The native of Spanish Harlem in New York City worked at the National Shakespeare Company and in the New York Shakespeare Festival, and had parts in off-Broadway productions early in his career, secondo il rapporto.
Inoltre, he was a standby for the 1967 Broadway production of “The Ninety Day Mistress.”
The actor then set his sights on Hollywood and made his first credited appearance on a 1969 episodio di “It Takes a Thief,” followed by a spot on “Medical Center.”
He’d also appear on high-profile shows like, “The Flying Nun,” “The Bill Cosby Show,” “Tutto in famiglia” e altro ancora.
His notable film credits include, “The Towering Inferno,” “Sotto il pianeta delle scimmie” and 1998’s “Vampires.”
He’d eventually play NYPD detective Sgt. Miguel “Chano” Amanguale on “Barney Miller” — with a cast that included Hal Linden, Abe Vigoda, James Gregory, Max Gail and Steve Landesberg — before embarking on a career full of guest spots on iconic shows like “Magnum, P.I.,” “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” “The X-Files,” “Ellen” e altro ancora.
Sierra’s final on-screen appearance came in the 2018 colpo “The Other Side of the Wind.”
The outlet reports that he is survived by his wife Helene.