Frank Bonner, Herb on ‘WKRP in Cincinnati,’ dies at 79

LOS ANGELES – Frank Bonner, who performed a brash salesman with an affection for polyester plaid satisfies on the Tv comedy “WKRP in Cincinnati,” has died. He was 79.

Bonner died Wednesday from problems of Lewy physique dementia, mentioned his daughter, Desiree Boers-Kort. The actor died at his residence in Laguna Niguel, south of Los Angeles.

He experienced been identified about a few many years in the past with the disease that sales opportunities to worsening psychological and actual physical issues.

“WKRP in Cincinnati” aired from 1978-1982 and was established in a lagging Ohio radio station seeking to reinvent by itself with rock. The forged integrated Gary Sandy, Tim Reid, Howard Hesseman and Jan Smithers, alongside Bonner as subpar advert salesman Herb Tarlek.

Loni Anderson, who played the station’s empowered receptionist Jennifer, mentioned she was “heartbroken” above his dying.

“Frank Bonner was like family,” Anderson mentioned in a statement. “He was a single of the funniest males I had the pleasure of doing the job with and he was the nicest man I have ever known.”


Boers-Kort claimed her father valued his time on the sitcom in part because it led him toward the career he favored above acting — directing. After having on that occupation for 6 episodes of “WKRP,” he went on to immediate for a lot more than a dozen other 1980s and 1990s exhibits which include “Simon & Simon,” “Who’s the Boss” and “Saved by the Bell: The New Class.”

Bonner ongoing to act, together with in the early 1990s sequel “The New WKRP in Cincinnati,” “Scarecrow and Mrs. King” and “Night Court.”

“He did favor the behind-the-digital camera (get the job done), and he completely savored assisting people today get to where he required them to be for the scenes,” Boers-Kort mentioned Thursday. “He was quite humble and down-to-earth, and just a awesome, form human.”

He received a kick out of Herb’s sick-encouraged wardrobe and retained some of the belts when the display finished, his daughter explained. He was fond of them since he understood the character’s fashion was “one of the items that individuals liked about him.”


A indigenous of Arkansas whose start identify was Frank Boers Jr., he was raised in the city of Malvern. His Hollywood job began in the 1970s with the movie “Equinox” and on Tv set dramas, such as “The Youthful Lawyers” and “Mannix.”

Bonner is survived by his spouse, Gayle Hardage Bonner, who was his significant school sweetheart in Malvern. The pair reunited and sooner or later wed four a long time later on and following past marriages for both equally, his daughter reported.

Other survivors contain sons Matthew and Justine Bonner stepdaughter DeAndra Freed 7 grandchildren and a terrific-grandchild. Bonner was preceded in dying by his son, Michael.

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