Barbara Bain

Barbara Bain

  • Highest Rated: 91% Panic (2000)
  • Lowest Rated: 40% American Gun (2002)
  • Birthday: Sep 13, 1931
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • A former University of Illinois sociology major, ash-blonde leading lady Barbara Bain studied for a theatrical career at New York's Actors Studio and Neighborhood Playhouse. While attending an actor's workshop in 1956, Barbara made the acquaintance of an intense young performer named Martin Landau. It was love at first sight, and they married in 1957. Landau and Bain strove to maintain separate careers, and while her husband tended to work more often than she did, Barbara was well-represented with guest appearances on such series as Richard Diamond, Private Detective, Get Smart and The Dick Van Dyke Show. In 1964, the Landaus worked together for the first time on an episode of The Greatest Show on Earth. They didn't care much for the experience, and vowed not to co-star again -- at least, not until producer Bruce Geller made them an offer they couldn't refuse with the weekly TV suspenser Mission: Impossible. Cast as silken espionage agent Cinammon Carter, Bain won three consecutive Emmies for her work on the series (if you're wondering why Cinammon never adopted elaborate disguises, as did practically everyone else on the program, it is because Bain suffered from claustrophobia, and could not abide being hemmed in by heavy makeup). Then, after three seasons' worth of Mission: Impossible, the Landaus quit the series in 1969, citing poor scripts and insufficient creative challenges. In later years, Bain would comment ruefully that leaving the show ruined her career. The record doesn't quite bear this out: indeed, during the early 1970s she racked up an impressive list of TV movie appearances, and was offered a great deal of money to reteam with Landau in the syndicated sci-fi TV series Space: 1999 (1975-77). In 1989, Bain appeared in her very first theatrical feature, Trust Me (1989), playing a truculent, dishonest art collector. Though long-divorced from Martin Landau, Barbara Bain did not express an aversion to the possibility of playing a cameo alongside her ex-husband in the 1996 film version of Mission: Impossible, should either one of them be asked to do so (alas, they weren't).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Silver Skies Eve 2016
No Score Yet Nothing Special Actor 2011
No Score Yet Forget Me Not Sister Dolores 2009
No Score Yet Haunted Echoes Lenore Gitchell 2008
No Score Yet Trapped Elizabeth Kramer 2006
No Score Yet Trapped! (Dangerous Isolation) Actor 2006
40% American Gun Anne 2002
91% Panic Deidre 2000
No Score Yet Gideon Sarah 1999
No Score Yet Ángeles y Demonios Mother 1998
80% The Spirit of '76 Hipster 1990
No Score Yet Trust Me Mary Casal 1989
No Score Yet Skinheads Martha 1989
No Score Yet The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island Actor 1981
No Score Yet Alien Attack Dr. Helena Russel 1976
No Score Yet Cosmic Princess Dr. Helena Russel 1975
No Score Yet Journey Through the Black Sun Dr. Helena Russel 1975
No Score Yet Destination: Moonbase Alpha Dr. Helena Russel 1975
No Score Yet Savage Gail Abbott 1973
No Score Yet Murder Once Removed Lisa Manning 1971
No Score Yet Mission Impossible Versus the Mob Actor 1968

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Code Black
2015-2018
Blanche
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet Mission: Impossible
1966-1973
Cinnamon Carter Cinammon Carter
  • 2010
  • 1970
  • 1969
  • 1968
  • 1967
  • 1966
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
2000-2015
Iris Paul
  • 2006
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
Nora
  • 1991
  • 1988
97% Moonlighting
1985-1989
Emily Greydon
  • 1985
66% Space: 1999
1975-1978
Dr. Helena Russell
  • 1977
  • 1976
  • 1975
No Score Yet Get Smart
1965-1970
Alma
  • 1965
No Score Yet Perry Mason
1957-1966
Madelyn Elayna
  • 1964
  • 1960
No Score Yet The Dick Van Dyke Show
1961-1966
  • 1963

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