A Fond Farewell to Ron Harper: A Legendary Actor Whose Career Spanned Decades in TV and Film

91-Year-Old Actor Known for ‘Generations’ and ‘Another World’

Ron Harper, a legendary actor whose career spanned several decades on TV, passed away on March 21 in West Hills, CA at the age of 91 due to natural causes. His daughter, Nicole Longeuay, confirmed his death to The Hollywood Reporter.

Born in Pennsylvania, Harper studied at Princeton and served in the U.S. Navy before moving to New York City to work as Paul Newman’s understudy in Sweet Bird of Youth on Broadway. He later relocated to Los Angeles to pursue a television career, starting with a role on NBC’s Tales of Wells Fargo in 1960. Harper went on to appear in shows such as Wagon Train, Shotgun Slade, and 87th Precinct, where he played Det. Bert Kling in multiple episodes.

In addition to his TV work, Harper had regular roles on Garrison’s Gorillas, Where the Heart Is, and Planet of the Apes. He also found success in daytime dramas, including Another World, Loving, and Generations. Among his recent credits were roles in Pearl Harbor and The West Wing.

Harper leaves behind a legacy in the entertainment industry that will be remembered for years to come as a versatile actor who excelled in both TV and film roles. His passing is a great loss for the entertainment industry and for all those who knew him personally or professionally.

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