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Born in New York, Norman Abbott was raised by his mother and his uncle, Bud Abbott, the straight man of the legendary comedy team of Abbott and Costello, as well as his aunt Florence Abbott and uncle Harry Abbott of Barnum & Bailey.
Norman Abbott served in World War II in the original Navy Seals unit, and was encouraged by his uncle to join the family business. He started his five decade career in show business as a radio announcer on “The Colgate Family Hour” and as stage manager on the “I Love Lucy Show.”
- Pat Saperstein
The '60s comedy starred Fred Gwynne as Herman Munster, the patriarch of a working-class family made up of monsters who closely resembled Frankenstein's monster, Dracula, werewolves, and more. The cast also included Al Lewis, Yvonne De Carlo, Butch Patrick, and Pat Priest. The sitcom began in 1964 and ran for two seasons before ending in 1966.
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The Secret of My Success, 1987.
Directed by Herbert Ross.
A college kid from Kansas moves to New York and blags his way to the top of a multinational corporation, falling in love along the way.
For a few years during the mid-to-late 1980s you couldn’t really get away from Michael J. Fox as the fresh-faced young actor seemed to be everywhere, appearing in several successful movies alongside his regular TV role in sitcom Family Ties. But in between his breakout movie role in Back to the Future and critical acclaim in more serious material like the Vietnam drama Casualties of War there was The Secret of My Success, a comedy that doesn’t always get the same recognition as Fox’s other hits but is probably worth another look if it has been a while. »
- Amie Cranswick
Pat Harrington Jr., best known for playing scene-stealing superintendent Dwayne Schneider on CBS sitcom One Day at a Time, has died at age 86. The actor had been battling Alzheimer's and was recently hospitalized following a fall, The Hollywood Reporter reports, and passed away Wednesday night in Los Angeles.
"Dear friends, it is with the most unimaginable pain and sadness, that I tell you my father, Pat Harrington, Jr. passed away at 11:09 Pm this evening," his daughter Tresa Harrington wrote Wednesday in a Facebook post. "We were all with him today and tonight: crying, »
Pat Harrington, who played Schneider the building super on CBS’ long-running sitcom One Day At A Time, died Wednesday night, his daughter Tresa confirmed on Facebook. He was 86. Harrington had been guesting on TV shows for more than two decades — ranging from Make Room For Daddy and The Man From U.N.C.L.E. to The Munsters and The Flying Nun — before landing the role that would define his career. Developed by Norman Lear, One Day At A Time starred Bonnie Franklin as a… »
Harrington Jr. got his start on TV in 1959, recurring on Make Room for Daddy as a nightclub pal of Danny Thomas’ character. His guest star credits included The Munsters, McHale’s Navy, The Beverly Hillbillies, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Love, American Style and Marcus Welby M.D., prior to landing on CBS’ progressive, Bonnie Franklin-led sitcom One Day at a Time in 1975.
As a writer, he also »
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