New York Times
September 11, 2014
Stefan Gierasch passed away Saturday, September 6, 2014, surrounded by loved ones, in Santa Monica, California; and yet, Stefan lives on through the profound affect he had on his family, friends, and the theatrical world. Born in NYC on February 5, 1926, Stefan began his Broadway career in To Kiss and Tell, and joined the Actors Studio in 1952. He brought to life many characters for the stage and screen, including for productions of the Iceman Cometh, Of Mice and Men, the Hustler, High Plains Drifter, Jeremiah Johnson, Carrie, and countless television appearances. Acting chose him, and Stefan embraced it with a lifelong passion; a brilliant artist to the end. Stefan defined life for those that loved him, including his wife Hedy Sontag-Gierasch, son Matthew Hogan, and daughters Elisa and Amanda Gierasch. A memorial will be announced shortly.
Born: 2/5/1926, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 9/6/2014, Santa Monica, California, U.S.A.
Stefan Gierasch’s westerns – actor:
Stoney Burke (TV) – 1963 (Graf Erlich)
Empire (TV) – 1965 (Jack Morgan)
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1966 (Mark Douglas)
The Traveling Executioner – 1970 (Willy Herzallerliebst)
Bonanza (TV) – 1969, 1971 (Orville Winters, Grady)
Nichols (TV) – 1971 (Doc Bernstein)
Jeremiah Johnson – 1972 (Del Gue)
High Plains Drifter – 1973 (Mayor Jason Hobart)
Kung Fu (TV) – 1974 (Logan McBurney)
This Is the West That Was (TV) – 1974 (Carmedly)
Big Bend Country (TV) – 1981 (Sam Purdy)
Dream West (TV) – 1986 (Trenor Park)
The Legend of the Phantom Rider – 2002 (Nathan)
The Hunter’s Moon – 2009 (The Sage)