It is Cult Faction’s sad duty to report that Stu Pickles himself, Jack Riley, has passed away at the age of 80 years old after a battle with pneumonia.
Although known to modern audiences as Stu Pickles from Rugrats, Riley has a long career in film and television. In the 1960’s Riley was a semi-regular in the sitcom Occasional Wife, he then went on to play Elliot Carlin, the neurotic, sour and selfish patient on The Bob Newhart Show. He would reprise this role decades later in 1985 for an episode of St. Elsewhere.
Among his other TV credits are multiple appearances on such shows as Barney Miller, Hogan’s Heroes, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, One Day at a Time, Gomer Pyle, Mike Hammer, Private Eye, Diff’rent Strokes, Baywatch, ALF, That 70’s Show, Son of the Beach, The Secret Life of Alex Mack, and Night Court.
In 1973, he was cast as Gomez Addams in The Addams Family Fun-House, then in 1979, he starred in ABC’s holiday telefilm The Halloween That Almost Wasn’t (aka The Night Dracula Saved The World) as Warren the Werewolf (Wolf Man) of Budapest.
Riley appeared in a HBO comedy special in 1980 called The Wild Wacky Wonderful World of Winter and was a regular cast member in The Tim Conway Show. He also appeared in C.H.U.D. II – Bud the Chud.
Throughout his career, Riley often collaborated with Mel Brooks, appearing in many of his films including High Anxiety, History of the World: Part I, To Be or Not to Be, and Spaceballs (as the TV News Man).