Marcia Strassman of Welcome Back, Kotter Dead at 66

Marcia Strassman Dead

Marcia Strassman, whose TV credits included M*A*S*H and Welcome Back, Kotter, died on Saturday after a seven-year fight with breast cancer, our sister site Deadline reports. She was 66.

Strassman’s professional acting career began in 1964 with appearances on The Patty Duke Show, before playing Nurse Margie Cutler in several episodes of TV’s M*A*S*H adaptation.

On ABC’s Welcome Back, Kotter, which ran from September 1975 to June 1979, she costarred as Julie Kotter, wife to Gabe Kaplan’s titular Brooklyn school teacher.

Strassman’s most recent TV credits include a 2004 stint on Third Watch, TV’s 2003 adaptation of the Tremors films and NBC’s Providence, while her film resume includes the Honey, I Shrunk the Kids movies, opposite Rick Moranis.

Of the original Kotter cast, both Ron “Horshack” Palillo and Robert “Epstein” Hegyes passed away in 2012, while John Sylvester White (Mr. Woodman) died in 1988.

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12 Comments
  1. ninamags says:

    That’s a shame. She was the voice of sanity among all the nutters in that high school.

  2. Tony Lang says:

    Heaven will be serving a fine tuna casserole for dinner tonight.

  3. Sheila says:

    Poor lady. I loved her on Welcome Back Kotter as a kid.

    Really, really wish we could cure cancer by now.

  4. GuessWhat says:

    aw, man.
    sad.
    RIP!!

  5. rowan77 says:

    That’s sad news. RIP Mrs. Kotter.

  6. Mary Ann says:

    How soon do the “Kotter Curse” stories start hitting social media?

  7. Michael A Falcaro says:

    Soo sad did not know the others even passed.

  8. Marcus says:

    I’m so sad to hear this news…My childhood memories are of her in my rerun paradise…RIP Miss Marcia

  9. Donna Poinsett says:

    How sad God bless her soul RIP

  10. Sad loss at such a young age. Condolences to the their family and friends! I loved the Welcome Back Kotter shows!

  11. Peter grace says:

    so sad to hear of her passing such a great show of the 70s

  12. Tim says:

    I remember one episode where the guys are at the Kotter apartment and while therest of the guys are watching TV, Arnold is doing housework, and Julie takes pity n him and invites him to dinner.
    He thinks she Is falling for , but it’s a misunderstanding for him.

    RIP Marcia