Sullivan in March 2010
Susan Michaela Sullivan
November 18, 1942
Susan Michaela Sullivan (born November 18, 1942) is an American actress. Sullivan is best known for her roles as Lenore Curtin Delaney on the daytime soap opera Another World (1971–76), as Dr. Elaina Marks in the television series pilot The Incredible Hulk, as Lois Adams on the ABC sitcom It's a Living (1980–81), as Maggie Gioberti Channing on the primetime soap opera Falcon Crest (1981–89), as Kitty Montgomery on the ABC sitcom Dharma & Greg (1997–2002), and as Martha Rodgers on Castle (2009–2016).
Life and career
Sullivan was born in New York City, the daughter of Helen (née Rockett) and Brendan Sullivan, an advertising executive. She was raised on Long Island in Freeport, Nassau County, where she graduated from Freeport High School in 1960. She earned a BA in drama from Hofstra University in 1964.
She got her acting start in the 1960s playing opposite Dustin Hoffman in the Broadway play Jimmy Shine. She landed a contract with Universal Studios in 1969, guest-starring on several series. It was during this time that she played roles in daytime dramas.
Starting with a role on A World Apart in 1970, she moved to a five-year stint as Lenore Moore Curtin Delaney on the daytime soap opera Another World. Taking over from Judith Barcroft, Sullivan played the role from 1971 to 1976. She played Charlton Heston's girlfriend Ann, a new character written into the television version of the film Midway (1976). She then played Dr. Elaina Marks opposite Bill Bixby in the Incredible Hulk pilot in 1977 and portrayed Poker Alice opposite James Garner as Bret Maverick and Charles Frank as Ben Maverick on The New Maverick the following year.
She played the role of Maggie Porter in the television drama Rich Man, Poor Man Book II. She played Dr. Julie Farr in Having Babies from 1978 to 1979, and was nominated for Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, which was made into two television movies and later a short-lived weekly series in 1978. During a week in 1977, she was a panelist on Match Game, both on CBS and in syndication. In 1980, she appeared on the sitcom It's a Living, playing head waitress Lois Adams.
In 1981, Sullivan won the role of Maggie Gioberti in the CBS primetime soap drama Falcon Crest, replacing Samantha Eggar, who had appeared in the original pilot. The series became a huge hit and Maggie became Sullivan's most prominent role to date. She appeared on the series from 1981 to 1989, during which time she was nominated for three Soap Opera Digest awards. At the time, Sullivan decided to leave the series in 1989, she had appeared in every episode of the series up to that date (207 of the 227 episodes produced). Sullivan appeared in the first episode of season nine, when her character drowned.
Following Falcon Crest, Sullivan appeared on The George Carlin Show, co-starred on the short-lived political drama The Monroes in the mid-1990s, and played a supporting role in the movie My Best Friend's Wedding (as the mother of Cameron Diaz's character) (1997). On Dharma & Greg, she played the snooty country-club matriarch, Kitty Montgomery, from 1997 to 2002. The series reunited Sullivan with actor Mitchell Ryan (who played her husband Edward), with whom she had worked on Having Babies. She appeared in four episodes in season three of Hope and Faith as Nancy Lombard, Faith's therapist. Sullivan voiced Queen Hippolyta on the animated series Justice League Unlimited. She has also appeared on the television series Brothers & Sisters, Joan of Arcadia and Two and a Half Men.
From 2009 to 2016, she co-starred alongside Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic and Molly Quinn on Castle. Her character Martha Rodgers' acting career has somewhat paralleled her own, including references to appearances on soap operas. A clip of Sullivan's appearance in the pilot film for The Incredible Hulk has been shown onscreen, alleged to be Rodgers' appearance on the series.
