Linda Purl

Actor, Singer
This petite blonde player is capable of projecting both a delicate vulnerability and a sturdy strength. Linda Purl has had an active TV career since the early 1970s, frequently appearing in TV-movies to supplement ... Read more »
Born: 09/01/1955 in Greenwich, Connecticut, USA

Filmography

Actor (85)

Major Crimes 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Reckless 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Office 2009 - 2011, 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Criminal Minds 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Desperate Housewives 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lie to Me 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bones 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Maid of Honor 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Cold Case 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Happy Days 30th Anniversary Reunion 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Port Charles 1996 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Stranger at the Door 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Crossing Jordan 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Fear of the Dark 2003 (Movie)

Sandy (Actor)

First Monday 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Perfect Tenant 1999 (Movie)

Jessica Michael (Actor)

Mighty Joe Young 1998 (Movie)

Doctor Ruth Young (Actor)

Murder, She Wrote 1984 - 1985, 1987 - 1988, 1991 - 1994, 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Touched By an Angel 1984 - 1985, 1987 - 1988, 1991 - 1994, 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

True Stories From Touched By an Angel 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Walker, Texas Ranger 1984 - 1985, 1987 - 1988, 1991 - 1994, 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Crisis Center 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Story First: Behind the Unabomber 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Matlock 1986 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Robin's Hoods 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Burke's Law 1991 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Actor

Natural Causes 1994 (Movie)

Jessie McCarthy (Actor)

Body Language 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Danielle Steel's "Secrets" 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Jack's Place 1991 - 1992 (Tv Show)

Actor

Spy Games 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The 48th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Under Cover 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Under Cover 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Sad Professor 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Addicted to His Love 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Viper 1988 (Movie)

Laua McCalla (Actor)

Day to Day 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Outrage! 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Life's Most Embarrassing Moments 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

I Do, I Don't 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

The Last Days of Pompeii 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Visiting Hours 1982 (Movie)

Sheila Munroe (Actor)

Leo and Loree 1980 (Movie)

Loree (Actor)

The High Country 1980 (Movie)

Kathy (Actor)

The Young Pioneers 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Beacon Hill 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Crazy Mama 1976 (Movie)

Cheryl (Actor)

Eleanor and Franklin 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Oregon Trail 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

State Fair 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

W.C. Fields and Me 1976 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Secret Storm 1953 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Jory 1972 (Movie)

Amy (Actor)

A Last Cry For Help (TV Show)

Actor

Accidental Meeting (TV Show)

Actor

Before the Storm (TV Show)

Actor

Black Market Baby (TV Show)

Actor

Born Free: A New Adventure (TV Show)

Actor

Criminal Intent (TV Show)

Actor

Dark Mansions (TV Show)

Actor

Frozen Impact (TV Show)

Actor

Having Babies (TV Show)

Actor

Holy Joe (TV Show)

Actor

In Self Defense (TV Show)

Actor

Incident at Deception Ridge (TV Show)

Actor

Like Normal People (TV Show)

Actor

Little Ladies of the Night (TV Show)

Actor

Midas Valley (TV Show)

Actor

Money on the Side (TV Show)

Actor

Pleasures (TV Show)

Actor

Spies, Lies & Naked Thighs (TV Show)

Actor

Stalked (TV Show)

Actor

Testimony of Two Men (TV Show)

Actor

The Absolute Truth (TV Show)

Actor

The Flame Is Love (TV Show)

Actor

The Last Days of Pompeii (Movie)

(Actor)

The Manions of America (TV Show)

Actor

The Night the City Screamed (TV Show)

Actor

Web of Deceit (TV Show)

Actor

Women at West Point (TV Show)

Actor

Young Pioneers (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

This petite blonde player is capable of projecting both a delicate vulnerability and a sturdy strength. Linda Purl has had an active TV career since the early 1970s, frequently appearing in TV-movies to supplement several unsuccessful attempts at a series stardom. She is recalled as the divorcee who (temporarily) won the heart of The Fonz (Henry Winkler) on "Happy Days" (ABC, 1982-83) and more recently starred as a former assistant D.A. running a nightclub and helping offenders walk the straight and narrow in "Robin's Hoods" (syndicated, 1994-95).

Relationships

Marcie Purl

Mother

Desi Arnaz Jr. Actor

Husband
Married in 1982 divorced

William Broyles Jr. Actor

Husband
No longer together

William Broyles

Husband
co-created TV series "China Beach" won Oscar nomination for co-writing "Apollo 13" divorced

Alexander Cary

Husband
third husband father of Lucius divorced

Lucius Cary

Son
born on February 6, 1995

Raymond Purl

Father
with Union Carbide in Japan

EDUCATION

Finch College

New York , New York

The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute

New York , New York 1972 - 1974

Milestones

2002

Had recurring role as the wife of a US Supreme Court justice on "First Monday" (CBS)

2001

Cast as Aunt Polly in the stage musical "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer"; played pre-Broadway tryout in New Haven, Connecticut

2000

Joined cast of the ABC daytime drama "Port Charles" playing a cancer patient who wants to die with dignity

1998

Broadway acting debut in "Getting and Spending"

1996

Starred in "Born Free: A New Adventure" (ABC)

1991

Off-Broadway debut in "The Baby Dance"

1990

Produced and starred in "The Baby Dance" at the Pasadena Playhouse

1986

Launched cabaret act at Los Angeles clubs

1976

Starred in TV-movies "The Oregon Trail" and "The Young Pioneers"

1975

Went on a crime spree in feature film "Crazy Mama"

1975

Was regular on the CBS drama series "Beacon Hill"

1974

Made TV-movie debut in "Bad Ronald"

1973

Appeared on the daytime soap "The Secret Storm"

1972

Appeared in feature film "Jory"

1970

Returned to USA

1966

Made professional stage debut playing Helen Keller in a Japanese production of "The Miracle Worker"

1962

Made TV debut hosting children's show from Tokyo, Japan

Played an entirely different character, Ashley Pfister, girlfriend of Henry Winkler's Fonzie on "Happy Days"

Became member of the Tokyo International Players

Starred in syndicated series "Robin's Hoods"

Moved to Japan with her family when her father was transferred there

Played the title character's daughter on the NBC legal series "Matlock"

Had regular role of Gloria on the ABC sitcom "Happy Days"

Made feature film debut in "The Travelers" while still in Japan

Born in Connecticut

Bonus Trivia

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Purl has received six Drama-Logue Awards for her stage work in Los Angeles.

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She has an official Web site at www.lindapurl.net

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