Where Are They Now - Friday, January 12, 2018
Actress Mel Harris, who is known for her role on thirtysomething, is the star of today's 'Where Are They Now'. Let's get right to it and find out what she is doing now!
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--DEAD OR ALIVE?--
See if you know if the following celebrities have had a visit from the "Grim Reaper":
Anne Francis: She appeared in the movies "The Blackboard Jungle" and "Forbidden Planet" and starred in the TV series "Honey West"
Megan Ward: Starred in "Arcade", "PCU", "Encino Man" and many others
Pat Morita: He played Arnold on the TV series "Happy Days" and Mr. Miyagi in the "Karate Kid" movies
(Answer at the bottom)
Learn More About Mel Harris on Celebrity Nooz
July 12, 1956, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Mary Ellen Harris
CLAIM TO FAME:
She is known for roles in several TV series, including thirtysomething (1987-1991), Something So Right (1996-1998) and Stargate SG-1.
Her five marriages (in chronological order) include: David Silbergeld (1978-79), Brian Kilcommons (1980-82), photographer David Hume Kennerly (1983-88) (with whom she had son Byron in 1984), actor Cotter Smith (1988-96) (with whom she had daughter Madeline in April 1990) and investment banker Michael Toomey (2001-2006).
Harris is best known for playing Hope Murdoch Steadman on the 1980s television series thirtysomething (1987-1991). She has appeared with James Belushi in K-9 (1989) and with Jere Burns on the NBC sitcom Something So Right from 1996 to 1998.
Harris has also appeared on television in a number of programs including The West Wing, Murder, She Wrote: South by Southwest, Dawson's Creek, Touched by an Angel and House. She had a recurring role on Stargate SG-1 as Oma Desala, played real-life victim Madge Oberholtzer in the TV mini-series Cross of Fire (1989) and starred in the Scott Turow legal thriller The Burden of Proof in 1992.
Grew up in North Brunswick, New Jersey and graduated from New Brunswick High School in 1974.
As Mel Kennerly, she won quite a bit of money on the TV game show The (New) $25,000 Pyramid (1973) in September of 1985. She introduced herself as a professional dog trainer.
Trains for triathalons.
Mel is how her sister pronounced Mary-Ellen when she was very young, and the nickname stuck.
Named as one of "America's 10 Most Beautiful Women" by Harper's Bazaar in 1989.
WHERE IS SHE NOW:
Most recently, last year in fact, Harris appeared on the Bravo network series Imposters.
2017 Imposters (TV Series)...Margaret Jonson
- Always Forward, Never Back (2017) ... Margaret Jonson
- Cohen, Lenny Cohen. (2017) ... Margaret Jonson
2016 Shut Eye (TV Series)...Nadine Davies
- Wheel of Fortune (2016) ... Nadine Davies
- Five of Cups (2016) ... Nadine Davies
- Two of Swords (2016) ... Nadine Davies
- Judgment (2016) ... Nadine Davies
- The Magician (2016) ... Nadine Davies
- The Tower - Reversed (2016) ... Nadine Davies
- The Hanged Man (2016) ... Nadine Davies
- The Fool (2016) ... Nadine Davies
- Death (2016) ... Nadine Davies
2015 Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (TV Series)...Shawna
- My Mom, Greg's Mom and Josh's Sweet Dance Moves!
