Ellen Lubin Santisky, manager of “Night Court” star Markie Post, who died on Saturday at 70, said the cause of death was cancer.
Santisky revealed that news on Sunday in an article from Pop Culture. Markie Post received her cancer diagnosis nearly four years to the day of her death. Her best-known role was as defender Christine Sullivan in the NBC show that also starred Harry Anderson, Charlie Robinson, and Richard Moll.
Post is survived by her second husband, TV producer and writer Michael A. Ross; two daughters, actress Kate Armstrong Ross and Daisy Schoenborn; son-in-law Bryce Schoenborn; and a 5-month-old granddaughter.
Markie Post Warmly Remembered In Statement From Her Family
“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,” according to a family statement given to The Associated Press.
Markie Post made her TV debut, after working behind the scenes a lot, in the NBC cop show “CHiPs.” Other guest-starring appearances included roles on “The Incredible Hulk,” “Hart to Hart,” and “Simon & Simon.” Her first full-time regular role was in ABC’s “The Fall Guy” as Terri Michaels. Post played that role between 1982-85.
In 1984, Markie Post picked up the role of Sullivan on “Night Court,” a comedy that focused on different people facing a judge [Anderson] who handled cases with some comedic flair. Anderson had earlier appeared in some episodes of “Cheers” as the magic-card-playing “Harry the Hat.”
‘Night Court’ Star Also Had Recurring Role On NBC’s ‘Chicago P.D.’
Also, Post had a recurring role on the NBC police drama “Chicago P.D.” between 2014-17. She played Barbara “Funny” Fletcher in 18 episodes. Post’s final on-screen role was in the Netflix series “Soundtrack” in 2019.
Anderson died in 2018 at 65, while Robinson died earlier this year in July at 75.
At this time, original “Night Court” star John Larroquette is working on a revival of the show with “The Big Bang Theory” star Melissa Rauch.
Rauch reportedly will play Judge Abby Stone, who is the daughter of Anderson’s Judge Harry Stone, and also have an executive producer role.
Markie Post made the Sullivan role quite memorable as she often went toe-to-toe with Larroquette’s character, prosecutor Dan Fielding. Moll played big, lovable bailiff Bull Shannon in the original series. Moll is still around yet there is no word on whether he will be a part of this updated version.
“Night Court” was quite popular and developed a cult following during its run on NBC. Anderson, who in real life was a magician, would at times turn a couple of card tricks in his character.