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Avery Lawrence Schreiber (April 9, 1935 – January 7, 2002) was an American comedian and actor. He was a veteran of stage, television, and film.[1][2] 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.[3]

Avery Schreiber
Avery Schreiber and Jack Burns 1966.jpg
Schreiber (left) with Jack Burns in 1966
Born
Avery Lawrence Schreiber

(1935-04-09)April 9, 1935
Chicago, Illinois, United States
DiedJanuary 7, 2002(2002-01-07) (aged 66)
Los Angeles, California, United States
OccupationActor, comedian
Years active1964–2001
Spouse(s)
Rochelle Issacs (m. 1962)
Children2
Jack Albertson, Avery Schreiber, and Freddie Prinze on Chico and the Man (1975)

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Life and careerEdit

Schreiber was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Minnie (née Shear) and George Schreiber.[2] 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.[3] They recorded several comedy albums and appeared on numerous television series.

Schreiber is remembered for his many Doritos ads in the 1970s,[4][5] 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.[6]

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.[3]

DeathEdit

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.[1]

LegacyEdit

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.[7]

FilmographyEdit

FeaturesEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1969 The Monitors Max Jordan
1969 Don't Drink the Water The Sultan
1972 Deadhead Miles Boss Fulano
1976 Swashbuckler Pulaski
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
1979 Scavenger Hunt Zookeeper
1980 Steve Martin: All Commercials
1980 Galaxina Captain Cornelius Butt
1981 Caveman Ock
1983 Jimmy the Kid Dr. Stevens
1984 Cannonball Run II Uncredited
1987 Hunk Constatine Constapopolis
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
2000 Pedestrian
2001 Dying on the Edge Saul (final film role)

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1964 East Side/West Side Truck Driver
1964 Vacation Playhouse
1965-1966 My Mother the Car Captain Bernard Manzini
1967 Our Place
1968 Premiere Spivak
1968 Get Smart Oleg
1969 The Mothers-in-Law Mr.Crawford
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 Story Theatre
1971 Escape Nicholas Slye TV movie
1972 McCloud Milton
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
1981 The Smurfs
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
1986 Outlaws Halifax
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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Avery Schreiber, 66, Doritos Funnyman". The New York Times. Associated Press. January 9, 2002.
  2. ^ a b "Avery Schreiber Biography (1935-2002)". Film Reference. Retrieved 3 July 2016.
  3. ^ a b c McLellan, Dennis (January 9, 2002). "Avery Schreiber, 66; Jack Burns' Comedy Partner". Los Angeles Times.
  4. ^ Hollandsworth, Skip (January 1996). "Lay's of Our Lives". Texas Monthly. ISSN 0148-7736.
  5. ^ As an in-joke on an episode of The Fall Guy, Schreiber guest-starred as a truck driver eating Doritos!
  6. ^ "The Burns and Schreiber Comedy Hour". TV.com. Retrieved 3 July 2016.
  7. ^ Knolle, Sharon (15 June 2013). "NoHo's Avery Schreiber Theater Shutting Down After 10 Years". LAist. Archived from the original on 21 June 2013.

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