Christine Belford

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Christine Belford
Christine Belford 1973.JPG
Belford in 1973
Christine Riley

(1949-01-14) January 14, 1949 (age 70)
Other namesChristina Belford
Years active1971–present
Nicholas Pryor (m. 1993)

Christine Belford (born January 14, 1949) is an American television and film actress. She has sometimes been credited as Christina Belford.

Early life[edit]

Christine Riley was born in Amityville, Long Island, New York to Joseph J. Riley and Mary Belford Riley (née Wilson; later Malone), [1] [2] who later divorced. She has a brother, Terry, and a sister, Shawn. The family once lived at 112 Ocean Avenue, the location which later became famous as the setting of The Amityville Horror, for about five years from age 11 until age 16. As a young child and teenager on Long Island, she was active in equestrian trials and won many horsemanship awards. [3] "She was enrolled at the best schools and joined the best swimming and yachting clubs on Long Island." [4] After graduating from high school in 1966, she attended Hofstra University, initially interested in pursuing a career in psychiatry. However, the classwork she did with Joseph Leon, the head of the drama department, inspired her to become an actress.[3]

In 1970, after college she moved to New York City and did some modeling work but no acting. Additionally, she said, "In order to keep a roof over my head and to eat, I took any job I could get. I was a waitress, a bar maid, and I also drove an ice truck." [5] For both personal and professional reasons, she moved to Los Angeles near the end of 1970. There, at the suggestion of a friend, actress Carrie Snodgress, she auditioned at Universal Pictures, performing a scene from the film The Country Girl for the head of talent, Monique James. Christine then received a seven-year acting contract from Universal Pictures [3], "A very precious commodity issued only to a chosen few." [6]

Television career[edit]

Her first appearance on television was as an extra on the Vince Edwards series Matt Lincoln. Her first credited appearance on television was in the NBC television movie Vanished in 1971. She played insurance investigator Carlie Kirkland during the second season (1973–74) of Banacek. She appeared in the 1980 TV-movie The Gambler with Kenny Rogers and also played Ricky Stratton’s mother, Evelyn on Silver Spoons and Jackie on Empire. [7] [4]

She appeared in guest roles on many popular television shows of the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, including Ironside, Banacek, Mannix, Barnaby Jones, Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law, The Six Million Dollar Man, CHiPs, Wonder Woman, Magnum, P.I., Hart to Hart, The Incredible Hulk, Family Ties, The Golden Girls, Blossom, Beverly Hills, 90210, Battlestar Galactica (specifically as one of the prison-barge inmates recruited to destroy "The Gun On Ice Planet Zero"), The Paper Chase: The Television Series, My Two Dads, Night Court (specifically the 1992 episode "Opportunity Knock Knocks," where she was credited as Christina Belford), Murder, She Wrote, Diagnosis: Murder and Quincy, Holding Pattern.

She appeared in the episode "Devil Pack" from the 1977 series Quinn Martin's Tales of the Unexpected (known in the United Kingdom as Twist in the Tale),[8] as well as in various television films through the years. Her last appearance on television was in the horse-racing TV movie Ruffian, starring Sam Shepard and broadcast on the ABC network in 2007.[citation needed]

She played on Dynasty as the nurse for Fallon's baby at the end of Season 2 and Season 3. In 1983, she co-hosted, in Los Angeles, with Steve Edwards, Cathy Kronkite, and Ruth Batchelor, an unsuccessful pilot for a daytime-magazine series, Personal & Confidential, over five days (August 1–5, 1983). [9]

Film career[edit]

2007 Ruffian (TV Movie)....Barbara Janney

1999 The Wild Thornberrys (TV Series)....Whale

1994 Diagnosis Murder (TV Series)....Emily Bissell

1993 Blossom (TV Series)....Nancy

1993 Step by Step (TV Series)....Eileen Donovan

1992 Mann & Machine (TV Series)....Rose

1992 Night Court (TV Series)....Clare Monroe

1991-1998 Beverly Hills, 90210 (TV Series)....Samantha Sanders

1991 The Woman Who Sinned (TV Movie)....Randy Emerson

1991 Who's the Boss? (TV Series)....Ida Davis

1990 Yes, Virginia... (TV Short)

1990 Dragnet (TV Series)....Jean Reynolds

1989 Freddy's Nightmares (TV Series)....Dr. Weiss

1989 Living Dolls (TV Series)....Kitty

1989 Empty Nest (TV Series)....Fran

1989 L.A. Law (TV Series)....Lily White

1988 Murphy's Law (TV Series)....Claudia Slocum

1988 My Two Dads (TV Series)....Myra Young

1987 ABC Afterschool Specials (TV Series)....Dr. Louise Warner

1986-1987 Outlaws (TV Series)....Maggie Randall

1986 The Golden Girls (TV Series)...Kirsten Nylund Adams.

1986 The Ladies Club....Dr. Constance Lewis

1986 Mr. and Mrs. Ryan (TV Movie)....Margo Slater

1986 Family Ties (TV Series)....Victoria Hurstenberg

1984-1993 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)....Missy Stevens / Maude Paulson Winslow / Fiona Keeler /

