Patty Duke

William Schallert dies at 93; veteran supporting actor and union chief was Patty Duke's TV dad

William Schallert dies at 93; veteran supporting actor and union chief was Patty Duke's TV dad

William Schallert, a veteran TV performer and Hollywood union leader who played Patty Duke's father on television and led a long, contentious strike for actors, has died.

Schallert died Sunday at his home in Pacific Palisades, said his son, Edwin. He was 93.

Though usually seen in secondary roles, Schallert's lean, friendly face was familiar for roles in two classic sitcoms — as a frustrated English teacher to Dwayne Hickman and his pals in "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis" (1959-'63) and as the harried father alongside Patty Duke in "The Patty Duke Show" (1963-'66). (Duke died in March at age 69).

In 1979, Schallert was elected president of...

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