Gregory Sierra

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Miami Vice Character
Born
January 25, 1937, New York, New York
Died
January 4, 2021, Laguna Woods, California (age 83, cancer)
Active
1969-2006


Gregory Sierra (January 25, 1937 - January 4, 2021) was an American actor, who appeared in the series Miami Vice as Detective Lieutenant Lou Rodriguez, head of the Metro-Dade Organized Crime Bureau-Vice Division in the episodes "Brother's Keeper", "Heart of Darkness", "Cool Runnin'", and "Calderone's Return (Part I)". Sierra requested to be written out of the series after four episodes, reportedly due to his not caring for living in Miami (where the series was filmed) and was replaced by Edward James Olmos.

Career

Sierra was born in New York, New York. He began his acting career in 1969 on the TV series It Takes A Thief, followed by appearances in The High Chaparral, The Mod Squad (with Clarence Williams III), The Flying Nun, Mission: Impossible, The Waltons, Ironside, All In The Family, Kung Fu (with Keye Luke), and Gunsmoke before his recurring roles as Julio Fuentes (the constant butt of Fred Sanford's racial jokes) in Sanford & Son, as Detective Sergeant Chano Amenguale in the comedy Barney Miller, as Dr. Antonio Menzies in A.E.S. Hudson Street, and as Carlos "El Puerco" Valdez in Soap. His other TV roles include Quincy, M.E. (with Val Bisoglio), Cagney & Lacey (with J.C. Quinn), Nurses (with David Rasche), and his final TV role, in the 2000 TV movie Blood Money.

His movie career began with 1970's Beneath The Planet of the Apes, followed by Red Sky at Morning (with Pepe Serna), The Thief Who Came to Dinner (with Austin Pendleton), Papillon, The Towering Inferno, and his final film, 2018's The Other Side of the Wind, which was actually made in 1979 but not released until 2018.

Death

Sierra died from cancer on January 4, 2021 in Laguna Woods, California, at the age of 83.

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