Richard Stahl, an actor whose more than 40-year career stretched from New York theater to film and television comedies such as “Laverne and Shirley,” died June 18 in Woodland Hills, Calif. after a 10-year battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was 74.
Born in Detroit, Stahl did magic tricks as a boy and moved to California as a performer at age 15. He served in the Army during the Korean War, later graduating from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York.
Ish and Stahl was an off Broadway theater actor when he met actress Kathryn Ish, whom he married in 1959. Stahl’s film credits include 1979’s “Five Easy Pieces,” Mel Brooks’ 1977 spoof “High Anxiety,” 1980’s “9 to 5” and 1996’s “Ghosts of Mississippi.”
He appeared on such TV shows as “Laverne and Shirley,” “The Odd Couple,” and “Barney Miller,” and held a regular stint on 1980s sitcom “It’s A Living.”
He is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter.