Markie Post

Marjorie Armstrong Post (November 4, 1950 – August 7, 2021)[1] was an American actress, known for her roles as bail bondswoman Terri Michaels in The Fall Guy on ABC from 1982 to 1985, as public defender Christine Sullivan on the NBC sitcom Night Court from 1984 to 1992, and as Georgie Anne Lahti Hartman on the CBS sitcom Hearts Afire from 1992 to 1995.

Markie Post
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Post at the 1988 Emmy Awards
Born
Marjorie Armstrong Post

(1950-11-04)November 4, 1950
DiedAugust 7, 2021(2021-08-07) (aged 70)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active1978–2019
Known forNight Court
Hearts Afire
The Fall Guy
Spouse(s)
Stephen Knox
(m. 1971; div. 1972)

Michael A. Ross
(m. 1982)
Children2
Parent(s)

Early lifeEdit

Post was born in Palo Alto, California, on November 4, 1950.[2] Her father, Richard F. Post, worked as a physicist; her mother, Marylee (Armstrong) Post, was a poet.[3] The second of the couple's three children, she and her two siblings were raised in Stanford and Walnut Creek. She attended Las Lomas High School and was a cheerleader. She went to Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon and briefly Pomona College in California, before returning to earn her Bachelor of Arts degree from Lewis & Clark.[4]

CareerEdit

Prior to acting, Post worked on several game shows. She began her career with the production crew of the Tom Kennedy version of Split Second.[2] She also served as associate producer of CBS's Double Dare and as a card dealer on NBC's Card Sharks. She played various game shows, including The Match Game-Hollywood Squares Hour, Super Password, The (New) $25,000 Pyramid, and The $100,000 Pyramid. She helped a contestant win the $100,000 grand prize in a November 1987 tournament episode of The $100,000 Pyramid.

Post's early acting credits included a 1979 episode of Barnaby Jones and the pilot episode of Simon & Simon "Details at Eleven" in 1981, episode one of season two of The Greatest American Hero, two episodes of The A-Team as two different characters in the 1983 episode "The Only Church in Town" and the 1984 episode "Hot Styles", and The Love Boat. She appeared in the science fiction series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century and as Diane Chambers' best friend in the sitcom Cheers, before eventually becoming a regular on the ABC action drama The Fall Guy.[5] After The Fall Guy, she played Christine Sullivan on the 1980s television comedy series Night Court from the third season until the show's end.[6] She played Georgie Anne Lahti Hartman on the comedy series Hearts Afire, co-starring John Ritter.[7][8] Post also had regularly recurring guest star roles on The District and on Scrubs as the mother of Dr. Elliot Reid.[8]

Film credits include There's Something About Mary (1998), in which Post played Mary's mother.[9] She played a call girl and dominatrix in the 1988 TV movie Tricks of the Trade opposite Cindy Williams, and a singer in Glitz with Jimmy Smits, based on the novel by Elmore Leonard.[10] She also had a starring role in NBC's 1995 movie Visitors in the Night.[11] She appeared as reporter Christine Merriweather in the 2007 improvisational comedy film (released in 2017) Cook Off!. She appeared in the 30 Rock episode "The One with the Cast of Night Court" playing herself when she, Harry Anderson, and Charles Robinson staged a mock reunion of the Night Court cast.[12]

Post was the voice of June Darby on the computer animated robot superhero TV series Transformers: Prime. She appeared as recurring character Barbara 'Bunny' Fletcher in the first four seasons of Chicago P.D.[13]

Personal lifeEdit

Post was married first to Stephen Knox, whom she met at Lewis & Clark College.[4] She later married actor and writer Michael A. Ross, with whom she had two daughters.[14][15]

Post died on August 7, 2021, at her home in Los Angeles.[2][16] She was 70, and had been diagnosed with cancer almost four years earlier. [17]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1981 Gangster Wars[18] Chris Brennan Film debut
1998 There's Something About Mary[19][20] Mary's mom
2007 Cook Off![21][22] Christine Merriweather Released in 2017
2014 Muffin Top: A Love Story[19] Linda
2017 Sweet Sweet Summertime[19] Lila Burns
2017 Camp Cool Kids[19][21] Euginia
2017 Four Christmases and a Wedding[19][21] Anna Taylor TV movie
2018 Keep the Gaslight Burning[21] Mrs. Maxwell Short film
2019 Christmas Reservations[19][21] Tay Griffin TV movie

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1979 CHIPs[19][21] Roberta television debut

Episode: "Rally 'Round the Bank"

