March 19, 1920
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
|Died||January 27, 2007 (aged 86)|
Encino, California, U.S.
|Alma mater||American Academy of Dramatic Arts|
Josephine Bernice Phillips
(m. 1944; div. 1946)
(m. 1950; her death 1996)
Tiger "Tige" Andrews (March 19, 1920 – January 27, 2007) was an American character actor. He is best remembered for his law-enforcement roles as Captain Adam Greer and Lieutenant Johnny Russo in two ABC crime drama television series: The Mod Squad, and The Detectives Starring Robert Taylor, respectively.
Life and career
Andrews was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Syrian parents Selma (née Shaleesh) and George E. Andrews, a shopkeeper. His family's surname was originally "Androwas". His parents, following Syrian custom, named him after a strong animal to ensure good health. His mother died when he was three years old, and his father later remarried. Andrews moved with his family to Middlesex, New Jersey.
Andrews made his Broadway debut in the original 1948 cast of Thomas Heggen and Joshua Logan's war comedy Mister Roberts. Hollywood director John Ford saw the play while visiting New York and, remembering his performance in it, cast him in the 1955 film version of Mister Roberts. Back in New York in 1955, Andrews won critical acclaim as The Streetsinger in the long-running revival of Marc Blitzstein's translation of the Brecht-Weill musical, The Threepenny Opera, off-Broadway. It featured German star Lotte Lenya and an ensemble cast of future stars, including Beatrice Arthur, Jo Sullivan, John Astin, Jerry Orbach, Ed Asner, and Jerry Stiller. He reprised the role in San Francisco and Los Angeles, California, and went on to direct The Threepenny Opera in Arizona.
Andrews made frequent appearances on television in the 1960s. In addition to being a cast member of The Phil Silvers Show (1955–1957, as Tiger Andrews), Andrews appeared in such series as U.S. Marshal, The Lawless Years, Mr. Novak, Dundee and the Culhane, The Big Valley, The Fugitive, Gunsmoke, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., and Star Trek as Kras in the episode "Friday's Child", in which he was the first Klingon ever to die in that series.
His best known roles were Lieutenant Johnny Russo on The Detectives and as Captain Adam Greer on The Mod Squad. For the latter role, he received both an Emmy and a Golden Globe award nomination and won a Logie Award. Andrews reunited with his fellow Mod Squad cast members for a 1979 made-for-television film, The Return Of Mod Squad; it was their last appearance together. After The Mod Squad ended, Andrews continued to make guest appearances on various television series, such as Kojak, Marcus Welby, M.D., Police Story, CHiPs, and Murder, She Wrote.
His film career included roles in Onionhead (1958), A Private's Affair (1959), In Enemy Country (1968), The Last Tycoon (1976), and Raid on Entebbe (1977, as Shimon Peres). He retired from acting in the early 1990s after having appeared in more than one hundred acting roles onstage, on film and on television.
In addition to his acting career, Andrews was an accomplished painter and singer. His artwork has been shown in Los Angeles art galleries, and some of it was published in the book Actors As Artists by Jim McMullan and Dick Gautier. He collaborated with Sandy Matlowsky and Sid Kuller on two original songs on his Tiger Records label in Los Angeles, California. "The Modfather" and "Keep America Beautiful" were the A and B sides of the vinyl 45 single release.
Before moving to California, Tige married Norma Thornton, a ballerina who was a regular on The Ed Sullivan Show. Norma Thornton Andrews died in 1996. They had had six children, three boys and three girls: Barbara, Gina, Julie, John, Steve and Tony, and eleven grandchildren.
