Lynda Day George
Lynda Louise Day
December 11, 1944
San Marcos, Texas, U.S.
(m. 1963; div. 1970)
(m. 1970; died 1983)
(m. 1990; died 2010)
Lynda Louise Day George (born December 11, 1944) is an American television and film actress whose career spanned three decades from the 1960s to the 1980s. She was a cast member on Mission: Impossible (1971–1973). She was also the wife of actor Christopher George.
Life and career
Lynda was born in San Marcos, Texas. Originally known as Lynda Day, her career began with guest roles on many television series of the 1960s, including Route 66, Flipper, Here Come the Brides, The Green Hornet, Mannix, The Fugitive, The Invaders, It Takes a Thief, The Virginian, Good Morning World, and Bonanza. She starred in the first of the two Universal/NBC TV-pilot films based around psychiatrist/supernatural investigator Dr. David Sorrell (played by Louis Jourdan), Fear No Evil in 1969. George also had an appearance playing in Barnaby Jones in the 1975 episode “Double Vengeance”. She had her first major role as Amelia Cole in a short-lived 1970–1971 television series, The Silent Force, and later starred in the television pilot for Cannon in 1971. That same year, she was cast as Lisa Casey in the critically acclaimed series Mission: Impossible, garnering a Golden Globe nomination in 1972 and an Emmy Award nomination in 1973. During the show's last season, she missed seven episodes because of her maternity leave and was temporarily replaced by Barbara Anderson.
She first met actor Christopher George when they starred together in the 1966 independent film The Gentle Rain. While working together again in the 1970 John Wayne film Chisum, they fell in love and were married on May 15, 1970.
Thereafter, she became Lynda Day George and co-starred in multiple television films with her husband over the next 10 years, including The House on Greenapple Road (1970), Mayday at 40,000 Feet! (1976), and Cruise Into Terror (1978). They also worked together in episodes of The F.B.I. (1970), Mission: Impossible (1971), McCloud (1975), Love Boat (1977), and Vega$ (1978). They guest-starred in television's Wonder Woman in 1976, with Lynda playing villain Fausta Grables, the Nazi Wonder Woman.
She continued her television work throughout the 1970s with guest roles on Police Story, Kung Fu, Marcus Welby, M.D., and Barnaby Jones. She played supporting roles in Rich Man, Poor Man, Roots, and Once an Eagle. In 1977, she appeared on the game show, Match Game '77.
Her movie career is noted for several horror cult films in which she co-starred with her husband Christopher, including Day of the Animals (1977), Pieces (1982), and Mortuary (1983). She also co-starred with John Saxon in the 1980 horror film Beyond Evil.
Christopher George died of a heart attack on November 28, 1983, at the age of 52. She only worked sporadically after that, in guest roles on Fantasy Island (1984), Murder She Wrote (1985), Hardcastle and McCormick (1985), and Blacke's Magic (1986). She was also a regular guest on various religious television programs. In one of her final performances, Lynda reprised the role of Lisa Casey on an episode of the revived Mission: Impossible television series in 1989.
She officially retired from acting shortly thereafter.
She was first married to Joseph Pantano from 1963 to 1970, with one son, Nicky. She left Pantano to marry George. She was married to George from May 15, 1970, until his death on November 28, 1983, and had one daughter, Casey. They filed suit to have Nicky Pantano legally declared as Christopher's natural son. In 1990, Lynda George's third marriage was with Doug Cronin, who died of cancer on December 4, 2010; they resided in Los Angeles and Gardiner, Washington.
