Born in New York City, Cypher graduated from Erasmus Hall High School
Erasmus Hall Campus High School is a four-year public high school in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, United States operated by the New York City Department of Education....
in 1949 and Brooklyn College
Brooklyn College is a senior college of the City University of New York, located in Brooklyn, New York, United States.Established in 1930 by the New York City Board of Higher Education, the College had its beginnings as the Downtown Brooklyn branches of Hunter College and the City College of New...
in 1953. He made his television debut as the Prince in the original 1957 production of Rodgers and Hammerstein
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opposite Julie Andrews
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in the title role. He is particularly remembered as Chief of Police Fletcher Daniels in Hill Street Blues
Hill Street Blues is an American serial police drama that was first aired on NBC in 1981 and ran for 146 episodes on primetime into 1987. Chronicling the lives of the staff of a single police precinct in an unnamed American city, the show received critical acclaim and its production innovations ...
, a role he played throughout the lifetime of the series, 1981-1987. He also played Commanding General Marcus Craig on the television show, Major Dad
Major Dad is an American sitcom created by Richard C. Okie and John G. Stephens that originally ran from 1989 to 1993 on CBS, starring Gerald McRaney as Major John D. MacGillis and Shanna Reed as his wife Polly...
, alongside Gerald McRaney
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and Beverly Archer
Beverly Archer is an American actress.She was born in Oak Park, Illinois. She attended San Francisco State University and UC Santa Barbara where she majored in drama....
, and appeared as Howard Millhouse in the short lived television series Probe
. He is also well known for the roles of Dr. Alex Keith on As the World Turns
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(1977–1979) and Dr. Arthur Donelly on Santa Barbara
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(1988–89). His other television credits include the recurring roles of Belson in The F.B.I.
, Dirk Maurier in Dynasty
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, Eric Brandon in Marcus Welby, M.D.
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, and Jeff Munson in Knots Landing
Knots Landing is an American primetime television soap opera that aired from December 27, 1979 to May 13, 1993 on CBS. Set in a fictitious coastal suburb of Los Angeles in California, the show centered on the lives of four married couples living in a cul-de-sac, Seaview Circle...
. He also provided the voice of comic villain Spellbinder
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in the animated television series Batman Beyond
Batman Beyond is an American animated television series created by Warner Bros. Animation in collaboration with DC Comics as a continuation of the Batman legacy...
Cypher made his first film appearance as the villain Frank Tanner in the 1971 Western Valdez Is Coming
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opposite Burt Lancaster
Burton Stephen "Burt" Lancaster was an American film actor noted for his athletic physique and distinctive smile...
and Susan Clark
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. He has since appeared periodically in films up through the late 1990s in mostly featured character parts.
Cypher has also had an active career on the stage in both musical
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s and play
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s. He made his Broadway debut as Wister LaSalle in the original 1959 production of Harvey Breit
Harvey Breit was an American poet, editor, and playwright. He was married to poet and playwright Patricia Rinehart. He co-wrote the play The Disenchanted with Budd Schulberg, an adaption from Schulberg's novel of the same name, about the life of F. Scott Fitzgerald. Breit adapted other novels for...
's The Disenchanted
. He returned to Broadway in 1962 to replace Patrick O'Neal as the Reverend T. Lawrence Shannon in the original production of Tennessee Williams
Thomas Lanier "Tennessee" Williams III was an American writer who worked principally as a playwright in the American theater. He also wrote short stories, novels, poetry, essays, screenplays and a volume of memoirs...
's The Night of the Iguana
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. He portrayed the role of Dr. Carrasco in the original 1965 cast of Man of La Mancha
Man of La Mancha is a musical with a book by Dale Wasserman, lyrics by Joe Darion and music by Mitch Leigh. It is adapted from Wasserman's non-musical 1959 teleplay I, Don Quixote, which was in turn inspired by Miguel de Cervantes's seventeenth century masterpiece Don Quixote...
, later taking over the role of Don Quixote. In 1967 he performed the role of Bert Jefferson in the original musical Sherry!
