‘One Day at a Time’ Star Pat Harrington Jr. Dies at 86

Pat Harrington Jr. Dead
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Pat Harrington Jr., best known for his role as the seedy super on “One Day at a Time,” died Wednesday night in Los Angeles. He was 86.

His daughter, Tresa Harrington, announced the news Thursday on her Facebook page. She did not reveal the cause of death, but wrote in November that her father’s health was rapidly deteriorating after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

“My heart is broken to pieces and I will cry and cry until I just won’t,” she said in the post.

Harrington won a Golden Globe (in 1981) and an Emmy (in 1984) for playing building superintendent Dwayne Schneider on the groundbreaking CBS sitcom, which aired from 1975 to 1984. The show starred Bonnie Franklin as an single mom struggling to raise two daughters (played by Mackenzie Phillips and Valerie Bertinelli).

“He turned out to be the comic strength of the show,” show co-creator Norman Lear once said.

Harrington sold ads for NBC after a stint in the Air Force during the Korean War and before his big break as an actor.

Schneider also appeared on “The Steve Allen Show,” “The Danny Thomas Show” and “Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law,” in addition to doing voice-over work for cartoons.

Harrington had small roles in films such as Elvis Presley’s “Easy Come, Easy Go” (1967), James Coburn’s “The President’s Analyst” (1967), Terry-Thomas’ “2000 Years Later” (1969) and Robert Redford’s “The Candidate” (1972).

In recent years, he made guest appearances on TV shows such as “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Hot in Cleveland,” reuniting with Bertinelli.

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  1. BigCarl Prod says:

    Harrington was always under-appreciated. It would be cool if….IF Larry David ever restarts Curb Your Enthusiasm, to give a nod to PH — maybe even do one of those laser-hologram things in an episode of Curb? or maybe its just another idea destined for (more) LOST Episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm (on Amzn –# 1491081627). Paging LARRY DAVID to the white HBO courtesy phone…….

  2. What a great guy. I asked him to call a pal of mine and he did. Sent an autographed photo, too. Sad to see him go, but I wish the family well.

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