'Mod Squad' Captain Dies
Andrews, who often played detectives during a TV career that spanned five decades, died of cardiac arrest Jan. 27 at his longtime home in Encino, his family said.
"Dad was really proud of 'The Mod Squad.' He felt the show made a big difference because it was one of the first television series to address social issues such as drugs, prostitution and teen pregnancy that were more hush-hush before that time," said Barbara Andrews, one of his six children
He also loved "working with 'the kids,' " which was how he always referred to the show's young stars —
Andrews appeared in several episodes of the
After seeing Andrews in "Mister Roberts" on Broadway, director
"To us, John Ford was Uncle Plum because Ford loved him and kept giving him more lines here and there," Barbara Andrews said. "He was a huge influence in his life."
The actor worked on more than 60 television shows, including a lead role as tough-talking Lt. Russo in "The Detectives Starring Robert Taylor," which aired from 1959 to 1962.
Tiger Andrews was born March 19, 1920, in
When Andrews was 3, 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.
A former standout in high school plays, he graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in
In an off-Broadway revival of "The Threepenny Opera" that debuted in 1955, he appeared as Streetsinger, an experience his family said he cherished.
His wife of 46 years, Norma Thornton, a dancer who appeared regularly on "The Ed Sullivan Show," died in 1996.
In addition to his daughter Barbara, Andrews is survived by children John, Gina, Steve, Julianna and Tony; and 11 grandchildren.