R.I.P. Markie Post, a 1980s television icon from Night Court and The Fall Guy

The actress best known for playing public defender Christine Sullivan was 70.

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Markie Post, best remembered for her role as the innocent, Princess Diana-obsessed public defender Christine Sullivan on Night Court, has passed away following a three-year battle with cancer.

Post joined the Night Court cast in season three and stayed until the end of the series' nine-season run. Sullivan served as the primary love interest for Judge Harold T. Stone, played by Harry Anderson.

In addition to Night Court, many remember Post as her role on The Fall Guy, the Lee Majors series about a stuntman who moonlights as a bounty hunter. Post played Terri Michaels, a bail bondswoman, for the final three years of the show.

Post teamed up alongside John Ritter for the lesser-known sitcom Hearts Afire, a political comedy that aired for three seasons in the early 1990s and welcomed guests from left and right like Rush Limbaugh and Hugh E. Rodham, father of Hilary Clinton. The noteworthy cast also included Billy Bob Thornton and Ed Asner.

On Scrubs, she found a recurring role as the mother of Dr. Elliot Reed (Sarah Chalke). Game show fans will remember her as a regular presence on The $100,000 Pyramid and Super Password. She had a small but memorable role in the 1998 hit There's Something About Mary as the mother of Cameron Diaz's titular character.

Post was born in the Bay Area, the daughter of a poet mother and a brilliant, renowned physicist. Richard F. Post held 34 patents — covering everything from nuclear fusion to particle accelerators.

Markie (full name Marjorie Armstrong Post) began her showbiz career in game shows, albeit behind the scenes, in the production team for Split Second and Double Dare (the CBS version, not Nickelodeon). Her chance in front of the camera came on Card Sharks, where she played a card dealer.

On the acting side, Post began her TV career with guest spots on CHiPs and Barnaby Jones. She was 70 years old.

 
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Mac2Nite 6 months ago
Far too young... at 70 myself, I treasure every healthy day I get to spend with family & friends.
Steve2021 9 months ago
I fell in love with her in night court...
jacko3 10 months ago
.. quite an accomplished actress .. and very attractive ... May The Good LORD Bless her life and legacy ...Amen - Alleluia!
Runeshaper 10 months ago
R.I.P. Markie. She left us way too young, but I'm glad she had such a fulfilling career.
UTZAAKE 10 months ago
Watched Markie Post on both The Fall Guy and Night Court. The latter reminds me of all the downtime on Thursday evenings while trying to finish issues of a college weekly newspaper for Friday distribution. In recent years, she played the mother of Sophia Bush's character on NBC's Chicago PD. https://onechicagocenter.com/2021/08/08/sophia-bush-chicago-pd-costar-markie-tribute-post/
kkvegas 10 months ago
When I was in college, I worked as an usher, and Markie Post's husband was in the show that was playing at the theatre. One night, he and I left the theatre at the same time and were making small talk, and he said, "My wife would love your earrings." And I still remember thinking, Cool, Markie Post and I have the same taste in earrings.
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Runeshaper kkvegas 10 months ago
That's so cool!
dangler1907 10 months ago
I lost the most beautiful woman in my life to cancer. Now I've lost Markie Post to cancer too. Things are not going well.
TheDavBow3 dangler1907 10 months ago
Please take care and be strong 🙏🙏
Runeshaper dangler1907 10 months ago
Hang in there! I hope things get better soon (-:
jvf 10 months ago
So sad! So many are gone from that show! Loved all of them and for me, I had a crush on Harry.
CJLV 10 months ago
Well this is 😢 (I hate cancer!) and now there's only 2 Actors left from Night Court still alive (Richard and John!) 💔
jvf CJLV 10 months ago
Marsha Warfield (Roz) is still alive.
kilimanjaro 10 months ago
How about a Night Court marathon on MeTV this weekend to remember her?
wraithchaser kilimanjaro 10 months ago
I agree and R.I.P. Markie
Cougar 10 months ago
I had a BIG crush on her. RIP.
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JHP 10 months ago
very nice - she was a like a double (or triple) cold shot of Baileys on a hot summer day

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JHP 10 months ago
10-4
kimmer 10 months ago
Prayers to family and friends......
Mirramanee 10 months ago
Night Court was one of my favorite shows during its run back in the day and I am feeling doubly sad because in one month we have lost not one, but two of the cast (Charles Robinson passed away just a couple of weeks ago). To both I send my sincerest gratitude for the many laughs you gave me on Night Court (along with the rest of the amazing cast). Hope to see METV secure the rights and run the series sometime in the near future.
JeffPaul76 10 months ago
R.I.P. Markie Post. She was one of my favorites on Night Court, along with Ellen Foley, who played Billie Young, & Richard Moll who played Bull Shannon, Bailiff. I didn't really like the character of Dan Fielding, Assistant District Attorney, Played by John Larroquette. Spelling?
MrsPhilHarris 10 months ago
I remember loving her haircut.
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TheSentinel 10 months ago
RIP to one of my 1980s actress crushes.
Kenner 10 months ago
R.I.P. Markie Post. Loved on everything you did. Hey, METV….How about looking into running the Fall Guy and/or Night Court??? I’ve seen enough Perry Mason to do me 3 life-times. Just sayin.’
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texasluva MrsPhilHarris 10 months ago
Ha ha! Just go to Morse Code Translator. Copy/Paste click and 2 sec up pops the post.
texasluva MrsPhilHarris 10 months ago
Yeah really. It translates both ways. Actually when I pasted it came up below in a microsecond. You do not have to spend hours turning pages in a dusty book and dit and doting forever. That way you can see the ones I would not mind being removed.
MrsPhilHarris texasluva 10 months ago
Interesting list. I didn’t even know one of them was on METV. Must come on in the middle of the night. I must say I do tune into the rural comedy now and again and I do laugh. It is so ridiculous.
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