2013-2014 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series)...Eileen Switzer
- Amaro's One-Eighty (2014)
- Rapist Anonymous (2013)
2009 Imagine That...Maggie Johnson (uncredited)
2009 The Lodger...Margaret
2007 Cane (TV Series)...Constance Hughes
- Open and Shut (2007)
2007 Close to Home (TV Series)...Beth Murphy
- Maternal Instinct (2007)
2007 Saints & Sinners (TV Series)...Sylvia Capshaw
2006 Criminal Minds (TV Series)...Congressman Steyer
- Sex, Birth, Death (2006)
2006 CSI: NY (TV Series)...Julie Rollins
- And Here's to You, Mrs. Azrael (2006)
2006 House M.D. (TV Series)...Barbara Bardach
- Safe (2006)
2006 Cold Case (TV Series)...Grace Anderson
- Superstar (2006)
2006 E-Ring (TV Series)...U.S.Ambassador to Spain
- The General (2006)
2005 Purple Heart...Dr. Harrison
2005 Out of the Woods (TV Movie)...Beth Fleming
2005 JAG (TV Series)...Dora Cresswell
- Death at the Mosque (2005)
- Straits of Malacca (2005)
2005 Jake in Progress (TV Series)...Tally Hughes
- Ubusy? (2005)
2005 The West Wing (TV Series)...Ricky Rafferty
- Drought Conditions (2005)
2002-2005 Stargate SG-1 (TV Series)...Oma Desala
2004 Dynamite...Faye Baxter
2004 North Shore (TV Series)...Mrs. Jensen
- Illusions (2004)
2003 Hangman's Curse...Sarah Springfield
2002 Another Pretty Face (TV Movie)...Diana Downs
2002 Strong Medicine (TV Series)...Biddy Hightower
- Recovery Time (2002)
2001 The Retrievers (TV Movie)...Karen Lowry
2001 Firetrap...Cordelia Calloway
2001 Touched by an Angel (TV Series)...Kelly Rockhill
- The Lord Moves in Mysterious Ways (2001)
2000 Madigan Men (TV Series)...Dr. Ivy Castelli
- Love and Dermatology (2000)
2000 Out of Time (TV Movie)...Annie Epson
2000 Sonic Impact...Co-Pilot Jennifer Blake
1999 Dawson's Creek (TV Series)...Helen Lindley
- Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1999)
1996-1998 Something So Right (TV Series)...Carly Davis / Carly Davis-Farrell
1997 Murder, She Wrote: South by Southwest (TV Movie)...Sarah
1996 What Kind of Mother Are You?...Mrs. Laura Hyler
1996 The Outer Limits (TV Series)...Dr. Christina Markham
- Paradise (1996)
1996 A Case for Life (TV Movie)...Liz
1995 Raising Caines (TV Series)
1995 Sharon's Secret (TV Movie)...Laurel O'Connor
1995 The Secretary (TV Movie)...Ellen Bradford
1995 The Women of Spring Break (TV Movie)...Claire
1994 The Pagemaster...Claire Tyler
1994 Broken Lullaby (TV Movie)...Jordan Kirkland
1994 The Spider and the Fly (TV Movie)...Dianna Taylor
1994 Ultimate Betrayal (TV Movie)...Adult Susan Rodgers
1993 Wind Dancer...Susan Allen
1993 Desperate Journey: The Allison Wilcox Story (TV Movie)...Allison Wilcox
1993 Suture...Dr. Renee Descartes
1993 Distant Cousins...Katherine June Sullivan
1993 With Hostile Intent (TV Movie)...Kathy Arnold
1992 Child of Rage (TV Movie)...Jill Tyler
1992 Raising Cain...Sarah
1992 Grass Roots (TV Movie)...Kate Rule
1992 The Burden of Proof (TV Movie)...Sonia Klonsky
1987-1991 Thirtysomething (TV Series)...Hope Murdoch Steadman
1989 My Brother's Wife (TV Movie)...Eleanor Goldberg-Rusher
1989 Cross of Fire (TV Movie)...Madge Oberholtzer'
1988 Cameron's Closet...Nora Haley
1987 Harry's Hong Kong (TV Movie)...Fay Salerno
1987 Rags to Riches (TV Series)...Jessica
- First Love (1987)
1987 Wanted: Dead or Alive...Terry
1986 The Wizard (TV Series)...Jane Whittier
- Trouble in the Stars (1986)
1986 Heart of the City (TV Series)...Anne
- Working Without a Net (1986)
1986 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)...Girlfriend
- A Very Happy Ending (1986)
1980 M*A*S*H (TV Series)...Driver
- Cementing Relationships (1980)
1977 Phyllis (TV Series)...Weber
- Phyllis Runs the Office (1977)
To see Then & Now pictures of Mel Harris, visit: Celebrity Nooz
--Answers to DEAD OR ALIVE--
Anne Francis - DEAD (pancreatic cancer)
Born: September 16, 1930 Died: January 2, 2011
Megan Ward - ALIVE
Born: September 24, 1969
Pat Morita - DEAD (Heart attack)
Born: June 28, 1932 Died: November 24, 2005
WHO PASSED ON THIS WEEK...
