Who is Gregory Sierra? Is he dead or is he still alive? Wiki bio
Gregory Sierra was born in New York City, USA, on January 25, 1937, so his zodiac sign is Aquarius and he is an American national. He’s an actor who gained recognition after playing Detective Sergeant Chano Amenguale in the comedy drama series “Barney Miller”, which aired from 1975 to 1982 and starred Hal Linden, Abe Vigoda and Max Gall. It follows a police captain and his staff as they deal with New York’s troubles. The show won two Golden Globe Awards, seven other awards and was nominated for 43 in total.
Gregory retired from acting in 1998, but returned for his final role in 2018.
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A rumor has been circulating on the internet that the popular actor has passed away, but this has not been confirmed.
Youth and education
Gregory was raised as a single child in New York City by his father, who was a theater actor, and his mother, who was a dentist – he fell in love with acting at age five when he saw his father perform. His parents are of Puerto Rican descent and Gregory was therefore bullied when he started primary school.
While attending a public high school, Gregory was a member of the school’s drama club and performed in most of the plays performed there, and was also physically active while playing soccer and football. After his entrance examination in 1955, he decided to concentrate on his acting and did not enroll in any university.
Roles in TV series
Gregory worked at various jobs to support himself financially while making many uncredited appearances in movies and TV series over the next 14 years before being credited for his portrayal of Fletcher in the action-adventure series “It Takes a Thief” . After being praised for his performance, in 1970 he was invited to guest star in episodes of three series: “Mission: Impossible”, “McCloud” and “Mod Squad”.
He then played the recurring character Julio Fuentes in the sitcom “Sanford and Son” from 1972 to 1975, while simultaneously shooting for other series such as “All in the Family”, “The Waltons” and “Hawaii Five-O” in 1973 .
In 1974, he was cast to play Lou D’Allessandro in the crime drama series “Columbo”, while in subsequent years he won roles in “Hunter” in 1977, “AES Hudson Street” in 1978 and “The Greatest American Hero” in 1981. Some of the roles that followed were in “Hart to Hart” in 1981, “Quincy M. E” in 1982, and “Zorro and Son” in 1983.
His next notable role was his portrayal of the recurring character Lt. Lou Rodriguez in the crime drama series ‘Miami Vice’, starring Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas, which follows two undercover detectives as they solve crimes in Miami, Florida. Some of Gregory’s next roles were in single episodes of “The Paper Chase” in 1984, “Simon & Simon” in 1985, and “MacGyver” in 1985, among more than 10 other series.
Until 1995, Gregory acted in individual episodes of more than 20 series, one of the latest being ‘Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman” and “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” both in 1994, and “Walker, Texas Ranger” in 1995.
Roles in movies
Gregory made his screen debut as Verger in the sci-fi film “Beneath the Planet of the Apes” in 1970, followed by his portrayals of supporting characters in “Getting Straight”, “Weekend of Terror” and “Red Sky at Morning” in 1971. He became also invited to play a supporting role in “Machismo: 40 Graves for 40 Guns”.
Some of his next roles were as Chavarin in “Pocket Money”, One-Eyes Horsethief in “The Culpepper Cattle Co.”, and Jurado in “The Wrath of God” in 1972.
In 1973, he appeared in “The Thief Who Came to Dinner” and “The Clones”, and starred in the historical drama prison film “Papillon”, which also starred Dustin Hoffman and Steven McQueen. After that, Gregory was cast in ‘The Castaway Cowboy’ in 1974, ‘The Towering Inferno’ in 1975 and in ‘The Night They Took Miss Beautiful’ in 1977. In 1979, he played The Count in the adventure drama film ‘The Prisoner of Zenda’, starring starring Ronald Colman and Madeleine Carroll about a man who has to impersonate his king after he is kidnapped.Gregory also appeared in “The Night the Bridge Fell Down” in 1983, “Let’s Get Harry” in 1986 and “The Trouble with Spies” in 1987.
In 1992, Gregory Barbosa starred in the action thriller movie “Deep Cover”, and then appeared in “Honey I Blew Up the Kid” and “Hot Shots! Part Deux” in 1993. Some of his last roles in movies were in the neo-western action horror film “Vampires”, where he played Father Giovanni in 1998, in the comedy film “Jane Austen’s Mafia!” also as Bonifacio in 1998, and in the experimental film “The Other Side of the Wind” as Jack Simon in 2018.
Love life and relationships
Gregory has kept his private affairs out of the media’s attention, but on April 9, 1978, the newspaper “The Blade” published an article about him and his wife.
According to the article, Gregory was steadily rising to fame in the US and he and his wife had been living separately for a few months as she requested. They married in 1972 in a small ceremony attended by their closest friends and family, but after six years of being together, she committed suicide. It is widely believed that Gregory remarried several years after his wife’s death and that he and his second wife have been together to this day, living in Laguna Woods, California.
Gregory has no children, but his second wife is said to have two sons from her first marriage, and the boys grew up with her and Gregory.
Hobbies and other interests
Gregory wanted to become a famous singer during his teenage years and was a big fan of jazz and blues music. Growing up, he spent most of his free time outdoors playing sports with his peers such as football and baseball while also being interested in reading books and telling jokes to make his friends laugh. Gregory also planned to do stand-up comedy, but eventually settled for straight acting.
He is an animal lover and has had numerous pets including dogs, cats and hamsters.
Some of his favorite actors and actresses are Mark Harmon, Diana Scarwid and Donnelly Rhodes while some of his favorite movies are “After the Promise”, “Gone with the Wind” and “One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest”.
One of Gregory’s main hobbies during his 30’s and 40’s was traveling, and he has been to every US state and has also visited many European and Asian countries including Norway, England and Spain (Europe) and India (Asia).
Appearance and power
Gregory is 83 years old. He has short brown hair and brown eyes, is 1.85 m tall and weighs about 78 kg. From May 2020, his net worth is estimated at over $2 million.