Kenneth Tigar
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Kenneth Tigar
Kenneth Tigar
Born (1942-09-24) September 24, 1942 (age 76)
Chelsea, Massachusetts
OccupationActor, translator
Years active1975–present

Kenneth Tigar (born September 24, 1942) is an American actor, primarily on American television, and translator.


Tigar was born in Chelsea, Massachusetts and raised in the Boston area.[1] He received his BA and Ph.D. in German literature from Harvard University. As an undergraduate, he was active in theater as both an actor and a director. He spent a year at the University of Göttingen and performed in Vienna and other European cities. He speaks fluent German and has translated a number of German plays into English.


Tigar's most notable film roles were in Lethal Weapon II (1989), as a bomb squad leader, and in The Avengers (2012), in which he has a brief but pivotal part as a German resistor.

He starred as the short-tempered Captain Jensen in L.A. Heat from 1997 to 1999, appearing in a total of 47 episodes.

Tigar appeared in the TV movies The Hemingway Play (1976), The Rock Rainbow (1978), The Golden Gate Murders (1979), The Babysitter (1980), The Big Black Pill (1981), Thursday's Child (1983), Special Bulletin (1983), Missing Pieces (1983), Great Day (1983), Dirty Work (1985), Second Serve (1986), The Betty Ford Story (1987), Roe vs. Wade (1989). He portrayed Thomas Dewey in the TV mini-series The Gangster Chronicles (1981), and Heinrich Himmler in the TV series The Man in the High Castle (2016-present).

Since 1976 Tigar has appeared in dozens of popular American television series, including Kojak, The Waltons, Police Woman, Man from Atlantis (3 episodes), Charlie's Angels, The Rockford Files, Wonder Woman (twice), Barnaby Jones, Eight is Enough, WKRP in Cincinnati, Barney Miller (6 episodes), CHiPS, Lou Grant (3 episodes), The Facts of Life, Knight Rider, One Day at a Time, Hart to Hart, Scarecrow and Mrs. King, Simon & Simon, Cheers (twice), Hill Street Blues (twice), Magnum, P.I., Hunter, Webster, Mr. Belvedere, Night Court (twice), Dallas (4 episodes in 1987), Star Trek: The Next Generation, Dynasty (5 episodes in 1988-1989), Who's the Boss?, ALF, Amen, Growing Pains (5 episodes), Knots Landing, Baywatch, Newhart, Quantum Leap, Murphy Brown, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, L.A. Law (twice), The Commish, Mad About You, Melrose Place, Beverly Hills 90210, Murder She Wrote, ER, The X-Files, The West Wing, Judging Amy, Touched by an Angel, NYPD Blue, NCIS, Will & Grace, Law & Order (twice), Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Boardwalk Empire, The Good Wife (3 episodes), Madam Secretary, House of Cards (4 episodes) and Bull.


Year Title Role Notes
1975 The Happy Hooker Steve Screen debut
1978 The Gypsy Warriors SS Captain Schullman
1981 Gangster Wars Thomas E. Dewey
1985 Just One of the Guys Mr. Raymaker
Creator Pavlo
1987 Jake's M.O. Sol Godlman
1988 18 Again! Professor Swivet
Phantasm II Father Meyers
1989 Lethal Weapon 2 Becker (bomb squad leader)
The Runnin' Kind Stan Shank
1992 Lethal Weapon 3 Becker (bomb squad leader)
1993 My Life Dr. Califano
Snapdragon Captain
1995 Jade Corporate Man
Rage Harry
1996 Cadillac Ranch Clown (as Ken Tigar)
Primal Fear Weil
Riot Harry Johansen
1997 Little Bigfoot Largo
Conspiracy Theory Lawyer
Hollywood Safari Sheriff Todd
A Thousand Acres Doctor
The Underground Tim Scully
2000 Blessed Art Thou Robert
2005 Time of Fear Coroner
2012 The Avengers Old German Man
2014 The Union Earl
2015 Hell's Heart Father Francis

Television works (selected)

Year Production Role Notes
1976 The Adams Chronicles Secretary TV miniseries, 1 episode
1976-1981 Barney Miller

Stefan Koepeknie / Elliot Porter / Fletcher / Jesus Christ / Philip Pollock (6 episodes, 1976-1981)

1977 Man from Atlantis Dr. Miller Simon 3 episodes
The Waltons Clem Beal
1978 Charlie's Angels Danner
1980 The Babysitter Tom Montgomery TV movie
1983 Knight Rider Dr. Kempler
Missing Pieces Alan Rosenus TV movie
Special Bulletin Dr. Abraham Sczrsma TV movie
Thursday's Child Bill Richardson TV movie
1983-1984 Hart to Hart Baldwin / Harold Ashby 2 episodes
1983-1985 Cheers Dr. Lowell Greenspon / Fred 2 episodes
1983-1986 Hill Street Blues Randolph Scripps 2 episodes
1984 Fatal Vision Pathologist TV movie
1985 Simon & Simon Larry Trowbridge 2 episodes
Night Court Mr. Slotkin 1 episode - "The Hostage"
1986 Magnum, P.I. Milton Collins
1986-1993 L.A. Law Clarence O'Malley
1987 The Betty Ford Story Dr. Lukash TV movie
Dallas Dr. Gordon 4 episodes
Night Court Gus Melman 1 episode - "Her Honor, Part 4"
Highway To Heaven Mr. Meyers 1 episode - "Normal People"
1987-1989 Growing Pains Sid Sidlevich 6 episodes
1988 Star Trek: The Next Generation Margan (uncredited) 1 episode - "Symbiosis"
1988-1989 Dynasty Fritz Heath 5 episodes
1990 Newhart "Mom" - Game store owner 1 episode
1992 Quantum Leap Ben Steiner
1993 Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Dr. Samuel Platt 1 episode - Pilot
1995 Beverly Hills, 90210 Mr. Warren
1996 Murder, She Wrote Dave Pittman
1996-1998 L.A. Heat Captain Jensen
1997 Star Trek: Voyager Dammar
1997 Sunset Beach Dr. Anthony Moulton 2 episodes
1998 ER Dr. Keinholz 2 episodes
1998 Route 9 Bank Manager TV movie
1999 The X-Files Dr. Plant 1 episode - "S.R. 819"
1999 The West Wing Congressman Gladman
2007 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Terrence WInthrop 1 episode - "Privilege"
2008-2009 Fringe Johan Lennox speaking German
2010 Boardwalk Empire Dentist
2011 Nurse Jackie Dentist
2012 Elementary Philip Armistead[2]
2013-2018 House of Cards Walter Doyle[3] 4 episodes
2013-2014 Alpha House Senator Paul Mower[4] 4 episodes
2016-Present The Man In The High Castle SS-Reichsführer Heinrich Himmler 13 episodes
2017 Blindspot Sean Clark[5]


  1. ^ "Veteran character actor Kenneth Tigar at Geva". YouTube. 21 January 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  2. ^ "Déjà Vu All Over Again". 14 March 2013. Retrieved 2016 – via IMDb.
  3. ^ "House of Cards Full Cast and Crew". 2 November 2018. Retrieved 2018 – via IMDb.
  4. ^ "Alpha House". 19 April 2013. Retrieved 2016 – via IMDb.
  5. ^ "Name Not One Man". 8 February 2017. Retrieved 2017 – via IMDb.

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