Frank Bonner ‘WKRP in Cincinnati’ Co-Star Loni Anderson Remembers Late Actor in Emotional Message

by Matthew Wilson

“WKRP in Cincinnati” actor Loni Anderson is remembering her late co-star Frank Bonner. Bonner passed away on Wednesday (June 16). He was 79-years-old.

Bonner died  “peacefully” with his family. The actor had been battling Lewy body dementia for some time. But Bonner left behind a body of work for his fans to continue to enjoy. Most notably was “WKRP in Cincinnati,” which he starred in alongside Anderson.

“Frank Bonner was like family,” Anderson told Fox News. “He was one of the funniest and nicest men I worked with. I am heartbroken.”

Previously, Anderson shared one of her favorite memories of working with Bonner. The two shared the screen for four seasons, from 1978 to 1982.

“Gosh, I have so many,” Anderson told the outlet. “But there’s one spectacular scene I did with Frank Bonner, who played the salesman who was always after me. Jan Smithers, who played Bailey Quarters, told me to accept a date with him and maybe I would scare him away and he would leave me alone.”

Anderson said Bonner knew how to elevate a scene. It ended up being a magical moment on set that translated to a memorable moment on screen.

“However, it didn’t scare him,” she continued. “We have a scene alone in my apartment, which was so beautifully written. Frank is really poignant in it. It was such a wonderful scene to play because he’s so talented and gifted. We got fan letters, the two of us, from Steve Allen and Jack Lemmons about that scene. So I think that’s my favorite memory.”

Co-Stars Remember Frank Bonner

In the wake of his death, several people have offered memorials to the late actor. For one, his daughter Desiree Boer-Kort used the “WKRP in Cincinnati” page to offer a tribute to her father. Bonner played the role of salesman Herb Tarlek on the show. He later reprised the role in the 1990s as well.

“I’m deeply saddened to let you know that our beloved Frank Bonner passed away today at age 79,” she wrote online. “He loved his fans and was still signing autograph requests up until the last few weeks of his illness. Thank you to all who followed his career. He will be forever missed.”

Meanwhile, SiriusXM host Eric Alper also remembered the late actor. He shared a tribute to Bonner on Twitter, remembering his roles.

“Frank Bonner, the actor and TV director best known as Herb Tarlek on WKRP in Cincinnati, has died,” Alper wrote on Twitter. “He was 79. He also directed episodes of ‘Family Ties,’ ‘Who’s the Boss?,’ ‘Just the Ten of Us’ and ‘City Guys’ and will be sadly missed.”