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Marion Ross ACTOR

Marion Ross was born on October 25th, 1928 in Albert Lea, Minnesota, born with the birth name Marian Ross to Ellen Hamilton and Gordon Ross.  She is most remembered for her role on the highly popular television sitcom, "Happy Days".  As a young girl, she dreamed of pursuing a career as an actress.
During her teenage years, her family relocated to San Diego, California and after graduating from Point Loma High School, Ross went on to study drama at San Diego State University and earned a drama degree in 1950.
Already with some stage experience from her college years, she began performing around San Diego and even appeared on at the Old Globe Theatre.  A College professor helped her become involved with Hollywood and Paramount Studio's soon signed Ross to a contract.
She began adding such film roles to her resume as, "Forever Female" (1953) starring Ginger Rogers and William Holden, "The Glenn Miller Story" (1954) starring James Stewart, June Allyson, Harry Morgan, Charles Drake, George Tobias, Nino Tempo, Sig Ruman and Barton MacLane, "Secret of the Incas" (1954) starring Charlton Heston, Robert Young, Glenda Farrell, Thomas Mitchell, Nicole Maurey and Yma Sumac as Kori-Tika, "Sabrina" (1954) starring Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn, John Williams, Martha Hyer and William Holden, "Pushover" (1954) starring Fred MacMurray, Philip Carey, Dorothy Malone, Paul Richards, E.G. Marshall and Kim Novak , "Lust for Life" (1956) starring Kirk Douglas, James Donald, Everett Sloane, Henry Daniell and Anthony Quinn, "The Proud and Profane" (1956) starring William Holden and Deborah Kerr, with Thelma Ritter, Dewey Martin, Adam Williams, Ross Bagdasarian and William Redfield, "Lizzie" (1957) co-starring Eleanor Parker, Richard Boone, Hugo Haas, Dorothy Arnold, Johnny Mathis and Joan Blondell, "Teacher's Pet" (1958) starring Clark Gable, Doris Day, Nick Adams, Gig Young and Mamie Van Doren and "Operation Petticoat" (1959) starring alongside Cary Grant, Tony Curtis, Gavin MacLeod, Dick Sargent, Arthur O'Connell, Dina Merrill, Gene Evans, Virginia Gregg, Robert F. Simon, Madlyn Rhue, Frankie Darro, Dick Crockett, Robert Gist and George Dunn.
Ross also returned to stage acting and appeared on Broadway in the production, "Edwin Booth".  Along with stage and film, she then turned her focus towards television work.  Some of her early television roles included, "The Lone Ranger", "The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show", "Zane Grey Theatre", "The Loretta Young Show", "Rawhide", "Route 66", "The Outer Limits", "Felony Squad", "The Brady Bunch", "Perry Mason", "M Squad" and "Death Valley Days". 

Her career finally took a major upward turn when she was cast in the series, "Happy Days" (1974), portraying Marion Cunningham.  For this role she was honored with two Emmy Award nominations. 

Finally, she had been given the chance to prove herself to Hollywood and continued making appearances on other television series such as, "The Love Boat", "MacGyver", "Burke's Law" and "Night Court". 

Along with her television success came more film work.  The highly successful Academy Award winning film, "Terms of Endearment" (1983) starring Shirley MacLaine, Debra Winger, Danny DeVito, Jeff Daniels, John Lithgow, David Wohl, Mary Kay Place and Jack Nicholson, "Grand Theft Auto" (1977) Ron Howard's directorial debut and features himself as Sam Freeman and Nancy Morgan as Paula Powers with Paul Linke, Peter Isacksen, Don Steele, Clint Howard, Elizabeth Rogers, Jack Perkins, Garry Marshall, Paul Bartel, Rance Howard, Barry Cahill and Leo Rossi, "Music Within" (2007) starring Ron Livingston, Melissa George, Hector Elizondo, Rebecca De Mornay, Leslie Nielsen, Ridge Canipe, Paul Michael and Yul Vazquez and Michael Sheen and "Superhero Movie" (2008) starring Drake Bell, Sara Paxton, Christopher McDonald, Pamela Anderson, Regina Hall, Robert Joy, Brent Spiner, Kevin Hart, Jeffrey Tambor, Ryan Hansen, Charlene Tilton and Leslie Nielsen.

Ross has also maintained her love for stage performing throughout her entire career.  Other more recent stage roles include, "Arsenic and Old Lace", "Steel Magnolias", "Long Day's Journey Into Night", "Pippin", "The Glass Menagerie" and "Barefoot in the Park". 

Most recent work includes voice over work on the animated television series, "Sponge Bob SquarePants" and a recurring role on the television series, "Handy Manny".  Also, currently in post production are her two latest film appearances set to release in 2013, "A Reason" and "Heebie Jeebies".

Marion Ross has been married only once to Freeman Herman Meskiman Jr. from 1950 through 1968 and together they had two children.  She did not re-marry but lived with her long time partner, actor Paul Michael until he passed away in 2011.


