Charles Siebert, the Dr. Stanley Riverside II, who played Trapper John, MD, has died. He was 84.
His daughter, Gillian Bozanic, told The Hollywood Reporter that Siebert died on May 1 at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center from COVID-related pneumonia.
The accomplished stage actor starred in all 151 episodes of the “M*A*S*H” spinoff, which aired from 1979-1986.
He also starred in the 1970s films The Other Side of Midnight, Blue Sunshine, Coma, and And Justice for All.
In the 1980s he appeared in “All Night Long”, “White Water Summer” and “Eight Men Out”.
Siebert studied acting at Marquette University and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. In 1965 he became a founding member of the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.
“Charlie was never one to compliment, gush, or cajole too much,” wrote Craig A. Miller, former artistic director of Santa Rosa’s 6th Street Playhouse, in a tribute to the actor. “He was serious about his craft; He worked hard, and he expected everyone around him to do the same. He took us all to a new level of theatrics and magic. As an actor, he didn’t want praise—he wanted the damn grades.”
He also made six Broadway appearances from the late 1960s, first appearing in Galileo in 1967, followed by Jimmy Shine in 1968. He later landed a starring role in the 1970 play The Gingerbread Lady.
After writing roles on daytime soaps like Search for Tomorrow, As the World Turns, and Another World, he moved to Los Angeles and was cast in the NBC pilot for Good Morning, Miss Bliss shortly thereafter in 1987 aired.
That show eventually became Saved By the Bell after being picked up by Disney Channel, but the network dropped Siebert’s role.
During his career he has appeared in guest or recurring roles on numerous shows including All in the Family – and its spin-off Maude – as well as One Day at a Time, Kojak, Police Woman . “The Rockford Files”, “The Incredible Hulk” and “Murder, She Wrote”.