Avery Schreiber

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Avery Schreiber
Avery Schreiber and Jack Burns 1966.jpg
Schreiber (left) with Jack Burns, 1966.
BornAvery Lawrence Schreiber
(1935-04-09)April 9, 1935
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
DiedJanuary 7, 2002(2002-01-07) (aged 66)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationActor/Comedian
Years active1964–2001
Spouse(s)Rochelle Issacs (1962-2002; his death; 2 children)
 
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Avery Schreiber
Avery Schreiber and Jack Burns 1966.jpg
Schreiber (left) with Jack Burns, 1966.
BornAvery Lawrence Schreiber
(1935-04-09)April 9, 1935
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
DiedJanuary 7, 2002(2002-01-07) (aged 66)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationActor/Comedian
Years active1964–2001
Spouse(s)Rochelle Issacs (1962-2002; his death; 2 children)

Avery Lawrence Schreiber[1] (April 9, 1935 – January 7, 2002) was an American comedian and actor. He was a veteran of stage, television, and film.

Life and career[edit]

Schreiber was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Minnie (née Shear) and George Schreiber.[1] He started his career in Chicago at the Goodman Theatre. He joined The Second City and later teamed with Jack Burns to form the comedy team of Burns and Schreiber.[2] They recorded several comedy albums and appeared on numerous television shows.

Schreiber is remembered for his many Frito-Lay® ads in the 1970s,[3] as well as his appearances in classic television shows. He was easily recognizable for his trademark bushy moustache, curly hair, and comedic reactions. In 1965, Schreiber played the role of Captain Manzini on My Mother the Car.

In the summer of 1973, he co-hosted the ABC comedy show, The Burns and Schreiber Comedy Hour.[4]

Schreiber was a regular guest star on Chico and the Man. He was also a frequent guest on the game show Match Game and a guest in a first-season episode of The Muppet Show (written by former partner Jack Burns, whom he mentioned during a stand-up routine in the episode).

Avery continued to work in film, television and the Theater, as well as teach Improvisational Theater technique to thousands of students up until the time of his death. He taught master classes at The Second City in Chicago and Los Angeles, and also taught out of his living room.

Death[edit]

In 1994, Schreiber suffered a heart attack, a complication of diabetes. Though he survived triple bypass surgery, he never fully recovered. He died of another heart attack on January 7, 2002 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.[5] He was residing in Los Angeles at the time of his death.[2] He was cremated.

Legacy[edit]

In 2003, the Avery Schreiber Theatre was founded in North Hollywood, California. In 2013 the Avery Schreiber Theatre changed its name to "The Avery Schreiber Playhouse" with the blessing of Shelly, Avery's wife. It is located at 4934 Lankershim Blvd in the NoHo Arts District. [6]

Filmography[edit]

YearFilmRole
2001Dying On the Edge
2000Pedestrian
2000Rebel Yell
1998The Russian Room
1997The Lay of the Land
1995Dracula: Dead and Loving It
1993Animaniacs - Beanie the Brain-Dead Bison
1993Robin Hood: Men in Tights
1993Animaniacs
1990Wake, Rattle & RollDr. Lester T. Quirk
1988Saturday the 14th Strikes BackFrank Baxter
1987HunkConstatine Constapopolis
1986Outlaws
1985Shadow Chasers
1984Cannonball Run II
1983Jimmy the Kid
1981CavemanOck
1980Avery Schreiber Live From the Second City
1980More Wild Wild West
1980Steve Martin: All Commercials
1980Loose Shoes
1980GalaxinaCaptain Cornelius Butt
1980Silent ScreamSgt. Manny Ruggin
1979Scavenger HuntZookeeper
1979The Concorde ... Airport '79Russian coach Markov
1979Flatbed Annie & Sweetiepie: Lady Truckers
1978Christmas at Walt Disney World
1977Don't Push, I'll Charge When I'm Ready
1977Lindsay Wagner: Another Side of Me
1977The Last Remake of Beau GesteArab Chieftain / Used Camel Salesman
1976SwashbucklerPulaski
1975Sammy and Company
1975Ben Vereen... Comin' at Ya
1974The Harlem Globetrotters Popcorn MachineMr. Evil
1973Southern Double Cross
1972Deadhead Miles
1972Second Chance
1971Story Theatre
1971Escape
1969Don't Drink the WaterSultan
1969The MonitorsMax

Television work[edit]

YearProgramRole
1988A Pup Named Scooby-DooAdditional Voices
1987Top Cat and the Beverly Hills CatsBenny the ball
1985The Pound PuppiesTubbs
1984Faerie Tale Theatre PinocchioBoatman
1981The Smurfs
1979The Dukes of HazzardWendel (Episode 1:13 - Double Sting)
1978The Love BoatMarooned
1977Sha Na Na
1976The Rockford FilesAzie Boyajian
1976The Muppet Show
1974The Harlem Globetrotters Popcorn MachineMr. Evil
1973The Burns and Schreiber Comedy Hour
1967Our Place
1965My Mother the CarCaptain Bernard Manzini

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Avery Schreiber Biography (1935-2002)
  2. ^ a b McLellan, Dennis (January 9, 2002). "Avery Schreiber, 66. Jack Burns' Comedy Partner.". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2008-04-26. "Avery and Schreiber began working as a team again in 1972, after getting together for a benefit in Los Angeles. In 1973, ABC gave them a summer variety series, "The Burns and Schreiber Comedy Hour."" 
  3. ^ "Frito Lay North America". Gale Directory of Company Histories. Retrieved July 31, 2014. "The 'Crunch' campaign began in the early 1970s, and gained added impetus in 1976 when Avery Schreiber, a bushy-mustached character comedian, began crunching Doritos on national television." 
  4. ^ The Burns and Schreiber Comedy Hour - TV.com
  5. ^ Comic Avery Schreiber DiesSun Journal, Lewiston p.A8, 08 January 2002 via Google News Archive. Retrieved 2011-01-23.
  6. ^ http://laist.com/2013/06/15/nohos_avery_schreiber_theater_shutt.php

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