Susan Sullivan

Susan Sullivan

  • Highest Rated: 100% 63 Up (2019)
  • Lowest Rated: 18% Invasion U.S.A. (1985)
  • Birthday: Nov 18, 1942
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Susan Sullivan is an Emmy-nominated actress who has proved equally adept at drama or comedy. She is best known for her eight years portraying Maggie Gioberti on the television series Falcon Crest, a prime-time network soap opera in a vein similar to that of Dallas and Dynasty, but she has also shown her comedic skills on sitcoms such as It's a Living and The George Carlin Show. Born Susan Michaela Sullivan in New York City in 1942 (some sources say 1944), she put herself through college by working as a Playboy bunny in the early '60s. Indeed, Sullivan was among the first Playboy bunnies employed by the newly opened Playboy Club in New York; as she has recalled in interviews, this was a most intellectually impressive and ambitious array of women, somewhat different from what the Playboy bunnies subsequently became, many of them aspiring to careers in law and other professions, and financing their educations by working at the club. Her television career began when she joined the cast of the daytime drama Another World in the role of Lenore Curtin, who she portrayed for four seasons. Sullivan based her career in New York, and was appearing in an off-Broadway play when she was spotted by an agent who offered to represent her if she moved to Hollywood. She accepted and thus began her career in prime-time television. Sullivan (who was sometimes billed as Susan J. Sullivan early in her career to distinguish her from another late-'60s actress named Susan Sullivan) appeared on television series such as Medical Center, McMillan & Wife, Kojak, and Petrocelli during the early '70s before landing the role that would establish her acting credentials, as Peter Strauss' lover in Rich Man, Poor Man--Book II (1976), which earned her an Emmy nomination. That same year, she moved into feature films, playing opposite Charlton Heston in Jack Smight's feature film Midway; she only had ten minutes of screen time in the movie, but hers were some of the best and most dramatically involving scenes in a movie that was otherwise largely devoid of character development or depth. Her sequences were used exclusively for the two-part television version of the movie, which means that theatrical audiences never saw her; Sullivan's scenes were missing from every home video version of the film until the October 2001 DVD reissue of Midway, which contained her footage. She spent most of the rest of the '70s in good guest-starring roles on series such as Taxi (where, in the episode "What Price Bobby," she proved herself capable of getting laughs and being sexually provocative at the same time, portraying an amorously predatory theatrical agent), and she turned in an exceptional dramatic performance in the pilot film for The Incredible Hulk, portraying a research scientist and friend of stricken hero David Banner (Bill Bixby). Her star continued to rise when she was cast in the lead role, as a gynecologist, in the made-for-television feature Having Babies and a sequel, which led to Sullivan playing the lead role in the subsequent ABC network series of the same name. From there, she was cast in the sitcom It's a Living, playing the most mature and sensible member of a group of waitresses at an upscale restaurant. It was after leaving It's a Living in 1981 that Sullivan earned the lead role of Maggie Gioberti on the drama Falcon Crest, which she played for eight seasons. Since leaving that series in 1989, a year before the end of its run, Sullivan has continued to act in both comedy and drama, and appeared on television on behalf of various charitable causes, as well as serving as the commercial spokesperson for Tylenol. She was a co-star on the George Carlin Show and has appeared on sitcoms such as Dharma & Greg. In the 2st century she found a regular gig voicing Hippolyta on the animated Justice League series, and enjoyed recurring roles on both The Drew Carey Show and Castle.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

100% 63 Up Actor 2019
99% 56 Up Actor $0.8M 2013
No Score Yet Barbie and Her Sisters in a Pony Tale Producer 2013
97% 49 Up Actor 2006
89% 42 Up Actor 1999
No Score Yet Two Came Back Patricia 1997
73% My Best Friend's Wedding Isabelle Wallace 1997
94% 35 Up Actor 1991
No Score Yet Perry Mason: The Case of the Ruthless Reporter Twyla Cooper 1991
No Score Yet Click: The Calendar Girl Killer Actor 1990
32% Friday the 13th Part VII - The New Blood Actor 1988
100% 28 Up Actor 1985
18% Invasion U.S.A. Daughter at Church 1985
No Score Yet The Ordeal of Dr. Mudd Actor 1980
No Score Yet Marriage Is Alive and Well Actor 1980
No Score Yet City in Fear Madeleine Crawford 1980
No Score Yet The Power Within Actor 1979
No Score Yet Breaking Up Is Hard to Do Diane Sealey 1979
No Score Yet Deadman's Curve Rainbow 1978
No Score Yet The Dark Ride Actor 1978
No Score Yet 21 Up Actor 1977
57% The Incredible Hulk Dr. Elaine Marks 1977
No Score Yet The City Actor Director 1977
No Score Yet No Place to Run Actor 1972
No Score Yet 7 Plus Seven (14 Up) Actor 1970
No Score Yet La rivolta dei barbari (Revolt of the Barbarians) Actor 1964
No Score Yet 7 Up Actor 1964

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Last Man Standing
2011
Bonnie
  • 2019
  • 2018
No Score Yet It's a Living
1980-1989
Lois Adams
  • 2019
  • 1989
  • 1981
  • 1980
79% The Kominsky Method
2018
Eileen
  • 2018
67% The Real O'Neals
2016-2017
Victoria Murray
  • 2017
  • 2016
80% Castle
2009-2016
Martha Rodgers
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
No Score Yet POV
1988
Appearing
  • 2013
100% The Nine
2006
Nancy Hale
  • 2009
  • 2006
79% Brothers & Sisters
2006-2011
Miranda Jones
  • 2007
63% Two and a Half Men
2003-2015
Dorothy
  • 2006
No Score Yet Hope & Faith
2003-2006
Nancy Lombard Dr. Lombard
  • 2006
  • 2005
No Score Yet Judging Amy
1999-2005
Patricia Millhouse Patricia Millhouse Campbell
  • 2005
100% Joan of Arcadia
2003-2005
Wealthy Woman God
  • 2004
No Score Yet The Drew Carey Show
1995-2004
Annette
  • 2004
87% Dead Like Me
2003-2004
Mary Kate
  • 2003
95% Justice League
2004
Voice Hippolyta
  • 2002
  • 2001
No Score Yet Dharma & Greg
1997-2002
Kitty Montgomery
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1999
  • 1998
  • 1997
29% The Monroes
1995
Kathryn Monroe
  • 1995
88% The George Carlin Show
1994-1995
Kathleen Rachowski
  • 1995
  • 1994
No Score Yet Taxi
1978-1983
Nora Sutton
  • 1980
  • 1979
No Score Yet Kojak
1973-1978
Carol Krug Kelly
  • 1977
  • 1976
No Score Yet Ironside
1967-1975
Andrea
  • 1969

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