Sherry! is a musical with a book and lyrics by James Lipton and music by Laurence Rosenthal. The musical is based on the George S. Kaufman-Moss Hart play The Man Who Came to Dinner....
by James Lipton
James Lipton is an American writer, poet, composer, actor and dean emeritus of the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University in New York City. He is the executive producer, writer and host of the Bravo cable television series Inside the Actors Studio, which debuted in 1994...
and Laurence Rosenthal
Laurence Rosenthal is an American composer, arranger, and conductor for theater, television, and films.Born in Detroit, Michigan, Rosenthal attended the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, where he studied piano and composition...
. His other Broadway credits include The Great White Hope
The Great White Hope is a 1967 play written by Howard Sackler, later adapted in 1970 for a film of the same name. The play was first produced by Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. and debuted on Broadway at the Alvin Theatre on October 3, 1968 for a run of 546 performances, directed by Edwin Sherin...
1776 is a musical with music and lyrics by Sherman Edwards and a book by Peter Stone. The story is based on the events surrounding the signing of the Declaration of Independence...
Coco is a musical with a book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by André Previn. It starred Katharine Hepburn in her only stage musical.-Background:...
, and Big: the musical
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| Tower Heist (2011)
| Knight Rider (1983)
| Great Performances, The Prince (2004)
| Trapper John, M D (1981–1983)
| The Lot (2001)
| Knots Landing (1979) TV Series (1982–1983)
| Law & Order (1995–2000)
| Dallas (1982)
| Batman Beyond Spellbinder (1999–2000)
|The Greatest American Hero
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| Walker, Texas Ranger Waylon Cox (1999)
| House Calls (1982)
| Rescue 77 (1999)
| Today's F.B.I.
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| Walking to the Waterline (1998) Fred Blumquist
| General Hospital (1963) TV Series (1981)
| JAG (1998)
| Evita Peron (1981) (TV)
| Profiler (1997)
| Freebie and the Bean (1981)
| Dr Quinn, Medicine Woman (1996)
| The Love Boat (1979)
| The Invaders (1995) (TV)
| As the World Turns (1956) TV Series (1977–1979)
| Burke's Law (1995)
| The Rockford Files
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| RoboCop (1994)
| The Feather and Father Gang (1977)
| The Commish (1994)
| Police Woman (1977)
| Murder, She Wrote (1986–1993)
| The Food of the Gods (1976)
| Major Dad (1990–1993)
| Bronk Lundeen (1976)
| Strictly Business (1991)
| Marcus Welby, M D (1975)
| Snow Kill (1990) (TV)
| The Kingfisher Caper (1975) Johnny
| Valerie (1990)
| The Rookies (1974)
| B L Stryker (1990)
| Memory of Us (1974) Brad
| Spontaneous Combustion (1990)
| The F. B. .I (1974)
| Tour of Duty (1988–1989)
| Night Games (1974) (TV) Dale Hannigan
| The Sandgrass People (1989)
| The Kid and the Killers (1974)
| Santa Barbara (1984) TV Series (1988–1989)
| Blade (1973)
| Favorite Son (1988) (mini) TV Series
| Lady Ice (1973)
| Lady Mobster (1988) (TV)
| Ghost Story (1973)
| Probe (1988)
| Mannix (1972)
| Elvis and Me (1988) (TV)
| Bonanza (1972)
| Accidents (1988)
| Mission: Impossible
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| Off the Mark (1987)
| McMillan & Wife J (1972)
| Hunter (1987)
| Believe in Me (1971)
| Masters of the Universe (1987)
| Valdez Is Coming (1971)
| Hill Street Blues (1981–1987)
| Nanny and the Professor (1970)
| Dynasty (1983–1987)
| Coronet Blue (1967)
| Perry Mason: The Case of the Notorious Nun (1986) (TV)
| Flipper (1964)
| Hotel (1986)
| Children's Theater, King Richard (1964)
| Malice in Wonderland (1985) (TV)
| Cinderella (1957) (TV)
| Half Nelson
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| Armstrong Circle Theatre (1957)
| Lottery! (1984)