Veteran character actor Mary Pat Gleason died as a result of cancer on June 2, 2020 in Los Angeles at the age of 70.

While she appeared in well over 100 film and television productions, it was as a member of the writing team for the daytime drama “The Guiding Light” that earned Gleason her Emmy Award.

Her final appearance was during an episode of “Mom” last October where her character died as the result of a brain aneurysm.

Gleason made her film debut in 1980 in the made to TV movie “Pual’s Case”.  From there she went on to appear in nearly 200 productions including the daytime dramas “Texas”, “The Guiding Light”, and “General Hospital”; “Full House”,”Mama’s Family”, “Murphy Brown”, “Quantum Leap”, “Who’s the Boss?”, “Night Court”, “In the Heat of the Night”, “Murder, She Wrote”, “Basic Instinct”, “Blossom”, “Friends”, “ER”, “NYPD Blue”, “Sex and the City”, “Malcolm in the Middle”, “Bruce Almighty”, “A Cinderella Story”, “NCIS” and “NCIS: Los Angeles”, “Nip/Tuck”, “The Middleman”, “The Middle”, “Desperate Housewives”, “Bones”, “2 Broke Girls”, Scandal”, “Grey’s Anatomy”, “How to Get Away with Murder”, “Will & Grace”, “WTF 101”, “The Blacklist”, and “Mom”.

The production “Pencil Town” was completed prior to her death but has yet to air.

She was born on February 23, 1950 in Lake City, Minnesota.

No list of survivors was given.



Feature photo credit: By Angela George, CC BY-SA 3.0,