Sharon Gless

Highest Rated: 71% The Star Chamber (1983)
Lowest Rated: 20% Hannah Free (2009)
Birthday: May 31, 1943
Birthplace: Not Available
Blonde leading-lady Sharon Gless owns the distinction of being the last-ever "contract player" at Universal Studios. Signed by Universal in 1969, Gless did yeoman work as a supporting player on such series as the ABC medical drama Marcus Welby, M.D. (1969-76) and films including Airport 1975 (1974). She was a regular on the short-lived detective drama series Faraday and Company (1973-74) before achieving a degree of stardom as Maggie, "girl Friday" to Robert Wagner and Eddie Albert, on the popular crime-caper series Switch (1975-78). Her next series was the weekly House Calls (1979-82), in which she replaced departing regular Lynn Redgrave amid Redgrave's contractual dispute with series producers. It was another replacement assignment that solidified Gless as a bankable (and versatile) name: in 1982, she replaced Meg Foster as NYPD officer Chris Cagney on the detective series Cagney and Lacey, which for many years provided her with the greatest amount of viewer identification in her career. She remained in this role until the series' cancellation in 1988, winning two Emmy awards along the way, then reprised the part (with her co-star Tyne Daly) in a series of well-received TV movies from 1994 to 1996. Then, beginning around 1997, a second wave of popularity arrived for Gless, and she retained her footing as a small-screen mainstay over the following decade or so, with contributions to immensely popular series programs including Promised Land, Queer as Folk, Touched by an Angel, Burn Notice, and Nip/Tuck. In 2001, the Lifetime women's network opted to do one of its Intimate Portrait biographical documentaries on Gless. In the 21st century Gless could be found on numerous episodic television shows including Burn Notice and Nip/Tuck, and she played the title character in the lesbian romantic drama Hannah Free as well producing that film.


Highest Rated Movies



20% Hannah Free Producer 2009
No Score Yet Once Fallen Actor 2009
No Score Yet The State Within Lynne Warner 2006
No Score Yet Bring Him Home Mary Daley 2000
No Score Yet From Russia to Hollywood: The 100-Year Odyssey of Chekhov and Shdanoff Actor 1999
50% Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life Narrator 1998
No Score Yet Cagney & Lacey: True Convictions Actor 1996
No Score Yet Cagney & Lacey: The View Through the Glass Ceiling Christine Cagney 1995
No Score Yet Cagney & Lacey: Together Again Actor 1995
No Score Yet Cagney & Lacey: The Return Christine Cagney-Burton 1994
No Score Yet Separadas por la Muerte Holly 1994
No Score Yet Letting Go Actor 1985
71% The Star Chamber Emily Hardin 1983
No Score Yet Hobson's Choice Actor 1983
No Score Yet Revenge of the Stepford Wives Kaye Foster 1980
No Score Yet Hardhat and Legs Actor 1980
No Score Yet Crash of Flight 401 Lesley Fuller 1978
No Score Yet Centennial Sidney Enderman 1978
29% Airport 1975 Sharon 1974
No Score Yet Bonnie's Kids Actor 1973


79% The Gifted
Ellen Strucker
  • 2017
88% Burn Notice
Madeline Westen Madeline Weston
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show
  • 2011
  • 2007
75% Nip/Tuck
Colleen Rose
  • 2009
  • 2008
No Score Yet Queer as Folk
Debbie Novotny Debbie
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
No Score Yet Judging Amy
Sally Godwin
  • 2003
No Score Yet Promised Land
Alex Tolan
  • 1997
No Score Yet The Trials of Rosie O'Neill
Fiona `Rosie' Mitchell
  • 1991
  • 1990
No Score Yet Cagney & Lacey
Cagney Det. Chris Cagney
  • 1988
  • 1987
  • 1986
  • 1985
  • 1984
  • 1983
  • 1982
No Score Yet House Calls
Jane Jeffries
  • 1982
No Score Yet Kojak
Nancy Parks
  • 1976
No Score Yet The Rockford Files
Susan Lori
  • 1976
  • 1974
No Score Yet The Bob Newhart Show
Rosalie Shaeffer
  • 1974
No Score Yet Marcus Welby, M.D.
Sue Lynn Kathleen Faverty
  • 1973
  • 1972
No Score Yet Tales of the Unexpected
Caroline Coates


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