Ronnie Schell

Biography

Date of Birth 23 December 1931, Richmond, California, USA Birth Name Ronald Ralph Schell Height 5' 8" (1.73 m) Mini Biography Born and raised in Richmond, California, comedian Ronnie Schell's first choice of careers was to play professional baseball. He got as far as the semis before enlisting in the Air Force, where he performed in variety shows as both an emcee and comedian and also did record pantomimes. He studied at San Francisco State University and by happenstance formed a nightclub comedy duo which took off. He turned solo within a year and progressed to Las Vegas work as an opening act. TV opened its doors to him when he nailed the regular role of Jim Nabors' Marine bunkmate "Duke Slater" on "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C." and his acting career was born. Betwixt and between was a recurring role on "That Girl" playing Marlo Thomas' agent and a short-lived series lead on "Good Morning, World" co-starring a pre-"Laugh-In" Goldie Hawn. Minor supporting roles in Disney films also came his way with The Strongest Man in the World (1975), The Shaggy D.A. (1976), Gus (1976), The Cat from Outer Space (1978) and The Devil and Max Devlin (1981), while numerous guest parts on such shows as "The Andy Griffith Show," "Love, American Style," "Charlie's Angels," "The Dukes of Hazzard" and "Saved by the Bell" have kept him busy over the years. Following "Gomer Pyle," he would also appear as a regular on Nabors' variety show "The Jim Nabors Hour" for a short spell. Ronnie continued to perform in comedy clubs for a time, then made fine use of his gifts as a voice artist on TV, radio, films, commercials and especially Hanna-Barbera cartoons. He continues to live in the Los Angeles area where for years he has served as the honorary mayor of Encino. IMDb Mini Biography By: Gary Brumburgh / gr-home@pacbell.net Spouse Janet Rodeberg (6 December 1968 - present) 2 children Trivia Was a contestant on the original "You Bet Your Life" (1950) with Groucho Marx, and professed to Groucho that he wanted to get into show business. Honorary mayor of Encino, California. In the 1950s he often billed himself as "America's Slowest-Rising Young Comedian." Comedian/character actor, one of many performers who got their break at San Francisco's legendary "Hungry I" nightclub. A semi-pro baseballer in his early years, he played in later years with a softball team "The Reruns" which included comedians Jack Riley and Fred Willard. His hobby is collecting caps from minor league teams throughout the nation. His father worked for a naval supply center and his mother was a waitress. His natural affinity for comedy came early. He was a notorious class clown who was often expelled from school as a youth. Provided voice of the animated Peter Puck on NHL broadcasts on NBC and CBC in the 1970's. In July 2006, he was a guest at the Western Film Fair in Charlotte, North Carolina along with Russ Tamblyn, Marjorie Lord, Mark Goddard, Roger Davis, Ben Murphy, Coleen Gray, Steve Kanaly, Cheryl Rogers and Tom Reese. He did a television commercial with Don Adams where he parodied Don's TV character "Maxwell Smart". Ronnie Schell's voice can be heard introducing The Kingston Trio on two of their live albums.

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Rover Dangerfield

Eddie (voice)

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Good Morning World

Larry Clarke (3 episodes, 1967-1968)

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The Mayberry Effect

Self

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American Nightmare: Becoming Cody Rhodes

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The Check is in the Mail...

Dr. Brannigan

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Revenge of the Red Baron

Lou

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The Good Bad Guy

Chief Harrison

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How to Beat the High Cost of Living

Bill

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That Girl: Season One

Harvey Peck / ... (4 episodes, 1966-1970)

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Hollyrock-a-Bye Baby

(voice) (as Ronald Schell)

Starring In
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American Nightmare: Becoming Cody Rhodes

Self

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The Mayberry Effect

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Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School

Colonel Calloway (voice)

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The Good Bad Guy

Chief Harrison

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Revenge of the Red Baron

Lou

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Danielle Steel's: Family Album Parts 1 & 2

The Emcee (uncredited)

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Fatal Instinct

Conductor

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I Yabba-Dabba Do!

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Hollyrock-a-Bye Baby

(voice) (as Ronald Schell)

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Rover Dangerfield

Eddie (voice)

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Jetsons: The Movie

Rudy 2 (voice)

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Coach - The First Season

Customer / ... (2 episodes, 1995-1996)

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Scooby-Doo Meets the Boo Brothers

Freako / Demonstrator Ghost (voice)

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The Check is in the Mail...

Dr. Brannigan

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The Devil and Max Devlin

Greg Weems

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How to Beat the High Cost of Living

Bill

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Love at First Bite

Guy in Elevator

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The Cat from Outer Space

Sgt. Duffy/Voice of Jake the cat

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Gus

Joe Barnsdale

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The Shaggy D.A.

T.V. Director

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The Strongest Man in the World

Referee

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Good Morning World

Larry Clarke (3 episodes, 1967-1968)

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That Girl: Season One

Harvey Peck / ... (4 episodes, 1966-1970)

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