‘Trapper John, MD’ actor Charles Siebert dies at 84

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Charles Siebert, the theater-trained actor who played the pretentious Dr. Stanley Riverside II on all seven seasons of the TAUT drama Trapper John, MD, is dead. He was 84 years old.

Siebert died May 1 of COVID-related pneumonia at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center, his daughter, Gillian Bozanic, said. The Hollywood Reporter.

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On the big screen, the accomplished Siebert has appeared in films such as The other side of midnight (1977), blue sun (1977), Coma (1978), Norman Jewison… And justice for all (1979), All night long (nineteen eighty one), Whitewater Summer (1987) and Eight men out (1988).

Siebert played Helen Keller’s father in the 1979 NBC TV movie The Miracle Worker which starred Melissa Gilbert as Helen and Patty Duke – an Oscar winner 16 years earlier for her turn as a blind, deaf and mute girl – as Professor Annie Sullivan.

Siebert appeared in all 151 episodes of the MASH POTATOES spin off Trapper Johnwhich aired from 1979 to 1986. His character, the chief of emergency services at San Francisco Memorial Hospital, often clashed with “Trapper” surgeon John McIntyre, played by Pernell Roberts.

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He became a television director on the TAUT Television series in 1982 and later directed episodes of other shows such as Landing Nodes, Pacific Blue, silk trackers, Pensacola: Golden Wings, Hercules: The Legendary Voyages and Xena: Warrior Princess until 2001.

Charles Alan Siebert was born on March 9, 1938 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. He studied theater at Marquette University under the famous Father John J. Walsh and at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, then became a founding member of the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco in 1965 alongside Richard Dysart, Michael Learned and others.

Siebert appeared on Broadway in Bertolt Brecht Galileo in 1967, in jimmy shine opposite Dustin Hoffman in 1968-69 and in Neil Simon The Gingerbread Lady alongside Maureen Stapleton in 1970-71, then worked for Joseph Papp in a Public Theater production of David Rabe sticks and bones in 1971.

Meanwhile, he was making ends meet with roles in soap operas such as search tomorrow, As the world turns and Another world. He traveled to Los Angeles in the mid-1970s.

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In 1987, Siebert was cast alongside Hayley Mills as her husband on the NBC pilot Hello, Miss Bliss; when the show – to finally become saved by the bell – was picked up by Disney Channel, her role was dropped.

His onstage resume also included David Storey The locker room and Tennessee Williams Cat on a hot tin roof on Broadway and Rubbersdirected by Alan Arkin, off-Broadway.

He spent seven summers at the Williamstown Theater Festival in Massachusetts.

Siebert returned as Bonnie Franklin’s character boss on TAUT’ One day at a time from 1977 to 1979 and starred in the short-lived comedy created by Joan Rivers Husbands, wives and lovers, also for TAUT, in 1979.

He performed three times in All in the family and appeared on other shows including NYPD, kojak, Policewoman, The Rockford Files, The Incredible Hulk, Maud, Mancuso, FBI and The Murder She Wrote.

Survivors include his second wife, Kristine, whom he married in 1986; children Gillian and Christopher, musician of Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers; stepchildren Kristina, Max and Jeremy; and brothers Ronald, Leonard and Jack.

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His first wife, Catherine, died in 1981 of breast cancer at the age of 44. Another son, Charlie Jr., died in 2020.

Siebert moved to Sonoma County in 1992 and continued to perform and conduct on stages in the area.

“Charlie was never one to over-compliment, gush or flatter,” wrote Craig A. Miller, former artistic director of the 6th Street Playhouse in Santa Rosa, in a tribute to the actor. “He was serious about his craft; he worked hard and he expected everyone around him to do the same. He lifted us all to a new level of theatrics and magic. As an actor, he didn’t want the praise – he wanted the fucking ratings.

Contributions in his name can be made to Doctors Without Borders or World Central Kitchen, two of his favorite organizations.

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