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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 4 February 1940Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Birth NameConrad John Schuck
Height 6' 0½" (1.84 m)

Mini Bio (1)

John Schuck was born Conrad John Schuck in Boston, Massachusetts in 1940, the son of an English professor who took several teaching positions including Princeton College and SUNY Buffalo while John was growing up. Following graduation from Denison University where he appeared in a number of plays, John turned to regional theatre for work, including the Cleveland Playhouse, Baltimore Center Stage, and American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. He was discovered at ACT for film by director Robert Altman, who featured him as Painless, the dentist in the now-cult classic film MASH (1970). Altman continued to use John in Brewster McCloud (1970), McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971), and most assuredly in Thieves Like Us (1974), arguably his best film role. On television, Schuck won a regular part as a sergeant on McMillan & Wife (1971) opposite Rock Hudson and Susan Saint James for six seasons. However, most of his work seemed mired in playing dim, simple-minded characters such as the robot on the silly short-lived comedy Holmes and Yo-Yo (1976) and as Herman Munster on The Munsters Today (1987), a revisit to the ghoulish 1960s television family.

More challenging guest role work has come to him on occasion with television series such as NYPD Blue (1993), Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993), Star Trek: Voyager (1995) and Babylon 5 (1994). In the popular films Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986) and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991), John has earned himself a place in the hearts of Trekkie fans all over the nation. The musical stage in the last few decades has also taken a precedence. For decades now, John has appeared regularly as the gruff-speaking Daddy Warbucks in the musical "Annie" not only on Broadway but on tours and in smaller theater venues such as the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera. He also had much success playing Frank Butler in "Annie Get Your Gun" with Bernadette Peters on tour. Other musical roles in "The Sound of Music", "Peter Pan", "The Most Happy Fella" and "She Loves Me" also appear on his active resume. A sailor on the sly, John lives with his second wife, painter Harrison Houle, in Venice, California.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Gary Brumburgh / gr-home@pacbell.net

Spouse (2)

Harrison Houle (1990 - present)
Susan Bay (9 April 1978 - 1983) (divorced) (1 child)

Trivia (10)

For the touring play "Annie", he is using the name Conrad John Schuck.
Is one of only 32 actors or actresses to have starred in both the original Star Trek (up to and including Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)) and then in one of the spin-offs.
After McMillan & Wife (1971)'s fifth season, his contract expired and he thought the series would be canceled, so he accepted an offer from producer Leonard Stern to take the lead in Stern's series Holmes and Yo-Yo (1976). When McMillan & Wife (1971) returned in a scaled-down version as "McMillan" (also produced by Stern), Schuck's character returned to that series as well, appearing briefly in each episode (it was explained that the character, Sergeant Charles Enright, had received a promotion and a transfer away from the Commissioner's office, but still dropped in on his old boss).
Is the first actor ever to use the f-word in a major motion picture (MASH (1970)).
Lives in Venice, California and has two stepsons.
Older brother of Peter Schuck.
Former cousin of movie director/producer Michael Bay.
He made guest appearances on both of the longest running prime time dramas in US television history: Gunsmoke (1955) and Law & Order (1990).
Does commercial voice-overs and directs theater. [September 2000]
John and Harrison Schuck appear as the grandparents of the bride in Reba McEntire's music video "I Keep on Loving You" that, as of late June, is still on the Top 10 Country Video charts for both GAC and CMT. [April 2010]

Personal Quotes (1)

It's much more fun to come in and do the other stuff. A) You don't have to work as hard, but B) the parts are much more interesting. I would much rather play the character roles I do than the leading guy. As long as you're able, you can keep working. Longevity is terrific.

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