Frank Bonner

Frank Bonner

Feb. 28th, 1942
Born in
Little Rock, Arkansas, USA

Frank Bonner's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
WKRP in Cincinnati TV Show
WKRP in Cincinnati
Just the Ten of Us TV Show
Just the Ten of Us
Sidekicks TV Show
The Duck Factory TV Show
The Duck Factory

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

[none found]


Frank Bonner (born Frank Woodrow Boers Jr., is an American actor and television director best known for playing sales manager Herb Tarlek on the television sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati.
Bonner was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, the son of Mamie Grace (née Dobbins), a singer, and Frank Woodrow Boers, a saxophone player. Bonner started his acting career in the experimental 1967 independent film The Equinox ... A Journey into the Unknown, which was re-shot and re-edited as the 1970 cult classic Equinox (credited as Frank Boers, Jr.).
In 1978, Bonner was injured in a parachute accident. Bonner was being towed by a 4 wheel drive vehicle when the ascendancy parachute he was hanging in collapsed in a freak wind at the El Mirage Dry Lake Recreational Area in 50 miles northeast of Los Angeles. Bonner fell 20 feet and suffered internal and back injuries. This accident led to his appearance with crutches on TV, most noticeably in the WKRP in Cincinnati, season 2 episode - A Family Affair as well as an All-Star Special episode of Family Feud.
He reprised the role of Herb Tarlek in the 1991 spinoff The New WKRP in Cincinnati, and in a 2004 rock video for Canadian indie rock band Rheostatics (for the song "The Tarleks", from their album 2067).
Bonner appeared as a guest star in one episode of the sitcom Night Court in the 1980s. From 1988 to 1990, Bonner played the role of Father Hargis, headmaster of the fictional St. Augustine's Academy on the TV show Just the Ten of Us which was a spin-off of Growing Pains. Bonner also appeared in one of the early episodes of the television show Newhart.
Bonner also directed several episodes of WKRP in Cincinnati as well as other TV sitcoms, including Who's the Boss?, Head of the Class (starring WKRP alumni Howard Hesseman), Evening Shade, Newhart and every episode of the NBCSaturday morning sitcom City Guys. Bonner also appeared in five episodes of Saved by the Bell: The New Class, and directed four episodes.

  • The Canadian rock group, 'Rheostatics', wrote a song about his _"WKRP in Cincinnati" (1978)_ (qv) character "Herb Tarlek". Bonner also starred in the music video.
  • His ex-wife, 'Lillian Garrett' (qv), guest-starred on his TV series, _"WKRP in Cincinnati" (1978)_ (qv).

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