Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Living or Dead: Barney Miller

Barney Miller was a TV show which ran from 1974 to 1982 about the antics of the police of the 12th Precinct station and the criminals and inhabitants of the 12th Precinct who passed through there.

This is a list of regular cast members and prominent recurring guest stars, with their current status as living or dead.

Capt. Barney Miller - Hal Linden (Living)
Det. Stan 'Wojo' Wojciehowicz - Max Gail (Living)
Det. Ron Harris - Ron Glass (Died November 25, 2016 at age 71)
Det. Sgt. Arthur Dietrich - Steve Landesberg (Died December 20, 2010 at age 74)
Officer Carl Levitt - Ron Carey (Died January 16, 2007 at age 71)
Det. Sgt. Nick Yemana - Jack Soo (Died January 11, 1979 at age 61)*1
Inspector Frank Luger - James Gregory (Died September 16, 2002 at age 90)
Det. Phil Fish - Abe Vigoda (Died January 26, 2016 at age 94)*2
Mrs. Elizabeth (Liz) Miller - Barbara Barrie (Living)
Det. Sgt. Chano Amenguale - Gregory Sierra (Living)*3
Lt Ben Scanlon (Internal Affairs) - George Murdock (Died April 30, 2012 at age 81)
Marty Morrison - Jack DeLeon (Died October 16, 2006 at age 81)
Darryl Driscoll - Ray Stewart (Living)
Ray Brewer - John Dullaghan (Died January 18, 2009 at age 78)
Mrs. Bernice Fish - Florence Stanley (Died October 3, 2003 at age 79)
Det. Janice Wentworth - Linda Lavin (Living)
Bruno Bender - Stanley Brock (Died January 25, 1991 at age 59)
Arnold Ripner - Alex Henteloff (Living)

*1 Jack Soo, born Goro Suzuki, died during the 5th year of the show. In an unusual move for any show then or now, the producers and cast of the show did a special tribute episode to the memory of Jack Soo that aired as the last episode of that season.

*2 Abe Vigoda took in stride mistaken reports of his untimely death in the 70s and 80s. So much so that premature reports of his death became an ongoing joke, such as David Letterman conducting a seance on his show to contact the spirit of Abe Vigoda only to be interrupted by the very much living Abe Vigoda telling Letterman that he's not dead. There was even a website you could check to see if Abe Vigoda was living or dead. Sadly Abe Vigoda passed away this year.

*3 Though Gregory Sierra is known for playing characters like his character of Chano on Barney Miller who speaks with a thick accent, the accent is part of his acting as he was born in New York City and in real life speaks with no such accent.

Toxic Fletch

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