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.



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.



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



No, that’s not a Jon Cypher film. That’s me. My apologies for not having done any updates for a while, but for the last little while my 91 year-old mother has been ill and I’ve had to focus all my attention on her. She’s doing much better now so I’m hoping to get back to work on getting more of Jon’s work from MAJOR DAD and HILL STREET BLUES. I still have some stills left to get into the gallery. These were rare stills from some of Jon’s film career and a couple from his television work. So please be patient while I get these things together.



I’m hoping to get more of Jon’s work up on the site. My apologies for not having had more time to spend here as I simply adore Jon. I’m trying to get a hold of Jon’s three seasons as Major General Marcus Craig in MAJOR DAD, however, getting those seasons has been hard. I’m also trying to get Jon’s work in HILL STREET BLUES completed. Please be patient. I also have Jon’s role as General Martin Goldman in one of my favourite series TOUR OF DUTY I’m trying to convert to a usable file size so I can do good screencaps for the gallery. I know there are some of you who are asking whether I have Jon’s role as The Prince in the 1957 television live broadcast of CINDERELLA. I do have it. Unfortunately the quality isn’t all that great. I’m currently trying to find a good version of it with a large enough screencap so it would be useable for the site. I do have some stills and the music from the show I will try to get up soon. Please again be patient. I’m going through some personal things right now that is sort of making it difficult to get to the things I want to. Please feel free to check out all the images I do have up in the Gallery. Thanks.



Sorry for the lack of updates but there has been a lot of instability in my personal life. I’ve been taking care of my elderly mother as well as some sicknesses in the family. I’m hoping to get back to work on getting more of Jon’s HILL STREET BLUES work up in the gallery, but for now I have his three episodes in the whodunit series MURDER SHE WROTE. Here Jon guested in three different episodes over the series twelve year run. Looking dapper as usual, Jon’s characters included a defense attorney, a shiester attorney and a ship’s captain. No matter his role, Jon certainly makes the most of them and always adds something interesting as well as panache to his performances.

  • [443] SCREENCAPS: MURDER SHE WROTE – E2X12 TRIAL AND ERROR
  • [559] SCREENCAPS: MURDER SHE WROTE – E5X19 DOUBLE EXPOSURE
  • [990] SCREENCAPS: MURDER SHE WROTE – E9X20 SHIP OF THIEVES



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