Markie Post, best known as easily flustered public defender Christine Sullivan on the about-to-be-revived Night Court, as well as The Fall Guy and Hearts Afire, passed away on Saturday following a ten-month battle with cancer. She was 70 years old.
Post’s career in the entertainment industry did not begin in front of the lens. It was behind it. She got her start behind the scenes of game shows during the ‘70s. She was an editor on Jeopardy! and an associate producer on Double Dare, which featured Alex Trebek. She eventually wound up in front of the camera, on Card Sharks.
She soon pivoted to acting, mostly on television. Her debut was on a 1979 episode of CHiPs, followed soon thereafter by appearances on The Incredible Hulk, Buck Rogers, Hart to Hart, B.J. and the Bear, Eight is Enough, and, like most TV regulars of the time, two episodes of The Love Boat.
Her first series regular gig was on The Fall Guy, the Lee Majors vehicle in which he played a stunt man who moonlights as a bounty hunter. She was on the show for three seasons, soon decamping for Night Court, which she joined in its third season. She was on the show for the rest of its nine-season run, until it ended in 1992.
When Night Court wrapped, she quickly moved to Hearts Afire, a D.C.-set comedy where she played a liberal reporter who clashes with a Republican senator’s aide, played by John Ritter. The show also featured Billy Bob Thornton, a few years before Sling Blade made him a star, and the legendary Ed Asner. It ran three seasons, ending in 1995.
Post made numerous appearances throughout the rest of her career, sometimes as one-offs, sometimes as recurring roles. She did three episods of Scrubs, a dozen and a half on Chicago P.D. In 1998 she played Cameron Diaz’s mom in There’s Something About Mary. Even as she got sick, she intended to keep pursuing acting gigs as a “side job.”
The news of her passing wasn’t made public until Sunday, and when it did she received widespread attention over social media. She was mourned by colleagues, including John Larroquette, with whom she frequently sparred on Night Court.
..We all wish she could have stayed longer but we thank the cosmos for blessing us and enriching the world with her for as long as it did.
Markie Post Ross—November 4, 1950- August 7, 2021.
— John B. Larroquette (@johnlarroquette) August 8, 2021
Early yesterday morning, I got the news that Markie Post has passed away.
Out of respect for her family, I didn’t want to say anything publicly until I saw it in the press.
But, I was shocked and devastated…https://t.co/jOOAAB7ztm
— Marsha Warfield (@MarshaWarfield) August 8, 2021
Others chimed in as well.
RIP Markie Post. A very lovely person.
— Brent Spiner (@BrentSpiner) August 8, 2021
I can’t believe Markie Post is gone. Such a humble, radiant, thougtful, wonderful spirit. We’ve known each other for years and have been following each other on Twitter for awhile. Fly with the angels @markie_post ❤️🙏❤️💜
— Lydia Cornell (@LydiaCornell) August 8, 2021
Markie Post gone? May she rest well. Listening to the night court theme in solidarity with my fellow millennials who were insomniacs as children, or couldn’t fall asleep without the tv on. https://t.co/XAhaNcLLaO
— Ashley C. Ford (@iSmashFizzle) August 8, 2021
RIP to my buddy Markie Post. She was a wonderful actress, activist, and person.
— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) August 8, 2021
I am just about to get to bed and I have to find out through twitter that my friend Markie Post has passed away.
Two of my friends have passed within three days of each other and I am just speechless right now…
Tell people you love them every day guys. Every damn day.
— Danny Deraney (@DannyDeraney) August 8, 2021
I was really looking forward to Markie Post showing up on the Night Court reboot as mother to Harry and Christine’s daughter who is now the judge. pic.twitter.com/v1bb7aAURc
— ……..𝙆..𝙀..𝙈..𝙀..𝙄..𝙐..𝙉……… (@helloyousa) August 8, 2021
Rest in Peace, Markie Post. Was so funny on NIGHT COURT, also really loved her on HEARTS AFIRE with John Ritter a few years later. pic.twitter.com/pMq2xfW5DR
— Brian Lynch (@BrianLynch) August 8, 2021
Markie Post was not only a wonderful actress – she was an amazing woman. Friendly, kind and usually smiling. Rest In Peace. “It’s the ‘martini shot.’” ❤️ pic.twitter.com/U61817nJbT
— 𝐋𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞 🏳️🌈 (@LanceUSA70) August 8, 2021
SAD NEWS: Markie Post from Night Court and The Fall Guy has passed away at age 70. This comes only weeks after the death of her Night Court co-star Charlie Robinson. We’ve been losing some good ones recently. #RIPMarkiePost pic.twitter.com/UeGv9XpBvn
— Price of Reason (@priceoreason) August 8, 2021
Markie Post, the actress known for Night Court, The Fall Guy, Hearts Afire and more, died on Saturday, following a three year, ten month battle with cancer. She was 70. pic.twitter.com/SEfG55O4q9
— Leyna Nguyen 🎙 (@LeynaNguyenTV) August 8, 2021
Some made sure to single out some of her great work.
One reason why NIGHT COURT is a legendary sitcom is because Christine Sullivan was a hot mess. But, dammit, she was OUR hot mess. And no one could have played the role better than Markie Post. Alas, she departs too soon–but our memories of her are ours to hold forever. pic.twitter.com/IFCTXGOvl4
— The Curator (@TheCuratorSays) August 8, 2021
Post will be missed. Night Court is not streaming as part of any subscription package, but you can purchase episodes on Amazon Prime. Hearts Afire, however, streams with ads on IMDb TV.