Thursday, January 7, 2016

Pat Harrington Jr.

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Sad news today...

Pat Harrington Jr., an actor and comedian who portrayed the farcically macho building superintendent Dwayne Schneider in “One Day at a Time,” a sitcom that explored sexism, harassment and other tribulations through the lens of a divorced working woman and her two teenage daughters, died Jan. 6 at 86. 

Although billed as a supporting actor on “One Day at a Time,” Mr. Harrington provided such welcome comic relief that the program’s popularity and longevity — it aired on CBS from 1975 to 1984 — was owed as much to him as to anyone. Years afterward, producer Norman Lear, who also created “All in the Family,” said Mr. Harrington “turned out to be the comic strength of the show.”

I never missed an episode of this show. His character was a lot of fun to watch along the way.

He will be missed.

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