* Pat Buttram, 78, singing cowboy Gene Autry's sidekick in...


January 09, 1994

* Pat Buttram, 78, singing cowboy Gene Autry's sidekick in the 1950s and the annoying Mr. Haney on the sitcom "Green Acres," died yesterday of kidney failure at the University of California Los Angeles Medical Center, according to radio executive Bill Ward, a longtime friend. From 1965 to 1971 Mr. Buttram played Mr. Haney on CBS' "Green Acres." Mr. Haney was the irritating country con man who sold a tumbledown farm to Oliver Wendell Douglas (Eddie Albert) and Lisa Douglas (Eva Gabor). Playing under his own name on "The Gene Autry Show" from 1950 to 1956 on CBS-TV, Mr. Buttram helped Mr. Autry and his horse, Champion, keep peace out West. They also appeared in about 40 feature movies as well as stage shows. Mr. Buttram appeared repeatedly on "The Ed Sullivan Show" and on programs such as "Alfred Hitchcock Presents." He also was a comedy writer and had various radio shows. Most recently, he broadcast on Los Angeles radio station KMPC from 1990 to 1992. Mr. Buttram is survived by a daughter. A private funeral was to be held in Alabama. No date had been set.

* Robert Schack, 49, a lawyer with the attorney general's office of New York State, died late last month at his home in Manhattan. His father, Dr. Jerome Schack, said his son's body was found in his apartment on Thursday and that the apparent cause of death was cardiac arrest. Mr. Schack supervised litigation involving the New York State Department of Social Services. He was regarded as an expert on family law, domestic violence and child protection and was the author of nine state laws dealing with prosecutions in such areas as adoption and foster care, juvenile justice and child sexual abuse. He was a graduate of New York University Law School.

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