1984 100 Centre Street (TV Movie)....Fran Felt

1984 Empire (TV Series)....Jackie Willow

1984 Goodnight, Beantown (TV Series)....Allison

1983-1984 Fantasy Island (TV Series)....Melanie Swan / Marion Robertson

1983 Christine....Regina Cunningham

1983 Sparkling Cyanide (TV Movie)....Rosemary Barton

1983 It's Not Easy (TV Series)

1982-1987 Silver Spoons (TV Series)....Evelyn Stratton / Evelyn Stratton Whiting

1982 Dynasty (TV Series)....Susan Farragut

1982 Cagney & Lacey (TV Series)....Theresa

1982 The Neighborhood (TV Movie)....Meg Penner

1982 Today's F.B.I. (TV Series)

1981-1983 The Greatest American Hero (TV Series)....Dotty Parker / Sheila Redman, the Spirit

1981 Nero Wolfe (TV Series)....Melanie Davidson

1981 Magnum, P.I. (TV Series)....Adelaide Malone

1980 Beyond Westworld (TV Series)....Dianna Lionstar

1980 CHiPs (TV Series)....Denise

1980 Desperate Voyage (TV Movie)

1980 Kenny Rogers as The Gambler (TV Movie)....Eliza

1979-1983 Hart to Hart (TV Series)....Victoria Dickenson / Nikki Stephanos

1979-1981 The Incredible Hulk (TV Series)....Leigh Gamble / Linda Calahan

1979 High Midnight (TV Movie)....Sgt. Liz Spencer

1979 Dear Detective (TV Series)

1979 Married: The First Year (TV Series)....Emily Gorey

1979 The Paper Chase (TV Series)....Chris Carlyle

1978 The White Shadow (TV Series)....Dr. Evelyn Crawford

1978 Battlestar Galactica (TV Series)....Leda

1978 To Kill a Cop (TV Movie)....Agnes Cusack

1977 Quincy M.E. (TV Series)....Sonya

1977 Tales of the Unexpected (TV Series)....Ann Colby

1977 Most Wanted (TV Series)....Jennifer Haron

1976 The Million Dollar Rip-Off (TV Movie)...Lil

1976 Wonder Woman (TV Series)....Baroness Paula Von Gunther

1975 Harry O (TV Series)....Karen Nesbitt

1975 Medical Story (TV Series)....Hope

1975 Police Story (TV Series)....Carrie

1975 Kate McShane (TV Series)....Charlotte Randall Chase

1974-1982 Insight (TV Series)....Karen / Kate / Kay /

1974 The Manhunter (TV Series)....Cynthia Browning

1974 Doc Elliot (TV Series)....Joy Neimeyer

1974 The Six Million Dollar Man (TV Series)....Lt. Colby

1973 Jigsaw (TV Series)....Gale Parker

1973 Cannon (TV Series)....Anne Grainger

1973-1979 Barnaby Jones (TV Series)....Virginia Kirkland / Louise Brenner / Eleanor Devers /

1972 Mannix (TV Series)....Alison Bramante

1972 Alias Smith and Jones (TV Series)....Ellie Alcott

1972 Cool Million (TV Series)....Adrienne / Marcella Pascal

1972 The Groundstar Conspiracy....Nicole Devon

1972 The Sixth Sense (TV Series)....Anna Harris

1972 Pocket Money....Adelita

1972-1974 Banacek (TV Series)....Carlie Kirkland

1971 Ironside (TV Series)....Sue Broderick

1971 Vanished (TV Movie)....Gretchen Greer

1971 Matt Lincoln (TV Series)

1971-1972 Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law (TV Series)....Jeanine Michaels / Karen Slater

1970-1974 Marcus Welby, M.D. (TV Series)....Sandy / Phyllis Dalton / Lolly

1983 The Love Boat Fall Preview Special (TV Special)....Herself

1984 Breakaway (TV Series)....Herself

Voiceover career[edit]

From the 1990s to the present, Belford has done much voiceover work, including commercials, animations, promotional spots, and narrations.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Belford has been married to actor Nicholas Pryor since July 1993.[10]


  1. ^ "Joseph Riley's Obituary on The Capital Gazette". The Capital Gazette.
  2. ^ "Mary Belford Malone".
  3. ^ a b c Pack, Harvey "Christine Belford: Starlet of '72" Sarasota Herald-Tribune (July 2, 1972) page 47 (also available online at the Google Books newspaper archive)
  4. ^ a b King, Richard (January 19, 1984). "Blonde back to natural". The Index-Journal. p. 7. Retrieved August 23, 2015 – via open access
  5. ^ Manners, Dorothy (August 3, 1972). "Christine Belford: Life Is One Big Smile". Evening Herald. p. 7. Retrieved August 23, 2015 – via open access
  6. ^ "Christine Belford - She Can Act". The Kokomo Tribune. September 24, 1972. p. 56. Retrieved August 23, 2015 – via open access
  7. ^ "Christine Belford Biography". Retrieved 2018-12-23.
  8. ^ Classic Television Archive: Quinn Martin's Tales of the Unexpected (1977),; accessed February 15, 2015.
  9. ^ Terrace, Vincent (1985) "Encyclopedia of Television Series, Pilots and Specials" Verlag für die Deutsche Wirtschaft AG, ISBN 0-918432-61-8, page 325
  10. ^ Staff, (3 February 2015). "Christine Belford - Biography and Filmography - 1949".

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