2013         Heebie Jeebies
2013         A Reason 
2012         Dear Dracula 
2006-2012     Handy Manny 
2012         Up All Night 
2001-2011     SpongeBob SquarePants 
2011         Keeping Up with the Randalls 
2011         Generator Rex 
2010         Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated 
2010         Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster 
2010         Childrens Hospital 
2007-2010     The Boondocks
2010         Grey's Anatomy 
2007-2010     Brothers & Sisters 
2010         Nurse Jackie 
2009         The New Adventures of Old Christine 
2009         Flower Girl 
2008         Superhero Movie
2007         Holly Hobbie and Friends: Best Friends Forever 
2007         Smiley Face
2007         Music Within
2006         Where There's a Will
2006         Out of Practice
2006         Community Service
2005         Family Guy
2005         Sex, Love & Secrets 
2001-2005     Gilmore Girls 
2005         The American Experience 
2004         King of the Hill
1997-2004     The Drew Carey Show
1995-2003     Touched by an Angel 
2002         SpongeBob SquarePants: Employee of the Month
2001         Ladies and the Champ
2000         The Wild Thornberrys
2000         Chicken Soup for the Soul
1998-1999     That '70s Show
1999         Family Law 
1999         The Last Best Sunday
1999         Postcards from Heaven
1998         About Sarah 
1998         Love Boat: The Next Wave
1998         The Lake
1997         The Third Twin
1997         Superman
1997         Early Edition
1996         The Evening Star
1979-1996     ABC Afterschool Specials 
1996         Promised Land 
1996         Hidden in Silence 
1996         The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century 
1995         Burke's Law
1995         Hart to Hart: Secrets of the Hart
1994         The John Larroquette Show 
1994         The Boys Are Back 
1994         Robin's Hoods 
1994         Sweet Justice 
1994         A Perfect Stranger
1993         Dream On
1991-1993     Brooklyn Bridge 
1990         MacGyver 
1989         Living Dolls 
1989         Sister Kate 
1989         Night Court 
1978-1987     The Love Boat 
1987         Alfred Hitchcock Presents
1986         You Again? 
1986         You Are the Jury 
1985         Glitter
1985         Hotel
1985         Sins of the Father
1974-1984     Happy Days
1984         Fantasy Island
1982         Joanie Loves Chachi
1981         Midnight Offerings 
1980         Skyward 
1979         Survival of Dana
1978         Pearl
1977         Grand Theft Auto
1976         The Streets of San Francisco 
1975-1976     Petrocelli
1973         Emergency!
1972-1973     Marcus Welby, M.D.
1973         Escape 
1969-1973     Mannix
1972         The Weekend Nun
1968-1972     Ironside 
1972         Love, American Style 
1971         Honky
1971         O'Hara, U.S. Treasury 
1971         Longstreet 
1971         Sarge 
1969-1971     Hawaii Five-O
1964-1971     Insight
1971         Mission: Impossible
1970         The Psychiatrist 
1970         Colossus: The Forbin Project
1970         The Mod Squad 
1970         Airport
1969         The Brady Bunch 
1969         Any Second Now
1967-1968     Felony Squad
1961-1967     Death Valley Days 
1965         The Fugitive
1965         Paradise Bay
1964         Mr. Novak
1964         The Outer Limits
1963-1964     The Great Adventure
1963         The Eleventh Hour
1963         Dr. Kildare
1962-1963     Route 66
1962         Kraft Mystery Theater 
1962         Rawhide
1962         The Detectives 
1961-1962     The Gertrude Berg Show
1962         Cain's Hundred
1961         Thriller
1961         Stagecoach West
1961         Dante
1961         Blueprint for Robbery
1960         The Barbara Stanwyck Show 
1954-1960     The Loretta Young Show 
1960         The Brothers Brannagan 
1960         Markham 
1960         The Chevy Mystery Show 
1960         The Slowest Gun in the West 
1960         Zane Grey Theatre 
1960         Philip Marlowe 
1960         Father Knows Best 
1960         G.E. True Theater
1960         Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse
1959         The Untouchables 
1959         Operation Petticoat
1959         The Donna Reed Show 
1959         It Started with a Kiss
1959         M Squad 
1959         Perry Mason
1958         Some Came Running
1958         Steve Canyon 
1958         Buckskin 
1958         Mike Hammer 
1958         Teacher's Pet
1958         The Thin Man
1958         The Walter Winchell File
1957         God Is My Partner
1957         The George Sanders Mystery Theater 
1957         Matinee Theatre
1957         Lizzie
1956         Around the World in Eighty Days
1956         The Best Things in Life Are Free
1956         Lust for Life
1956         The Proud and Profane
1956         Blithe Spirit
1956         Ford Star Jubilee 
1956         The Millionaire 
1955         Front Row Center 
1954         The Lone Ranger 
1954         Sabrina
1954         Pushover
1954         The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show
1954         Secret of the Incas
1954         The Glenn Miller Story
1953         Forever Female
1953         Life with Father 

Matinee Classics - Happy Days starring Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Tom Bosley, Marion Ross, Erin Moran, Donny Most, Anson Williams, Scott Baio, Al Molinaro and Pat Morita
Matinee Classics - Happy Days starring Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Tom Bosley, Marion Ross, Erin Moran, Donny Most, Anson Williams, Scott Baio, Al Molinaro and Pat Morita
Matinee Classics - Happy Days starring Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Tom Bosley, Marion Ross, Erin Moran, Donny Most, Anson Williams, Scott Baio, Al Molinaro and Pat Morita
Matinee Classics - Teacher's Pet starring Clark Gable, Doris Day, Gig Young, Mamie Van Doren, Nick Adams, Peter Baldwin, Marion Ross, Charles Lane and Jack Albertson
Matinee Classics - The Glenn Miller Story starring James Stewart, June Allyson, Harry Morgan, Charles Drake, George Tobias, Barton MacLane, Sig Ruman, Marion Ross, Nino Tempo, Louis Armstrong, Frances Langford, Irving Bacon, Kathleen Lockhart, Gene Krupa, James Bell and Katharine Warren

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