Actress Markie Post whose smile could make even the coldest of hearts melt in absolute submission and who made a career out of playing relatable, smart and sly every-day characters in a career that spanned over four decades, has passed away at the age of 70 after a courageous battle with cancer, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Truly there could not have been more dynamic potential romantic foil for the late, great Harry Anderson in the 1980s classic series Night Court than vibrant and uproarious actress Markie Post. Her staunch public defender Christine Sullivan kept Anderson’s wonky judge Harry T. Stone on his absolute best game for 159 sublime episodes and kept all of us fans at home alternately laughing along with her and rooting for the two star-crossed romantics to get together. Exhibiting a comedic timing not seen since the hey-day of Lucille Ball, Post was the very definition of a team player: She always shined throughout her time on the series without taking away any of the spotlight on the ensemble that formed creator Reinhold Weege’s over-the-top comedy series.
Born in Palo Alto, California in 1950, Post kicked off her career behind the camera as an associate producer, rubbing elbows with erstwhile gameshow host Alex Trebek for the series Double Dare before landing on a calling that was much more speed – an accomplished actress. She paid her dues in a whirlwind circuit of television roles in series that are now considered seminal and legendary: Semi-Tough, The Gangster Chronicles, Fantasy Island and The Love Boat.
It wasn’t until 1982 when she took on the part of Terri Michaels for the Lee Major’s vehicle The Fall Guy however, that Post really made her first indelible mark on the pop culture landscape. From that ’82-’85 role it was but a short hop to Night Court, a series which proved so popular that a new iteration is currently in the works, set to continue some of the characters and continuity from the original version.
In a press release announcing her passing, Post’s family shared their thoughts on their beloved wife and mother: “But for us, our pride is in who she was in addition to acting; a person who made elaborate cakes for friends, sewed curtains for first apartments and showed us how to be kind, loving and forgiving in an often harsh world.”
Vents would like to extend our sympathy to Post’s family during this difficult time.