“Sanford and Son” and “Barney Miller” stars were 83 years old – deadline

Gregory Sierra, As Julio Fentes, was an important part of the two major comedies of the 1970s Sanford and son And Sgt.Miguel “Chano” Amenguare Bernie Miller, Died. He was 83 years old.

Sierra died of cancer on January 4 in Laguna Woods, California, according to a family spokesman. His death was just announced today.

Born in Spanish Harlem in New York, Sierra worked at the National Shakespeare Company and the New York Shakespeare Festival.He also appeared in Off-Broadway plays and was a Broadway standby Ninety days mistress 1967.

Moving to Los Angeles, Sierra made guest appearances on the following shows: Spy license, Medical center, High Chaparral, The Mod Squad, Naughty angel And Kung fu.

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In the movie he was also a supporting actor Under the planet of the apes (1970), Straighten (1970), Papillon (1973), Towering Inferno (1974) and Orson Welles Project Beyond the wind.

In 1972, he was cast as Julio, a companion to crotch junk entrepreneur Fred Sanford. He was featured in the second season episode “Puerto Ricans Coming”.Show developed by All about the family When Sierra played a radical Jewish vigilante in the 1973 episode “Archie is Branded,” creators Bud Yorkin and Norman Lear brought another striking appearance to one of their cars.

The versatile Sierra later tapped to portray Carlos “El Puerco” Valdes, a Malaguayan counter-revolutionary who kidnapped Jessica (Katherine Helmond) at ABC. Soap..

rear Sanford and Son, Sierra hit comedy gold again and appeared in 1975 as one of the former detectives in New York. Bernie Miller.. Sierra played Chano at the show.

Sierra left Barney Miller at the end of the second season and moved to another sitcom under the direction of Barney Miller creator Danny Arnold. AES Hudson Street It was set up in the emergency room in New York, but ended in just six episodes.

Sierra’s career continued as a recurring character in shows such as: Hill street bluesZoro and his sonMiami Vice And Murder, she wrote, Among many others.

Continuing his steady career, Sierra has appeared in the film again Trouble with spies (1987), Honey, I blew up my kid (1992), Hot shot!Part Dew (1993), Lowdown Dirty Shame (1994), vampire (1998) and mafia! (1998).

He survived by his wife Helen. No memorial plan has been announced.

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