Mikhail Derzhavin, 81, Russian actor.
Yevgeny Avrorin (ru), 85, Russian theoretical physicist.
Bruce Cole, 79, American humanist, Chairman of the NEH (2001-2009), Presidential Citizens Medal recipient (2008).
Brandon Hixon, 36, American politician, member of the Idaho House of Representatives (2012-2017), suicide by gunshot.
Tommy Lawrence, 77, Scottish footballer (Liverpool, Tranmere Rovers, national team).
Valeri Matyunin, 57, Russian footballer (Dynamo Moscow, Dnepr Mogilev, Fakel Voronezh).
Jean-Marc Mazzonetto, 34, French rugby union player (Stade Montois), traffic collision.
Gerald Morkel, 76, South African politician, Premier of the Western Cape (1998-2001), Mayor of Cape Town (2001-2002).
Odvar Nordli, 90, Norwegian politician, Prime Minister (1976-1981).
Kato Ottio, 23, Papua New Guinean rugby league footballer (national team), complications from heat stroke.
Mario Perniola, 76, Italian philosopher.
Ted Phillips, 84, English footballer (Ipswich Town, Leyton Orient, Colchester United), dementia.
Victoriano Ríos Pérez (es), 87, Spanish politician.
Wes Strader, 79, American sports announcer (Western Kentucky Hilltoppers).
Alexander Vedernikov, 90, Russian Soviet-era singer and teacher, People's Artist of the USSR (1976).
Hans Aabech, 69, Danish footballer (Skovshoved IF, national team).
Salvador Borrego, 102, Mexican journalist and anti-Semitic conspiracy theorist.
Gerald Degaetano, 53, Maltese athlete.
Yvonne Englich, 38, German wrestler, cancer.
Juan Carlos García, 29, Honduran footballer (Marathón, Olimpia, national team), leukemia.
Paddy Harte, 86, Irish politician, TD (1961-1997).
Jenny Joseph, 85, English poet.
Denise LaSalle, 78, American blues singer ("Trapped by a Thing Called Love").
Vojtech Lindaur, 60, Czech journalist, radio host (Radio Beat) and record producer.
James Makumbi, 75, Ugandan physician, politician and kidnap victim, MP and Minister of Health.
Keith McKenzie, 95, Australian VFL football player and coach (North Melbourne, Carlton Football Club).
Kynaston McShine, 82, American curator (MoMA).
Antonio Munguía, 75, Mexican footballer (Club Necaxa, Cruz Azul, national team).
Chuck Murphy, American prelate, bishop of the Anglican Mission in the Americas.
George Maxwell Richards, 86, Trinidadian politician, President (2003-2013), heart failure.
Donnelly Rhodes, 80, Canadian actor (Soap, Battlestar Galactica, Da Vinci's Inquest), cancer.
Randy Stoker, 67, American judge, cancer.
Ron Tandberg, 74, Australian cartoonist, oesophageal cancer.
László Tokéczki (hu), 66, Hungarian historian.
Jim Anderton, 79, New Zealand politician, Deputy Prime Minister (1999-2002), MP (1984-2011) and Leader of the Progressive Party (2002-2012).
Corrado Beguinot (it), 93, Italian urbanist.
Joe Ellis Brown, 84, American politician, member of the South Carolina House of Representatives (1986-2006).
Shiv Chopra, 84, Canadian microbiologist and human rights activist.
Placide Deseille (fr), 91, French Orthodox theologian.
Tom Dowling, 77, American football coach (Georgetown Tigers, Liberty Flames), pancreatic cancer.
France Gall, 70, French singer ("Laisse tomber les filles", "Poupée de cire, poupée de son", "Ella, elle l'a"), Eurovision winner (1965), infection complicated from cancer.
Anna Mae Hays, 97, American military officer and nurse, Chief of Army Nurse Corps (1967-1971), complications from a heart attack.
