Susan Sullivan

Susan Sullivan

Sullivan in March 2010
Born Susan Michaela Sullivan
(1942-11-18) November 18, 1942
New York, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1964present

Susan Michaela Sullivan (born November 18, 1942) is an American actress, with credits in daytime and primetime programs. Sullivan is best known for her roles as Lenore Curtin Delaney on the daytime soap opera Another World (1971–76), as Lois Adams in the ABC sitcom It's a Living (1980–81),[1] as Maggie Gioberti Channing on the primetime soap opera Falcon Crest (1981–89), as Kitty Montgomery on ABC sitcom Dharma & Greg (1997–2002), and as Martha Rodgers in Castle (2009–2016).

Life and career

Sullivan was born in New York City, the daughter of Helen (Rockett) and Brendan Sullivan, an advertising executive.[2] She was raised in the Long Island village of Freeport, Nassau County, New York,[3] where she graduated from Freeport High School in 1960. She earned a BA in drama from Hofstra University in 1964.[4] She got her acting start in the 1960s playing opposite Dustin Hoffman in the Broadway play Jimmy Shine.[3] She landed a contract with Universal Studios in 1969, guest-starring on several shows. It was during this time that she played parts in daytime dramas.

Sullivan in Rich Man, Poor Man, Book II (1976)

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 TV version of the film Midway in 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 in The New Maverick the following year.

She played the role of Maggie Porter in the television drama Rich Man, Poor Man Book II.[5] 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,[6] 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 '77. 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 show 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).[4] 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 in the animated television series Justice League Unlimited. She has also appeared in the television series Brothers & Sisters,[7] Joan of Arcadia and Two and a Half Men.

From 2009 to 2016, she co-starred alongside Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, and Molly Quinn in 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.


Year Title Role Notes
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
2001 Puzzled Anabel Norton
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 Big Hero 6: The Series Fred's Mom Voice role


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