Inspector Luger (James Gregory)
New York-born James Gregory was an American character actor known for having a deep gravelly voice and for playing brash roles such as the McCarthy-like Sen. John Iselin in The Manchurian Candidate (1962), the audacious General Ursus in Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970), and crusty Inspector Frank Luger in Barney Miller from 1975 -1982.
Gregory was born December 23, 1911, in the Bronx in New York City, and raised in New Rochelle, New York where he was president of the Drama Club. Gregory briefly worked on Wall Street as a runner in 1929 and thought of becoming a stockbroker, but, by 1935, became a professional actor instead beginning on the Broadway stage.
Gregory specialized in playing loud, brash, tough cops or businessmen. One of Gregory’s most memorable roles was playing the opinionated, loudmouthed Inspector Luger in the television series Barney Miller (1975).
Gregory died of natural causes on September 16, 2002.