Jon Herbert Cypher was born in New York City on January 13, 1932. Cypher graduated from Erasmus Hall High School (1949) and Brooklyn College (1953). He later received a master's degree in marriage and family counseling from the University of Vermont. Cypher made his first film appearance as the villain Frank Tanner in the 1971 Western “Valdez Is Coming” opposite Burt Lancaster and Susan Clark. He took on the role of the heroic Man-At-Arms in the 1987 film “Masters of the Universe”. He also starred in an episode of Barnaby Jones entitled ‘Dangerous Gambit’. Cypher has since appeared periodically in films up through the late 1990s in mostly featured character parts.
He is best known as playing Chief of Police Fletcher Daniels in Hill Street Blues throughout the series' run.
In 1993, he sued a theater and a performance company in Pittsburgh for $20,000 over a fall he suffered during a dress rehearsal on July 20, 1992. Cypher broke his leg in two places and damaged cartilage and ligaments when he fell down a darkened stairway at the Benedum Center, where he played Fagin in the Civic Light Opera production of “Oliver!” The incident left Cypher playing the character while seated in a wheelchair. In a 2013 interview, Cypher revealed he still walked with a cane. In a 2014 interview, he stated that poverty was the secret to his 47-year-long career.
Cypher was married to Ruth M. Wagner from 1965 to 1975. After they divorced, he married scientist Dr. Carol Sue Rosin.
CYPHER, Jon (aka Jon Cyphers) (Jon Herbert Cypher) [1/13/1932, New York City, New York, U.S.A. - ] – theater, film, TV actor, singer, married to Ruth M Wagner [1926-2014] (1965-1975) father of four children, married to actress Dr. Carol Sue Rosin [1944- ] (19??- ).
Valdez is Coming – 1970 (Frank Tanner)