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.
In a statement to the outlet, Post’s family paid tribute to her electric personality both on and off the set.
“But 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,” the statement read.
Post’s former costars Melissa Joan Hart and Sophia Bush are among those honoring the late actress following her death.
“I’m heartbroken to lose an angel here on earth! My dear friend and TV mother #MarkiePost is finally at rest after a long hard battle with cancer,” said Hart, Post’s Holiday in Handcuffs costar, wrote in an emotional Instagram post on Sunday.
Hart also thanked Post for their friendship and “the kindness she demonstrated” over the years alongside a smiling shot of the two in winter attire.
“Her example to me of how to be gracious, professional, find the fun in life and be a great mother at the same time will always live in me,” Hart added. “I am heartbroken but I know she is at peace. Now this angel on earth gets to spread her wings and be an angel to us all from above. Love you so much Markie! You will be forever missed! ??.”
Bush, who played Post’s daughter in ABC’s Chicago P.D., shared a separate tribute on her Instagram story.
“I am just heartbroken to heart about the passing of my friend, scene partner (she was a phenom) and forever Bunny, #MarkiePost. Too soon,” the 39-year-old actress wrote atop an image of the two smiling for a selfie. “Prayers to her family, who she always spoke of with a twinkle in her eye.”
Born on November 4, 1950, in Palo Alto, California, Post spent four decades in the television industry. She worked behind the scenes on several game shows, eventually working her way up to associate producer credit on Alex Trebek’s Double Dare and appearing as a card dealer on NBC’s Card Sharks.
Among her first credited acting roles in 1979 were parts on CHiPs, Barnaby Jones, The Incredible Hulk, The Lazarus Syndrome, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, and Hart to Hart.
In 1982, Post earned the role of bail bondswoman Terri Michaels in ABC series The Fall Guy, which ran through 1985. Post is also known for her role on NBC’s Night Court, regularly appearing as public defender Christine Sullivan. She assumed the role for 159 episodes between 1985 and 1992.
Later in her career, Post adopted recurring roles on shows like ABC’s Scrubs and Chicago PD She returned to her game show roots for five episodes of CBS’ Hollywood Squares in 2000 as well.
She is survived by husband Michael A. Ross, daughters Kate Armstrong Ross and Daisy Schoenborn as well as son-in-law Bryce Schoenborn and a five-month-old granddaughter, per Deadline.
..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
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! #MarkiePost pic.twitter.com/b34yR5C5Th
— Ed Asner (@TheOnlyEdAsner) August 8, 2021
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
— ……..?..?..?..?..?..?..?……… (@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
— ????? ???? (@LanceUSA70) August 8, 2021