Rod Hunter, 74, Canadian curler, world champion (1970, 1971).
Markku Into, 72, Finnish poet.
Nico, 56, Western lowland gorilla.
Olivia Nova, 20, American pornographic actress.
Russ Rector, 69, American animal rights activist.
John Running, 78, American vista photographer, brain cancer.
Buster Stiggs, 63, British-born New Zealand musician (Suburban Reptiles, The Swingers, Models).
Antoni Subirà, 77, Spanish politician, member of Parliament of Catalonia (1980-1993) and co-founder of Democratic Convergence of Catalonia.
Peter Sutherland, 71, Irish barrister and banker, Attorney General (1981-1982, 1982-1984), founding Director-General of the World Trade Organization (1993-1995).
Bjørg Vik, 82, Norwegian writer, co-founder of Sirene.
Shrivallabh Vyas, 60, Indian actor (Lagaan).
Saksham Yadav, 28, Indian powerlifter, cardiac arrest following traffic collision.
Horace Ashenfelter, 94, American athlete, Olympic champion (1952).
Remídio José Bohn, 67, Brazilian Roman Catholic prelate, Bishop of Cachoeira do Sul (since 2011).
Elza Brandeisz, 110, Hungarian dancer and teacher, conferred Righteous Among the Nations.
Cuco Del Cid, 73, Mexican-born American mariachi musician (Mariachi los Camperos), stroke.
Ricardo Cierbide (es), 81, Spanish philologist.
Rita Crocker Clements, 86, American political organizer, First Lady of Texas (1979-1983, 1987-1991), complications from Alzheimer's disease.
Walther Dürr, 85, German musicologist.
Cinamon Hadley, 48, American fashion designer, colon cancer.
Marjorie Holt, 97, American politician, member of the US House of Representatives for Maryland's 4th District (1973-1987).
Bob Jenson, 86, American politician, member of the Oregon House of Representatives (1997-2015).
Kapil Mohan, 88, Indian beverage and food executive (Old Monk, Mohan Meakin),cardiac arrest.
Emerante Morse, 99, Haitian dancer and folklorist.
William R. Ojala, 92, American politician, member of the Minnesota House of Representatives (1971-1974).
Peter Preston, 79, British journalist, editor of The Guardian (1975-1995), melanoma.
Baldev Raj, 70, Indian nuclear physicist.
Nigel Sims, 86, English footballer (Aston Villa, Wolverhampton, Peterborough).
Étienne Tassin (fr), 62, French philosopher.
Greta Thyssen, 90, Danish-born American actress (Sappy Bull Fighters), pneumonia.
Chris Tsangarides, 61, British music producer (Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy), pneumonia and heart failure.
Antonio Valentín Angelillo, 80, Italian-Argentine football player (Inter Milan, A.S. Roma, Boca Juniors).
Herb Appenzeller, 92, American college football coach and athletic administrator (Guilford College).
Muntazir Baba, 68, Pakistani poet.
Emanuel Barbara, 68, Maltese Roman Catholic prelate, Bishop of Malindi (since 2011).
Thomas Bopp, 68, American astronomer, co-discoverer of Comet Hale-Bopp, liver failure.
Christoffer Barnekow (sv), 77, Swedish journalist.
Aydin Boysan, 96, Turkish architect, multiple organ failure.
Rasa Chughtai, 89, Indian-born Pakistani poet.
Carlos Heitor Cony, 91, Brazilian journalist and writer, multiple organ failure.
Robert Q. Crane, 91, American politician, Treasurer and Receiver-General of Massachusetts (1965-1991); member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives (1957-1964).
Mikio Fujioka, 36, Japanese guitarist (Babymetal), complications from a fall.
Jacques Genest, 98, Canadian physician and scientist.
Bruce Hood, 81, Canadian hockey referee (NHL), prostate cancer.
Henry Jean-Baptiste, 85, Martinique politician, Deputy (1986-2002).
Hans Werner Kettenbach, 89, German journalist and author.
Asghar Khan, 96, Pakistani politician and military officer, Commander-in-Chief of the Air Force (1957-1965).
Roy Wheatley King, 81, American judge.
