Frank Bonner, who played Herb Tarlek on the TV sitcom ‘WKRP in Cincinnati,’ dies at age 79

Bonner’s very first credited function remained in the cult movie “Equinox,” in which he was credited by his birth name, Frank Boers, Jr., according to the Web Motion Picture Database.

However he accomplished his biggest popularity in 1978 for his function as the overconfident sales supervisor Herb Tarlek on WKRP. The program ranged from 1978 till 1982.

At the imaginary radio station, Tarlek was a sleazy-but-likeable salesperson, understood for his arrogant attitude and jocular relationship with his employer. His sense of style was even louder than the station’s rock ‘n’ roll playlist. Tarlek sparred with video jockey while using a relatively unlimited supply of plaid sportscoats and large neckties.

The cast of "WKRP in Cincinnati," including Frank Bonner as Herb Tarlek, second from the left.
“RIP My Great Friend !!” star Gary Sandy published on Facebook on Thursday. On “WKRP,” Sandy played program director Andy Travis, another regular foil of Bonner’s character.

Behind the scenes, Bonner established an interest in directing, working behind the cam on 5 episodes of “WKRP” prior to helming episodes of other programs, consisting of “Just the Ten of Us” and “Saved by the Bell: The New Class,” in which he likewise acted on-camera.

When the success of syndicated reruns of “WKRP” triggered manufacturers to restore the series in 1991, Bonner signed back on as both a star and director. “The New WKRP in Cincinnati” ran for 2 seasons.

“He loved his fans and was still signing autograph requests up until the last few weeks of his illness. Thank you to all who followed his career,” Boers-Kort published on Facebook.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.