‘Barney Miller’ star Gregory Sierra dies at 83

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Gregory Sierra, who starred on ‘70s sitcoms like “Barney Miller” and “Sanford and Son,” has died at the age of 83.

A family spokesperson disclosed Sierra passed away on January 4th in Laguna Hills, California after a battle with cancer, reported The Hollywood Reporter.

In the mid '70s, Sierra portrayed Sergeant Miguel "Chano" Amanguale during the first two seasons of “Barney Miller”, alongside Hal Linden, Abe Vigoda and Ron Glass.

He also starred as Red Foxx’s neighbor, Julio Fuentes, on “Sanford and Son.”

Born in New York, Sierra, who was of Puerto Rican descent, was raised in the Manhattan neighborhood of Spanish Harlem. Prior to setting his sights on acting, Sierra contemplated joining the priesthood and attended Cathedral College of the Immaculate Conception in Brooklyn.

After moving to Los Angeles in the late '60s, he appeared in small roles on TV shows like "The Flying Nun," "Mod Squad" and "Hawaii Five-O."

One of his first major breakthrough roles was portraying a Jewish radical in a 1973 episode of "All in the Family."

Following his stints on "Barney Miller" and "Sanford and Son," Sierra would go on to appear in a slew of programs, including "Murder, She Wrote," "Miami Vice" and "Growing Pains."

The actor is survived by his wife, Helene.

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