|1967||The Winter's Tale||Perdita||TV movie|
|1968||Macbeth||Third Witch||TV movie|
|1970||The Best of Everything||April Morrison||Series regular|
|1970–1971||A World Apart||Nancy Condon||Series regular|
|1972||Between Time and Timbuktu||Nancy||TV movie|
|1971–1976||Another World||Lenore Moore Curtin Delaney||Series regular|
|1975||Medical Center||Joanna Courtney||Episode: "No Hiding Place"|
|1975||S.W.A.T.||Julia||Episode: "The Vendetta"|
|1975||McMillan & Wife||Maggie Arnaud||Episode: "Requiem for a Bride"|
|1975||Petrocelli||Janet Wilson||Episode: "Too Many Alibis"|
|1976||Kojak||Kelly McCall||Episode: "Both Sides of the Law"|
|1976||Bert D'Angelo/Superstar||Sharon Andress||Episode: "Scag"|
|1976||Bell, Book and Candle||Rosemary||TV movie|
|1977||The City||Carol Carter||TV movie|
|1977||The Incredible Hulk||Dr. Elaina Marks||TV movie pilot|
|1976–1977||Rich Man, Poor Man Book II||Maggie Porter||Series regular (20 episodes)|
|1977||Roger & Harry: The Mitera Target||Cindy St. Claire||TV movie|
|1977||The Magnificent Magical Magnet of Santa Mesa||C.B. Macauley||TV movie|
|1977||Having Babies II||Dr. Julie Farr||TV movie|
|1978||Julie Farr, M.D.||Dr. Julie Farr||Series regular, 7 episodes|
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
|1978||Deadman's Curve||Rainbow||TV movie|
|1978||Having Babies III||Dr. Julie Farr||TV movie|
|1978||The Comedy Company||Linda Greg||TV movie|
|1978||Killer's Delight||Dr. Carol Thompson|
|1978||The New Maverick||'Poker' Alice Ivers||TV movie|
|1979||Breaking Up Is Hard to Do||Diane Sealey||TV movie|
|1979||The Love Boat||Dr. Emily Bradford||Episode: "No Hiding Place"|
|1980||Taxi||Nora Sutton||Episode: "What Price Bobby?"|
|1980||Marriage Is Alive and Well||Sara Fish||TV movie|
|1980||The Ordeal of Dr. Mudd||Frances Mudd||TV movie|
|1980||City in Fear||Madeleine Crawford||TV movie|
|1980–1981||It's a Living||Lois Adams||Series regular; 13 episodes|
|1981||Fantasy Island||Dorothy Nicholson||Episode: "Perfect Husband, The/Volcano"|
|1983||Cave-In!||Senator Kate Lassiter||TV movie|
|1986||Rage of Angels: The Story Continues||Mary Beth Warner||TV movie|
|1981–1989||Falcon Crest||Maggie Gioberti Channing||Series regular (207 episodes)|
Nominated - Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Actress in a Leading Role: Prime Time (1988–89)
|1990||Doctor Doctor||Laura Stratford||Episode: "Family Affair"|
|1991||Perry Mason: The Case of the Ruthless Reporter||Twyla Cooper||TV movie|
|1994||A Perfect Stranger||Kaye||TV movie|
|1994–1995||The George Carlin Show||Kathleen Rachowski||Recurring role; 7 episodes|
|1995||The Monroes||Kathryn Monroe||Series regular (8 episodes)|
|1997||My Best Friend's Wedding||Isabelle Wallace|
|1997||Two Came Back||Patricia Clarkson||TV movie|
|1997–2002||Dharma & Greg||Kitty Montgomery||Series regular (119 episodes)|
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (1999)
Viewers for Quality Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (1998, 2000)
|2003||Dead Like Me||Mary Kate Hourihan||Episode: "Business Unfinished"|
|2003||I'm with Her||Rosalyn||Episode: "Meet the Parent"|
|2004||Joan of Arcadia||Rich Woman God||Episode: "The Gift"|
|2005||Judging Amy||Patricia Millhouse||Episodes: "Hard to Get" and "Too Little, Too Late"|
|2005-2006||Hope & Faith||Nancy Lombard||4 episodes|
|2006||Two and a Half Men||Dorothy||Episode: "Walnuts and Demerol"|
|2007||Brothers & Sisters||Miranda Jones||Episode: "Game Night"|
|2006–2007||The Nine||Nancy Hale||7 episodes|
|2009–2016||Castle||Martha Rodgers||Series regular|
|2017||The Real O'Neals||Victoria Murray||Episode: "The Real Secrets"|
|2018||The Kominsky Method||Eileen||Recurring|
|2018||Big Hero 6: The Series||Fred's Mom (Mrs. Frederickson)||Voice role|
|2018||Last Man Standing||Bonnie (Vanessa's Mother)||Episode: "The Courtship of Vanessa's Mother" (11/9/18)|
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