Marsha Francine Warfield
March 5, 1954
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Marsha Francine Warfield (born March 5, 1954) is an American actress and comedian. She grew up on Chicago's South Side, graduating from Calumet High School. She is best known for her 1986–92 role of Roz Russell on the Top 10 rated NBC sitcom Night Court. Roz was the tough, no-nonsense bailiff in Judge Stone's court. Warfield also starred in the sitcom Empty Nest as Dr. Maxine Douglas (1993–95). Before Night Court, she was a writer and performer on the short-lived Richard Pryor Show.
Warfield appeared in feature films such as D.C. Cab (1983) and Mask (1985), hosted The Marsha Warfield Show for ten months (March 1990–January 1991) and has made guest appearances on many television shows, including Riptide, Family Ties, Clueless, Cheers, Living Single, In Living Color, Moesha and Touched by an Angel. She has also done stand-up comedy including appearances on the Norm Crosby hosted The Comedy Shop television series.
In 2017, Warfield publicly came out stating, "When I told my mother I was gay, she said she knew, and had known all my life. Then, she asked me not to come out publicly while she was alive. I agreed, even though the request and her admission were hurtful in ways I couldn't put my finger on then, and probably haven't completely worked through now. But, everybody who knew me, knew I was gay. The people I didn't tell knew anyway, and tacitly agreed to pretend that the unacknowledged had been acknowledged and accepted. Like I'm sure is true for millions of other glass door closeted people. When I went to bars, which was frequently, I never tried to hide who I was. So, it was an open secret. Had I never come out publicly, many, many people would have known. It would not then have ever really been a betrayal of trust to "spill the beans." Because it wasn't a secret, it was an uncomfortably kept promise to my mother. But, it was also not the only reason I didn't come out swinging when she passed. The fear of the judgment of strangers and their holier-than-thou "shoulds" was at least as big of a burden to bear. But the "shoulds" that "should" matter don't. Nobody should have to hide their sexuality. No parent should ask their child to. There should be no shame in being gay."
|1978||That Thing on ABC||Performer||Television film|
|1981||The Marva Collins Story||Lela Boland||Television film|
|1982||They Call Me Bruce?||Inmate # 2|
|1985||Anything for Love||Cleo||Television film|
|1986||The Whoopee Boys||Officer White|
|1988||Caddyshack II||Royette Tyler|
|1989||Who Shrunk Saturday Morning||Ms. Bagwind||Television film|
|1997||Doomsday Rock||Television film|
|1977||The Richard Pryor Show||Various||3 episodes|
|1979||Legends of the Superheroes||Woman in Phone Booth||Episode: "The Challenge"|
|1984||Family Ties||Doris Bradshaw||Episode: "Keaton and Son"|
|1985||Cheers||Roxanne Brewster||Episode: "The Belles of St. Clete's"|
|1986–1992||Night Court||Rosalind "Roz" Russell||135 episodes|
|1993||Hangin' With Mr. Cooper||Beverly, Mark's Sister||Episode: "Boys Don't Leave"|
|1993–1995||Empty Nest||Dr. Maxine Douglas||50 episodes|
|1993||The Addams Family||Mail Carrier||Episode: "Jack and Jill and the Beanstalk/Festerman Returns/Hand Delivered"|
|1993||Saved by the Bell: The College Years||Herself||Episode: "A Thanksgiving Story"|
|1994||The John Larroquette Show||Dexter's Sister||Episode: "Date Night"|
|1996||Touched by an Angel||Bebe Manero||Episode: "The Quality of Mercy"|
|1996||Cybill||Herself||Episode: "An Officer and a Thespian"|
|1996||ABC Afterschool Special||Nurse||Episode: "Me and My Hormones"|
|1997||Dave's World||Mrs. Alexander||Episode: "Does the Whale Have to Be White?"|
|1997||Smart Guy||Mrs. Dowling||2 episodes|
|1997||Mad About You||Birth Instructor||Episode: "Dry Run"|
|1997||Goode Behavior||Episode: "Goode Cop, Bad Cop"|
|1997||Living Single||Agnes Finch||2 episodes|
|1997||Moesha||Tracy Jackson||Episode: "My Mom's Not an Ottoman|
|1998||Clueless||Sgt. Meany||Episode: "The Joint"|
|1999||Love Boat: The Next Wave||Judge Nancy Watson||Episode: "Divorce, Downbeat and Distemper"|
|1999||Veronica's Closet||Shirley||Episode: "Veronica's Sliding Doors"|
- Jesse and Jill (9 February 2018). "Marsha Warfield talks early days of comedy, coming out and her South Side ties (Audio)". soundcloud.com/vocalo/. Sound Cloud. Retrieved 25 February 2018.
- Kaufman, Joanne (15 February 1988). "Marsha Warfield Won't Be Fenced in by the Jinx of TV's Night Court". PEOPLE.com. Time Inc. Retrieved 25 February 2018.
- Scott, Jesse (September 21, 2016). "Back in the game: All rise for Marsha Warfield". Fredericksburg.com.
- AIRED: 9/29/78. "The Comedy Shop Season 1 Episode 4 Featuring: Marsha Warfield". tv.com. CBS Interactive Inc. Retrieved 25 February 2018.
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- Wells, Veronica (11 December 2017). "Comedian Marsha Warfield: My Mom Asked Me To Wait Until She Was Dead To Come Out, Not Mad At Patti LaBelle For "Outing" Luther". MadameNoire.com. Madame Noire. Retrieved 25 February 2018.