Frank Bonner, actor famous for WKRP’s Herbertaleck, died at the age of 79
Frank Bonner plays an arrogant salesman who has a soft spot for polyester plaid suits in a TV comedy WKRP in Cincinnati already dead. He is 79 years old.
Bonner’s daughter Desiree Boers-Kort said he died of complications from Lewy body dementia on Wednesday. The actor died in Laguna Niguel’s home in southern Los Angeles.
About three years ago, he was diagnosed with a disease that worsened mental and physical complications.
WKRP in Cincinnati It was broadcast from 1978 to 1982 and was set on a backward Ohio radio station, trying to reinvent itself with rock and roll. The cast includes Gary Sandy, Tim Reid, Howard Hesseman and Jane Smithers, as well as advertising salesman Herb Talleck played by Bonner.
Ronnie Anderson, who played Jennifer, the authorized receptionist at the station, said she was “heartbroken” over his death.
“Frank Bonner is like family,” Anderson said in a statement. “He is one of the most interesting people I have had the privilege of working with, and the best person I know.”
Has played roles in many sitcoms
Boers-Kort said that her father valued his time in sitcoms, partly because it led him to a career he prefers-director.After accepting six episodes of work WKRP, He continued to direct more than a dozen other shows from the 1980s and 90s, including Simon and Simon, Who is the boss? with Bells to Rescue: New Class.
Bonner continued acting, including a sequel in the early 1990s Cincinnati’s new WKRP, Scarecrow and Mrs. Kim with Night court.
“He does prefer behind the scenes [work]He really likes to help people get where he needs them to go,” Burscott said on Thursday. “He is very humble, down to earth, and a kind, kind person.
His daughter said that he kicked from Herb’s unwise wardrobe and kept some belts at the end of the show. He likes them because he knows that the character’s style is “one of the places people like him”.
He was born in Arkansas, whose real name is Frank Boers Jr. (Frank Boers Jr.), and grew up in Malvern.His Hollywood career began in 1970s movies spring equinox And TV series, including Young lawyer with Mannix.
Bonner’s previous marriage ended in divorce, and his wife Gail and four children survived. Boers-Kort said that the fifth child died before him.