Ramon Bieri

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Ramon Bieri
Ramon Arens Bieri

(1929-06-16)June 16, 1929
DiedMay 27, 2001(2001-05-27) (aged 71)
OccupationFilm, television actor
Spouse(s)Dorothy Whitney
Charlene Polite

Ramon Arens Bieri (June 16, 1929 – May 27, 2001) was an American actor who starred in many films and TV shows.

Television work[edit]

Bieri starred as the title character in the NBC sitcom Joe's World, from December 1979 to July 1980, playing Joe Wabash, a Detroit housepainter with a wife and five kids.[1]:613–614 He co-starred on the short-lived 1981 TV series Bret Maverick with James Garner, as banker Elijah Crow.[1]:154–155 Bieri appeared in many TV movies as well. In 1971-1972, he played Lieutenant Barney Verick in the NBC drama Sarge.[2]

His movie roles range from Badlands, The Sicilian, The Grasshopper, which was his first film, Grandview, U.S.A., and Reds.

Bieri made guest appearances in many TV shows, including Daniel Boone, Gunsmoke, Bonanza, Hawaii Five-O, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, The Rockford Files, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, The Dukes of Hazzard, The Partridge Family, Hogan's Heroes, Quincy, M.E. and Knight Rider in two episodes, playing a different villain in each. He was featured in recurring roles in Room 222 (as the vice principal) and St. Elsewhere. Bieri also appeared in "The Final Chapter," the first episode of the 1977 NBC series Quinn Martin's Tales of the Unexpected (known in the United Kingdom as Twist in the Tale),[3] and in the "Murder! Murder!" episode of the NBC series The Eddie Capra Mysteries in 1978.[4] His last role was in an episode of HBO's Arliss that aired in August, 2001 which was a little over two months after his death.


On May 27, 2001, Bieri died of cancer in Woodland Hills, California, at age 71.[5]


Year Title Role Notes
1966 Hogan's Heroes Steiner 1 episode
1969-1971 Mission: Impossible Colonel Rodriguez / Colonel Jaroslav Sardner 2 episodes
1970 The Grasshopper Roosevelt Dekker
R. P. M. Brown
1971 The Andromeda Strain Major Manchek
Brother John Orly Ball
1971-1973 Bonanza Jonas Holt / Sheriff Solomon Budd 2 episode
1971-1972 Alias Smith and Jones Ted Thompson / Sheriff Moody
1972 The Honkers Jack Ferguson
1973 Badlands Cato
1974 The Conversation Man at Party Uncredited
1974-1976 Cannon Lt. Lancaster / Captain Stiles 3 episodes
1976 Crazed Malcolm
1977 The Rhinemann Exchange Daniel Meehan 1 episode
Sorcerer Corlette
1978 Wheels Ernie Johnson TV
True Grit: A Further Adventure Sheriff Ambrose TV movie
1979 The Frisco Kid Mr. Jones
1980 A Christmas Without Snow Henry Quist TV movie
1981 Reds Police Chief
1984 Grandview, U.S.A. Mr. Pearson
1985 The Zoo Gang Pa Donnely
1986 The Richest Cat in the World Oscar Kohlmeyer 1 episode
1987 The Sicilian Quintana
1988 Vibes Eli Diamond
1991 Love, Lies and Murder Howard 2 episodes
1994 Children of the Dark T. Hardy Fallbrook TV movie
1996 Ghosts of Mississippi James Holley


  1. ^ a b Brooks, Tim; Marsh, Earl (2003). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946–Present (8th ed.). New York: Ballantine Books. ISBN 0-345-45542-8.
  2. ^ Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. pp. 928–929. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7.
  3. ^ Classic Television Archive: Quinn Martin's Tales of the Unexpected (1977)
  4. ^ tvguide.com The Eddie Capra Mysteries 1978 TV Show Episode Guide
  5. ^ Lentz, Harris M. III (2002). Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2001: Film, Television, Radio, Theatre, Dance, Music, Cartoons and Pop Culture. McFarland. pp. 34–35. ISBN 9780786452064. Retrieved 23 August 2017.

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