Priscilla Pointer

An actor who came to the fore in prominent supporting roles in film and TV relatively late in life, Pointer did her professional best typecast as concerned wives and mothers, assured career women and the occasional ... Read more »
Born: 05/18/1924 in New York City, New York, USA


Actor (52)

Desert Heat 1998 (Movie)


Horton Foote's Alone 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)


Carried Away 1996 (Movie)

Lily Henson (Actor)

Picket Fences 1994 - 1996 (Tv Show)


Touched By an Angel 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)


Traveler's Rest 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)


Un-Becoming Age 1993 (Movie)

Grandma (Actor)

The Painted Desert 1992 (Movie)

Barbara (Actor)

Dallas 1977 - 1991 (TV Show)


A Show of Force 1990 (Movie)

Alice Ryan (Actor)

Disturbed 1990 (Movie)

Nurse Francine (Actor)

Chud II: Bud the Chud 1988 (Movie)


St. Elsewhere 1982 - 1988 (TV Show)


A Nightmare on Elm Street Part III: Dream Warriors 1987 (Movie)

Dr Elizabeth Simms (Actor)

From the Hip 1987 (Movie)

Mrs Martha Williams (Actor)

Rumpelstiltskin 1987 (Movie)

Queen Grizelda (Actor)

Blue Velvet 1986 (Movie)

Mrs Beaumont (Actor)

Generation 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)


The Falcon and the Snowman 1985 (Movie)

Mrs Lee (Actor)

Too Close For Comfort 1980 - 1985 (TV Show)


Micki & Maude 1984 (Movie)

Diana Hutchinson (Actor)

The Mysterious Two 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)


Twilight Zone - the Movie 1983 (Movie)

Miss Cox (Actor)

Judgment Day 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)


The Gift of Life 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)


Mommie Dearest 1981 (Movie)

Mrs Chadwick (Actor)

From Here to Eternity 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)


Honeysuckle Rose 1980 (Movie)

Rosella (Actor)

The Competition 1979 (Movie)

Mrs Donellan (Actor)

The Onion Field 1979 (Movie)

Chrissie Campbell (Actor)

A Killing Affair 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)


Mom and Dad Can't Hear Me 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)


Looking For Mr. Goodbar 1977 (Movie)

Mrs Dunn (Actor)

Carrie 1976 (Movie)

Mrs Snell (Actor)

Collision Course 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)


Nickelodeon 1976 (Movie)

Mabel (Actor)

Dynamite Woman 1975 (Movie)

Ms Harris (Actor)

Where the Heart Is 1969 - 1973 (TV Show)


Death Takes a Holiday 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)


Hemingway (TV Show)


Runaway Father (TV Show)


Sweet Nothing in My Ear (TV Show)


The 3,000 Mile Chase (TV Show)


The Big Ripoff (TV Show)


The Failing of Raymond (TV Show)


The Keegans (TV Show)



An actor who came to the fore in prominent supporting roles in film and TV relatively late in life, Pointer did her professional best typecast as concerned wives and mothers, assured career women and the occasional stern villain. Trained for the stage, she first performed in a touring company of "Kiss and Tell"; Broadway work over the years would include original productions and revivals of "The Country Wife", "Condemned of Altona" and "A Streetcar Named Desire". Married to actor turned TV producer-director Jules Irving from 1947 until his death in 1979, Pointer devoted much of her energy to raising their three children, one of whom is actress Amy Irving. Work in TV, in fact, only got underway for Pointer in the early 1970s as she approached age 50. She played a doctor in the daytime soap "Where the Heart Is", a history teacher in "The Failing of Raymond" (1971), Gen. Douglas MacArthur's (Henry Fonda) wife in "Collision Course" (1976) and a deaf parent in the ABC Afterschool Special "Mom and Dad Can't Hear Me" (1978).

Feature film work began for the actress around this time, and with her light, clear eyes, quiet but firm alto voice and highly distinctive, deeply lined face and neck, Pointer graced a series of intense dramas and thrillers. She made her debut in the teen horror film "Carrie" (1976, as the mother of Amy Irving's character) and enjoyed a larger part as Diane Keaton and Tuesday Weld's worried mother in "Looking for Mr. Goodbar" (1977). Rarely appearing in comedy, Pointer later acted in "The Onion Field" (1979), "Mommie Dearest" (1981), "The Falcon and the Snowman" (1985, as Sean Penn's mother), "Blue Velvet" (1986, as parent to Kyle MacLachlan) and the atypically whimsical "Un-Becoming Age" (1992). She has continued to work with Amy Irving in film ("The Competition" 1980, "A Show of Force" 1990) and TV ("The Twilight Zone: Rod Serling's Lost Classics" 1994). She received her greatest visibility via several seasons (1981-83) on the immensely popular primetime TV soap "Dallas", as Rebecca Wentworth, mother of Pam (Victoria Principal) and Cliff (Ken Kercheval). The actress has worked on the TV-movies "Generation" (1985), "Hemingway" (1988) and "Traveler's Rest" (1993), and made guest appearances on series like "The Flash" and "ER".

In 1981, Pointer married actor Robert Symonds, a supporting player active on TV as authority figures and historical personages including Harry S Truman, Benjamin Franklin and Robert E. Lee. She is also the mother of film director David Irving.


Kate Irving


Jules Irving Director

Married December 28, 1947 until his death 1979

Amy Irving Actor

Appeared with Pointer in "Carrie" (1976) and other films

David Irving


Kenneth Pointer


Augusta Pointer


Max Spielberg

mother Amy Irving father Steven Spielberg born June 1985

Robert Symonds Actor

Married January 3, 1981 until his death



Played rare leading role in the TV-movie, "Mysterious Two", a pilot for a sci-fi series that never materialized


Was a drama instructor at the Braille Institute


Feature film debut, "Carrie" (as Amy Irving's mother)

Played role of Dr. Adrienne Harris in the early 1970s on the daytime drama, "Where the Heart Is"

Played recurring role of Nora Allen on the CBS action fantasy series, "The Flash"

Played Rebecca Wentworth on the long-running CBS primetime serial "Dallas"

Made stage debut in the national tour of the comedy, "Kiss and Tell"