Daniel Harvey Schwartz
Born February 22, 1934 in Newbury, MA
Died June 13, 2021 in Sacramento, CA
The only child of Agnes and Joseph Schwartz, Dan spent his early childhood in Portsmouth,
New Hampshire, until his dad got the Hollywood bug and moved the family out to Los Angeles.
Joe Schwartz was an excellent salesman, and while the spec scripts he wrote didn’t go
anywhere, he supported his young family in style as he rose through the ranks of the insurance
In the meantime, young Danny caught the acting bug. As a teen, he took classes with Viola
Spolin, who pioneered the style of improvisational theater games that eventually became the
mark of Second City (which was founded by Viola’s son).
Danny attended Hollywood Professional School, a private campus that catered to kids in the
performing arts -- with flexible schedules that enabled him to come in late after appearing in live
theater productions. In 1947, when Dan was 13, he appeared in the premiere of a play by
William Saroyan, at the Circle Players, where he got to meet Edward G. Robinson and Charlie
Two years later, Danny had his big Hollywood moment as “Bobby” in the classic Tracy-Hepburn
movie, Adam’s Rib. Dan told his daughters he flubbed his one line so many times during filming
that Hepburn finally elbowed him out of the scene immediately after he delivered it. That is the
take that appeared in the final film.
By 1954, Dan was enjoying life as an English major at UCLA, when he was fixed up for a blind
date with a beautiful young woman from Havana. Fortuna and Dan were married the following
year, and by the end of the decade were raising two daughters, Donna and Linda. Dan followed
his father Joe into the insurance business, and put that acting training to good use in sales and
He brought the same passion and playfulness he learned when he was performing theater
games to his business pursuits. He loved his work, his family, and the time he spent traveling
Dan and Fortuna moved to Sacramento in 1991 to be closer to grandchildren. Dan and Fortuna
celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in 2015, surrounded by their daughters, spouses and
four grandchildren. Just a few months later, Fortuna passed away after a short illness.
Dan was too devastated by the loss of his wife to plan a memorial, so both he and Fortuna will
be interred together at Mt. Sinai Memorial Park, in Los Angeles.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to either the Parkinson’s
Foundation (https://www.parkinson.org/ ) or the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s
Research (https://www.michaeljfox.org/donate/help-us-find-parkinsons-cure )
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