Markie Post, a 1980s sitcom sweetheart known for many roles including public defender Christine Sullivan on Night Court, has died.
Post died in California on Saturday, August 7, 2021, at the age of 70.
She had been battling cancer for nearly four years.
Markie Post, known for her roles in shows like "Night Court" and "The Kids Are Alright," has died at the age of 70 following a battle with cancer, her family says. https://t.co/lzQcsyuOSf pic.twitter.com/oQyQUYH7wx
— NBC News (@NBCNews) August 8, 2021
Her family issued a statement saying:
“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.”
In addition to leaving behind a husband and two children, Post’s legacy of television and film work lives on.
Here are 3 things to know.
1. She Broke Into Show Business On Game Shows
Post originally worked behind the camera as a game show producer in the 1970s on the series Double Dare with Alex Trebek.
She eventually ended up onscreen in the late 1970s as a card dealer on Card Sharks.
RIP Markie Post. Many of us know her for Night Court..
However before Night Court, Markie was one of the Card Dealers on Card Sharks in 1978.
Here she is dealing the cards with the late Jim Perry.
— Chrissi Nielsen (@NielsenChrissi) August 8, 2021
2. The Fall Guy Came Next
— FreakSugar (@FreakSugar) August 9, 2021
In 1982, she landed the role of bail bondswoman Terri Michaels on The Fall Guy.
She appeared on the series in three of its five seasons for a total of 65 episodes.
Post was no stranger to television series in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
She also logged appearances on CHiPs, The Incredible Hulk, Cheers, Fantasy Island, Hotel, The Love Boat, Hart to Hart, and The A-Team.
3. After Night Court, She Continued To Work
Night Court ran from 1984-1992.
Post’s career did not end after that iconic role.
She worked in both film and television after the show wrapped.
Post played Mary’s mom in the 1998 film There’s Something About Mary.
She also acted on Scrubs from 2002-2006 and Chicago PD from 2014-2017.
Post did voice work for Transformers Prime, an animated series that ran from 2010-2013.
She had a long career and was never typecast despite her tremendous popularity on Night Court.
Her colleagues and friends took to social media to share their love for Post.
John Larroquette of Night Court fame described her tremendous beauty, kindness, and talent.
..We all wish she could have stayed longer but we thank the cosmos for blessing us and enriching the world with her for as long as it did.
Markie Post Ross—November 4, 1950- August 7, 2021.
— John B. Larroquette (@johnlarroquette) August 8, 2021
Another Night Court costar, Marsha Warfield, said:
“She has been, and will be, described as perky, bubbly, sweet, etc. And she was. But, she was also real, caring and kind. I never heard a cross word from, to, or about her. Because of our shared love of game shows, we were on set playmates,” Warfield wrote. “You hear actors saying their casts were a family, but on Night Court, the whole crew was family. I was adopted late, but I never doubted that I was family too. Markie was a big reason for that. She was our welcome lady, or whatever you call that person who shows up at your door with a pie and a smile the first day you move in the neighborhood. I never got the pie, but the smile was bright enough to make you forget pie was a thing.”
“Was special and can never be forgotten. I had the great pleasure of working with her over the years which was a blessing in my life. Sending prayers of peace, strength, comfort and love to her family.”
Rest in Peace Markie Post.