A blog about classic television, movies, and radio, by the author of "Joan Davis: America's Queen of Film, Radio and Television Comedy," among others.
Sunday, July 6, 2014
It's Poppo's Birthday
Happy birthday to one of classic TV's most familiar faces: actor William Schallert. Born July 6, 1922, Schallert has a list of film and television credits that could fill this entire entry. Suffice it to say that, whether you remember him as high school teacher Leander Pomfritt on The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, Carson Drew on The Nancy Drew Mysteries, or his beloved role as "Poppo" on The Patty Duke Show, he's left his mark as an actor. Star Trek fans know him for his role in the classic "Trouble with Tribbles" episode, just one of his countless guest appearances. Behind the scenes, he worked extensively with the Screen Actors' Guild, serving as president from 1979 to 1981.
Many of his career memories were captured in a wide-ranging interview he gave to the Archive of American Television in 2012. He also has an official website containing a wonderful array of photos and memorabilia. Happy birthday, Mr. Schallert, and thanks for the memories.