Sharon Gless

Actor, Production assistant, Secretary
Though she preferred to consider herself a comedienne, actress Sharon Gless achieved her greatest fame in dramatic turns on several acclaimed television series, most notably the groundbreaking police show "Cagney and ... Read more »
Born: 05/31/1943 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (60)

Burn Notice 2006 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Hannah Free 2009 (Movie)

Hannah (Actor)

Nip/Tuck 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The State Within 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Marcus Welby, M.D. 1969 - 1976, 2001 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Promised Land 1969 - 1976, 1996 - 1997, 2001 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Queer as Folk (US) 1969 - 1976, 2001 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Touched By an Angel 1969 - 1976, 1996 - 1997, 1999 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

CBS at 75: A Primetime Celebration 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Brilliant But Cancelled 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Tyne Daly 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Girl Next Door 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life 1998 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Smoke and Mirrors: A History of Denial 1998 (Movie)

(Narrator)

45th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Jackie Onassis 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Trials of Rosie O'Neill 1990 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The 16th Annual People's Choice Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Cagney & Lacey 1981 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The 40th Annual Emmy Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The Morning Program 1986 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The 13th Annual People's Choice Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Letting Go 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Hobson's Choice 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

The Star Chamber 1983 (Movie)

Emily Hardin (Actor)

Palms Precinct 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Moviola: The Scarlett O'Hara War 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

The Last Convertible 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Crash 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Turnabout 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Switch 1975 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

McCloud 1970 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Switch 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Clinic on 18th Street 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Faraday and Company 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

All My Darling Daughters (TV Show)

Actor

Bring Him Home (TV Show)

Actor

Cagney & Lacey: The Return (TV Show)

Actor

Centennial (TV Show)

Actor

Hardhat and Legs (TV Show)

Actor

Honor Thy Mother (TV Show)

Actor

House Calls (TV Show)

Actor

Letting Go (Movie)

(Actor)

Palms (TV Show)

Actor

Separated by Murder (TV Show)

Actor

The Immigrants (TV Show)

Actor

The Islander (TV Show)

Actor

The Miracle of Kathy Miller (TV Show)

Actor

The Outside Woman (TV Show)

Actor

The Sky's No Limit (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Though she preferred to consider herself a comedienne, actress Sharon Gless achieved her greatest fame in dramatic turns on several acclaimed television series, most notably the groundbreaking police show "Cagney and Lacey" (CBS, 1982-88), which earned her two Emmys, a Golden Globe, and countless nominations. She later earned more acclaim as an outspoken public defender in "The Trials of Rosie O'Neill" (CBS, 1990-92), and was hailed for her performance as Hal Sparks' supportive mother on the American version of "Queer as Folk" (Showtime, 2000-05). She continued her impressive streak on television with a turn as the chain-smoking, hypochondriac and always prying mother of a banished spy (Jeffrey Donovan) on the hit cable series, "Burn Notice" (USA, 2007- ), while also earning attention for her stints on "The State Within" (BBC, 2006), and "Nip/Tuck" (FX, 2003-2010). Having also received solid notices for her numerous stage appearances in America and England, it was no small wonder that Gless remained a viable and sought-after actress for several decades.

Relationships

Dennis Gless

Father

Arick Gless

Brother
Born December 1950

Michael Gless

Brother
Born August 1940

Marjorie McCarthy

Mother
Died 1998

Neil McCarthy

Grandfather
Represented Howard Hughes, Louis B. Mayer, and Cecil B. DeMille

Barney Rosenzweig Producer

Husband
Married May 4, 1991 Produced the series "Cagney & Lacey" (CBS), starring Gless and created by his ex-wife Barbara Corday; Rosenzweig also played psychiatrist whose sessions with Gless opened every episode of "The Trials of Rosie O'Neill" (CBS)

EDUCATION

Gonzaga University

Spokane , Washington

Milestones

2009

Made producing debut with the drama "Hannah Free"; also starred

2008

Appeared in a recurring role on the FX series "Nip/Tuck" as a psychopath teddy-bear enthusiast; earned an Emmy nomination for Guest Actor in a Drama Series

2007

Cast on the USA Network series "Burn Notice" as Michael Westen's (Jeffrey Donovan) mother; earned an Emmy (2010) nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

2006

Starred on the BBC television series "The State Within"

2000

Played the slightly overbearing mother of a gay man on the Showtime series "Queer as Folk"

1998

Starred in the CBS TV-movie "The Girl Next Door"

1996

Collaborated with Tyne Daly for their fourth TV-movie "Cagney & Lacey: True Convictions" (CBS)

1996

Narrated the documentary "Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life"

1996

Returned to London stage opposite Tom Conti in "Chapter Two"

1995

Received a star on the Hollwood Walk of Fame

1994

Reprised her Cagney role for the TV-movie "Cagney & Lacey: The Return" (CBS)

1994

Starred in dual roles opposite Steve Railsback in the CBS TV-movie "Separated by Murder"

1992

Appeared on London stage in an adaptation of Stephen King's "Misery"

1990

Played title role on the CBS drama series "The Trials of Rosie O'Neill"; received two consecutive Emmy and Golden Globe nominations (from 1991-92) for Actress in a Drama Series

1983

Made feature film debut in "The Star Chamber"

1982

Essayed role of Detective Christine Cagney on the CBS drama series "Cagney & Lacey"; replaced actress Meg Foster on the series' seventh episode; earned six consecutive Emmy nominations (from 1983-88) and five consecutive Golden Globe nominations (from 198

1980

Joined the last two seasons of the comedy series "House Calls" (CBS) as Jane Jeffreys

1980

Portrayed film star Carole Lombard in the NBC TV-movie "Moviola: The Scarlett O'Hara War"

1979

Co-starred with John Schuck as Penny Alston on the short-lived NBC sitcom "Turnabout"

1978

Acted in the TV miniseries "The Immigrants" (Syndicated)

1975

Played Maggie Philbin, secretary to detectives Frank MacBride and Pete Ryan on the CBS series "Switch"

1974

Played Nurse Kathleen Faverty during the last two seasons of ABC's long-running series "Marcus Welby, M.D."

1974

Signed (along with Jamie Lee Curtis) as a salaried contract player with Universal Studios

1973

Appeared as Holly Barrett, secretary to detective Steve Faraday on the NBC series "Faraday and Company"

1972

Landed early TV role as Sergeant Maggie Clinger on the series "McCloud" (NBC); replaced in role by Nancy Fox

1972

Played one of Robert Young's four daughters in the ABC TV-movies "All My Darling Daughters" and "My Darling Daughters' Anniversary"

Nominated for the 2010 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series

Bonus Trivia

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The appeal of the characters of Christine Cagney and Mary Beth Lacey provoked sufficient response from viewers to restore the series after it had been cancelled by CBS in 1983. TV Guide celebrated the show's return with the cover reading "Welcome Back."

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Gless on checking into a rehab facility to deal with her drinking problem: "I was emotionally and physically exhausted. I needed someone to pay attention to me as a person, not just as the character I played. It wasn't anyone's fault – I think I did it to myself because I'm shy, really. I used to talk a lot but not always with great depth. It was always about work. I walked in there as Chris Cagney and walked out as Sharon Gless." – from People magazine, Nov. 7, 1994

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