Janet MacLachlan

Janet MacLachlan

Highest Rated: 90% Sounder (1972)

Lowest Rated: 40% Murphy's Law (1986)

Birthday: Aug 27, 1933

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

Janet MacLachlan was a well-regarded stage, television, and feature film actress, probably best known for her significant supporting part as a sympathetic schoolteacher in Martin Ritt's acclaimed 1972 film, "Sounder." She studied acting with Sidney Poiter, and later at the Herbert Berghof Acting Studio and the Little Theatre of Harlem. She gained confidence and made a strong impression with audiences on and off Broadway in the late 1950s and early 1960s before moving to Los Angeles where she worked steadily in television, including small parts on the action sereis "The Girl from U.N.C.L.E," "The Fugitive," and the crime drama series "The Mod Squad," to name just a few. Three of her most prominent roles were as Bill Cosby's girlfriend on the comedy series "I Spy," as Lt. Charlene Masters on an episode of the cult-classic series "Star Trek," and as housekeeper Polly Swanson on the comedy spinoff "Archie Bunker's Place." She made her feature film debut in "Up Tight!," a Black Power-fueled remake of the John Ford classic "The Informer." But unlike a lot of African-American actresses working in the 1970s, she was able to steer clear of acting in blaxploitation films, focusing instead on serious drama. Her insistence on not furthering black stereotypes led to her co-founding of the Media Forum, a group of industry people focused on ridding film and television shows of negative portrayals of African-Americans. MacLachlan died at age 77.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Private Affair Cynthia (Character) - 2000
43% 60% The Big Squeeze Bank Manager (Character) $23.6K 1996
No Score Yet 23% Pinocchio's Revenge Judge Allen (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet In the Heat of the Night: Who Was Geli Bendl? Nedda Losey (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet 20% Criminal Passion Tracy's Lawyer (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet 91% Something to Live For: The Alison Gertz Story Mrs. Barrett (Character) - 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Famliy for Joe Judge Delaney (Character) - 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Killer Instinct Nurse Stoddard (Character) - 1988
40% 45% Murphy's Law Dr. Lovell (Character) $9.1M 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Kid From Nowhere Unknown (Character) - 1982
No Score Yet 40% She's in the Army Now Sgt Reed (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry Mary Logan (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dark Victory Eileen (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Louis Armstrong: Chicago Style Lil Hardin Armstrong (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Big Mo Dorothy (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Trouble Comes to Town Naomi Speare (Character) - 1972
90% 77% Sounder Camille (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Man Wanda (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet 30% Halls of Anger Lorraine Nash (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet Change of Mind Elizabeth Dickson (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet 83% Uptight Jeannie (Character) - 1968

TV

Credit
85% 88% Alias Jane Banks (Guest Star) 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet Family Law Unknown (Guest Star) 2000-2001
91% No Score Yet Murder One Unknown (Guest Star) 1996-1997
No Score Yet 71% Home Improvement Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
83% No Score Yet NYPD Blue Louise (Guest Star) 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Matlock Unknown (Guest Star) 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Free Spirit Unknown (Guest Star) 1989
No Score Yet 89% Beauty and the Beast Miss Kendrick (Guest Star) 1988
No Score Yet 94% The Golden Girls Sandra (Guest Star) 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Who's the Boss? Unknown (Guest Star) 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote Unknown (Guest Star) 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Punky Brewster Lois Collins (Guest Star) 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Trapper John, M.D. Unknown (Guest Star) 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hill Street Blues Mrs. Simons (Guest Star) 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fantasy Island Unknown (Guest Star) 1983
No Score Yet 88% All in the Family Unknown (Guest Star) 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Good Times Sandra Forbes (Guest Star) 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wonder Woman Unknown (Guest Star) 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's Happening!! Unknown (Guest Star) 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Barney Miller Miss Jackson (Guest Star) 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Blue Knight Unknown (Guest Star) 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Six Million Dollar Man Unknown (Guest Star) 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rockford Files Fashion Designer Adrienne Clarke (Guest Star) 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Streets of San Francisco Corby Joplin (Guest Star) 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Police Story Frankie (Character) 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Love Story Carol Marshall (Character) 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Mary Tyler Moore Show Sherry Wilson (Guest Star) 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Longstreet Unknown (Guest Star) 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Interns Unknown (Guest Star) 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mod Squad Ann Gibbon (Guest Star) 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet Name of the Game Unknown (Guest Star) 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet I Spy Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
80% 88% Star Trek Charlene Masters (Guest Star) 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Daktari Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fugitive Nurse 1 (Guest Star) 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Hour Unknown (Character) 1965

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