New York (Associated Press) – Gregory Sierra, who had memorable roles in the sitcoms “Barney Miller” and “Sanford & Son” in the 1970s, died after suffering from cancer. He was 83 years old.
On Saturday, Helen, Sierra’s widow, said in a phone interview with the Associated Press that the actor passed away January 4 in Laguna Woods, California.
Sierra’s breakthrough came in 1972 when he played Julio Fuentes, Fred J. Sanford’s neighbor, in “Sanford and Son.” He also got a lot of attention to play Sgt. Miguel “Chano” Amanguale for “Barney Miller” which was launched in 1975.
“He was an amazing human being, different from everyone else, male or female, that I knew before,” Helen told the Associated Press. “He was very smart and a great actor. He had a heart of gold.” Anytime someone needed something, he would be there for them and advocate for the underdog anytime. He was a very charming man. He was really a man and a woman fell in love with him all along Time. “
Sierra, who is of Puerto Rican descent, was born on January 25, 1937 in New York City. His TV credits include “All in the Family,” “Soap,” “Miami Vice,” “Zorro and Son,” “Hawaii Five-O”, “Hill Street Blues” and more. He also appeared in films such as “Beneath the Planet of the Apes”, “Papillon”, “The Towering Inferno”, “Honey I Blew Up the Kid” and “The Other Side of the Wind”, which were released in 2018 after more. From 40 years in development.
In addition to Helen, Sierra has survived two daughters Kelly and Jill and his granddaughter Emma.