Frank Bonner, ‘WKRP in Cincinnati’ and ‘Saved by the Bell’ Actor, Dies at 79


Frank Bonner, the veteran actor who became famous for portraying Herb Tarlek on the TV sitcom “WKRP in Cincinnati,” died Wednesday. He was 79.

Bonner’s family confirmed to TMZ that the actor died as a result of complications from Lewy body dementia.

More from Variety

��

Bonner appeared in 88 of the 90 episodes of “WKRP in Cincinnati,” which aired for four seasons from 1978-82. He also directed six episodes of the sitcom, which followed the misadventures of the staff of a struggling rock radio station in Cincinnati. Bonner’s character was a tasteless sales manager at the station who often failed to secure deals with major advertising agencies. From his signature white belt and shoes to his polyester suits, “plaid boy” would often come into work and be laughed at for his loud outfits. His catchphrase, “Hokay, fine,” was a response used when acknowledging decisions that he didn’t particularly like.

Related video: The sweets designed to keep dementia patients hydrated

Bonner starred alongside Gary Sandy as program director Andy Travis; Howard Hesseman as veteran disc jockey Dr. Johnny Fever; Gordon Jump as the indecisive general manager Arthur Carlson; Loni Anderson as the good-hearted receptionist Jennifer Marlowe; Tim Reid as the funky evening DJ Venus Flytrap; Jan Smithers as the young station worker Bailey Quarters and Richard Sanders as the meticulous, bow-tied news reporter Les Nessman. Bonner and Sanders reprised their role for the sequel series “The New WKRP in Cincinnati,” which ran from 1991-93.

Born on Feb. 28, 1942, in Little Rock, Ark., Bonner was the son of singer Mamie Grace and saxophone player Frank Woodrow Boers. He began his acting career in “The Equinox… A Journey Into the Supernatural,” an experimental film released in 1967 that was re-released in 1970 under the title “Equinox.” Bonner went on to guest star on sitcoms such as “Nancy” (1970) and “Love, American Style” (1974). Before appearing on “WKRP in Cincinnati,” the actor appeared on popular dramas including “Mannix” (1971), “The F.B.I.” (1973), “Emergency!” (1973) and “Cannon” (1974-75).

Story continues

In addition to portraying Mr. Harrington on four episodes of “Saved by the Bell: The New Class” (1994), Bonner made other television appearances in “The Duck Factory” (1984), “Scarecrow and Mrs. King” (1985) and “Punky Brewster” (1986). The actor also played Det. R.T. Mooney in “Sidekicks” (1986) and Father Robert Hargis on the “Growing Pains” spin-off “Just the Ten of Us” (1988-90).

Best of Variety

Sign up for Variety’s Newsletter. For the latest news, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

You can view the original article HERE.

James Gunn’s Superman Casts Ma and Pa Kent
The Imperiled Women of Alex Garland’s Films | Features
Macabre Serial Killer Movie Lowers IQ Points
Civil War and A24 Slammed for Using AI in New Posters
here’s what’s being added and removed so far
Their Break Up & TTPD Easter Eggs
Taylor Swift shares Easter eggs, guests and teases ‘timetable’ release schedule
Planning to Release TWO Albums at Once?
Hit Horror Series Joins Netflix Roster Prior to Final Season
Fallout Series Sets the Stage for One of the Most Vile Villains to Ever Grace the Wasteland
Seth McFarlane Shares Thoughts on Ending Family Guy After 25 Years; ‘People Still Love It’
Chicago Fire Is Soapy, But In the Best Way
Ryan Garcia To Wear Iced-Out Crown At Devin Haney Fight, 15,000+ Diamonds!
Aroldis Chapman Suspended Two Games For Altercation With Ump
Lakers edge Pelicans, set up 1st-round date with Nuggets
Warriors vouch for Klay return after scoreless play-in performance
Taylor Swift & Travis Kelce Not Going to Met Gala, Despite Invitations
Travis Kelce takes on new role as host of ‘Are You Smarter Than a Celebrity?’ He joins a roster of athletes helming game shows.
Mariska Hargitay Helps Little Girl Find Mom While Filming ‘Law & Order’
Sydney Sweeney’s Acting Coach Says She’s a Talented Actress, Not a Supermodel
Quay Sunglasses Review | POPSUGAR Fashion
What’s Kate Upton Up To?
Spanx Suit Yourself Boat Neck Ribbed Bodysuit Review
Etienne Ortega’s Namesake Beauty Brand Holds The Secret to Luscious Lips