“Hollywood is known as a cynical place and it can be. But that's not all that it is.” Markie Post
Actress Markie Post landed regular work on the unsuccessful series “Semi-Tough” (1980) and “The Gangster Chronicles” (1981) and appeared in countless shows as a guest star before attracting the attention of television audiences with her role of Terri Michaels on the ABC action series “The Fall Guy” (1982-1985). She gained even more popularity and recognition as Christine Sullivan on the NBC long running sitcom “Night Court,” a role she played from 1985 to 1992. After the show came to an end, Markie was seen in the sitcoms “Hearts Afire” (1992-1994) and “Odd Man Out” (1999). She made her feature acting debut in the Cameron Diaz hit comedy “There's Something About Mary” (1998) and appeared in the TV films “Chasing the Dragon” (1996), “Survival on the Mountain” (1997), “I've Been Waiting for You” (1998), “Electra Woman and Dyna Girl” (2001) and “Holiday in Handcuffs” (2007). Her more recent guest spots were in the series “The District,” “Scrubs” and “Ghost Whisperer.”
5' 6” Post is good friends of former President Bill Clinton. When Clinton became President, Post became an informal advisor at the White House. During that period, she hosted and produced an Inaugural special for children and advised the President on how to improve his image. In 2005, she participated in Interfaith Youth Core to help raise $30,000 for a leadership conference for American and Jordanian juveniles.
Married in 1982, Post and her actor-writer husband, Michael A. Ross, have two daughters. She was previously married to a man named Stephen Knox.
Post is currently filming Bradford May’s “Backyard Wedding” (2010).
Childhood and Family:
Marjorie Armstrong Post was born on November 4, 1950, in Palo Alto, California. She was raised in Walnut Creek by her parents Richard F. Post, a scientist, and Marylee, a poet. She got the name “Markie” from her brother who could not pronounce her first name correctly.
Markie attended Las Lomas High School where she joined the cheerleading squad. She began college at Claremont McKenna College in Pomona and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in theater from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, in 1975. While there, she was dubbed “Biggest Snob on Campus.”
Post has been married twice. She had a brief marriage with Stephen Knox and is currently the wife of writer and actor Michael A. Ross, whom she has been married to since February 7, 1982. The couple has two daughters, Daisy and Kathleen.
The Fall Guy
Although she studied acting in college, Markie Post first embarked on television behind the scenes when she wrote game show questions and selected prizes for “The Price Is Right,” “Family Feud” and “Card Sharks.” While auditioning to be a contestant on the game show “Split Second,” she caught the attention of producers and was hired as a researcher for “Split Second” and “Double Dare.” During the 1976-1977, she also worked as an associate producer for the latter show.
Acting in community theater on the side, Post decided to become a full time actress in the late 1970s and began getting work on the small screen as guest star in series like NBC's “ChiPs,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century” and “Hart to Hart” (all 1979). More guest spots followed in 1980, including “Eight Is Enough” and “B.J. and the Bear” before she made her debut as a series regular in the very short-lived sport comedy “Semi-Tough” (1980). Costarring with David Hasselhoff and Bruce McGill, she was cast as Barbara Jane Bookman. Post's next regular role was that of Chris Brennan in the NBC historical series “The Gangster Chronicles,” starring Michael Nouri, Joe Penny and Brian Benben, which unfortunately had a similar fate. Airing in February 1981, the show only lasted 13 episodes.
Post went on to dot her resume with appearances on episodes of “The Greatest American Hero,” “Simon & Simon,” “McClain's Law” (all 1981), “Code Red,” “The Love Boat” (both 1982), “Matt Houston,” “Cheers,” “Fantasy Island” (all 1983), “The A-Team” and “Hotel” (both 1984). She could also be seen in the failed pilots “Massarati and the Brain” (1982) and “Six Pack” (1983), a drama costarring Don Johnson, as well as the TV films “Not Just Another Affair” (1982) and “Glitter” (1984), which was produced by Aaron Spelling.
However, Post did not experience her first breakthrough until she joined the cast of the prime time action series “The Fall Guy” in 1982 during its second season when she costarred as Lee Majors' bail bonds contractor Terri Michaels until 1985, a year before the show was canceled. She recalled, “It was not a happy set. I felt like an outsider, a prop. I didn't even know about Heather Thomas' drug problem until a few months before it came out. I felt like I was nothing, a zero, and I'm prone to feel that way anyway.”
After leaving the show, Post costarred with Ted Wass and Gary Swanson as three officers who become millionaires in the ABC television movie “Triplecross” (1986), supported Jimmy Smits in the NBC film “Glitz” (1988), based on a novel by Elmore Leonard, and was cast as a call girl on “Tricks of the Trade” (1988), opposite Cindy Williams. She also teamed up with Robert Urich for the thriller “Stranger at My Door” (1991).
It was television series, however, that proved to be the best environment for the Californian native. Playing the regular role of public defender Christine Sullivan on the NBC sitcom “Night Court,” Post joined the show in 1985 during its second season and stayed with them for seven years.
Following the demise of the show in 1992, Post landed a regular role on the controversial romantic sitcom “Hearts Afire,” which ran on CBS from 1992 to 1995. Costarring opposite John Ritter and Billy Bob Thornton, she was cast as Georgie Anne Lahti Hartman, a celebrated journalist with an unlikely chaotic background. While working on the show, she co-executive produced and starred in the NBC thriller “Beyond Suspicion” and produced a children's segment of the President's Inaugural Celebration (both 1993). She also starred in the television thriller “Someone She Knows” (NBC, 1994)
Post returned to TV as a guest star in the Fox sci-fi series “VR.5” (1995) and appeared in the television movies “Visitors of the Night” (1995), “Chasing the Dragon” (1996), “Survival on the Mountain” (1997) and “I've Been Waiting for You” (1998). In 1998, she made her wide screen debut as Cameron Diaz's mother in the popular comedy “There's Something About Mary,” which was directed by the Farrelly brothers. A year later, she resurfaced as a regular on the ABC sitcom “Odd Man Out.”
Markie next appeared as Nancy Waldron in a 2000 episode of “Twice in a Lifetime,” a short lived series starring Paul Popowich, starred in the 2001 sci-fi TV film “Electra Woman and Dyna Girl,” and acted in two other 2001 TV films, “Late Boomers” and “Till Dad Do Us Part.” During 2003 to 2004, she played Audrey Livingston in two episodes of the police series “The District.” She also played Lily Reid in three episodes of the series “Scrubs” (2002-2006) and Diana Lasseter in a 2006 episode of the Jennifer Love Hewitt series “Ghost Whisperer.”
Post had her next big screen exposure in 2006 when she was cast in the Guy Shalem comedy “Cook-Off!” (2006), playing Christine Merriweather. The movie starred Derek Anderson, Louie Anderson, Diedrich Bader and Jordan Black. She returned to television film the following year in Ron Underwood's “Holiday in Handcuffs” (2007). Post is currently filming Bradford May’s “Backyard Wedding” (2010).