Markie Post, ‘Night Court’ Actress, Dies at 70

by Josh Lanier

Markie Post, the actress best known for her roles in Night Court, The Fall Guy, and Scrubs died Saturday. She was 70 years old.

Her manager told Deadline that she had been battling cancer for nearly four years. She’s the second Night Court actor to die in the past month.

Markie Post started her career in Hollywood behind the camera. She worked on shows such as Split Second and was an associate producer on Double Dare starring Alex Trebek. Her first on-camera appearance was as a card dealer on Card Sharks.

She sought out more on-screen roles after this, her obituary said.

The California-born actress booked her first acting jobs in 1979. She landed small roles in shows such as CHiPs, Cheers, The Incredible Hulk, The A-Team, and Hart to Hart, among others. But her big break came in 1982 as bail bondswoman Terri Michaels on The Fall Guy. She appeared in 65 episodes of the show, Deadline said.

Though, most fans know Markie Post for her role as public defender Christine Sullivan on Night Court. She played opposite John Larroquette and Harry Anderson for nine seasons. The show was a hit. Post also won critical acclaim for her performance in Hearts Afire, which co-starred John Ritter.

Despite her cancer diagnosis, Post continued to act on television and in films, Deadline said. She would take roles in between rounds of chemotherapy.

Though, her family said she shined brightest away from the limelight.

“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,” her family said in a statement.

Post is survived by her husband, writer Michael A. Ross; daughters, actress Kate Armstrong Ross and Daisy Schoenborn; son-in-law Bryce Schoenborn and a five-month-old granddaughter.

Markie Post Co-Star Died of Cancer Last Month

Markie Post is the second Night Court actor to succumb to cancer in the last month. Charlie Robinson, who played Mac Robinson on the show, died in early July at the UCLA medical center. His reps told Deadline that the cause of death was from complications from metastatic adenocarcinoma.

Robinson racked up more than 100 film and television acting credits and was nominated for multiple Emmy awards.

His widow said his love of acting came second only to the love of his family. And she thanked his fans for helping him achieve his dreams.

“Once referred to by Martin Landau as ‘the greatest, underestimated actor in Hollywood,’ Charlie Robinson was the love of my life, husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather,” Dolorita Noonan-Robinson said. “He was truly the working actor’s actor, and of all his passions, his craft took center stage, with his family being the wind beneath his wings, so he could soar to unbelievable heights! On behalf of my husband and family, I thank you for being part of the audience.”