Markie Post, best known for her role in “Night Court”, dies at 70: NPR
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NEW YORK – Markie Post, who played the public defender on the 1980s sitcom “Night Court” and was a regular television presence for four decades, has passed away. She was 70 years old.
Post Director Ellen Lubin Sanitsky said Post died in Los Angeles on Saturday after a years-long battle with cancer.
Post was a longtime television regular who appeared on shows from “Cheers” to “Scrubs”. But she was best known for her seven seasons on NBC’s “Night Court,” the Manhattan City Court sitcom that ran from 1984 to 1992 and starred Harry Anderson as Judge Harry T. Stone.
Post became a full-time “Night Court” actor in season three as Christine Sullivan, a sincere and willful woman who served as a constant foil to Dan Fielding, the narcissistic prosecutor and womanizer of John Larroquette. . With a comedic rebuttal, Post’s Christine deflected Fielding’s lust throughout the series. Although an unrealized romance between Christine and Harry was often teased, “Night Court” ended with Fielding realizing that the public defender was the love of his life.
Several of Post’s “Night Court” co-stars have died in recent years. Harry Anderson died aged 65 in 2018. In July, Charles Robinson, who played Mac Clerk, passed away at age 75. NBC is currently developing a sequel to the series.
Post had two daughters with her second husband, television producer and writer Michael A. Ross. In a statement, the family said “our pride is in knowing who they are besides acting; someone who made elaborate cakes for friends, sewed curtains for the first apartments and showed us how to be kind, loving and forgiving in an often harsh world. “
Post started out in television behind the camera, working on the production team for the “Double Dare” and “Card Sharks” television games. Her first regular role in the series was in Lee Majors’ action-adventure series “The Fall Guy”, in which she played Terri Michaels from 1982 to 1985.
Other Post credits include the role of Cameron Diaz’s mother in “There’s Something About Mary”; Elliot Reid’s mother on “Scrubs”; and appearances on “The Love Boat”, “The A-Team” and “Fantasy Island”. While receiving chemotherapy treatments, Post starred in the lifetime movie “Christmas Reservations” and starred in the ABC series “The Kids Are Alright”.