Pat Harrington Jr: ‘Schneider’ of TV’s ‘One Day at a Time,’ dies aged 86

Updated: January 12, 2016
Pat Harrington Jr. : 'One Day at a Time' star dies aged 86

Pat Harrington, Jr., star of long-ago Norman Lear hit, “One Day at a Time,” has died. He was 86.

Tresa Harrington, the actor’s daughter reported the news of her father’s passing on Facebook early Thursday morning.

“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,” she wrote in a post accompanied by a photo of her father on the CBS sitcom.

“We were all with him today and tonight: crying, laughing and loving him. This is the single most heart wrenching and physically painful thing, I’ve ever had to endure,” her post continued. “I know many of you have lost parents and loved ones, and now I know what it’s like to feel the kind of sadness and void that will never be filled but only softened with the passing of time. My heart is broken to pieces and I will cry and cry until I just won’t. Love to you all! And as we head into this year, never be afraid to tell the people you love, that you love them.”

Pat Harrington, Jr. was best known for his role on the sitcom One Day at a Time, which ran for nine seasons. He starred on the series alongside actresses Valerie Bertinelli and Bonnie Franklin. He had a simultaneous recurring guest star position on The Love Boat during those same late 70s/early 80s years, though he played multiple characters on the latter series.

On the geekier side of things, Harrington did voiceover work throughout his career, notably lending his voice to both The Atom and Speedy on the Aquaman animated series in 1969. He voiced Moe howard, one of the Three Stooges, on a handful of the New Scooby-Doo Movies stories, and played “William Shakesbear” on a nineties revival of Yogi Bear.

The actor also played Stan Lee in one episode of a short-lived Kirk Cameron vehicle, Kirk.

An United States Air Force veteran of the Korean War, he is survived by a wife, four children, and four grandchildren.

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