Charles Siebert, a sympathetic interpreter of Trapper John, died on May 1, 2022 at the age of 84 following pneumonia, the actor was hospitalized in San Francisco.
Charles Siebertthe portrayal of the pompous Dr. Stanley Riverside II in the CBS medical series Trapper John, is died on May 1, 2022 of Covid-related pneumonia at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center. The actor was 84 years old. His death was confirmed in a statement on the website of the 6th Street Playhouse in Santa Rosa, California, where Siebert frequently appeared.
Born in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Charles Siebert made his Broadway debut in a 1967 production of Brecht’s Galileo. The stage saw him protagonist five more times in the following decade. He began his television career in the late 1960s in the soap opera Waiting for Tomorrow and then moved on to the equally popular So the World Turns. In the mid-1970s he appeared in such series as Hawk the Indian, NYPD, Another World, The Adams Chronicles, Kojak, Neighborhood Cop and the Rockford Agency.
In 1977 she starred in the parody of Norman Lear’s soap opera Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, and later starred in other series including All in the Family, Good Times, Maude and One Day at a Time.
In 1979 he landed what would become his most celebrated role in the MASH spinoff, Trapper John, opposite Pernell Roberts and Gregory Harrison. Siebert’s character served as a touchy, stuffy, but talented counterpart to the more goliardic doctors played by Roberts and Harrison.
The series proved to be a success, consistently ranking in the Top 20 of the entire television season. Siebert remained with the series throughout its run from 1979 to 1986.
The actor later returned to the small screen in the 1980s and 1990s, appearing in Love Boat, New Mike Hammer, Hotel, Mancuso FBI, The Lady in Crime and Xena: Warrior Princess. he also developed a career as a director directing some episodes of Trapper John, Xena, Hercules, Pacific Blue, The Pretender and other series.
On the big screen, Charles Siebert appeared in The Other Side of Midnight (1977), Deep Coma (1978), All Night Long (1981), A Dangerous Outing (1987) and Eight Men Out (1988). In 1979, he played an assistant prosecutor in Norman Jewison’s legal satire … and Justice for All, co Al Pacino.
In the homage posted on the Santa Rosa, California theater website by art director Jared Sakren and former art director Craig A. Miller, Siebert was remembered as “generous to his castmates”with “an engaging sense of humor, a wealth of experience and a pure and genuine talent” able to offer impressive and unforgettable performances:
“Anyone who has had the honor and pleasure of sharing the stage with him knows that watching him work was a lesson in itself: pure heart, burning passion, terrifying truth and fearlessness – all on display, every moment he was out there. He wasn’t just a consummate artist, he was a mentor to those who worked with him. “.