What We Know about Richard Schaal, 'Mary Tyler Moore Show's Valerie Harper’s First Husband

Rebelander Basilan
Sep 08, 2019
01:30 P.M.

Richard Schaal and Valerie Harper got married in 1964 and stayed together until their divorce nearly 14 years later.


Schaal was an actor and writer, known for "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," which he co-starred alongside Harper. The star also wrote for the series.

Richard Schaal, circa 1970s | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Richard Schaal, circa 1970s | Photo: Wikimedia Commons


In the hit sitcom, he played four different characters — Howard Arnell, his brother Paul, Chuckles the Clown and Dino.

The movie "Slaughterhouse-Five" and the TV series "Phyllis" also helped him shot to stardom.

Schaal additionally starred on "The Bob Newhart Show," where he showed up in three different episodes as Don Fezler, Don Livingston, and Chuck Brock.

Schaal was married three times. After his union to Lois Treacy ended, he was married to Harper in 1964.

No cause of death was given. He was interred in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles, California.

Valerie Harper in 2007 | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Valerie Harper in 2007 | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The two stayed together for almost 14 years and had a peaceable split in 1978.

Later in life, Schaal wedded a third time to wife Tasha Brittain in 1980. But they divorced nine years later.


With Treacy, he had one child — Wendy Schaal, who went into showbiz like her legendary dad.

In the late 1990s, Schaal used a motorized wheelchair in his work after undergoing spinal surgery.

He lived and worked in Tampa Bay, Florida, where he established and coordinated an improvisational cabaret theater, during the 2000s.


In November 2014, Schaal passed away in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles. He was 86. His passing was declared by Wendy.

No cause of death was given. He was interred in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles, California.

Schaal was born in May 1928, in Chicago Illinois. Prior to joining Second City, the Windy City's infamous comedy group, in 1962, he worked in construction.

After decades of work in the film and TV industry, he got a lifetime achievement award from the Chicago Improv Festival in 2010.

Please fill in your e-mail so we can share with you our top stories!
By subscribing, you agree to our Privacy Policy
Related posts

Who Has Laura Dern Dated? The Actress Once Had a Fiancé Who Ghosted Her

May 23, 2022

Kelly LeBrock Was 'Instantly Attracted' to Steven Seagal Yet 'Hated' Herself after Their Divorce

May 09, 2022

Joan Rivers Spoke With Her Husband the Day Before He Was Found Lifeless With Tapes for Wife & Daughter

February 11, 2022

Martin Milner’s Passion Was His Family - His Wife of 58 Years & 4 Kids Traveled with Him on ‘Route 66'

February 19, 2022

'M*A*S*H's Sally Kellerman Lost Husband & Daughter in 3 Months & Still 'Put on a Brave Front' Amid Grief

February 25, 2022

Debra Winger Still Saves White Dress from 1st Wedding as It Felt 'Electrifying' Wearing It for Her 2nd Husband

March 15, 2022

Laura Dern Was Dumped by Men She Loved Twice - Angelina Jolie Stole Her Fiancé While She Was on Set

February 15, 2022

Harry Morgan Wanted to Be Remembered as a 'Pleasant Person' after 'M*A*S*H' Made Him a 'Better Human'

April 04, 2022

Anson Williams' ‘Happy Days’ TV Sweetheart Migrated to Be Near Him & They Wed in Real Life

February 16, 2022

Kirk Douglas' Childhood Made Him a Charitable Man Yet None of His Kids Got a Penny from His Fortune

March 07, 2022

James Drury Died Months after Wife of 40 Years – He Had Several Heartbreaks before His 'Wonderful Marriage'

March 02, 2022

Samuel L Jackson & Wife Are Married for 41 Years & 'Still Love Each Other' Though They Took 10 Years to Wed

March 10, 2022

Ron Howard Was Most Concerned about His Kids' Values — Inside His Decision to Protect Them

April 26, 2022

Inside the Hidden Gay Lives of 'The Waltons' Grandparents Ellen Corby & Will Geer despite Their Marriages

March 15, 2022