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Tiger "Tige" Andrews[1] (March 19, 1920 – January 27, 2007) was an American character actor. He is best remembered for his law-enforcement roles as Captain Adam Greer and Lieutenant Johnny Russo in two ABC crime drama television series: The Mod Squad, and The Detectives Starring Robert Taylor, respectively.

Tige Andrews
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Tiger Andrews

(1920-03-19)March 19, 1920
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
DiedJanuary 27, 2007(2007-01-27) (aged 86)
Alma materAmerican Academy of Dramatic Arts
Years active1950–1991
Josephine Bernice Phillips
(m. 1944; div. 1946)

Norma Thornton
(m. 1950; her death 1996)
Children6, and eleven grandchildren, w. Thornton


Life and careerEdit

Andrews was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Syrian parents Selma (née Shaleesh) and George E. Andrews, a shopkeeper. His family's surname was originally "Androwas".[2] His parents, following Syrian custom, named him after a strong animal to ensure good health.[3] His mother died when he was three years old, and his father later remarried.[4] Andrews moved with his family to Middlesex, New Jersey.[5]

Andrews was wounded in Sicily while serving in the United States Army during World War II and after returning home, graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York in 1946.[4]

Andrews made his Broadway debut in the original 1948 cast of Thomas Heggen and Joshua Logan's war comedy Mister Roberts. Hollywood director John Ford saw the play while visiting New York and, remembering his performance in it, cast him in the 1955 film version of Mister Roberts.[4]. Back in New York in 1955, Andrews won critical acclaim as The Streetsinger in the long-running revival of Marc Blitzstein's translation of the Brecht-Weill musical, The Threepenny Opera, off-Broadway. It featured German star Lotte Lenya and an ensemble cast of future stars, including Beatrice Arthur, Jo Sullivan, John Astin, Jerry Orbach, Ed Asner, and Jerry Stiller. He reprised the role in San Francisco and Los Angeles, California, and went on to direct The Threepenny Opera in Arizona.

Andrews made frequent appearances on television in the 1960s. In addition to being a cast member of The Phil Silvers Show (1955–1957, as Tiger Andrews), Andrews appeared in such series as U.S. Marshal, The Lawless Years, Mr. Novak, Dundee and the Culhane, The Big Valley, The Fugitive, Gunsmoke, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., and Star Trek (as Kras in the episode "Friday's Child", in which he was the first Klingon ever to die in that series).

His best known roles were Lieutenant Johnny Russo on The Detectives and as Captain Adam Greer on The Mod Squad. For the latter role, he received both an Emmy and a Golden Globe award nomination and won a Logie Award. Andrews reunited with his fellow Mod Squad cast members for a 1979 made-for-television film, The Return Of Mod Squad; it was their last appearance together. After The Mod Squad ended, Andrews continued to make guest appearances on various television series, such as Kojak, Marcus Welby, M.D., Police Story, CHiPs, and Murder, She Wrote.

His film career included roles in Onionhead (1958), A Private's Affair (1959), In Enemy Country (1968), The Last Tycoon (1976), and Raid on Entebbe (1977, as Shimon Peres). He retired from acting in the early 1990s after having appeared in more than one hundred acting roles onstage, on film and on television.

In addition to his acting career, Andrews was an accomplished painter and singer. His artwork has been shown in Los Angeles art galleries, and some of it was published in the book Actors As Artists by Jim McMullan and Dick Gautier. He collaborated with Sandy Matlowsky and Sid Kuller on two original songs on his Tiger Records label in Los Angeles, California. "The Modfather" and "Keep America Beautiful" were the A and B sides of the vinyl 45 single release.[6]

Personal lifeEdit

Before moving to California, Tige married Norma Thornton, a ballerina who was a regular on The Ed Sullivan Show.[7] Norma Thornton Andrews died in 1996.[8] They had had six children, three boys and three girls: Barbara, Gina, Julie, John, Steve and Tony, and eleven grandchildren.


Andrews died of cardiac arrest at his home in Encino, California, on January 27, 2007, aged 86.[9]


Year Title Role Notes
1955 Mister Roberts Wiley
1957 The Wings of Eagles Arizona Pincus Uncredited
1957 Until They Sail US Marine, Store Customer
1958 China Doll Cpl. Carlo Menotti
1958 Imitation General Pvt. Orville Hutchmeyer
1958 Onionhead Charlie Berger
1959 A Private's Affair Sgt. Pickerell
1968 In Enemy Country Nicolay
1976 The Last Tycoon Popolos
1976 Raid on Entebbe Shimon Peres TV movie
1980 Gypsy Angels Ted


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2007-02-12.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) Playbill News, 02/05/2007
  2. ^ Tige Andrews Biography ((?)-)
  3. ^ [1] Obituary in the Halifax Chronicle-Herald, Last accessed 2/12/2007
  4. ^ a b c [2] Obituary on The Hollywood Reporter, last accessed 2/07/2007
  5. ^ Nelson, Valerie J. "Tige Andrews, 86; character actor played Capt. Greer in 'Mod Squad'", Los Angeles Times, February 3, 2007. Accessed January 31, 2013. "When Andrews was three, his mother, Selma, died, and his father, George, later remarried. He grew up in a large family in Middlesex, N.J., where his father ran a fruit stand."
  6. ^ "Tige Andrews, Klingon from "Friday's Child", Mourned", website, last retrieved 02/12/2007
  7. ^ "Norma Thornton; Actress, Dancer on 'Ed Sullivan Show'". July 18, 1996. Retrieved March 17, 2018.
  8. ^ "'Mod Squad' Actor Tige Andrews, 86, Dies". February 5, 2007. Retrieved March 17, 2018.
  9. ^ Obituary

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