She had a beautiful, expressive face and perfect comic timing. We are lucky that for decades Markie Post used both to make us laugh. Now comes the sad news that Post passed away this weekend at the age of 70.
“With great sadness, the family of actress Markie Post tonight shares her passing after a three year, ten month battle with cancer,” her family said in a statement.
Post, who is best remembered for her role as Christine Sullivan, the public defender on Night Court, had continued to act during chemotherapy treatments, which she called her “side job.” Over the years since her diagnosis, she had appeared in a Lifetime Christmas movie and had a recurring guest role on the ABC series The Kids Are Alright.
A Funny History
The 1980s was when Post found fame. She made appearances on The Love Boat, The A-Team, and Cheers before landing a major role as a bail bondswoman on The Fall Guy, an action show about a stuntman, played by Lee Majors (remember him?), who moonlights as a bounty hunter.
Those parts led to her starring role in Night Court, in which her charater was the romantic interest of Judge Harry T. Stone, played by Harry Anderson. At the same time she was pursued by the lecherous prosecutor Dan Fielding played by John Larroquette.
In the 1990s, Ms. Post starred opposite John Ritter on Hearts Afire, a political sitcom in which she played a former journalist who went to work as a press aide for a Southern senator. As for film roles, her most notable one was as the wacky mother of the titular Mary in Something About Mary.
Ms. Post is survived by her husband, Michael A. Ross; and two daughters, Kate Armstrong Ross, an actress, and Daisy Schoenborn, plus a five-month-old granddaughter. In a statement, the family says that Post exemplified kindness: “…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.”