'WKRP in Cincinnati' star Frank Bonner dies at age 79

Frank Bonner
Frank Bonner stars as advertising salesman Herb Tarlek, on WKRP in Cincinnati, a CBS television situation comedy about characters at a radio station. Originally broadcast Sept. 18, 1978. Photo credit CBS via Getty Images
By , 1010 WINS

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — Actor Frank Bonner, who starred in the late '70s and early '80s sitcom series “WKRP in Cincinnati,” has died at age 79, according to a report.

Family members told TMZ Bonner died of complications related to Lewy body dementia on Wednesday.

Bonner was best known for playing sales manager Herb Tarlek on the radio station-centric CBS series, which ran from 1978 to 1982.

He reprised the role between 1991 and 1993, when a sequel to the show, “The New WKRP in Cincinnati,” aired on CBS.

He also appeared in shows including “Just the Ten of Us,” “Saved by the Bell: The New Class,” “Sidekicks,” “Murder, She Wrote,” “Night Court,” “Newhart” and “The Love Boat.”

In addition to acting, Bonner directed hundreds of television episodes for shows including “WKRP in Cincinnati,” “The New WKRP in Cincinnati,” “City Guys,” “Harry and the Hendersons” and “USA High.”

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