Deborah Raffin

With her classic good looks, Los Angeles native Deborah Raffin seemed destined for show biz stardom. But while she has worked steadily since the 1970s, she has never found a signature role to propel her to fame. The ... Read more »
Born: 03/13/1953 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (40)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

7th Heaven 1995 - 1996, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Book of Days (PAX) 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

LaVyrle Spencer's Home Song 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Morning Glory 1993 (Movie)

Elly Dinsmore (Actor)

Sidney Sheldon's "The Sands of Time" 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Night of the Fox 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Scanners II: the New Order 1991 (Movie)

Julie Vale (Actor)

Royal Gambit 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Claudia 1988 (Movie)

Claudia (Actor)

Death Wish 3 1985 (Movie)

Kathryn Davis (Actor)

Lace II 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Threesome 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Agatha Christie's "Sparkling Cyanide" 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

For Lovers Only 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Foul Play 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Haywire 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Mind Over Murder 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

The Last Convertible 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Touched By Love 1980 (Movie)

Lena Canada (Actor)

Circus of the Stars 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Circus of the Stars 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Maniac 1977 (Movie)

(Actor)

God Told Me To 1976 (Movie)

Casey Forster (Actor)

The Sentinel 1976 (Movie)

Jennifer (Actor)

Once Is Not Enough 1975 (Movie)

January Wayne (Actor)

Of Men of Women 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The Dove 1973 (Movie)

Patti Ratteree (Actor)

40 Carats 1972 (Movie)

Trina Stanley (Actor)

For the Love of It (TV Show)

Actor

How to Pick Up Girls! (TV Show)

Actor

James Clavell's Noble House (TV Show)

Actor

Killing at Hell's Gate (TV Show)

Actor

Nightmare in Badham County (TV Show)

Actor

Running Out (TV Show)

Actor

Ski Lift to Death (TV Show)

Actor

Willa (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (4)

Unwed Father 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Producer

Wilde 1998 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Sidney Sheldon's "Windmills of the Gods" 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Co-Producer

Futuresport (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Director (2)

LaVyrle Spencer's Family Blessings 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Director

The Verdict: Justice in America (TV Show)

Director
Writer (1)

Morning Glory 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

With her classic good looks, Los Angeles native Deborah Raffin seemed destined for show biz stardom. But while she has worked steadily since the 1970s, she has never found a signature role to propel her to fame. The daughter of 1940s starlet Trudy Marshall, Raffin worked as a model and, after branching out into acting with a few early roles, landed a high-profile part opposite Kirk Douglas in the 1975 adaptation of the Jacqueline Susann best-seller, "Once Is Not Enough". She starred as an innocent woman sent to prison in the 1976 TV film "Nightmare in Badham County", which made her a star in China when the film was released there theatrically; she appeared in "God Told Me To", Larry Cohen's oddball sci-fi mystery, in the same year. Despite nearly landing leads in "Grease" and "Superman", Raffin started finding more opportunities in television than on the big screen. In 1981, she played the Goldie Hawn role in the short-lived TV adaptation of the hit comedy "Foul Play", and in 1985, she played the romantic interest in the Charles Bronson vigilante vehicle, "Death Wish 3". She landed a recurring role in the popular Aaron Spelling drama "7th Heaven" in 1996 but had more success co-founding (with her then-husband, producer Michael Viner) the pioneering audio books company Dove Audio.

Relationships

William

Brother

Judy Holston

Sister

Trudy Marshall Actor

Mother
Born Feb. 14, 1922

Phillip Raffin

Father

Michael Viner Producer

Husband
Married Aug. 4, 1974 Co-founded Dove Books-On-Tape 1985 Divorced 2005

Taylor Viner

Daughter
Father, Michael Viner

Milestones

2008

Guest starred as a doctor on ABC Family's "The Secret Life of the American Teenager"

2003

Helmed two episodes of "7th Heaven"

1999

Made directorial debut with drama "Family Blessings"; co-directed with Nina Foch

1997

Sold Dove Books-on-Tape company

1996

Cast in recurring role of Aunt Julie on family drama series "7th Heaven" (The WB, The CW)

1991

Played a telephatic woman in cult film "Scanners II: The New Order"

1990

Compiled celebrities' Christmas anecdotes for book Sharing Christmas

1988

Co-produced CBS miniseries "Windmills of the Gods"

1988

Co-starred with Pierce Brosnan in NBC miniseries "Noble House"

1985

With music producer husband Michael Viner, launched Dove Books-on-Tape

1980

Played actress Brooke Hayward opposite Jason Robards in "Haywire" (CBS)

1976

Starred in TV movie "Nightmare in Badham County" (ABC); was a theatrical hit in China

1975

Cast in romantic drama "Once Is Not Enough," starring Kirk Douglas

1973

Made feature film debut in "40 Carats" opposite Liv Ullmann and Gene Kelly

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