Pat Harrington Jr. was an American actor who played the role of Dwayne Schneider on the TV series – ”One Day at a Time.” As an actor, Pat was also known for appearing in Move Over, Darling (1963) as well as Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955).
He was born on August 13, 1929, in New York City, New York, USA.
His Montreal-born father, known as Pat Harrington Sr., was a well-known vaudevillian (a theatrical genre of variety entertainment which was born in France at the end of the 18th century) and cafe singer. As an actor, Pat Harrington Sr. appeared in a few Broadway plays, including the 1940s Cole Porter production Panama Hattie.
In 1950, Pat earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Fordham University, a private research university in New York City.
Pat became First Lieutenant while serving in the United States Air Force during the Korean War.
In the 1950s, he began performing regularly as a screen actor.
Harrington Jr. made many appearances as the comedic Guido Panzini on The Jack Paar Show in the mid-1950s.
In the 1960s, Pat had recurring or guest roles on shows like:
- The Love Boat;
- Love, American Style;
- Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law;
- The Man from U.N.C.L.E.;
- The Munsters.
In 1964, Harrington Jr. guest-starred in Kentucky Jones (a comedy show in which Dennis Weaver starred as Kenneth Yarborough “K.Y. or Kentucky” Jones).
He also appeared in The Bing Crosby Show, a 28-episode sitcom television program starring Beverly Garland and Bing Crosby as a married couple.
In 1967, Harrington Jr. appeared in ”Easy Come, Easy Go,” an American musical film comedy. It was his final movie for Elvis Presley. The film was produced by Hal Wallis for Paramount Pictures.
in the same year, Pat worked as a voice actor, including Roy Harper/Speedy and Ray Palmer/the Atom on The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure – an animated series which aired on CBS.
One Day at a Time
In 1975, he landed his signature role as a macho handyman, named – Dwayne Schneider on the TV sitcom One Day at a Time – an American sitcom that aired on CBS from December 16, 1975, until May 28, 1984.
He said of the series:
“It was such, such fun. Here’s what you had: You had a middle-aged single man who was lonesome. Look what landed in his lap: a ready-made family.”
Harrington Jr. went on to say:
”A gorgeous woman that I figured I could hit on and two kids who needed to be straightened out.”
For its entire run, One Day at a Time was taped in Hollywood before a studio audience.
Norman Lear, who developed “One Day at a Time,” said:
“He turned out to be the comic strength of the show.”
As a result of his role as Schneider on One Day at a Time, Pat landed a series of Ace Hardware commercials.
One of his lines during the sitcom was:
“The ladies in this building don’t call me ‘super’ for nothing.”
In 1979, Pat appeared as a celebrity guest star on Password Plus, an American TV game shows which aired from January 8, 1979, to March 26, 1982, for more than 800 episodes.
In 1980, Harrington Jr. garnered a Golden Globe for his appearance in One Day at a Time. In 1984, he received a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his exceptional performance in the TV sitcom.
In 2006, Pat appeared in an episode of The King of Queens – an American sitcom which initially ran on CBS. The show ended on May 7, 2018.
In 2012, he appeared as the manager of an apartment building on Bertinelli’s Hot in Cleveland. It was his final onscreen appearance.
In 1955, Pat married Marjorie Ann Gortner. The couple divorced in 1985.
In 2001, Pat Harrington Jr. married Sally Cleaver.
Harrington Jr. has four children.
His daughter – Tresa Harrington – a ballerina, whose credits include New York’s Joffrey Ballet; Terry Harrington – a composer and pianist; Michael Harrington – actor; and Patrick Harrington – an advertising executive living in Tucson.
Pat also has three grandchildren.
Death & Cause of Death
He died on January 6, 2016, in LA, California, the USA due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease.
Pat had been declining with AD, took a fall in November 2015 and was hospitalized with a brain bleed.
His daughter – Tresa Harrington wrote in a Facebook post:
“Dear friends, it is with the most unimaginable pain and sadness, that I tell you my father, Pat Harrington, Jr. passed away at 11:09 PM this evening.”
Tresa Harrington continued:
“We were all with him today and tonight: crying, laughing and loving him.”
A Word About Alzheimer’s Disease
AD is a progressive brain disorder that causes problems with behavior, thinking, and memory in older adults.
The Alzheimer’s Association estimates that by 2050 around 14 million adults in the United States will be living with the disorder. In the present day, about 6 million people in the US suffer from AD.
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In 1974, Harrington Jr. appeared with Robert Conrad and Peter Falk in An Exercise in Fatality, an episode from the TV series Columbo.
In the 1959-60 season, Pat played the recurring role of Hannigan in eleven episodes of the sitcom – ”The Danny Thomas Show.”
His first job in the entertainment industry was in the mail room at NBC.
Pat Harrington Jr. – Net Worth
Harrington earned most of his wealth from appearing in 166 movies, with ”One Day at a Time” bringing the most revenue. Therefore, Pat Harrington Jr. has an estimated net worth of $1.3 million (in accordance with the current inflation).
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