Conrad John Schuck

Actor, Director
A stocky, curly-haired character player with large and amiable, if slightly simian, features, John Schuck gained notice as part of director Robert Altman's 1970s stock company. Variety deemed him "quietly convincing" in ... Read more »
Born: 02/04/1940 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Filmography

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The 51st Annual Tony Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Song Performer

The 51st Annual Tony Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A stocky, curly-haired character player with large and amiable, if slightly simian, features, John Schuck gained notice as part of director Robert Altman's 1970s stock company. Variety deemed him "quietly convincing" in his film debut, "M*A*S*H" (1970), as Painless Pole, a well endowed dentist who considers suicide after a bout of impotence. Schuck went on to play supporting roles in some of Altman's most important 70s films including "Brewster McCloud" (1970), "McCabe & Mrs. Miller" (1971) and "Thieves Like Us" (1974). Fans of that decade's TV dramas may remember him best from the long-running mystery series "McMillan and Wife" (NBC, 1971-76)--and the subsequent short-lived follow-up "McMillan" (NBC, 1976-77)--as the plodding but enthusiastic Sergeant (later Lieutenant) Charles Enright. Schuck provided a pleasingly clunky foil to Rock Hudson's smoothly competent (if thoroughly improbable) rendition of San Francisco's police commissioner. He would play cops of various kinds for much of his film and TV careers.

Schuck spent ten years acting and directing in regional theater before joining the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco where he was discovered by Altman. Once established in film and TV, the actor alternated between the two media. Outside of "McMillan", most of his TV projects were telefilms, specials, and failed sitcoms, including three memorable turkeys, "Holmes and Yoyo" (ABC, 1976, as a robot), "The New Odd Couple" (ABC, 1982-83), featuring a black Oscar and Felix with Schuck as Murray the cop, and "The Munsters Today" (syndicated, 1988), a charmless revival wherein he played Herman Munster. Similarly, Schuck's post-Altman film credits, mostly comedies, were less distinguished. They include two turns as a Klingon ambassador in "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home" (1986) and "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country" (1991), and cops in both "Pontiac Moon" (1994) and "Tales From the Crypt Presents Demon Knight" (1995). Perhaps his biggest post-"McMillan" success was as Daddy Warbucks in the Broadway musical "Annie". Schuck was one of the successors to originator Reid Shelton during the show's initial production and national tour. He also reprised the role for its 20th anniversary staging in 1997. Schuck later was cast as Buffalo Bill when Reba McEntire joined the cast of the revival of "Annie Get Your Gun" in 2001.

Relationships

Conrad Schuck

Father

Aaron Schuck

Son

Susan Bay

Wife
mother of Shuck's son Aaron divorced subsequently married Leonard Nimoy

EDUCATION

Denison University

Granville , Ohio

Milestones

2001

Acted in Woody Allen's "The Curse of the Jade Scorpion"

2001

Returned to Broadway as Buffalo Bill in the revival of "Annie Get Your Gun"

1991

Reprised the role of the Klingon Ambassador in "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country"

1988

Cast as Herman Munster in the syndicated "The Munsters Today"

1986

Portrayed the vengeful Klingon Ambassador in "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home"

1980

Starred as Daddy Warbucks in the Broadway production of "Annie"; later toured with the show

1979

Cast as a regular on the fantasy sitcom "Turnabout"

1977

TV miniseries debut, "Roots"

1976

Co-starred as robot cop Sgt. Gregory Yoyonovich on the sitcom "Holmes and Yoyo"

1970

Played Sgt. Enright, a regular character on "McMillan and Wife"

1970

TV-movie debut, "Once Upon a Dead Man", the pilot for the marital mystery series, "McMillan and Wife"

1969

Feature debut in Altman's "M*A*S*H" as the dentist Painless Pole; first of four 1970s film performances for Altman

1968

"Discovered" by director Robert Altman (date approximate)

Joined the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco

After college, spent ten years acting and/or directing over 100 productions in regional theater

Promoted to Lt. Enright for the sequel series "McMillan"

Reinterpreted the role of Murray the cop for "The New Odd Couple"

Played Daddy Warbucks in the 20th anniversary revival of "Annie" on tour and on Broadway; changed billing to Conrad John Schuck

Played a recurring role on the detective series "Simon & Simon"

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