Frank Bonner, played a flashy salesman with a great appreciation for plaid suits on the TV comedy “WKRP in Cincinnati,” has died.
He was 79.
Bonner died Wednesday from complications of Lewy body dementia, said his daughter, Desiree Boers-Kort.
The actor died at his home in Laguna Niguel, south of Los Angeles.
“WKRP in Cincinnati” aired from 1978-1982 and was set in a Ohio radio station striving to reinvent itself with rock music. The cast included Gary Sandy, Time Reid, Howard Hesseman and Loni Anderson.
After taking on the job for six episodes of “WKRP,” he went on to direct fore more than a dozen other 1980s and 1990s shows including “Simon & Simon,” “Who’s the Boss” and “Saved by the Bell: The New Class.”
Bonner continued to act, including the early 1990s sequel “The New WKRP in Cincinnati,” Scarecrow and Mrs. King” and “Night Court.”
A native of Arkansas whose birth name was Frank Boers Jr., he was raised in the city of Malvern.
Bonner is survived by his wife, Gayle Hardage Bonner, his sons Matthew and Justine Bonner, daughter Desiree Boers-Kort plus bonus daughter DeAndra Freed.