Guest Author - Robin Rounds Whittemore
When you are watching a program, you see a familiar face and you try to think where you have seen that person before. The cast of “WKRP in Cincinnati” was a very versatile bunch. Here is a list of the cast and some of the other films and shows that you may have seen them in.
Mr. Carlson – Gordon Jump
You may also remember him for his spot as a Maytag repairman. Before he left this world in 2003, he also played Joanna (Maggie Seaver) Kerns father on Growing Pains. He returned again to “The New WKRP in Cincinnati”. He also had a role in “Conquest of the Planet of the Apes”.
Andy Travis – Gary Sandy
He has appeared in a few soap operas, "The Young and The Restless”, “Another World”, and “As the World Turns”. On stage, he has appeared with Ann-Margaret in “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas”. He had a part in the movie, “Troll” with June Lockhart, Michael Moriarity, and Shelley Hack.
Jennifer Marlowe – Loni Anderson
You may have seen her guest starring on “Empty Nest” with Burt Mulligan. One character she portrayed was Casey McAfee on “Nurses”. She also starred in the 1980 version of “The Jayne Mansfield Story”.
Bailey Quarters – Jan Smithers
In 1966, she appeared on the cover of Newsweek; she was a teenager on the back of a motorcycle. You may have also caught her performance in the movie “Where the Lilies Bloom”. She was also one of the people who sailed aboard “The Love Boat”, along with roles on “Murder She Wrote”, and “Mike Hammer” among others.
Les Nessman – Richard Sanders
He also played Benjamin Beanly in “Spencer”, a short lived sitcom with Chad Lowe and Harold Gould. He was also in the epic, “Roots”. He made a return visit to “The New WKRP in Cincinnati”.
Venus Flytrap – Tim Reid
You may have seen him as Detective Downtown Brown in “Simon & Simon”. He was an adoptive father in “Sister, Sister”. William Barnett was his character in “That 70’s Show”. One of the films he has directed was, “Asunder”.
Dr Johnny Fever – Howard Hesseman
After his stint as a DJ on WKRP in Cincinnati, you most likely saw him as a teacher on Head of the Class. He had been a patient of Dr Bob Hartley on “The Bob Newhart Show”. He also took things “One Day at a Time”.
Herb Tarlek - Frank Bonner
He was Buck O’Connell in “The Scarecrow and Mrs. King”. He also made a return visit to “The New WKRP in Cincinnati”. He was also on “Saved by the Bell: The New Class”. One of the movies he made was a thriller called, “The Colony” that also starred June Lockhart, John Ritter, Hal Linden, and Rance Howard.
Mama Carlson #1 – Sylvia Sidney
She had played the wife of Robert Preston’s character in the movie, “Finnegan Begin Again”. She was in the movie, “Raid on Entebbe”. In the movie, “Beetlejuice” she played the ghostly social worker. She even had a stint on the soap “Ryan’s Hope”.
Mama Carlson #2 – Carol Bruce
She is best known for her singing career, however, you may have caught her in the movie, “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles”. She was also in “American Gigolo”.
Carmen Carlson – Allyn Ann McLerie
She also was in “The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd”. Some of the movies she has been in were, “Jeremiah Johnson”, “The Thorn Birds”, “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?”, and “The Way We Were”. She was also in “The Tony Randall Show” where he played a judge.
Lucille Tarlek – Edie McClurg
She was in “Valerie” and “The Hogan Family” as Patty Poole. She was Mrs. Beaker in “7th Heaven”, and was also in the short-lived “Harper Valley PTA”. She appeared in the movies, “Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star” and “Stepmonster”. “Carrie”, “Mr. Mom”, Planes, Trains and Automobiles”, and “Flubber” were other pictures you may have seen her in.