Jon Cypher Online
EST 2014 | a tribute site to actor jon cypher
Welcome to MAVERICK JON CYPHER ONLINE @ www.joncypher.org an online resource to American actor Jon Cypher. Well known for his portrayal of Chief Fletcher P. Daniels on the 1982 NBC cop drama HILL STREET BLUES, as Major General Martin Goldman on the CBS Vietnam War drama TOUR OF DUTY and as General Marcus Craig on MAJOR DAD and as Duncan, Man at Arms in the film HE MAN & THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE, as Brian in H. G. Wells' FOOD OF THE GODS, and as Prince Christopher in the live televised version of CINDERELLA starring Julie Andrews from 1957. Jon has a strong resume encompassing film, television and the stage. Although Jon is now retired I hope this site stands as a tribute to his talent.

Shock doesn’t even begin to express how I feel in finding out that Steven Bochco, the creator of such amazing television shows as HILL STREET BLUES, NYPD Blue and many others has died at the age of 74. Bochco was a force in my early appreciation of what television could be. Having watched HILL STREET BLUES in the 80s for my love of Jon as Chief Fletcher P. Daniels, there was never a moment where Bochco didn’t bring his A-Game in terms of the excellence of what Edward R. Murrow termed “just lights and tubes in a box”. Given the spate of really bad network viewing today, Bochco was indeed a standard of what that viewing art could be. I don’t believe we’ll ever have his like again. When you look at the likes of Aaron Spelling and his campy soaps in DYNASTY where Jon played Dirk E. Maurier, I believe Bochco was not only ahead of his time, but in viewing HILL STREET BLUES today, it’s as prescient today as it was back then. Bochco never shied away from the uncomfortable moment. He imbued it with all the glaring light he could to put us in the shoes of not only those uniformed men and women of The Hill Street Station, but also in the shoes of the downtrodden, the gang member, the lonely, the sick, the weak. He also shined as giant a light on police corruption and never let us forget just because you wore blue, didn’t always mean you were good. It’s as if he had a crystal ball to know that what he depicted on HILL STREET BLUES in the 80s, would be just as valid a case today. Thank you Mr. Bochco for your brilliance and for giving me my conscience.



I wanted to let you know there is a new media section for the site. This will house as much of Jon’s work as I can post given length and availability. So far it’s just his work from MAJOR DAD as Major General Marcus C. Craig and a trailer for MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE where he played Duncan, Man-at-Arms. To check that out please click on the image below or navigate to the menu on the top left of this site and click on the “Media” link.



DYNASTY the complete box set will finally be available to purchase on October 10 and will contain all original 217 episodes. As you might know Jon played the part of Dirk Maurier, one of Alexis Carrington Colby’s (Joan Collins) suitors. Jon appeared in ten episodes from seasons four and seven. While it is being released on DVD, no word of a blu-ray treatment. Here’s hoping, at least, the transfers are good and there’s no artifact lost. Most of the copies I know of that are out there are really bad VHS versions from airings on the old Soap Channel, or other channels. The box set will be available on Amazon for pre-order. Click on the box set graphic below to go to Amazon.



I found an article on Jon’s show MAJOR DAD where stars Gerald McRaney (Major John D. McGillis), Matt Mulherne (Lieutenant Gene Halowachuck) and Beverly Archer (Gunnery SGT Alva Bricker) talk about the show. Interestingly there was a post on the now defunct IMDB message boards for the show where a lot of posters who said the show wasn’t following Marine protocols, particularly in the way the humor ran on the show. This article is from 1993 that marked the show’s fourth season. I’d pretty much say that if the Marines endorsed it, then it followed the Marine protocols faithfully. You can read the full text of the article in the press section at the link below. Click on the .

    



While doing a search on Youtube for Jon, I happened to find this. It’s a rare television appearance on the Tony Awards in 1984. Here Jon plays the part of Julian Marsh in the 1984 production of 42ND STREET. This is so cool finding this. If you’re looking Jon, enjoy.

httpvh://youtu.be/XbUTVe-dv98



I have reuploaded some of the videos I had in the media section. They quality is now way better than they were the first time around. The ones that have been reuploaded are the ones of Jon as Eric Brandon in the four episode arc he did on the 1975 medical drama MARCUS WELBY M.D.. I have also started uplaoding some of Jon’s episodes of MAJOR DAD where Jon played the part of General Marcus C. Craig from 1990-1993. I’m just in the process of editing up more episodes but as with the others, will take some time to get into the site. So again I ask your understanding as I begin getting season one done. Thanks again for your patience.



Just wanted to let you know that CYPHER MEDIA is now online. All the bugs have been worked out. So far there aren’t too many videos up, only Jon’s four episode arc on MARCUS WELBY MD as architect Eric Brandon and his episode of McMILLAN & WIFE The Face of Death where he played John Thomas Clark, the mobile artist. I’m right now working on clipping up some of Jon’s other work, so please keep an eye on this space for that. In meantime, feel free to hop on over to the media site by clicking the clapperboard below.



Sorry for the lack of updates, but I’ve been working on a media archive for the site of Jon’s work. So far I’ve been having all kinds of issues with it and no solutions as to the reasons why the installation is not working out. I’ll have a link to it when I finally get it working properly. I’m really bummed at the reasons why the script I’m using isn’t working because I’ve set a few of these up for other sites I have. I’ll keep knocking my ole head against that proverbial brick wall to get the thing up and running though. I think what I need is Chief Daniels to come in and give me a verbal lashing.



Apparently the reboot of MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE is finally nailed a writer. His name is Christopher Yost who was the writer on Thor: The Dark World in the Marvel Universe. This might not be too bad. Yost says that MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE is all about combining science with magic. I can certainly agree with that. If anyone saw Thor: The Dark World, it certainly mixed the two together effortlessly. Threw in some alchemy as well. I still don’t know how I feel about this. While I understand what those in the video are saying particularly Kristian Harloff, part of the duet known as The SchmoesKnow, who has been with the project for a time, I still will miss Jon as our own Duncan, Man-At-Arms. I loved his portrayal. So dedicated and loyal to both He-Man (Dolph Lundgren) and his daughter Teala (Chelsea Field), but also to the cause of keeping Eternia free and without Skeletor’s (Frank Langella) evilness. Sometimes things just shouldn’t be.

httpvh://youtu.be/epGf3B_XSZ4



I just found this on Youtube. It’s an Emmy retrospective on HILL STREET BLUES from 1987, the year the show ended its run. Jon of course played the part of the pompous and somewhat bellicose Chief of Police Fletcher P. Daniels for the entire run of the series. There is one shot of Jon in the video. Daniels gets hit by series regular Dennis Franz who played the part of Lt. Norman Buntz. I might say that Jon took that punch pretty good. Here’s the video.

httpvh://youtu.be/b5USQmapnrc



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