Actor Tige Andrews, who worked for 65 years on stage, screen and television and played Capt. Greer on “The Mod Squad,” died Jan. 27 in Encino, Calif. He was 86.
Andrews also had a recurring role as Lt. Johnny Russo in “The Detectives Starring Robert Taylor,” which ran from 1959 to 1962. He made numerous appearances on TV shows including “The Phil Silvers Show,” “Star Trek” (where he played Kras, the second-ever appearance of a Klingon), “Gunsmoke,” “Marcus Welby M.D.,” “Kojak” and “Murder She Wrote.”
Born Tiger Andrews in Brooklyn, he was a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. He began his acting career on Broadway and Off Broadway in productions such as “Mr. Roberts” and “From Here to Eternity.” He is credited with introducing “Mack the Knife” in the original New York production of “The Threepenny Opera.” He went on to direct and act in other adaptations of this play.
He was Emmy-nominated for his role as Bodos in “The Big Valley” and for “The Mod Squad.”
His film credits include “Imitation General,” “Onionhead” and “China Doll.”
His screen career began when John Ford saw him perform on Broadway in “Mr. Roberts” and brought him to Hollywood to appear in Ford’s film version with Henry Fonda. He went on to appear in Ford’s “The Wings of Eagles” with John Wayne and in one of Ford’s rare television projects, “Flashing Spikes” with Jimmy Stewart in 1962.
Andrews served in the U.S. Army and was wounded in Sicily during WWII. He married ballerina Norma Thornton, whom he met during a publicity stunt where the men from “Mr. Roberts” competed in a bowling tournament against the women from “Gentleman Prefer Blondes.” She died in 1996.
Andrews also painted and sang; in the early 1970s, he recorded two record singles “Keep America Beautiful” and “The Mod Father.”
He is survived by six children and 11 grandchildren.