On January 17, 2020, during an interview with entertainment correspondent Ed Robertson of TV Confidential, Lynda Day George announced that she was collaborating with a biographer on a memoir centered on her acting career. The working title is Lynda Day George: A Hollywood Memoir.
|1962||Route 66||Bibi||Episode: "You Never Had It So Good"|
|1963||Route 66||Allison||Episode: "A Long Way from St. Louie"|
|Rockabye the Infantry||Connie Mahoney||TV short|
|1964||Flipper||Linda Granville||Episode: "Second Time Around"|
|NBC Children's Theatre||Maid Marian||Episode: "Robin Hood"|
|1966||Felony Squad||Karen Anders||Episode: "Fear Below"|
|T.H.E. Cat||Lisa Heller||Episode: "The System"|
|The Green Hornet||Ardis Ralston||Episode: "Deadline for Death"|
|Hawk||Charlotte Burns||Episode: "Game with a Dead End"|
|Seaway||Leonora||Episode: "Don't Forget to Wipe the Blood Off: Parts 1 & 2"|
|The Gentle Rain||Judy Reynolds|
|1967||The F.B.I.||Mindy Platt||Episode: "Sky on Fire"|
|Carol Grant||Episode: "Line of Fire"|
|Mannix||Carol Blake||Episode: "Then the Drink Takes the Man"|
|The Invaders||Janet Wilk||Episode: "The Trial"|
|Cowboy in Africa||Liz Carter||Episode: "What's an Elephant Mother to Do?"|
|Coronet Blue||Jenny Straigh||Episode: "A Dozen Demons"|
|The Virginian||Judy Atkins||Episode: "A Welcoming Town"|
|The Fugitive||Nadine Newmark||Episode: "There Goes the Ball Game"|
|1968||Lancer||Sarah Cassidy||Episode: "The Escape"|
|Bonanza||Lisa Jackson||Episode: "The Stronghold"|
|It Takes a Thief||Samantha Sutton||Episode: "A Matter of Royal Larceny"|
|Good Morning World||Cecily Hutton||Episode: "For My Daughter's Hand, You'll Get My Foot"|
|The F.B.I.||Joyce Carr||Episode: "The Widow"|
|Felony Squad||Julie Brown||Episode: "The Flip Side of Fear: Parts 1 & 2"|
|The Sound of Anger||Barbara Keeley||Television movie|
|1969||Fear No Evil||Barbara Anholt|
|The Immortal||Terry Kerwin||Episode: "Man on a Punched Card"|
|Here Come the Brides||Valerie||Episode: "Two Women"|
|House on Greenapple Road||Lillian Crane||Television movie|
|The F.B.I.||Maria Pierce||Episode: "Return to Power"|
|1970–1971||The Silent Force||Amelia Cole||Main cast|
|1971||Cannon||Christie Redfield||Episode: "Pilot"|
|The Sheriff||Alma Gregory||Television movie|
|1971–1973||Mission: Impossible||(Lisa) Casey||Main cast|
|1973||Barnaby Jones||Ellie Briggs||Episode: "Stand-In for Death"|
|Police Story||Angela Wilson||Episode: "The Big Walk"|
|Set This Town on Fire||Molly Thornburgh||Television movie|
|She Cried Murder||Sarah Cornell||Television movie|
|1974||Petrocelli||Vickie Richardson||Episode: "By Reason of Madness"|
|Thriller||Cathy More||Episode: "Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are"|
|Marcus Welby, M.D.||Leigh Conforti||Episode: "I've Promised You a Father: Part 1"|
|Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law||Leigh Conforti||Episode: "I've Promised You a Father: Part 2"|
|The Magician||Stacey Hyatt||Episode: "The Illusion of Black Gold"|
|Kung Fu||Dora Burnham||Episode: "In Uncertain Bondage"|
|Panic on the 5:22||Mary Ellen Lewis||Television movie|
|1975||Barnaby Jones||Brina Douglas||Episode: "Double Vengeance"|
|Ellery Queen||Alma Van Dine||Episode: "The Adventure of the Comic Book Crusader"|
|Death Among Friends||Lisa Manning||Television movie|
|Barbary Coast||Clio Du Bois||Episode: "The Barbary Coast"|
