Linda Porter

Linda Porter

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Birthday: Jan 31, 1933

Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio

Most fans of veteran character actor Linda Porter knew her best for the last role of her life, as Myrtle on the hit sitcom "Superstore" (NBC, 2015-). Born Linda Schandler in Cleveland, Ohio in 1933, Porter was active in theater from childhood, appearing in plays at school and as a member of local theater troupe the Curtain Pullers. When she eventually enrolled at Bennington College, Porter took the opportunity to study a wide range of subjects ranging from philosophy to modern dance, but her love of acting nonetheless drew her most strongly toward the drama department. Porter graduated in 1955 and went on to earn a master's degree as well. She became a teacher, eventually relocating to Los Angeles with then-husband rock DJ Martin Perlich, and became highly respected within the Los Angeles unified school district, even chairing a committee to evaluate all of the district's Title 1 programs. Porter also gave birth to three boys-including future character actor Max Perlich-before she and Perlich divorced. She remarried Bruce Porter in 1974, and kept his surname as she began the next phase in her career roughly a decade later. Having earned her retirement as a public school teacher in the mid-80s, Porter began attending auditions, quickly capturing the hearts and imaginations of casting directors with her deep sense of character and infectious comic timing. She made one of her first on-screen appearances in the comedy hit "Twins" (1988) and quickly began booking appearances on popular TV series including "Murder, She Wrote" (CBS, 1984-1996), "Frasier" (NBC, 1993-2004), "Melrose Place" (Fox, 1992-99), and "The X-Files" (Fox, 1993-2018). Porter continued to act in feature films as well, notably playing Mrs. Crabberman in the comedy "Dude, Where's My Car?" (2000). She also memorably portrayed the recurring character of Fran Westin on the beloved series "Gilmore Girls" (WB, 2000-07) in addition to appearing on numerous other popular shows throughout the 2000s and 2010s including "Scrubs" (ABC, 2001-2010), "King of Queens" (CBS, 1998-2007), "My Name is Earl" (NBC, 2005-09), "American Horror Story" (FX, 2011-), and "2 Broke Girls" (CBS, 2011-17). In 2017, Porter worked with the legendary David Lynch, playing a woman addicted to slot machines on his limited follow-up series "Twin Peaks" (Showtime, 2017), but by this time, she was also already a series regular as the forgetful retail employee Myrtle on "Superstore." Porter had completed her fourth season on the series when she succumbed to cancer and died in September of 2019. She was 86 years old.

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 62% Uncross the Stars Phyllis (Character) - 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Queen of Cactus Cove Mrs. Wadsworth (Character) - 2005

TV

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93% 79% Superstore Myrtle (Guest Star),
Myrtle Vartanian (Guest Voice)
2016-2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Twin Peaks: The Return Lady Slot-Addict (Guest Star) 2017
No Score Yet 59% 2 Broke Girls Grace (Guest Star) 2013
100% 96% Bunheads Mrs. Weidemeyer (Guest Star) 2013
86% 83% The Mindy Project Unknown (Guest Star) 2012
No Score Yet 88% The Middle Grandma Dot (Guest Star) 2012
No Score Yet 62% Family Guy Additional Voices (Guest Voice) 2011
79% 72% American Horror Story Mary (Guest Star) 2011
83% 84% How I Met Your Mother Muriel (Guest Star) 2010
No Score Yet 77% CSI: New York Mary Riesling (Guest Star) 2010
82% 89% My Name Is Earl Doris (Guest Star) 2008
No Score Yet 100% Out of Practice Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
No Score Yet 83% The King of Queens Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
83% 87% Scrubs Old Woman (Guest Star) 2004
No Score Yet 100% What I Like About You Old Woman (Guest Star) 2004
85% 85% Gilmore Girls Fran Westin (Guest Star) 2001 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet Girlfriends Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
No Score Yet 91% Malcolm in the Middle Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
66% No Score Yet Spin City Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Judging Amy Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dharma & Greg Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Diagnosis Murder Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
8% No Score Yet Ladies Man Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Clueless Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
No Score Yet 87% Mad About You Elderly Patient (Guest Star) 1995
76% 69% Roseanne Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
93% 93% Frasier Mary (Guest Star) 1994
No Score Yet 66% Murder, She Wrote Unknown (Guest Star) 1992
No Score Yet 100% Beauty and the Beast Elizabeth (Guest Star) 1988