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Gail Strickland (born May 18, 1947) is an American character actress.

Strickland was born in Birmingham, Alabama, the daughter of Theodosia and Lynn Strickland, who owned a tire shop. She had featured roles in 1970s films such as Bound for Glory, The Drowning Pool and Norma Rae.

In a memorable Drowning Pool scene, Strickland and Paul Newman are trapped in a room filling with water from floor to ceiling, stripped to their underwear, with no apparent escape.

Strickland appeared on the U.S. Navy series JAG first season episode "War Crimes". She played Ambassador Bartlett, the U.S. ambassador to Peru.

She appeared in the pilot episode of the television series Night Court as the public defender. She guest starred in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Paradise" as the character Alixus.

In 1994-1995, she appeared as Ms. Landis of Doubleday in the Seinfeld Season 6 episodes "The Chaperone" and "The Switch".

Strickland played nurse practitioner Marilyn McGrath in the 1988 TV series HeartBeat. This was one of the earliest portrayals of a lesbian character on American network television.

She also had a memorable appearance on the television series M*A*S*H as Captain Helen Whitfield, a nurse in an ongoing battle with alcoholism. She appeared in 11 episodes of Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman from 1993-94 as the character Olive Davis.

She played Esther MacInerney, the wife of A.J. MacInerney (Martin Sheen), Chief of Staff for President Andrew Shepherd (Michael Douglas), in the 1995 blockbuster movie The American President, which also starred Annette Bening, Michael J. Fox, and Richard Dreyfuss.

Strickland was a cast member in the brief run of the 2002 CBS television series First Monday, playing a Supreme Court justice.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Gail Strickland, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.​

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Gail Strickland (born May 18, 1947) is an American character actress.

Strickland was born in Birmingham, Alabama, the daughter of Theodosia and Lynn Strickland, who owned a tire shop. She had featured roles in 1970s films such as Bound for Glory, The Drowning Pool and Norma Rae.

In a memorable Drowning Pool scene, Strickland and Paul Newman are trapped in a room filling with water from floor to ceiling, stripped to their underwear, with no apparent escape.

Strickland appeared on the U.S. Navy series JAG first season episode "War Crimes". She played Ambassador Bartlett, the U.S. ambassador to Peru.

She appeared in the pilot episode of the television series Night Court as the public defender. She guest starred in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Paradise" as the character Alixus.

In 1994-1995, she appeared as Ms. Landis of Doubleday in the Seinfeld Season 6 episodes "The Chaperone" and "The Switch".

Strickland played nurse practitioner Marilyn McGrath in the 1988 TV series HeartBeat. This was one of the earliest portrayals of a lesbian character on American network television.

She also had a memorable appearance on the television series M*A*S*H as Captain Helen Whitfield, a nurse in an ongoing battle with alcoholism. She appeared in 11 episodes of Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman from 1993-94 as the character Olive Davis.

She played Esther MacInerney, the wife of A.J. MacInerney (Martin Sheen), Chief of Staff for President Andrew Shepherd (Michael Douglas), in the 1995 blockbuster movie The American President, which also starred Annette Bening, Michael J. Fox, and Richard Dreyfuss.

Strickland was a cast member in the brief run of the 2002 CBS television series First Monday, playing a Supreme Court justice.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Gail Strickland, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.​

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 61

Birthday 1947-05-18

Place of Birth Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

2002 First Monday (13 episodes) as Justice Deborah Szwark
1999 Providence (1 episode)
1998 Life of the Party: The Pamela Harriman Story as Betsey Cushing Roosevelt Whitney
1996 The Pretender (1 episode)
1995 The American President as Esther MacInerney
1994 ER (1 episode)
1994 Chicago Hope (1 episode)
1994 When a Man Loves a Woman as Pam
1993 Three of Hearts as Yvonne
1993 Walker, Texas Ranger (1 episode)
1993 Silent Cries as Roberta Hampton
1993 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1 episode) as Alixus
1993 Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (149 episodes) as Ms. Olive Davis (5 episodes)
1992 Melrose Place (6 episodes)
1992 The Burden of Proof (2 episodes) as Fiona Cawley
1991 The Man in the Moon as Marie Foster
1990 Law & Order (1 episode)
1989 Seinfeld (3 episodes)
1988 Murphy Brown (1 episode)
1988 HeartBeat (18 episodes) as Marilyn McGrath
1986 What a Country! (24 episodes)
1985 The Insiders (13 episodes)
1985 Spenser: For Hire (1 episode)
1985 Lies as Jessica Brenner
1984 Protocol as Ambassador Marietta St. John
1984 Murder, She Wrote (2 episodes)
1984 Highway to Heaven (1 episode)
1984 Oxford Blues as Las Vegas Lady
1983 Uncommon Valor as Helen Rhodes
1983 Hardcastle and McCormick (1 episode)
1983 Starflight: The Plane That Couldn't Land as Nancy Gilliam
1982 Life of the Party: The Story of Beatrice as Abbie
1982 Family Ties (1 episode)
1982 Eleanor, First Lady of the World as Anna Roosevelt
1982 My Body, My Child as Adele
1982 Cagney & Lacey (3 episodes)
1982 Fame (1 episode)
1981 Darkroom (1 episode)
1981 Walking Tall (1 episode)
1981 Hill Street Blues (2 episodes)
1980 Rape and Marriage: The Rideout Case as Jean Christensen
1979 Trapper John, M.D. (1 episode)
1979 Norma Rae as Bonnie Mae
1978 Who'll Stop the Rain as Charmian
1978 Ski Lift to Death as Vicki Gordon
1978 The President's Mistress as Gwen Bowers
1977 The Gathering as Peggy
1977 One on One as B.J. Rudolph
1977 The Baron as Samantha - Wasp Lady
1976 Bound for Glory as Pauline
1976 Bittersweet Love as Roz
1976 Alice (1 episode)
1975 The Drowning Pool as Mavis
1975 My Father's House as Paula
1974 Harry O (1 episode)
1973 Kojak (1 episode)
1973 Police Story (1 episode)
1972 M*A*S*H (1 episode)
1972 The Bob Newhart Show (1 episode)
1972 The Rookies (1 episode)
1968 Hawaii Five-O (2 episodes)

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