June 18, 1947 |
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Life and career
McCashin was born in Chicago. She is best known for her role as Laura Avery Sumner on the prime time drama Knots Landing, which she played from the show's debut in 1979 until 1987 when the character died of a brain tumor and her funeral was the basis of the show's 200th episode. McCashin's character was written out of the show due to cost-cutting measures along with fellow actress Julie Harris.
McCashin also appeared in several episodes of the series Brooklyn Bridge playing the part of "Rosemary Monahan". She was a contestant on the Dick Clark-hosted $25,000 Pyramid and would later appear as a panelist on Super Password, including Nathan Cook, Richard Kline, Jamie Farr, Tom Villard, Dick Gautier, Edwin Newman, Nichelle Nichols, Clifton Davis, Stephen Furst and Bert Convy.
She appeared at the TV Land awards in April 2009 for the 30th year celebration of Knots Landing. Other Knots Landing actors who appeared with her included Kevin Dobson, Lisa Hartman Black, Michele Lee, Donna Mills, Don Murray, Michelle Phillips, Ted Shackelford, and Joan Van Ark. She did not appear in Knots Landing Reunion: Together Again.
|1976||First Ladies Diaries: Edith Wilson||Altrude||TV movie|
|1978||Special Olympics||Trina Cunningham||TV movie|
|1978||The Many Loves of Arthur||Karen||TV movie|
|1978||Daddy, I Don't Like It Like This||Marge||TV movie|
|1978||Family||Ms. Massey||1 episode|
|1978||Who's Watching the Kids||Sybil||1 episode|
|1979||Married: The First Year||Cheryl Huffman|
|1979||The Two Worlds of Jennie Logan||Beverly||TV movie|
|1983||Hotel||Allison Brunell||1 episode|
|1984||Love Thy Neighbor||Sally Loeb||TV movie|
|1984||Obsessive Love||Jackie Stevens||TV movie|
|1985||Love on the Run||Elizabeth Nellison||TV movie|
|1979-1987||Knots Landing||Laura Avery Sumner||198 episodes
TV Land Award - Anniversary Award (2009)
Nominated - Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Actress in a Supporting Role on a Prime Time Serial (1986)
|1988||The Child Saver||Beverly McCumber||TV movie|
|1988||Family Ties||Evelyn Mitchum||1 episode|
|1988||Nightmare at Bittercreek||Connie Senia||TV movie|
|1991-1993||Brooklyn Bridge||Rosemary Monahan||6 episodes|
|1994||D2: The Mighty Ducks||Shopkeeper||uncredited|
|1995||In the Heat of the Night||Pauline Given Ryan||1 episode|
|1999||The Out-of-Towners||Mrs. Wellstone|
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- "As promised, I've been snoopin'...". TV Guide. Dec 9, 2005. Retrieved 2013-05-04.
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- "I haven't forgotten my promise...". TV Guide. Dec 7, 2005. Retrieved 2013-05-04.