|McCloud||Stacy Decker||Episode: "Sharks!"|
|The Trial of Chaplain Jensen||Louise Kennelly||Television movie|
|1976||Mayday at 40,000 Feet!||Cathy Armello||Television movie|
|Wonder Woman||Fausta Grables||Episode: "The Nazi Wonder Woman"|
|Rich Man, Poor Man||Linda Quayles||Miniseries (1 episode)|
|Most Wanted||Laurie Chandler||Episode: "The Ten-Percenter"|
|Once an Eagle||Marge Krisler||Miniseries (4 episodes)|
|Twin Detectives||Nancy Pendleton||Television movie|
|1977||Roots||Mrs. Reynolds||Miniseries (3 episodes)|
|Murder at the World Series||Margot Mannering||Television movie|
|Day of the Animals||Terry Marsh|
|Match Game '77|
|It Happened at Lakewood Manor||Valerie Adams||Television movie|
|Switch||Dominique Deveraux||Episode: "Two on the Run"|
|1978||Cruise Into Terror||Sandra Barry||Television movie|
|The Return of Captain Nemo||Kate||Miniseries (3 episodes)|
|Fantasy Island||Iris Chandler||Episode: "Trouble, My Lovely/The Common Man"|
|Nancy Harding||Episode: "Homecoming/The Sheikh"|
|The Love Boat||Laura Wakefield||Episode: "A Selfless Love/The Nubile Nurse/Parents Know Best"|
|Vega$||Sandra Wells||Episode: "Serve, Volley and Kill"|
|The Love Boat||Peggy Rossmore||Episode: "Play by Play/Cindy/What's a Brother For?"|
|The Littlest Hobo||Lisa Phillips||Episode: "Little Girl Lost"|
|1980||Fantasy Island||Lorraine Peters||Episode: "With Affection, Jack the Ripper/Gigolo"|
|Beyond Evil||Barbara Andrews|
|1981||Fantasy Island||Dr. Carla Frankenstein||Episode: "The Lady and the Monster/The Last Cowboy"|
|1982||Benson||Gabrielle Simone||Episode: "Death in a Funny Position: Parts 1 & 2"|
|The Love Boat||Barbara Lee||Episode: "Green, But Not Jolly/Past Perfect Love/Instant Family"|
|1983||Masquerade||Jackie||Episode: "Girls for Sale"|
|Young Warriors||Beverly Carrigan|
|1984||Fantasy Island||Nora Leonard||Episode: "Sweet Life/Games People Play"|
|1985||Murder, She Wrote||Diane Shelley||Episode: "My Johnny Lies Over the Ocean"|
|Hardcastle and McCormick||Mrs. Burt Schneider||Episode: "Too Rich and Too Thin"|
|1986||Blacke's Magic||Louise Richmond||Episode: "Address Unknown"|
|1989||Mission: Impossible||Lisa Casey||Episode: "Reprisal"|
Awards and nominations
|1972||Golden Globe||Best TV Actress - Drama||Mission: Impossible||Nominated|
|1973||Emmy Award||Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Drama Series - Continuing)||Mission: Impossible||Nominated|
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- Demetria Fulton previewed Linda George on Barnaby Jones; episode titled “Double Vengeance”(11/07/1975).
- "Rat Patrol Bios". klio.net. Retrieved 2007-07-01.
- Hal Erickson (2012). "Movies: Biography for Lynda Day George". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. Archived from the original on 2012-10-18.
- Film Fatales: Women in Espionage Films and Television, 1962-1973, By Tom Lisanti, Louis Paul, Eileen O'Neill, Published by McFarland, 2002, ISBN 0-7864-1194-5, ISBN 978-0-7864-1194-8.
- "Death and Memorial Notice: Douglas Phillip Cronin". Peninsula Daily News. North Olympic Peninsula, Washington. 2011. Retrieved 20 November 2011.
- Urbani de la Paz, Diane (5 March 2010). "Lynda Day George on love, life in the Northwest and her Oscar party". Peninsula Daily News. Retrieved 13 June 2015.
- "'Mission: Impossible' Star Lynda Day George Had 3 Unlucky Marriages And Was Widowed Twice". fabiosa.com. Retrieved 2020-07-23.