Jay Gerber, Character Actor From ‘Dog Day Afternoon,’ ‘All in the Family,’ Dies at 86

Jay Gerber, a versatile character actor whose long resume included such notable productions as “Dog Day Afternoon,” “All in the Family” and “L.A. Law,” died at his home in Los Angeles. He was 86.

Gerber died on Oct. 2, his nephew, producer Bill Gerber, told Variety.

In the 1960s, Gerber worked in variety of stage productions, including revues and Off Broadway productions in New York and the 1964 Australian production of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.”

By the early 1970s, Gerber was active in TV commercials and TV series guest shots. He landed a small role as an insurance agent in Sidney Lumet’s “Dog Day Afternoon” (1975).

On a 1977 episode of “All in the Family,” Gerber played the brother of Archie Bunker’s longtime friend Stretch Cunningham, who reveals to Bunker after his brother’s death that he came from a Jewish family. Gerber later logged two appearances in the spinoff series “Archie Bunker’s Place.”

Gerber’s long list of TV roles included appearances on “General Hospital,” “Love, American Style,” “What’s Happening,” “The Rockford Files,” “Eight is Enough,” “Chico and the Man,” and multiple episodes of “Barney Miller,” “Night Court,” “Knot’s Landing” and “Doogie Howser, M.D.” Among his last appearances were guest shots on “Gilmore Girls,” “Any Day Now” and “Alias.”

Gerber also served on the Los Angeles board of AFTRA in the 2000s prior to the union’s merger with SAG.

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