Friday, February 02, 2018

William Schallert - another "typical" father

The 1950s and 1960s saw a group of family-oriented television programs built around the "typical" American family (or at least what Hollywood saw as typical). Leave It To Beaver, Father Knows Best, and the list could go on a while. One of the actors thrust successfully into such a role was William Schallert, who portrayed Martin Lane, the father on The Patty Duke Show.

I hope he was not typical, however, because he raised one of the brattiest kids of that television era - totally self-centered.

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