Markie Post, an actress known for her roles on sitcoms like Night Court and Hearts Afire, died Saturday. She was 70.
Per our sister site Deadline, Post had been ill with cancer for nearly four years.
Post played Manhattan Municipal Court public defender Christine Sullivan in NBC’s Night Court, first appearing in Season 2 and then becoming a series regular in Season 3. She stayed with the show through its ninth and final season finale.
She followed Night Court with Hearts Afire, CBS’ Washington, D.C. comedy about a liberal political reporter (Post) attracted to a conservative senator’s staffer (played by John Ritter).
Post’s early TV career includes some of the biggest series of the 1980s, including Hart to Hart, Simon & Simon, The Love Boat, Cheers, Fantasy Island and The A-Team. She also played The Fall Guy‘s bail bondswoman Terri Michaels in Seasons 2 through 4.
More recently, Post appeared in shows like Scrubs, Chicago P.D., Santa Clarita Diet and The Kids Are Alright. Her final role was in 2019, in an episode of Netflix’s Soundtrack. 30 Rock fans will remember that Post played herself in a Season 3 episode of that series in which Tracy arranged to have Night Court stars Harry Anderson and Post reprise their roles so that super fan Kenneth could see their characters marry.
Post is survived by her husband, Michael A. Ross; and daughters Kate Armstrong Ross and Daisy Schoenborn. In a statement, Post’s family said “… for us, our pride is in who she was in addition to acting; a person who made elaborate cakes for friends, sewed curtains for first apartments and showed us how to be kind, loving and forgiving in an often harsh world.”
In addition, Post’s Chicago P.D. co-star Sophia Bush took to Twitter to eulogize her former TV mom writing: “I’m just heartbroken at the news of Markie’s passing… she was a rock. A light. A great friend and a phenomenal scene partner. She brought sunshine everywhere she went. Prayers.”
Ed Asner also paid tribute on Twitter to his former costar, writing: “I am devastated to hear of the passing of my friend Markie Post. She was a true talent. We did Hearts Afire together and to work with her and John was a gift. F&@k Cancer!”
Marsha Warfield, who worked with Post on Night Court, wrote a lengthy Facebook post saying she was devastated to learn of her costar’s death.
“She has been, and will be, described as perky, bubbly, sweet, etc. And she was. But, she was also real, caring and kind,” wrote Warfield. “I never heard a cross word from, to, or about her… You hear actors saying their casts were a family, but on Night Court, the whole crew was family. I was adopted late, but I never doubted that I was family too. Markie was a big reason for that. She was our welcome lady, or whatever you call that person who shows up at your door with a pie and a smile the first day you move in the neighborhood. I never got the pie, but the smile was bright enough to make you forget pie was a thing.”