January 7, 2016
Pat Harrington, a veteran film and TV actor best known for his work on the series “One Day at a Time” has died. He was 86 years old.
Harrington was originally billed Pat Harrington, Jr., because his father was also an active entertainer. Pat Jr. entered show business after graduating from Fordham University with a Masters Degree in political philosophy and serving in the air force during the Korean War, rising to the rank of First Lieutenant.
After some work on stage, including Broadway, during the 1950s, Harrington’s natural comic skills brought him to television and the Steve Allen troupe that included Tom Poston, Louis Nye, and Don Knotts. He later achieved greater notice as the character Guido Panzini on The Jack Paar Show. He ended the 1950s with a recurring role on the Danny Thomas series “Make Room For Daddy.”
Harrington guested on several series throughout the 1960s and also appeared in the Elvis Presley movie “Easy Come Easy Go” (1967). He also did voiceover work for animated cartoons.
Pat Harrington’s best known work came in 1975 when he landed the role of building superintendent Dwayne Schneider on the long running series “One Day at a Time.” Harrington was on the show for its entire run from 1975-1984, winning both an Emmy and Golden Globe award. He later appeared on the popular series “Hot in Cleveland.”
Harrington suffered from Alzheimer’s disease in his later years, and a fall in November of 2015 caused a small brain hemorrhage. His daughter announced his death on January 6, 2016.
HARINGTON Jr., Pat (Daniel Patrick Harrington, Jr.)
Born: 8/13/1929, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 1/6/2016, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Pat Harrington Jr.’s westerns – actor:
F Troop (TV) – 1966 (B Wise)
Here Come the Brides (TV) – 1970 (J. Montague Morgan)