Barbara Tarbuck

Barbara Tarbuck

Highest Rated: 59% Short Circuit (1986)

Lowest Rated: 26% Walking Tall (2004)

Birthday: Jan 15, 1942

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, USA

Prolific actor Barbara Tarbuck was perhaps best well known for her portrayal of Jane Jacks on the long running soap opera "General Hospital" (ABC, 1963-). Born in Detroit, Michigan in 1942, Tarbuck began her career as a performer at the tender age of nine, when she joined the cast of the children's radio program "Storyland" on her local Detroit station WWJ. She would go on to earn her bachelor's in acting at Wayne State University and a master's in theater from the University of Michigan, before attending the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art on a Fulbright Scholarship. She eventually moved to New York and launched her professional acting career, performing mostly in regional theater, though she would finally break through to Broadway as an understudy to three separate roles in a 1972 production of "The Crucible." TV work would soon follow, with Tarbuck racking up countless guest appearances on shows like "Lou Grant" (CBS, 1977-1982), "Newhart" (CBS, 1982-1990), "M*A*S*H" (CBS, 1972-1983), and "Police Squad!" (ABC, 1982). Tarbuck would continue to work in theater as well, appearing in the original Broadway cast of Neil Simon's "Brighton Beach Memoirs" in 1983. She would also take on increasingly prominent TV work, memorably portraying the recurring character of Dr. Randall on "Falcon Crest" (CBS, 1981-1990). She eventually joined the cast of "General Hospital" in 1996, sticking with the show for fourteen years. She then switched gears and took on the role of Mother Superior Claudia on the massively popular series "American Horror Story" (FX, 2011-) in 2010. Tarbuck would make her final appearance in the comedy "Come Simi" (2015) before she died in 2016. She was 74 years old.

Highest rated movies

Short Circuit
Walking Tall




No Score Yet No Score Yet Wild Horses Becks (Character) - 2013
26% 60% Walking Tall Connie Vaughn (Character) $45.9M 2004
No Score Yet 79% The Tulse Luper Suitcases Part 1: The Moab Story Unknown (Character) - 2003
No Score Yet 67% Just Ask My Children Marilyn Kniffen (Character) - 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet Eye of the Stalker: A Moment of Truth Movie Judge Paula Castanon (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jack Reed: Badge of Honor Dora Ferro (Character) - 1993
59% 67% Short Circuit Sen. Mills (Character) $39.0M 1986


71% 80% Dexter Sussman's Mother (Guest Star) 2013
94% 96% Mad Men Hazel Tinsley (Guest Star) 2013
77% 72% American Horror Story Mother Superior Claudia (Guest Star) 2012-2013
70% 71% Glee Nancy Bletheim (Guest Star) 2011
50% No Score Yet Smith Unknown (Guest Star) 2007
65% No Score Yet Close to Home Unknown (Guest Star) 2006
No Score Yet 77% CSI: New York Vivian Claven (Guest Star) 2005
75% 79% Nip/Tuck Mrs. Declan (Guest Star) 2004
No Score Yet 85% NCIS Mrs. Donaldson (Guest Star) 2004
No Score Yet 84% Cold Case Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
No Score Yet 66% Without a Trace Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
83% 83% NYPD Blue Barbara Colohan (Guest Star) 2003
81% 97% Six Feet Under STD Clinic Doctor (Guest Star) 2002
55% 79% Star Trek: Enterprise Chancellor Kalev (Guest Star) 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet Judging Amy Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
No Score Yet 81% CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
No Score Yet 84% ER Alice Presley (Guest Star) 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet L.A. Doctors Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Practice Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Seduced by Madness Unknown (Character) 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Civil Wars Judge Kaplan (Guest Star) 1992
No Score Yet 94% Quantum Leap Esther (Guest Star) 1992
91% 89% Star Trek: The Next Generation Governor Leka Trion (Guest Star) 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet She-Wolf of London Unknown (Guest Star) 1991
No Score Yet 100% 21 Jump Street Unknown (Guest Star) 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hunter Judge Ruth Loomis (Guest Star) 1988
No Score Yet 93% The Golden Girls Martha McDowell (Guest Star) 1987
36% No Score Yet Highway to Heaven Marie Briggs (Guest Star) 1987
No Score Yet 94% M*A*S*H Maj. Judy Parker (Guest Star) 1982
89% No Score Yet Newhart Unknown (Guest Star) 1982
90% 83% Police Squad! Unknown (Guest Star) 1982
No Score Yet 92% Little House on the Prairie Beth Tomkins (Guest Star) 1981
No Score Yet 64% Incredible Hulk Unknown (Guest Star) 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Waltons Unknown (Guest Star) 1979