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Avery Schreiber

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


  • 1 Life and career
  • 2 Death
  • 3 Legacy
  • 4 Filmography
    • 41 Features
    • 42 Television
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links

Life and career

Schreiber was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Minnie née Shear and George Schreiber 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 They recorded several comedy albums and appeared on numerous television series

Schreiber is remembered for his many Doritos ads in the 1970s, as well as his appearances on classic television series 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 The Burns and Schreiber Comedy Hour

Schreiber was a regular guest star on the situation comedy 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 theater, as well as teaching improvisational theater technique 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 home


In 1994, Schreiber suffered a heart attack resulting from complications 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


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 approval of Rochelle Isaacs Schreiber Shelley, Avery's wife It is located at 4934 Lankershim Blvd in the NoHo Arts District



Year Film Role
2001 Dying on the Edge
2000 Pedestrian
2000 Rebel Yell
1998 The Russian Room
1997 The Lay of the Land
1995 Dracula: Dead and Loving It Peasant on Coach
1993 Animaniacs Beanie the Brain-Dead Bison
1993 Robin Hood: Men in Tights Tax Assessor
1990 Wake, Rattle & Roll Dr Lester T Quirk
1988 Saturday the 14th Strikes Back Frank Baxter
1987 Hunk Constatine Constapopolis
1986 Outlaws
1985 Shadow Chasers
1984 Cannonball Run II
1983 Jimmy the Kid Dr Stevens
1981 Caveman Ock
1980 Avery Schreiber Live From the Second City
1980 More Wild Wild West
1980 Steve Martin: All Commercials
1980 Loose Shoes Theatre Manager
1980 Galaxina Captain Cornelius Butt
1980 Silent Scream Sgt Manny Ruggin
1979 Scavenger Hunt Zookeeper
1979 The Concorde Airport '79 Russian coach Markov
1979 Flatbed Annie & Sweetiepie: Lady Truckers Munroe
1978 Christmas at Walt Disney World
1977 Don't Push, I'll Charge When I'm Ready
1977 Lindsay Wagner: Another Side of Me
1977 The Southern Double Cross
1977 The Last Remake of Beau Geste Arab Chieftain / Used Camel Salesman
1976 Swashbuckler Pulaski
1975 Sammy and Company
1975 Ben Vereen Comin' at Ya
1974 The Harlem Globetrotters Popcorn Machine Mr Evil
1972 Deadhead Miles Boss Fulano
1972 Second Chance Roberto Gazzari
1971 Story Theatre
1971 Escape
1969 Don't Drink the Water Sultan
1969 The Monitors Max


Year Program Role
1999 Becker Man Outside Reggie's Diner
1992 Days of Our Lives Leopold Alamain
1988 A Pup Named Scooby-Doo Additional Voices
1987 Top Cat and the Beverly Hills Cats Benny the Ball
1985 The Pound Puppies Tubbs
1984 Faerie Tale Theatre Pinocchio Boatman
1984 The Fall Guy Truck Driver Episode 4:1 - Losers Weepers
1982 Fantasy Island
1981 The Smurfs
1979 The Dukes of Hazzard Wendel Episode 1:13 - Double Sting
1978 The Love Boat Marooned
1977 Sha Na Na
1976 The Rockford Files Azie Boyajian
1976 The Muppet Show
1975 Chico and the Man Gypsy Episode 2:1 - Play Gypsy

Fortune Teller Episode 2:9 - Misfortuneteller

1974 The Harlem Globetrotters Popcorn Machine Mr Evil
1973 The Burns and Schreiber Comedy Hour
1972 McCloud Milton
1969-1970 That Girl Al Taylor
1970 The Doris Day Show
1969 The Mothers-In-law MrCrawford
1968 Get Smart Oleg
1968 Premiere Spivak
1967 Our Place
1965-1966 My Mother the Car Captain Bernard Manzini
1964 Vacation Playhouse
1964 "East Side/West Side Truck Driver


  1. ^ a b "Avery Schreiber, 66, Doritos Funnyman" The New York Times Associated Press January 9, 2002 
  2. ^ a b "Avery Schreiber Biography 1935-2002" Film Reference Retrieved 3 July 2016 
  3. ^ a b McLellan, Dennis January 9, 2002 "Avery Schreiber, 66; Jack Burns' Comedy Partner" Los Angeles Times 
  4. ^ Hollandsworth, Skip January 1996 "Lay's of Our Lives" Texas Monthly ISSN 0148-7736 
  5. ^ As an in-joke on an episode of The Fall Guy, Schreiber guest-starred as a truck driver eating Doritos!
  6. ^ "The Burns and Schreiber Comedy Hour" TVcom Retrieved 3 July 2016 
  7. ^ Knolle, Sharon 15 June 2013 "NoHo's Avery Schreiber Theater Shutting Down After 10 Years" LAist Archived from the original on 21 June 2013 

External links

  • Biography portal
  • Avery Schreiber on IMDb
  • Avery Schreiber at Find a Grave

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