"Night Court," "The Fall Guy" Actress Markie Post, Dead at 70

"Night Court," "The Fall Guy" Actress Markie Post, Dead at 70
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My television viewing was made more enjoyable by actress Markie Post. Sadly, Post has lost her almost four-year battle with cancer; she was 70 years old.

From Deadline:

Markie Post, the actress known for turns in Night CourtThe Fall GuyHearts Afire and more, died on Saturday, following a three year, ten month battle with cancer. She was 70.

Post’s manager, Ellen Lubin Sanitsky, confirmed her passing to Deadline.

Post enjoyed a long, four-decade career in film and television, where she parlayed that sassy, smart, snarky, yet grounded personality into recurring roles in both comedy and drama.

But the actress was more than a Girl Friday; she stood as an equal to her male co-stars in terms of brains, skill, and definitely, sass. Post’s roles as “Terri Michaels” and “Christine Sullivan” were terrific comic foils to actors Lee Majors’ “Colt Seavers” on The Fall Guy, and Harry Anderson’s “Judge Harry Stone” on Night Court.

Born on November 4, 1950 in Palo Alto, California, Post got her start in entertainment by working behind the scenes on game shows, including Split Second, earning an associate producer credit on Alex Trebek’s Double Dare, and appearing before the camera as a card dealer on NBC’s Card Sharks.

Post received her first acting credit in 1979, and went on to do smaller roles and bit parts on primetime shows such as CHiPsBarnaby JonesThe Incredible HulkThe Lazarus SyndromeBuck Rogers in the 25th Century, and Hart to Hart.

Post became a known commodity on serial shows like The Love Boat, CheersFantasy Island and The A-Team. It was the role of “Terri Michaels” in The Fall Guy, though, that made her a household name. Post appeared in the action-adventure drama from 1982-1985.

Post then had a long run on Night Court. She appeared on the show as public defender “Christine Sullivan” from 1985-1992. Post went on to co-star on the short-lived sitcom Hearts Afire with the late John Ritter.

In the Aughts, Post played a recurring role on Scrubs, as the mother of actress Sarah Chalke’s “Dr. Elliot Reid,” made regular appearances on Chicago P.D., and in film, she played Cameron Diaz’s mother in the Farrelly Brothers’ classic, 1998 comedy, There’s Something About Mary.

Even as she fought for her life, Post was determined to continue her career. Between chemotherapy treatments, she worked on a Lifetime Christmas movie: Four Christmases and a Wedding. Post also filmed some episodes of the sitcom, The Kids Are Alright.


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