1979 Barnaby Jones[19] Linda Woods Episode: "Master of Deception"
1979 The Incredible Hulk[19][21] Pamela Norris Episode: "The Confession"
1979 The Lazarus Syndrome[23] Lauren Place Episode: "A Brutal Assault"
1979 Buck Rogers in the 25th Century[23] Joella Cameron 2 episodes
1979 Hart to Hart[19] Sandy Episode: "Cop Out"
1980 B.J. and the Bear[19] Valerie Wood Episode: "Siege"
1980 House Calls[21] Linda Episode: "A Slight Case of Quarantine"
1980 Eight Is Enough[19][21] Kerry Episode: "The Commitment"
1980 Semi-Tough[19] Barbara Jane Bookman 4 episodes
1981 The Gangster Chronicles[24] Chris Brennan Television Miniseries; 13 episodes
1981 The Greatest American Hero[19] Deborah Dante Episode: "The Two-Hundred-Mile-an-Hour Fast Ball"
1981 Simon & Simon[19][21] Carolyn Perry Episode: "Details at Eleven"
1981 McClain's Law[25] unknown "Requiem for a Narc"
1982 Massarati and the Brain[19][21] Julie Ramsdell Television movie
1982 Not Just Another Affair[19][21] Jan Thacker Television movie
1982–1983 The Love Boat[21] Doris Holden/Dee Dee/Donna Baker 2 episodes
1982–1985 The Fall Guy[19][21] Terri Michaels series regular; 64 episodes
1983 Six Pack[26] Sally Leadbetter Television movie
1983 Matt Houston[27] Courtney Garner Episode: "A Novel Way to Die"
1983 Cheers[19][21] Heather Landon Episode: "Just Three Friends"
1983 The Match Game-Hollywood Squares Hour[28] Herself 5 episodes
1983–1984 Fantasy Island[19] Amy Marshall/Doreen Murphy 2 episodes
1983-1984 The A-Team[19][21] Rina/Leslie Becktall/Sister Teresa 2 episodes
1983-1988 The New $25,000 Pyramid[28] Herself recurring role; 80 episodes
1984 Glitter[21] Barbara Nelson Episode: "Pilot"
1984 Scene of the Crime[21] Courtney Hollander Episode: "Pilot"
1984–1985 Hotel[19] Anne Crowley/Jill Stanton 2 episodes
1984–1992 Night Court[19][21] Christine Sullivan series regular; 159 episodes
1985 The $25,000 Pyramid[24][28] Herself 5 episodes
1985–1987 Super Password[19] Herself recurring role; 20 episodes
1986 Triplecross[19][21] Delia Langtree Television movie
1988 Glitz[19][21] Linda Moon Television movie
1988 Tricks of the Trade[19][21] Marla Television movie
1991 Stranger at My Door[19][21] Sharon Dancey Television movie
1992–1995 Hearts Afire[19][21] Georgie Anne Lahti Hartman series regular; 54 episodes
1993 Beyond Suspicion[19][21] Joyce Television movie
1994 Someone She Knows[19][21] Laurie Philips Television movie
1995 VR.5[29] Alexis Miller Episode: "The Many Faces of Alex"
1995 Visitors of the Night[19][21] Judith English Television movie
1996 Chasing the Dragon[19][21] Gwen Kessler Television movie
1996 Dave's World[19] Lisa McCauley Episode: "Falling"
1997 Dog's Best Friend[21] Horse Television movie; voice role
1997 Survival on the Mountain[19][21] Amy Hoffman Television movie
1998 I've Been Waiting for You[19][21] Rosemary Zoltanne Television movie
1999-2000 Odd Man Out[19][21] Julia Whitney series regular; 13 episodes
2000 Twice in a Lifetime[19] Nancy Waldron/Peggy McIntrye Episode: "It's a Hard Knock Life"
2000 Hollywood Squares[30] Herself 5 episodes
2001 Till Dad Do Us Part[19][21] Virginia Corbett Television movie
2001 Late Boomers[31] unknown Television movie
2002–2006 Scrubs[17][19][21] Lily Reid 3 episodes
2003–2004 The District[19] Audrey Livingston/Simone Fairgate/Audrey Livermore 2 episodes
2006 Ghost Whisperer[19][21] Diana Lassiter Episode: "The Woman of His Dreams"
2007 Holiday in Handcuffs[19][21] Mom Chandler Television movie
2008 30 Rock[19][21] Herself Episode: "The One with the Cast of Night Court"
2010 Backyard Wedding[19][21] Aunt Addie Television movie
2010–2013 Transformers Prime[19][21] June Darby series regular; 15 episodes; voice role
2011 Man Up[19][21] Linda Episode: "Acceptance"
2013 Christmas on the Bayou[19][21] Lilly Television movie
2014–2017 Chicago P.D.[23] Barbara "Bunny" Fletcher recurring role; 18 episodes
2017 The Joneses Unplugged[19][21] Tawney Television movie
2018 Santa Clarita Diet[23] Becky Episode: "Coyote in Yoga Pants"
2018–2019 The Kids Are Alright[19][21] Helen Portollo 4 episodes
2019 Soundtrack[18] Joanna's Mom Track 2: Joanna and Nellie

Awards and nominationsEdit

  • 1994 CableACE Award for Children's Program Special - 6 and Young (Presidential Inaugural Celebration for Children) – Won[32][33]

ReferencesEdit

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