Longtime Screen Actors Guild national board member and 2001 Ralph Morgan recipient Warren Kemmerling passed away Jan. 3 of natural causes. He was 81.

During 18 years of Guild service, Kemmerling served on numerous committees and was a driving force in many contract negotiations. He also served on the SAG Foundation board, became a trustee on the SAG Pension & Health plan and was a vice chairman emeritus for the SAG/AFTRA Credit Union.

“Warren was a true fighter for working actors,” SAG President Melissa Gilbert said. “He consistently campaigned for their rights, wages and working conditions. By giving countless hours of service and improving assistance programs, Warren made a difference in countless lives.”

Kemmerling’s career included appearances in TV series “Perry Mason,” “Bonanza,” “I Dream of Jeannie,” “The Waltons,” “The A-Team,” “Murder, She Wrote” and “L.A. Law.”

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His work in feature films included “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” and “The Cheyenne Social Club.”

He is survived by wife Marianne, a daughter, a son and three grandchildren.