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Monday, October 27, 2014

Remembering Marcia Strassman 1948 - 2014

Actress Marcia Strassman, who died Saturday at age 66, will always be remembered as Julie Kotter, Gabe Kaplan's wife in the 1975-79 ABC sitcom, Welcome Back, Kotter. Other television credits include six Season 1 episodes of M*A*S*H in the recurring role of nurse Margie Cutler and four short-lived series - Good Time Harry (1980), Booker (a 1989-90 spin-off of 21 Jump Street), Noah Knows Best (2000-01) and Tremors: The Series (2003).

Strassman also played Rick Moranis's wife in the 1989 Disney film, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, and the 1992 sequel, Honey, I Blew Up the Kid. Her other film credits include Soup for One (1982), And You Thought Your Parents Were Weird (1991) and Another Stakeout (1993). And at age 15, she replaced Liza Minnelli in the 1963 Off-Broadway musical, Best Foot Forward.

Below you can watch Marcia Strassman in a brief scene from Welcome Back, Kotter, in a 1978 All-Star Family Feud Special featuring the casts of Kotter and The Love Boat, and in the short film, The Making of "You Wouldn't Believe Our World", which aired as part of the NBC special, David Letterman's Holiday Film Festival, on November 30, 1985.


joel65913 said...

Like Jan Hooks only a few weeks ago this was a shocker. It's been a hell of a year for comedy. I know Marcia wasn't strictly a comedienne though that's where her biggest successes were.

I was a faithful Booker watcher for its short run, for what it was I thought it was a fun show. I watched Welcome Back, Kotter during its original run and thought it was okay, though a little Gabe Kaplan went a long way. I tried to watch it recently when ME TV started to rerun it and it was agony. I made it about ten minutes in and switched the channel.

Marc Harshbarger said...

I agree with you, Joel, about Welcome Back, Kotter - I thought it was okay back in the day, but I don't have any interest in watching it now.