June 21, 2024

Legendary Actor Ron Harper Dies at 91: From Broadway to Daytime Dramas and TV Shows

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91-Year-Old Actor Known for ‘Generations’ and ‘Another World’

Ron Harper, a legendary actor with a career spanning decades on television, passed away on March 21 in West Hills, CA at the age of 91 due to natural causes. His daughter, Nicole Longeuay, confirmed his death to The Hollywood Reporter.

Born in Pennsylvania, Harper studied at Princeton and served in the U.S. Navy before moving to New York City to work as Paul Newman’s understudy in Sweet Bird of Youth on Broadway. He later relocated to Los Angeles to pursue a television career, starting with a role on NBC’s Tales of Wells Fargo in 1960.

Harper went on to appear in shows such as Wagon Train, Shotgun Slade, and 87th Precinct, where he played Det. Bert Kling in multiple episodes. He also had regular roles on Garrison’s Gorillas, Where the Heart Is, and Planet of the Apes. In addition to his TV work, Harper found success in daytime dramas like Another World, Loving

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