Bonner’s first credited position was in the cult movie “Equinox,” in which he was credited by his delivery identify, Frank Boers, Jr., in accordance with the Internet Movie Database.
But he achieved his best fame in 1978 for his position as the overconfident gross sales supervisor Herb Tarlek on WKRP. The present ran from 1978 till 1982.
At the fictional radio station, Tarlek was a sleazy-but-likeable salesman, recognized for his cocky demeanor and jocular relationship together with his boss. His sense of style was even louder than the station’s rock ‘n’ roll playlist. Tarlek sparred with disc jockeys whereas carrying a seemingly infinite provide of plaid sportscoats and large neckties.
Behind the scenes, Bonner developed an curiosity in directing, working behind the digital camera on 5 episodes of “WKRP” earlier than helming episodes of different reveals, together with “Just the Ten of Us” and “Saved by the Bell: The New Class,” in which he additionally acted on-camera.
When the success of syndicated reruns of “WKRP” prompted producers to revive the collection in 1991, Bonner signed again on as each an actor and director. “The New WKRP in Cincinnati” ran for 2 seasons.