Barbara Bain

Actor
A cool blonde actress with smoky, sultry eyes, Barbara Bain did considerable work on episodic TV during the 1950s and 60s, including a stint on "Richard Diamond: Private Detective" (CBS, 1959) as David Janssen's ... Read more »
Born: 09/12/1931 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (35)

Haunted Echoes 2014 (Movie)

Mrs. Gitchell (Actor)

Nothing Special 2014 (Movie)

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Pioneers of Television 2011, 2014 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Political Disasters 2014 (Movie)

Elizabeth (Actor)

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

American Gun 2004 (Movie)

Anne (Actor)

Strong Medicine 2003 (Tv Show)

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Tracey Ullman in The Trailer tales 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Panic 2000 (Movie)

Deidre (Actor)

Bel Air 1999 (Movie)

Agnes Fuchs (Actor)

Diagnosis Murder 1997 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Gideon 1999 (Movie)

Sarah (Actor)

Millennium 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)

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Murder, She Wrote 1988 - 1989, 1991 - 1992, 1997 - 1999 (Tv Show)

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Storytime 1993 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Walker, Texas Ranger 1988 - 1989, 1991 - 1992, 1997 - 1999 (Tv Show)

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Icebergs: The Secret Life of a Refrigerator 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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The Visitor 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Animals 1997 (Movie)

Mama (Actor)

My So-Called Life 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Likely Suspects 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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The Spirit of '76 1990 (Movie)

Hipster (Actor)

Trust Me 1989 (Movie)

Mary Casal (Actor)

Skinheads 1988 (Movie)

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Barrington 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Space: 1999 1975 - 1977 (TV Show)

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Mission: Impossible 1966 - 1973 (TV Show)

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Savage 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

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Mission Impossible Vs. the Mob 1968 (Movie)

Cinnamon (Actor)

A Summer Without Boys (TV Show)

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Goodnight My Love (TV Show)

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Murder Once Removed (TV Show)

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Savage (Movie)

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Biography

A cool blonde actress with smoky, sultry eyes, Barbara Bain did considerable work on episodic TV during the 1950s and 60s, including a stint on "Richard Diamond: Private Detective" (CBS, 1959) as David Janssen's romantic interest, and a memorable guest appearance on "The Dick Van Dyke Show", as the star's pushy former girlfriend.

Bain's career peaked when she won three consecutive Emmy Awards portraying the quick-witted Cinnamon Carter on the popular espionage series "Mission: Impossible" (ABC, 1966-69) opposite then-husband Martin Landau. The two quit the successful series over a contract dispute and her work has been sporadic since. Apart from a handful of TV-movies, often featuring Landau (e.g., "Savage" NBC, 1973), Bain also acted opposite her most regular leading man on the sober, syndicated sci-fi series, "Space: 1999" (1975-77), as Dr. Helena Russell. After "The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island" (NBC, 1981), Bain, now divorced from Landau, practically disappeared from public view for several years. She turned her attentions to the stage and became active in the L.A. theater scene in plays at small, prestigious venues like the Los Angeles Theatre Center (LATC). While Bain did some episodic work in the late 80s on "Moonlighting" and "Murder, She Wrote", she was more often noted for her stage role and her charity work.

Bain had made her feature film debut with "Mission Impossible vs. the Mob" (1969) a big screen spin-off from the TV series. But no other roles followed. She returned to feature films after a two-decade absence in the black comedy "Trust Me" and the drama "Skinheads" (both 1989) and in "The Spirit of '76" (1990), produced by her daughter, Susan Meredith Landau.

Relationships

Martin Landau Actor

Husband
Married Jan. 31, 1957; co-starred on "Mission: Impossible" (CBS) and British series "Space: 1999" Divorced 1993

Martin Landau

Husband
married on January 31, 1957 separated in 1980s divorced in 1993

Juliet Landau

Daughter
born c. 1964

Susan Landau

Daughter
born c. 1960 produced "The Spirit of '76" (1990)

EDUCATION

University of Illinois

Urbana , Illinois

Actors Studio

Los Angeles , California

The Neigborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre

New York , New York

Milestones

1998

Returned to features as the mother of heroine in "Animals (and the Tollkeeper)"

1990

Hade role in "The Spirit of '76", produced by her daughter Susan

1989

Returned to feature films in "Trust Me"

1984

Made stage debut in "Long Day's Journey Into Night" at the Intiman Theatre, Seattle, WA

1970

Made TV-movie debut, "Murder Once Removed" (NBC)

1968

Feature film debut in "Mission Impossible vs. The Mob"

1966

Co-starred as Cinnamon Carter on espionage TV series, "Mission: Impossible"; left series with husband Martin Landau after a contract dispute; they were replaced and series continued until 1973

1963

Guest-starred in memorable episode of "The Dick Van Dyke Show"

1959

Played Karen Wells in TV series "Richard Diamond, Private Detective"

Co-starred as Dr. Helena Russell opposite then-husband Martin Landau on the syndicated "Space 1999"

Remained active in L.A. theatre

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