Markie Post, the veteran television actress who starred on sitcoms like Night Court and Scrubs, has died at the age of 70.
Post’s manager, Ellen Lubin Sanitsky, confirmed her death to The Hollywood Reporter, adding that the actress died following a battle with cancer.
Post was best known for her lengthy run on Night Court, joining the cast full-time as the lawyer Christine Sullivan prior to the series’ third season; Post appeared in nearly 160 episodes of the show, which ran from 1984 to 1990.
Post’s Night Court co-star John Larroquette tweeted Sunday, “Her grace, her warmth, her intelligence, her compassion, her optimism, her empathy, her humility, her love and devotion to her family. And her flawless comic timing, her beauty, her laugh and more… 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.”
Her grace, her warmth, her intelligence, her compassion, her optimism, her empathy, her humility, her love and devotion to her family. And her flawless comic timing, her beauty, her laugh and more.. pic.twitter.com/EeB6eQJI4e
— John B. Larroquette (@johnlarroquette) August 8, 2021
Gilbert Gottfried, who appeared on Night Court’s ninth season, also tweeted a tribute to the actress:
Nov 4, 1950-Aug 7, 2021@RealGilbert, @Franksantopadre and everyone at #GGACP bids adieu to actress Markie Post. In a career spanning five decades, Post was involved in dozens of classic TV shows & films including "Night Court" & "The Fall Guy." #RIP pic.twitter.com/qREz8rX95H
— RealGilbertACP (@RealGilbertACP) August 8, 2021
Prior to her career in front of the camera, Post worked on the production crew of game shows like Double Dare and Card Sharks. She later segued into acting in 1979, guest-starring on shows like The Love Boat, The A-Team, Barnaby Jones and The Greatest American Hero. In 1982, she was cast in her first series regular role on the Lee Majors-starring The Fall Guy.
Post’s family said in a statement following her news of her death, “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.”
While still acting, Post remained active in the game show world, frequently appearing on The $10,000 Pyramid and Hollywood Squares. In 1998, Post landed her first significant big-screen role, playing the mother of Cameron Diaz’s character in There’s Something About Mary. A reoccurring role on Scrubs — playing the mother of Sarah Chalke’s character Elliot Reid — followed in 2002. Most recently, Post had reoccurring roles on Chicago P.D. and the short-lived ABC comedy The Kids Are Alright.
In 2008, Post appeared on a 30 Rock episode that brought back the cast of Night Court, with Post joining former co-stars Harry Anderson and Charlie Robinson for the in-show reunion. Since that episode, all three actors have died: Anderson in April 2018, and Robinson just last month.