Gregory Sierra, a longtime character actor who appeared on television shows and films, notably “Barney Miller” and “Sanford & Son”, died of cancer on January 4 in Laguna Woods, California. He was 83.
A New York native, Sierra found success when she was cast on Julio Fuentes, Fred Sanford’s Fred Sanford’s “Sanford & Son” by Puerto Rican neighbor.
After leaving that series, Sierra played one of the original detectives working on ABC’s “Barney Miller” in Greenwich Village, out of various 12th precontents. He was written out of the series after the second season as a sitcom in “AES Hudson Street,” about a frantic emergency room, but it only lasted six episodes.
Sierra was also seen in “Archie Is Branded,” a radical Jewish religious figure in the CBS episode of 1973’s “All in the Family”, in which someone painted a swastika on Archie’s door. The episode, which ends in silence, was one of the most memorable from the long-running series.
Born in Spanish Harlem on January 25, 1937, Sierra joined the Cathedral College of the Immaculate Concept in Brooklyn. After school, he worked at the National Shakespeare Company and the New York Shakespeare Festival before moving to Los Angeles, where he got a part in television and had supporting roles in films such as “Benth of the Planet of the Apes”, “Straight Straight” . “” Papillon “and” The Towering Inferno. “
He played roles on several television shows, including “Hill Street Blues,” “Miami Vice,” and “Murder, She Watt”, and appeared together in other series.
“Miami Vice” Star Edward James Olmos tweeted That he read the news of Sierra’s death and wept. “Gregory Sierra will always be with us,” Olmos wrote. “Those who knew him. His laughter His intelligence. His mercy. His exceptional artistic ability. He was a friend, a mentor, a force of nature whom I was very grateful to know and work with. RIP. “