Jon Cypher

Active - 1957 - 1999  |   Born - Jan 13, 1932 in New York, New York, United States  |   Genres - Drama, Mystery, Crime, Action, Western

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Biography by Hal Erickson

American character actor Jon Cypher is best known to daytime-drama devotees as Dr. Alex Keith on CBS' As the World Turns. Those who prefer NBC's soap-opera lineup will recognize Cypher as Dr. Arthur Donnelly on Santa Barbara. In the nighttime TV hours, the actor has been seen as such self-important characters as Chief Fletcher P. Daniels on Hill Street Blues (1981-1987), Jeff Munson on Knot's Landing (1982-1983 season), and Maj. Gen. Marcus Craig on Major Dad (1990-1993). Jon Cypher has also played similarly authoritative roles in his film work, beginning with his portrayal of land baron Frank Tanner in 1971's Valdez Is Coming.

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  • Devoted opera fan.
  • Made his television debut as the Prince in the original Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Cinderella (1957) opposite Julie Andrews.
  • Made his film debut as the villain Frank Tanner in the Western Valdez Is Coming (1971).
  • Provided the voice of comic villain Spellbinder in the animated television series Batman Beyond (1999-2000).
  • Had an active theater career in both musicals and plays.