Schaal in 1975
|Died||November 4, 2014 (aged 86)|
In 1962, Schaal joined Chicago's Second City, becoming skilled in sketch and improvisational comedy. He was featured in a number of episodes of the 1970s sitcoms The Mary Tyler Moore Show (where he played no fewer than four different characters: Howard Arnell, his brother Paul, Chuckles the Clown and Dino), The Bob Newhart Show (as three characters: Don Fezler, Don Livingston and Chuck Brock), Rhoda (as Charlie Burke) and Phyllis (23 episodes as Leo Heatherton). His earliest appearance with Mary Tyler Moore was in the 1966 Dick Van Dyke Show episode "Dear Sally Rogers" (billed as Dick Schaal). In both The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Rhoda, the actor played alongside his then wife Valerie Harper. In 1983, he had a recurring role in Just Our Luck.
Schaal was born May 5, 1928 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Victor Cornelius Schaal (1896-1981), a machinist, and Margaret Schaal (née Margaret Semple Waddell; 1897-1983), a telephone operator.
Schaal was married three times, first to Lois Treacy, second to Valerie Harper, and third to Tasha Brittain. With Treacy, he had one child, American voice actress Wendy Schaal and by Wendy, he had 1 grandson named Adam Victor.
|1966||The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming||Oscar Maxwell|
|1969||The Virgin President||Hugh Mugababy|
|1969||The Cube||The Man in the Cube|
|1972||Slaughterhouse-Five||Howard W. Campbell Jr.|
|1973||Steelyard Blues||Zoo Official Mel|
|1974||A Knife for the Ladies||Ainalls|
|1980||The Hollywood Knights||Nevans|
|1982||O'Hara's Wife||Jerry Brad|
|1985||Once Bitten||Mr. Kendall|
|1970||The Mary Tyler Moore Show||Chuckles the Clown|
|1973||‘’The Partridge Family’’||Michaelangelo Rezo||Episode: “Me and My Shadow”|
|1966||Dick Van Dyke Show||Stevie Parsons (as Dick Schall)||Episode: "Dear Sally Rogers"|
|1967||That Girl||Lost & Found Man (as Dick Schall)||Episode: "Gone with the Breeze"|
|1975–1976||Phyllis||Leo Heatherton||23 episodes|
|1983||Just Our Luck||Chuck||13 episodes|
|1988–1989||Almost Grown||Dick Long||13 episodes|
- Staff (November 6, 2014) "Richard Schaal dies at 86; character actor was a Second City pioneer", Los Angeles Times accessed November 7, 2014.
- Richard Schaal on IMDb
- The Dick Van Dyke Show, "Dear Sally Rogers" (1966): Full Cast & Crew
- Northern Exposure: recurring characters, comcast.net; accessed November 7, 2014.
- Vitello, Paul (November 6, 2014). "Richard Schaal, Actor on TV and in Clubs, Dies at 86". The New York Times. Retrieved November 7, 2014.