William Schallert was born July 6, 1922, which marks today as his centenary. And to mark the anniversary of his 100 years, (we lost the hardest-working man in television in May of 2016), I thought it was time to honor him with an induction into the Television Crossover Hall of Fame. I thought it could even have been a double induction, bringing his teacher Leander Pomfritt from ‘The Many Loves Of Dobie Gillis’ in as well. But Mr. Pomfritt only appeared in the TV series and one of the TV reunion movies, not both.
Martin Lane was not the only role he played on ‘The Patty Duke Show’; Schallert also had a dual role as Kenneth Lane, Cathy Lane’s globe-trotting father and Martin’s twin, in three season 1 episodes "The House Guest" (1963), "The Christmas Present" (1963) and "Auld Lang Syne" (1964.) He also appeared as Uncle Jed in the season 3 episode "A Visit from Uncle Jed" (1966.)
From the IMDb:
Martin Lane, Schallert's character on The Patty Duke Show (1963), was ranked #39 in TV Guide's list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time" [20 June 2004 issue].
Here are the four credits for which William Schallert gets into the TVXOHOF as Martin Lane:
1963 - 1966
- "Shower the People You Love with Stuff" (1995)
... Martin Lane (uncredited)
IMDb Synopsis - D.J.'s old bedroom is being converted into a nursery for the new baby. After discovering that a new baby crib is out of her price range, Roseanne schemes up a baby shower in hopes of getting at least forty $10.00 gifts, that she can exchange for the $400.00 crib. This plan threatens to backfire when the gifts are mostly homemade, or are otherwise non-exchangeable. After being unable to work together to paint the nursery without squabbling, Roseanne reassigns Becky and Darlene to throw the baby shower instead, but the girls are still at each other's throats because Darlene refuses to pull her weight, sticking Becky with all the work. Roseanne gets David to throw a "guy" baby shower for Dan with the men at his shop, hoping for even more exchangeable gifts, but that backfires as well.Trivia from IMDb:
Alicia Goranson and Sarah Chalke both appeared at the end of this episode in a spoof of ‘The Patty Duke Show’ (1963). The song made fun of the fact that the role kept switching hands between the two actresses. This sequence was cut from the DVD release and replaced with title cards on a black background.
‘The Patty Duke Show’ (1963)
A skit at the end of the episode spoofs the theme song of "Patty Duke Show, The" (1963) playing on the resemblance between Sarah Chalke and Alicia Goranson. On ‘The Patty Duke Show’, one actress plays two characters (cousins), whereas on Roseanne, two actresses play the same character.
William Schallert: Martin Lane from ‘The Patty Duke Show’ (1963), during the black and white spoof scene at the end, which is [reminiscent] of ‘The Patty Duke Show’ (1963) intro.
Synopsis from the IMDb:
The original cast members from the classic television series resurrect their characters, including Patty Duke in her legendary dual role as identical cousins Patty and Cathy Lane. This time the family reconvenes in New York in order to surprise Patty, and end up battling her old arch-nemesis Sue Ellen, who is intent on having the high school torn down.
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I’m sorry you weren’t still around for this “honor”, Mr. Schallert, but it’s still a nice addendum to your television immortality.
And who knows? Maybe Martin Lane is still alive in Toobworld. (He just might share family genetics with Admiral Hargrade….)