Janet MacLachlan

Janet MacLachlan was a well-regarded stage, television, and feature film actress, probably best known for her significant supporting part as a sympathetic schoolteacher in Martin Ritt's acclaimed 1972 film, "Sounder. " ... Read more »
Born: 08/27/1933 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (53)

Alias 2002 (Tv Show)

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Family Law 1985 - 1986, 1988 - 1989, 1991 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Star Trek 1966 - 1969, 1985 - 1986, 1988 - 1989, 1991 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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A Private Affair 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Murder One 1988 - 1989, 1995 - 1999 (Tv Show)

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Murder, She Wrote 1985 - 1986, 1988 - 1989, 1993 - 1999 (Tv Show)

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NYPD Blue 1985 - 1986, 1988 - 1989, 1993 - 1999 (Tv Show)

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Promised Land 1988 - 1989, 1995 - 1996, 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)

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Reasonable Doubts 1985 - 1986, 1988 - 1989, 1991 - 1999 (Tv Show)

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The Thirteenth Floor 1999 (Movie)

Ellen (Actor)

Home Improvement 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

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Murphy Brown 1988 - 1989, 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

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The Big Squeeze 1996 (Movie)

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ER 1995 (Tv Show)

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There Goes My Baby 1994 (Movie)

Lottie (Actor)

Heart and Souls 1993 (Movie)

Agnes Miller (Actor)

Tracks of Glory: The Major Taylor Story 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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A Family For Joe 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Killer Instinct 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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For Keeps 1988 (Movie)

Nancy Giles (Actor)

Murphy's Law 1986 (Movie)

Dr Lovell (Actor)

The Boy Who Could Fly 1986 (Movie)

Mrs D'Gregario (Actor)

Fast Forward 1985 (Movie)

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Tightrope 1984 (Movie)

Dr Orlofsky (Actor)

Archie Bunker's Place 1979 - 1983 (TV Show)

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Zack and the Magic Factory 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

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Friends 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

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Dark Victory 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

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Love Thy Neighbor 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

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Maurie 1972 (Movie)

Dorothy Parsons (Actor)

Sounder 1972 (Movie)

Schoolteacher (Actor)

The Man 1971 (Movie)

Wanda (Actor)

Darker Than Amber 1970 (Movie)

Noreen Walker (Actor)

Halls of Anger 1970 (Movie)

Lorraine Nash (Actor)

Tick, Tick, Tick 1969 (Movie)

Mary Price (Actor)

Uptight 1968 (Movie)

Jeannie (Actor)

Baby Girl Scott (TV Show)

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My Last Love (TV Show)

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Runaway Father (TV Show)

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She's in the Army Now (TV Show)

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The Kid From Nowhere (TV Show)

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The Other Victim (TV Show)

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The Sophisticated Gents (TV Show)

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The Tuskegee Airmen (TV Show)

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Thursday's Child (TV Show)

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Toughlove (TV Show)

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Trouble Comes to Town (TV Show)

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Biography

Janet MacLachlan was a well-regarded stage, television, and feature film actress, probably best known for her significant supporting part as a sympathetic schoolteacher in Martin Ritt's acclaimed 1972 film, "Sounder. " She studied acting with Sidney Poiter, and later at the Herbert Berghof Acting Studio and the Little Theatre of Harlem. She gained confidence and made a strong impression with audiences on and off Broadway in the late 1950s and early 1960s before moving to Los Angeles where she worked steadily in television, including small parts on the action sereis "The Girl from U.N.C.L.E," "The Fugitive," and the crime drama series "The Mod Squad," to name just a few. Three of her most prominent roles were as Bill Cosby's girlfriend on the comedy series "I Spy," as Lt. Charlene Masters on an episode of the cult-classic series "Star Trek," and as housekeeper Polly Swanson on the comedy spinoff "Archie Bunker's Place." She made her feature film debut in "Up Tight!," a Black Power-fueled remake of the John Ford classic "The Informer." But unlike a lot of African-American actresses working in the 1970s, she was able to steer clear of acting in blaxploitation films, focusing instead on serious drama. Her insistence on not furthering black stereotypes led to her co-founding of the Media Forum, a group of industry people focused on ridding film and television shows of negative portrayals of African-Americans. MacLachlan died at age 77.

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