One of the many familiar faces of television from the 1970s has passed away this month.
Actor Gregory Sierra died on Jan. 4 in California “according to Orange County records.” His death was recently confirmed through a family spokesperson.
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From KIRO-TV Seattle:
Sierra played Julio Fuentes, the Puerto Rican neighbor of Fred Sanford on “Sanford and Son.” He also played the role of Sgt. Miguel “Chano” Amanguale on “Barney Miller,” starring as one of the original detectives in the diverse 12th Precinct in Greenwich Village with Hal Linden, Abe Vigoda, Ron Glass, Max Gail and Jack Soo.
Sierra also had a memorable guest-starring role in an episode of ‘All in the Family’ in the 1970s.
Gregory Sierra, ‘Barney Miller’ and ‘Sanford and Son’ Actor, Dies at 83 https://t.co/fqBeRH4Gvo
— Variety (@Variety) January 23, 2021
One of the most familiar faces of the 1970s. Getting Straight (1970), The Laughing Policeman (1973), The Towering Inferno (1974), Sanford and Son, All in the Family, Barney Miller etc.
R.I.P. Gregory Sierra – 1937-2021 pic.twitter.com/9RqoKPRnao
— Kliph Nesteroff (@ClassicShowbiz) January 23, 2021
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Sierra continued with his acting career into the 1990s with roles in ‘Miami Vice,’ ‘Murder, She Wrote,’ ‘Hill Street Blues,’ MacGyver,’ ‘Soap,’ ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ and ‘The X-Files’ among others.
His film career included appearances in ‘The Towering Inferno,’ ‘Beneath the Planet of the Apes,’ ‘Papillon,’ ‘Honey, I Blew Up the Kid’ and ‘The Other Side of the Wind.’
Here are some highlights of Sierra from one of his best-known roles on ‘Sanford and Son’ below:
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