William Schallert, who was best known for playing the father on The Patty Duke Show, died on Sunday at the age of 93.
According to CNN, Schallert’s role as Martin Lane on the popular 1960s show landed him on TV Guide’s 2004 list of 50 Greatest TV Dads and set the stage for a career full of playing authority figures.
Born on July 6, 1922, Schallert began his career with film roles in the 1940s and continued working all the way up to 2014. He recently appeared on popular contemporary shows like 2 Broke Girls, Desperate Housewives, How I Met Your Mother, and My Name is Earl.
In addition, Schallert served as President of the Screen Actors Guild from 1979-1981.
“Bill Schallert’s remarkable career put him in the rare position of being able to understand actors at all levels of the business,” SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris said in a statement. “He worked virtually every SAG contract, he appeared opposite movie stars and background performers, he was a series regular and an uncredited bit player. He turned this knowledge and experience into service for his fellow actors. Despite leading the union during a very difficult time, Bill maintained his integrity and commitment, a commitment that extended into many more years of board service. I am especially pleased that Bill lived long enough to see the SAG-AFTRA merger become a reality as he was one of the pioneers of that effort.”
Schallert’s death comes just a month after Patty Duke herself passed away. We pray that they both rest in peace!