Actor known for detective roles


Tige Andrews, the Emmy-nominated character actor who portrayed Capt. Adam Greer in "The Mod Squad," has died. He was 86.

Andrews died Jan. 27 of cardiac arrest at his home in the San Fernando Valley.

The actor often played detectives during his lengthy tele-vision career, which spanned five decades and included appearances on more than 60 shows. He was proud of his stint on "Mod Squad" (1968-73) and his role as Lt. Johnny Russo on "The Detectives Starring Robert Taylor" (1959-62). He reprised the Capt. Greer role for the 1979 telefilm "Return of the Mod Squad."

Andrews' film credits include "Imitation General" with Glenn Ford and Red Buttons; "Onionhead," with Andy Griffith and Walter Matthau; and "China Doll," with Victor Mature.

Onstage, he is credited with introducing the song "Mack the Knife" in the original New York production of "The Threepenny Opera."

Andrews was born March 19, 1920, in Brooklyn. His parents, following Syrian custom, named him after a strong animal to ensure good health for their son, his family said.

Andrews was wounded while serving in the Army during World War II. After returning home, he graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York.