Kristy McNichol

Actor, Hairdresser, Camp counselor
The most popular and acclaimed teen actor of her era, Kristy McNichol achieved stardom as "Buddy" Lawrence on Aaron Spelling's "Family" (ABC, 1976-1980). Revolutionary for its resolutely unglamorous focus on average ... Read more »
Born: 09/11/1962 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (41)

Invasion America 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Voice

Empty Nest 1988 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1987 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia 1991 (Movie)

Amanda Child (Actor)

White Dog 1991 (Movie)

Julie Sawyer (Actor)

The 47th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Performer

The Forgotten One 1989 (Movie)

Barbara Stupple (Actor)

Two Moon Junction 1988 (Movie)

Patti-Jean (Actor)

You Can't Hurry Love 1988 (Movie)

Rhonda (Actor)

Candid Camera: The First 40 Years 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Dream Lover 1986 (Movie)

Kathy Gardner (Actor)

Just the Way You Are 1984 (Movie)

Susan (Actor)

I Love Liberty 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Only When I Laugh 1981 (Movie)

Polly (Actor)

The Pirate Movie 1981 (Movie)

Mabel Stanley (Actor)

Battle of the Network Stars VII 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Little Darlings 1980 (Movie)

Angel Bright (Actor)

The Jimmy McNichol Special 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle of the Network Stars III 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebrity Challenge of the Sexes 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Circus of the Stars 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

The Carpenters at Christmas 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

The End 1978 (Movie)

Julie Lawson (Actor)

Battle of the Network Stars II 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebrity Challenge of the Sexes 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Fawn Story 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Apple's Way 1973 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Baby of the Bride (TV Show)

Actor

Blinded By the Light (TV Show)

Actor

Children of the Bride (TV Show)

Actor

Family (TV Show)

Actor

Like Mom, Like Me (TV Show)

Actor

Love, Mary (TV Show)

Actor

Me & Dad's New Wife (TV Show)

Actor

Mother of the Bride (TV Show)

Actor

My Old Man (TV Show)

Actor

Summer of My German Soldier (TV Show)

Actor

The Love Boat II (TV Show)

Actor

The Pinballs (TV Show)

Actor

Women of Valor (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

The most popular and acclaimed teen actor of her era, Kristy McNichol achieved stardom as "Buddy" Lawrence on Aaron Spelling's "Family" (ABC, 1976-1980). Revolutionary for its resolutely unglamorous focus on average American home life, the series showcased McNichol's natural charisma and considerable acting chops. She won two Best Supporting Actress Emmys and became a household name, racking up TV guest spots, merchandising deals and an album with her teen idol brother, Jimmy McNichol. After impressing in "Summer of My German Soldier" (NBC, 1978), she made the leap to film with the summer camp-set cult classic "Little Darlings" (1980) opposite Tatum O'Neal. McNichol scored again onscreen with "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia" (1981) and "Only When I Laugh" (1981), earning a Golden Globe nomination for the latter. Reports of her erratic behavior and high-profile flops like "The Pirate Movie" (1982) and "Just the Way You Are" (1984) helped end her film career, but she regained footing as Richard Mulligan's tough cop daughter on "Empty Nest" (NBC, 1988-1995), a spin-off of "The Golden Girls" (NBC, 1985-1992). Diagnosed with bipolar disorder, she left the show in 1992 to retire from acting and the public eye in order to focus on charity work, teaching and her health. Moved by multiple instances of LGBT suicide due to bullying, McNichol resurfaced in 2012 to come out as a lesbian. Although many critics and fans wished she would return to acting, Kristy McNichol seemed content to let her impressive professional legacy speak for itself.

Relationships

Martie Allen

Companion
In January 2012, McNichol announced she was gay and had been living with longtime partner Allen for the past two decades

Carollyne McNichol

Mother

Jimmy McNichol Actor

Brother
Born July 2, 1961

Milestones

1998

Provided character voice on The WB series "Invasion America"

1995

Appeared on the final episode of the NBC sitcom "Empty Nest"

1992

Took an indefinite leave of absence from "Empty Nest" to cope with a manic-depressive disorder

1990

Last feature appearance to date "The Forgotten One"

1988

Co-starred with Richard Mulligan and Dinah Manoff on the NBC sitcom "Empty Nest"

1981

Made screen singing debut in "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia"

1981

Played Marsha Mason's daughter in the film "Only When I Laugh"

1978

Feature film debut, "The End"

1976

Attained TV stardom and won two Emmy Awards as Buddy Lawrence on the ABC drama series "Family"

1974

Appeared as regular on the CBS family drama "Apple's Way"

Made debut at age 7 in commercials

Bonus Trivia

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McNichol suffered from a bipolar, manic-depressive disorder, which she controlled through medication and other treatments.

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