William Schallert

William Schallert


7/6/1922, Los Angeles, California, USA

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Los Angeles native William Schallert became interested in acting in 1942 while a student at UCLA. He came by it naturally, as his father, Edwin Schallert, was the drama editor for the Los Angeles Times. After college Bill, along with Sydney Chaplin, founded the critically acclaimed Circle Theater…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • The Hollywood Division of the Screen Actor's Guild awarded Schallert the prestigious Ralph Morgan Award. The award, named for SAG's first president, is given periodically to members of the Hollywood division for distinguished service to the Guild.

    • William Schallert reunited with two of his TV daughters at the 2008 Hollywood Collectors and Celebrities Show. Patty Duke, who played Schallert's daughter on The Patty Duke Show and Caryn Richman, who played his daughter in The New Gidget both appeared at the autograph show along with Schallert.

    • Schallert has done voiceover work for hundreds of commercials and animated television shows. In 2008 he lent his voice to radio ads airing in Ohio that encouraged residents to vote to allow casinos in the state.

    • William Schallert played the same character, Professor Quigley, in two Disney films: The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1970) and The Strongest Man in the World (1975).

    • Schallert played the role of the judge in The Trial of the Catonsville Nine both on stage and in the 1972 film. He won the 1970-1971 Obie Award for his performance in the stage version.

    • Excerpts from the Star Trek episode, "The Trouble with Tribbles" (1967), including scenes featuring William Schallert, are integrated into an episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine titled, "Trials and Tribble-ations" that aired in 1996.

    • Schallert's film debut was an uncredited role in The Foxes of Harrow (1947). He had an uncredited roles in the classic movie musical Singin' in the Rain (1952), and the Civil War film, Red Badge of Courage (1951).

    • Schallert was one of those interviewed by Lifetime network's Intimate Portrait for their episode highlighting Patty Duke.

    • Schallert and Patty Duke, who played father and daughter on The Patty Duke Show in the 1960s, were reunited in the 1990s, playing father and daughter on The Torkelsons.

    • Schallert was President of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) from 1979 to 1981. As SAG president, Schallert led the Screen Actors Guild through the Theatrical and Television Motion Picture Contract strike, known for years afterwards as simply "the 1980 strike." The core issues concerned rates and residuals for Pay-TV, videocassettes and videodiscs.

    • Before being elected President of the Screen Actors Guild, William was elected to the SAG Board of Directors, serving as chair of the Guild's Wages and Working Conditions Committee.

    • William Schallert and his wife, Lia Waggner, played a married couple in an episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show titled, "A Word A Day."

    • In 2001 William Schallert appeared with Harry Hamlin in a production of the play "House" in Los Angeles, at the Falcon Theatre.

    • TV Guide rated Martin Lane, Schallert's character on "The Patty Duke Show," #39 in their list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time."

    • Schallert was a guest lecturer at Oxford on several occasions while in Great Britain on a Fulbright Fellowship studying British repertory theatre.

    • William Schallert was one of the co-founders of the highly regarded Circle Theatre troupe.

    • William's mother, Elza Schallert, was a journalist and radio commentator. His father was Edwin Schallert, drama editor of the Los Angeles Times.

  • Quotes

    • William Schallert: (on Patty Duke) Working with her was an amazing experience because I really thought of her as two different people. And that was all because of her vocal register. She spoke a little lighter when she was Cathy, and she also had a trace of Scottish in there. But it was very gentle, not very strong, and very carefully done. As Patty, she lowered her voice and came on - not more butch, but just more American girl.

    • William Schallert: (on Patty Duke) We really bonded. I had four sons and her father was no longer there for the family. She is the daughter of my heart.

    • William Schallert: I believe you shouldn't become an actor unless you need to. Unless you have no choice about it. Liking - even loving - acting is not enough. You have to need to act.

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