Accomplished actor and television director, Charles Siebert passed away at the age of 84. As per a report, the American actor, best known for his role as Dr Stanley Riverside II on seven seasons of the series “Trapper John M.D., died on May 1. Read on to learn more about the cause of his death.
Pneumonia Related to the Coronavirus
A report reveals that Charles Siebert, 84 died on May 1, 2022, after he struggled with pneumonia related to the coronavirus. His daughter, Gillian Bozanic, also spoke in an interview that the 1970s and 80s film star died at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center.
The legendary Broadway performer’s death was confirmed in a statement on the official website of the 6th Street Playhouse in Santa Rosa, Calif., where Siebert frequently appeared. It reads as under:
“He was generous to his castmates, had an engaging sense of humor, a wealth of experience and pure, unadulterated talent capable of delivering towering, unforgettable performances,” the playhouse said in a statement. “Charlie will be greatly missed, but forever celebrated, by Playhouse patrons and the artists who were fortunate enough to be in his presence.”
Siebert’s Versatile Career
Born in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Charles Siebert studied acting at Marquette University under legendary teacher Fr. John J. Walsh, S.J. and later at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA).
He began his career appearing in regional theatre productions throughout the United States during the 1960s with companies like Shakespeare in the Park in New York City, the Lincoln Center Repertory Company, the American Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Connecticut, the Guthrie Theater, the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, Chicago’s Goodman Theatre, and Baltimore’s Center Stage.
Siebert spent seven summers at the Williamstown Theatre Festival and was a charter member of the American Conservatory Theater. Siebert made his Broadway debut in a 1967 production of Brecht’s Galileo and returned to the Broadway stage five more times through the following decade.
Charles Siebert’s TV career in the late 1960s on the soap opera Search for Tomorrow. Moving to Los Angeles in 1976 Siebert made his first feature film appearance in the horror cult classic Blue Sunshine. By the mid-1970s he had appeared in such series as Hawk, N.Y.P.D., Another World, The Adams Chronicles, Kojak, Police Woman and The Rockford Files.
Siebert was a regular on the comedy program Husbands, Wives & Lovers. In 1987, he was cast alongside Hayley Mills as her husband on the NBC pilot Good Morning, Miss Bliss; however, NBC passed on the program and it was then picked up by the Disney Channel, which made numerous casting changes including dropping Siebert’s role.
The program would evolve into the Saturday morning hit Saved by the Bell. His film roles throughout the mid to late 1970s included …And Justice for All with Al Pacino, Michael Crichton’s Coma, All Night Long with Barbra Streisand and Gene Hackman, and White Water Summer with Sean Astin and Kevin Bacon.
Sieber fetched his most important role in 1979 when he played Dr Stanley Riverside II on Trapper John, M.D. where he also began his directing career. He played a major supporting role as the mayor of Los Angeles, Frank Baldwin, in the 1990 television miniseries The Big One: The Great Los Angeles Earthquake, a disaster thriller.
Apart from this, Siebert was a regular on game shows in the 80s, appearing on $25,000 Pyramid, $100,000 Pyramid, Match Game and Super Password. As for his directing career, he is credited for shows like “Knots Landing,” “Pacific Blue,” “Silk Stalkings,” “Pensacola: Wings of Gold,” “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys” and “Xena: Warrior Princess.”
Sieber’s representatives haven’t responded yet to comments. The actor is survived by his wife, Kristine, whom he married in 1986, as well as children Gillian and Christopher. Siebert will always be remembered for her generosity and unforgettable performances.