Jonathan Winters

Pat Harrington Jr. dies at 86; Emmy-winning actor played Schneider on 'One Day at a Time'

Pat Harrington Jr. was a salesman pushing 30 when his big break finally came.

And big it was: A chance encounter with comedian Jonathan Winters in a New York bar got him not a tryout, not a bit role, but the most coveted stand-up gig a young comic could hope for: an appearance on “The Tonight Show” with Jack Paar.

Harrington walked out on that big network stage a complete unknown in 1959 and never held a job outside of performing again.

Though he still looked like a salesman — the Los Angeles Times described him at the time as “belonging to the gray-flannel-suit variety” — Harrington painstakingly built a series of ad-libbing roles...