Yon Koeswoyo (id), 77, Indonesian singer.
Marián Labuda, 73, Slovak actor.
Norman Lamb, 82, American politician, member of the Oklahoma Senate (1971-1988).
Serge Liberman, 75, Uzbek-born Australian writer and physician.
Mick Murphy, 77, Irish hurler (Tipperary).
Dhiraj Kumar Nath, 72, Bangladeshi diplomat, member of the Caretaker government panel.
Livingstone Mpalanyi Nkoyoyo, 80, Ugandan Anglican prelate, Archbishop of Uganda (1995-2004).
Münir Özkul, 92, Turkish actor.
Carlo Pedretti, 89, Italian historian (Leonardo da Vinci).
Sardar Ahmed Ali Khan Pitafi, 74, Pakistani politician, member of the Provincial Assembly of Sindh (2014-2017), cancer.
Marina Ripa di Meana, 76, Italian writer, stylist and TV personality, cancer.
Arthur Rorheim, 99, American Baptist minister, co-founder of Awana.
István Sándor, 96, Hungarian Olympic rower.
Christa Leigh Steele-Knudslien, 42, American founder of Miss Trans America, beaten and stabbed.
Bill Sykes, 90, English-born New Zealand botanist.
Jerry Van Dyke, 86, American actor and comedian (My Mother the Car, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Coach), heart failure.
Gihan Wikramanayake, 57, Sri Lankan academic.
John Young, 87, American astronaut (Apollo 16, STS-1), pneumonia.
Aharon Appelfeld, 85, Romanian-born Israeli writer.
Ulhas Bapat, 67, Indian santoor player.
Dick Bestwick, 87, American football coach (Virginia Cavaliers).
Peter Birdseye, 98, English footballer (Wycombe Wanderers).
John Braun, 68, American radio personality (WBZI).
Johannes Brost, 71, Swedish actor (Rederiet, Black Jack, Stjärnhuset), cancer.
Brendan Byrne, 93, American politician, Governor of New Jersey (1974-1982), lung infection.
Papa Camara, 66, Guinean football player (Hafia) and coach (national team).
Gerard Conley, 88, American politician, member of the Maine Senate (1968-1984) and House of Representatives (1964-1968), Mayor of Portland (1970-1971).
Joaquín Cortizo Rosendo (es), 85, Spanish footballer.
Carmen Cozza, 87, American baseball and football player (Miami Redhawks) and Hall of Fame coach (Yale Bulldogs).
Lewis Donelson, 100, American attorney, co-founder of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz.
Philip Eden, 66, British meteorologist, broadcaster and author.
Rayya Elias, 57, Syrian-born American author and musician, pancreatic cancer.
Leon Fox, 77, American judge (Santa Clara County Superior Court).
Stan Fulton, 86, American casino owner (Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino), pioneer in developoment of video slot machine.
Bruce Halle, 87, American auto parts executive and philanthropist, founder of Discount Tire.
Lyli Herse, 89, French racing cyclist.
Senichi Hoshino, 70, Japanese Hall of Fame baseball player (Chunichi Dragons) and manager (Hanshin Tigers, Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles), pancreatic cancer.
Philipp Jenninger, 85, German politician, President of the Bundestag (1984-1988).
Rafiatou Karimou, 71, Beninese politician and teacher, member of the National Assembly (1999-2006).
Divi Kervella (fr), 60, French writer.
Harry Landers, 96, American actor (Ben Casey).
Joseph Gunduza Magigwani, 37, Zimbabwean actor and gospel singer, traffic collision.
Gail McIntosh, 62, New Zealand politician, MP for Lyttelton (1990-1993).
Daniele Porcu (it), 34, Italian jockey, cancer.
Sauryavong Savang, 80, Laotian royal.
Ivan Otto Schwarz (cs), 94, Czechoslovak general.
Zubaida Tariq, 72, Pakistani chef, complications from a heart attack.
Ray Thomas, 76, English singer-songwriter ("Veteran Cosmic Rocker", "For My Lady") and Hall of Fame musician (The Moody Blues), prostate cancer.
Vladimir Yankilevsky, 79, Russian artist.