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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 6 July 1922Los Angeles, California, USA
Birth NameWilliam Joseph Schallert
Nickname Bill
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (1)

The son of Edwin Schallert, drama editor of the "Los Angeles Times" and the dean of West Coast critics, William Schallert became interested in an acting career while at UCLA in 1942. After graduation, he became involved with the Circle Theater (eventually becoming one of its owners) and made his film debut in The Foxes of Harrow (1947). He has been ubiquitous in movies and TV ever since; from 1979 to 1981, he was president of the Screen Actors Guild. He still stays active with SAG projects and says he never gives retirement a thought.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Tom Weaver <TomWeavr@aol.com>

Spouse (1)

Leah Waggner (26 February 1949 - present) (4 children)

Trivia (15)

(1979-1981) President of Screen Actors Guild (SAG).
He has performed hundreds of voice-over jobs over the years.
Martin Lane, Schallert's character on The Patty Duke Show (1963), was ranked #39 in TV Guide's list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time" [20 June 2004 issue].
Of Schallert's myriad movie and TV roles, he has said the one individual role for which he still receives the most recognition is as Nilz Barris, Federation Undersecretary Of Agricultural Affairs, in the Star Trek (1966) episode "The Trouble With Tribbles".
During the 1940s, Schallert was a member of Los Angeles' 'The Group Theatre'--a West Coast version of New York's 'The Actor's Studio'--where he appeared in a production of W. Somerset Maugham's "Rain" directed by Charles Chaplin.
Is also a composer, pianist and singer.
Interviewed in Tom Weaver's book, "They Fought in the Creature Features" (McFarland & Co., 1995).
Along with Warren Kenner, he is one of only two actors to appear in both In the Heat of the Night (1967) and In the Heat of the Night (1988).
Appeared in the original "Twilight Zone" TV series (Twilight Zone: Mr. Bevis (1960)), the 1985 revival series The Twilight Zone: Shadow Play/Grace Note (1986); segment "Shadow Play"), and in Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983).
Appearing with Harry Hamlin in the premiere production of the play "House" in Los Angeles, at the Falcon Theatre. [June 2001]
Was good friends with Walter Matthau; they frequently attended symphony concerts together with their wives.
Went to high school with Alan Hale Jr., Nanette Fabray and Mickey Rooney.
Was a popular spokesperson for the Michigan-based Arbor Drugs Pharmacy in the 1980s.
Friends with Patty Duke.
Like Norman Lloyd, Dick Van Dyke, Ernest Borgnine, Mickey Rooney, Betty White, Angela Lansbury, Charlotte Rae, Marla Gibbs and Larry Hagman, Schallert is one of the stars in Hollywood never to retire from acting.

Personal Quotes (2)

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.
[About being Drafted into the Armed Forces right before High School Graduation] Two weeks before I graduated high school, I got my Draft notice. The day I graduated, two military policemen were standing in the back. After everybody had a diploma, my classmates went home with their parents and families, celebrating. The two policemen escorted me to the Draft Board. While standing there, waiting for my turn to take the physical, I was thinking to myself: "Welcome to manhood."

Salary (1)

The Man from Planet X (1951) $175 /week

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