
|1976||The Muppet Show|
|1976||The Rockford Files||Azie Boyajian|
|1977||Sha Na Na|
|1977||Don't Push, I'll Charge When I'm Ready||Announcer||TV movie|
|1978||The Love Boat||Marooned|
|1979||The Dukes of Hazzard||Wendel||Episode 1:13 - Double Sting|
|1979||Flatbed Annie & Sweetiepie: Lady Truckers||Munroe||TV movie|
|1980||Avery Schreiber Live From the Second City||Himself||TV movie|
|1980||More Wild Wild West||Russian Ambassador||TV movie|
|1982||Fantasy Island||Ed Turner|
|1984||The Fall Guy||Truck Driver||(Episode 4:1 - Losers Weepers)|
|1984||Faerie Tale Theatre Pinocchio||Boatman|
|1985||The Pound Puppies||Tubbs||Voice, TV movie|
|1985||Shadow Chasers||Jordan Kerner|
|1987||Top Cat and the Beverly Hills Cats||Benny the Ball|
|1988||A Pup Named Scooby-Doo||Voice|
|1989||Saved by the Bell||Dr. Mertz|
|1990||Wake, Rattle & Roll||Dr. Lester T. Quirk||Voice, TV Series|
|1992||Days of Our Lives||Leopold Alamain|
|1993-1995||Animaniacs||Beanie the Brain-Dead Bison||Voice|
|1999||Becker||Man Outside Reggie's Diner|
- "Avery Schreiber, 66, Doritos Funnyman". The New York Times. Associated Press. January 9, 2002.
- "Avery Schreiber Biography (1935-2002)". Film Reference. Retrieved 3 July 2016.
- McLellan, Dennis (January 9, 2002). "Avery Schreiber, 66; Jack Burns' Comedy Partner". Los Angeles Times.
- Hollandsworth, Skip (January 1996). "Lay's of Our Lives". Texas Monthly. ISSN 0148-7736.
- As an in-joke on an episode of The Fall Guy, Schreiber guest-starred as a truck driver eating Doritos!
- "The Burns and Schreiber Comedy Hour". TV.com. Retrieved 3 July 2016.
- Knolle, Sharon (15 June 2013). "NoHo's Avery Schreiber Theater Shutting Down After 10 Years". LAist. Archived from the original on 21 June 2013.