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Susan Sullivan

Highest Rated:   95% 49 Up (2006)
Lowest Rated:   19% Invasion U.S.A. (1985)
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



No Score Yet Barbie and Her Sisters in a Pony Tale
  • Producer
95% 49 Up
  • Actor
No Score Yet Two Came Back
  • Patricia
73% My Best Friend's Wedding
  • Isabelle Wallace
94% 35 Up
  • Actor
No Score Yet Perry Mason: The Case of the Ruthless Reporter
  • Twyla Cooper
No Score Yet Click: The Calendar Girl Killer
  • Actor
30% Friday the 13th Part VII - The New Blood
  • Actor
19% Invasion U.S.A.
  • Daughter at Church
No Score Yet The Ordeal of Dr. Mudd
  • Actor
No Score Yet Marriage Is Alive and Well
  • Actor
No Score Yet City in Fear
  • Madeleine Crawford
No Score Yet The Power Within
  • Actor
No Score Yet Breaking Up Is Hard to Do
  • Diane Sealey
No Score Yet Deadman's Curve
  • Rainbow
No Score Yet The Dark Ride
  • Actor
No Score Yet 21 Up
  • Actor
57% The Incredible Hulk
  • Dr. Elaine Marks
No Score Yet The City
  • Actor
  • Director
No Score Yet No Place to Run
  • Actor
No Score Yet 7 Plus Seven (14 Up)
  • Actor
No Score Yet La rivolta dei barbari (Revolt of the Barbarians)
  • Actor


No Score Yet Last Man Standing
  • Bonnie
  • 2018
67% The Real O'Neals
  • Victoria Murray
  • 2017
  • 2016
79% Castle
  • Martha Rodgers
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
No Score Yet POV
  • Appearing
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Nine
  • Nancy Hale
  • 2009
  • 2006
No Score Yet Brothers & Sisters
  • Miranda Jones
  • 2007
61% Two and a Half Men
  • Dorothy
  • 2006
No Score Yet Joan of Arcadia
  • Wealthy Woman God
  • 2004
No Score Yet The Drew Carey Show
  • Annette
  • 2004
87% Dead Like Me
  • Mary Kate
  • 2003
95% Justice League
  • Voice
  • Hippolyta
  • 2002
  • 2001
No Score Yet Dharma & Greg
  • Kitty Montgomery
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1999
  • 1998
  • 1997
No Score Yet It's a Living
  • Lois Adams
  • 1989
  • 1981
  • 1980
No Score Yet Taxi
  • Nora Sutton
  • 1980
  • 1979
No Score Yet Kojak
  • Carol Krug Kelly
  • 1977
  • 1976
73% The Kominsky Method
  • Eileen

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