Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Actress Janet MacLachlan Passes On

Actress Janet MacLachlan, who guest starred on shows from Star Trek to Archie Bunker's Place, passed on October 11, 2010 at the age of 77.

She was born in New York City on August 27, 1933. She graduated from Hunter's College in University of New York with a bachelor's degree in psychology. She was an executive secretary in New York before she started acting. She started out in small stage roles before becoming part of the ensemble at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Afterwards she signed a contract with Universal Studios. She made her television debut in 1965 in two episodes of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour. For the remainder of the Sixties she guest starred on such shows as The Girl from U.N.C.L.E., Star Trek, I Spy, The Invaders, Ironside, The Mod Squad, and The Name of the Game. She appeared in the films Up Tight (1968), Change of Mind (1969), and Darker than Amber (1970).

In the Seventies Miss MacLachlan guest starred on such shows as Longstreet, Mary Tyler Moore, Circle of Fear, Griff, Police Story, The Streets of San Francisco, The Manhunter, The Rockford Files, Ellery Queen, Insight, Barney Miller, BarettaWonder Woman, All in the Family, and Archie Bunker's Place. She appeared in the films Sounder (1972) and Maurie (1973). In the Eighties she was a regular on the soap opera Santa Barbara and had a recurring role on Cagney and Lacey. She guest starred on Quincy M.E., Hill Street Blues, Trapper John M.D., The Golden Girls, Beauty and the Beast, Murphy Brown, Midnight Caller, and Amen. She appeared in the films Tightrope (1984), Murphy's Law (1986), The Boy Who Could Fly (1986), Big Shots (1987), and For Keeps (1988).

In the Nineties she guest starred on Reasonable Doubts, Murder She Wrote, In the Heat of the Night, ER, NYPD Blue, and Murder One. She appeared in the films Hearts and Souls (1993), Covenant (1995), The Tuskogee Airmen (1995), The Big Squeeze (1996), and The Thirteenth Floor (1999). In the Naughts she guest starred on Family Law and Alias

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