|1957||The Wings of Eagles||Arizona Pincus||Uncredited|
|1957||Until They Sail||US Marine, Store Customer|
|1958||China Doll||Cpl. Carlo Menotti|
|1958||Imitation General||Pvt. Orville Hutchmeyer|
|1959||A Private's Affair||Sgt. Pickerell|
|1968||In Enemy Country||Nicolay|
|1976||The Last Tycoon||Popolos|
|1951||Kraft Television Theatre||Episode: "Moon Over Mulberry Street"|
|1952||The Hunter||Episode: "The Ghost Goes East"|
|1952–1953||Armstrong Circle Theatre||Sam||2 episodes|
|1953||Suspense||1st Thug||Episode: "The Quarry"|
|1953||Plymouth Playhouse||Episode: "Jetfighter"|
|1954||Inner Sanctum||Reed||Episode: "The Hermit"|
|1955–1956||The Phil Silvers Show||Pvt. Gander||22 episodes|
|1957–1968||Gunsmoke||Jose Santillo / Mike Postil||2 episodes|
|1958||The Walter Winchell File||Frank||Episode: "The Box Men: File #38"|
|1958||U.S. Marshal||Sam||Episode: "Mechanic"|
|1958||Steve Canyon||Sgt. Bagdasarian||Episode: "Operation Jettison"|
|1958–1959||Playhouse 90||Bassi / Frank Nitti||2 episodes|
|1959||Zorro||Nava||Episode: "The Iron Box"|
|1959||The Lawless Years||Tony Morelli||Episode: "The Tony Morelli Story"|
|1959||Grand Jury||Ben||Episode: "Fire Trap"|
|1959–1962||The Detectives||Det. Lt. John Russo / Lt. John Russo||97 episodes|
|1961||The Best of the Post||C.P.O. Jacobsen||Episode: "Band of Brothers"|
|1961||Adventures in Paradise||Jay Jay Jenkins||Episode: "Wild Mangoes"|
|1961||The Dick Powell Show||Paul Manzuk||Episode: "Somebody's Waiting"|
|1962||Alcoa Premiere||Gaby Lasalle||Episode: "Flashing Spikes"|
|1962||Ensign O'Toole||Soilman||Episode: "Operation: Holdout"|
|1962–1965||Ben Casey||Dave McClusky / Cash Burdock||2 episodes|
|1963||Sam Benedict||Bill Yohler||Episode: "Green Room, Grey Morning"|
|1963||Mr. Novak||Lt. Charles Green||Episode: "A Single Isolated Incident"|
|1964||Dr. Kildare||Roy Winters||Episode: "The Middle of Ernie Mann"|
|1965||Slattery's People||Horse||Episode: "Question: Who You Taking to the Main Event, Eddie?"|
|1965||Twelve O'Clock High||Master Sgt. Tony Podesta||Episode: "R/X for a Sick Bird"|
|1965||Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.||Chief Petty Officer||3 episodes|
|1966||Jericho||Francois Leboult||Episode: "Wall to Wall Kaput"|
|1966||Run for Your Life||Sam Miller||Episode: "A Game of Violence"|
|1967||The Big Valley||Bodos||Episode: "Wagonload of Dreams"|
|1967||The Fugitive||Buck Leonard||Episode: "The Walls of Night"|
|1967||The F.B.I.||John Forno||Episode: "Force of Nature"|
|1967||Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre||Det. Owens||Episode: "Deadlock"|
|1967||Dundee and the Culhane||Nicasio||Episode: "The Jubilee Raid Brief"|
|1967||Star Trek: The Original Series||Kras||Episode: "Friday's Child"|
|1968||Premiere||Albert Sanchez||Episode: "The Freebooters"|
|1968–1973||The Mod Squad||Capt. Adam Greer||123 episodes|
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (1971)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (1970)
|1973||Marcus Welby, M.D.||Fred Pulaski||Episode: "For Services Rendered"|
|1974||Skyway to Death||Sam Nichols||Television film|
|1974–1975||Police Story||Blodgett / Sergeant Kidder||3 episodes|
|1974–1978||Kojak||Sergeant Geno Polucci / Joe Paxton / Aaron Fisk||4 episodes|
|1975||The Wide World of Mystery||Bert / the Werewolf||Episode: "The Werewolf of Woodstock"|
|1975||Amy Prentiss||Adams||Episode: "Profile in Evil"|
|1975||Barbary Coast||Phineas T. James||Episode: "An Iron-Clad Plan"|
|1975||Police Woman||Lieutenant McKay||Episode: "The Purge"|
|1976||Good Heavens||Jack McMann||Episode: "Take Me Out to the Ball Game"|
|1977||Raid on Entebbe||Shimon Peres||Television film|
|1978||Flying High||Blakely||Episode: "The Marcy Connection"|
|1978–1981||CHiPs||Charley Davis / Charley||3 episodes|
|1979||The Return of the Mod Squad||Adam Greer||Television film|
|1980||Vegas||Benson||Episode: "Lost Monday"|
|1982||Quincy, M.E.||Victor Ramsey||Episode: "Expert in Murder"|
|1982||Tucker's Witch||Terry Porter||Episode: "Big Mouth"|
|1982||Seven Brides for Seven Brothers||Merlin Palmer||Episode: "Christmas Song"|
|1984||Hawaiian Heat||Dan McGreedy||Episode: "Old Dues"|
|1985||Street Hawk||Morgan Hartmann||Episode: "Fire on the Wing"|
|1985||Misfits of Science||Bill||Episode: "Fumble on the One"|
|1987||Sledge Hammer!||Hugo Victor||Episode: "Jagged Sledge"|
|1991||Murder, She Wrote||Carmine Abruzzi||Episode: "Family Doctor"|
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