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Ronnie Schell

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Schell in Good Morning World, 1967
Ronald Ralph Schell

(1931-12-23) December 23, 1931 (age 88)
OccupationActor, comedian and voice actor
Years active1958-present
Janet Rodeberg (since 1968)
Ronnie Schell and Goldie Hawn on Good Morning World (1967)

Ronald Ralph Schell (born December 23, 1931) is an American actor, stand-up comedian, and voice actor. He appeared on the May 28, 1959, episode of the TV quiz program You Bet Your Life, hosted by Groucho Marx. Schell demonstrated a comic barrage of beatnik jive talk.[1] As a stand-up comedian, he first developed his act at the hungry i nightclub in San Francisco, California. Schell is probably best known in his 1960s television role as Duke Slater in Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.

Life and career

In his role as Duke Slater on Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., Schell's character was cast for three seasons as a Marine private and best friend of Gomer Pyle. Schell left for a season to star as a disc jockey in his own sitcom, Good Morning World. He then returned to Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. as a corporal for its fifth and final season. Schell played Duke Slater as an urban, streetwise character, compared to Pyle's rural, bucolic character, as portrayed by Jim Nabors. Returning as a corporal, Slater acted more as a mediator between Pyle and Sgt. Carter, portrayed by Frank Sutton, than as a buddy to Pyle.

Schell lent his voice to "Jason" on the animated series Battle of the Planets and co-starred as "Mr. Brown" on The Mouseketeers at Walt Disney World.

His other television guest credits include The Andy Griffith Show, The Patty Duke Show, Phil of the Future, Yes, Dear, The Wayans Bros., Step by Step, Coach, The Golden Girls, 227, Saved by the Bell, Empty Nest, Mr. Belvedere, Santa Barbara, Trapper John, M.D., Too Close for Comfort, The Brian Keith Show, The New Temperatures Rising Show, The Love Boat, Love, American Style, Alice, Mork & Mindy, One Day at a Time, Charlie's Angels, The Dukes of Hazzard, Sanford and Son, Emergency!, Happy Days, Adam-12, The New Dick Van Dyke Show, That Girl, Black Sheep Squadron, and Jessie.

Schell's gradual ascendency into the public's attention earned him the title "America's Slowest Rising Comedian".[2][3][4]

Schell also acted in a few Pacific Southwest Airlines commercials such as "Smile Inspection" and "PSA Gives You A Lift Pageant". At the end of a Jerry Lewis PSA jingle, a voice said "That was Jerry Lewis for PSA, and this is Ronnie Schell. What did I do wrong?"[5] Schell was the voice for the hockey puck-shaped character on the Peter Puck cartoons, which aired during televised National Hockey League games in the 1970s. From the mid to late 1980s, Schell appeared in numerous television commercials for Shakey's Pizza.

In 2007, Schell was part of a touring cabaret show titled, "5 Star Revue" with Gary Collins, Mary Ann Mobley, Ruta Lee, and Steve Rossi. He starred in the 2009 off-Broadway production of Don't Leave it All to Your Children!, a comedic and musical revue dedicated to aging baby boomers.

Schell was the comedy advisor to Richard Dreyfuss in the 2019 Netflix film The Last Laugh.


Year Title Role Notes
1975 The Strongest Man in the World Referee
1976 Gus Joe Barnsdale
1976 The Shaggy D.A. TV Director
1978 The Cat from Outer Space Jake - voice / Sgt. Duffy
1979 Love at First Bite Guy in Elevator
1980 How to Beat the High Cost of Living Bill Pike
1981 The Devil and Max Devlin Greg Weems
1986 The Check Is in the Mail... Dr. Brannigan
1987 Dutch Treat Lou Winters
1987 Scooby-Doo Meets the Boo Brothers Freako
1988 Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School Colonel Calloway Voice, TV movie
1990 Jetsons: The Movie Rudy 2 Voice
1991 Rover Dangerfield Eddie Voice
1993 Fatal Instinct Conductor
1994 Revenge of the Red Baron Lou
1997 Killer per caso Chief Harrison
1997 Venus Envy Simon Sayes
2000 Family Jewels Bill Taller
2000 The View from the Swing Man in Diner
2002 The Biggest Fan Mr. Wastedberg
2010 Soupernatural Bob


  1. ^ Groucho Marx - You Bet Your Life (April 21, 2014). "You Bet Your Life #58-36 Creators of Honey West (Secret word 'Table', May 28, 1959)". Retrieved 2017 – via YouTube.
  2. ^ "Comedy Veterans Reunite / Annual gig recalls North Beach days". SFGate. March 1, 2001. Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ "The impresario of North Beach". Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ "Acres of backyard diamonds". Retrieved 2017.
  5. ^ "The PSA History Page". Retrieved 2017.

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