Frank Bonner

For the baseball player, see Frank Bonner (baseball).
Frank Bonner
Born Frank Woodrow Boers, Jr.
(1942-02-28) February 28, 1942
Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S.
Occupation Actor, director
Years active 1970–present
Spouse(s) Sharon Gray
(1966-1971; divorced)
Mary A. Rings
Lillian Garrett-Groag
(1977–1980; divorced)
Catherin M. Sherwood
(1981 - ?;divorced)
Gayle Hardage

Frank Bonner (born February 28, 1942) is an American actor and television director best known for playing sales manager Herb Tarlek on the television sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati.

Life and career

Bonner was born Frank Woodrow Boers, Jr., in Little Rock, Arkansas, the son of Grace Marie (née Dobbins), a singer, and Frank Woodrow Boers, a saxophone player.[1] Bonner started his acting career in the experimental 1967 indie film "The Equinox...a journey into the unknown" which was re-made into the 1970 cult classic Equinox (credited as Frank Boers, Jr.). He reprised Tarlek in the 1991 spinoff The New WKRP in Cincinnati, and in a 2004 rock video for Canadian indie rock band Rheostatics (for the song "The Tarleks", from their album 2067).

Bonner appeared as a guest star in one episode of the sitcom Night Court in the 1980s. From 1988-1990, Bonner played the role of "Father Hargis," headmaster of the fictional St. Augustine's Academy on the TV show Just the Ten of Us. (This show was a spin-off of Growing Pains). Bonner also directed several episodes of WKRP in Cincinnati as well as other TV sitcoms, including Who's the Boss?, Head of the Class, Evening Shade, Newhart and every episode of the NBC Saturday morning sitcom City Guys. Bonner also appeared in five episodes of Saved by the Bell: The New Class, and directed 4 episodes.

Bonner's next film, Under the Hollywood Sign, co-starring Clayton Rohner and Jenette Goldstein, was due to be released in 2014.[2]


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