‘Barney Miller’ and ‘Sanford and Son’ actor Gregory Sierra died at the age of 83

Gregory Sierra, best known for his roles as Sergeant. On Sunday, Miguel “Chano” died on the ABC police series “Barney Miller” and on the NBC sitcom “Julio Fuentes” as “Sanford and Sun”, his wife Helen Taber. He was 83.

Terer said Sierra died on January 4 in Laguna Woods, California. Sierra, who was of Puerto Rican origin, was born and raised in New York.

Gregory Sierra as Lieutenant Lou Rodriguez in “Miami Vice”.Via NBC / Getty Image

“He was the most amazing person,” Taber said. “He was a good heart and a brilliant actor.”

The actor Edward James Olmos said in a tweet Those who knew Sierra praised her laughter, kindness, intelligence and “extraordinary artistic ability”. Olmos described Sierra as a friend, a mentor and “a force of nature who I was very grateful to work with & RIP.”

Sierra introduced Julio Fuentes, Fred G. in the early 1970s. Sanford’s neighbor was successful through his role as “Sanford and Son” – a series based on a British TV program that Norman Lear adapted as a sitcom for Knut with Budkin.

Sierra already had a relationship with Lear before he could make it “Sanford and Son.” He appeared in an episode of the beloved sitcom “All in the Family” as Paul Benjamin, a Jewish extremist. Paul and Archie Bunker strike up a friendship after painting someone swastika at the family’s front door. Paul provides protection to the bunkers but is eventually killed by a car bomb. This is the only episode with audience applause for closing the show.

Sierra then played the role of Sgt. On Miguel “Chano” Amanguel “Barney Miller”, a sitcom about the life of a group of New York police detectives working at the 12th Preschool Stationhouse in Greenwich Village. While the show initially focused on the work and home life of Captain Barney Miller, it gradually became about the officers of the PreQ.

Sierra portrays Chano as a devoted and dumb policeman who was emotionally engaged in his work. Nowhere is this better performed than in the 1975 episode “The Hero”, in which his character kills two suspects while stopping a robbery. His colleagues believe that he deserves a compliment, but a distraught Chano feels otherwise, and he breaks down and cries.

Sierra’s career remained steady until the late 90s, often found him playing law enforcement roles. He appeared in “Miami Vice,” “Murder, She Watt,” “Hill Street Blues” and “McGiver”. His other TV roles included guest spots of “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” and “The X-Files”.

“Miami Vice” Actor Olivia Brown tweeted That Sierra’s death “hurts me.”

Brown said, “Gregory is a beautiful soul and he deserves to rest in peace. My condolences to my loved ones, whom I know he loves them very much.”

In the movie “The Towering Inferno”, Sierra played Carlo as a bartender, and he appeared in “Cane of the Planet of the Apes” as a mutant named Werger. His other films include “Papillon,” “Honey, I Blow Up the Kid” and Orson Welles’s “The Other Side of the Wind”.

Sierra said at the time in The Orange County Register, “As a resident of Lagun Woods, he starred in a local production of” See How They Run “in 2009.” “Because you expect something from yourself.”

He survives Taber.

Montez Flannery and Variety has contributed.

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