Ac­tor Pat Har­ring­ton Jr. dies

Scored last­ing fame as handy­man on One Day at a Time

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - OBITUARIES - THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Pat Har­ring­ton, Jr., an ac­tor and co­me­dian who in the 1950s got at­ten­tion as a mem­ber of Steve Allen’s fa­bled TV comic troupe but se­cured last­ing fame decades later as Dwayne Sch­nei­der, the cocky handy­man on the long-run­ning sit­com “One Day at a Time,” has died.

Har­ring­ton died Wed­nes­day at age 86 in Los An­ge­les of com­pli­ca­tions from Alzheimer’s dis­ease, ac­cord­ing to his man­ager, Phil Brock.

“One Day at a Time” starred Bon­nie Franklin as a di­vorced mother of two teenage daugh­ters (played by Va­lerie Bertinelli and Macken­zie Phillips) who re­turns to her home­town of In­di­anapo­lis to be­gin life anew as a sin­gle woman.

In their apart­ment build­ing, they en­coun­tered su­per­in­ten­dent Dwayne Sch­nei­der, a com­i­cally self-styled ladies’ man who boasted a trim mous­tache, a tool belt and a gut pressed against his white T-shirt (en­abled by a large in­take of wa­ter by Har­ring­ton be­fore each episode tap­ing to give him­self the nec­es­sary paunch, he once dis­closed).

While Sch­nei­der ini­tially was making come-ons to the seem­ingly avail­able Ann Ro­mano, he soon be­came her pal and con­fi­dante, and a sur­ro­gate fa­ther to her girls, while win­ning laughs from view­ers for his imag­ined sex ap­peal to other women.

With his strong sup­port, the se­ries, from pro­lific pro­ducer Nor­man Lear, was a hit, air­ing on CBS from 1975 to 1984. The role brought him an Emmy award in 1984. Har­ring­ton was born in 1929 in New York, the son of Pat Har­ring­ton, Sr., a song-and­dance man in vaudeville and on Broad­way. The son dis­played a show-biz bent of his own, but more com­edy-in­clined.

In the 1950s, he landed var­i­ous roles in TV com­edy, in­clud­ing a re­cur­ring part on the Danny Thomas sit­com, “Make Room for Daddy.”


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