Susan Ruttan

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Susan Ruttan
BornSusan Diane Dunsrud
(1948-09-16) September 16, 1948 (age 66)
Oregon City, Oregon, U.S.
NationalityAmerican
Alma materUniversity of Oregon
University of California, Santa Cruz
OccupationActress
Years active1981–present
Known forLA Law
LA Law: The Movie
Spouse(s)Mel Ruttan (August 26, 1967-November 22, 1970; his death)
Joseph Warbis (1990-1993)
 
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Susan Ruttan
BornSusan Diane Dunsrud
(1948-09-16) September 16, 1948 (age 66)
Oregon City, Oregon, U.S.
NationalityAmerican
Alma materUniversity of Oregon
University of California, Santa Cruz
OccupationActress
Years active1981–present
Known forLA Law
LA Law: The Movie
Spouse(s)Mel Ruttan (August 26, 1967-November 22, 1970; his death)
Joseph Warbis (1990-1993)

Susan Diane Ruttan (née Dunsrud; born September 16, 1948, Oregon City, Oregon) is an American actress, best known for her role as Roxanne Melman on L.A. Law (1986–1993).

Life and career[edit]

Ruttan graduated University of Oregon and University of California, Santa Cruz.[1]

Ruttan played Roxanne Melman on L.A. Law from 1986 to 1993, when the show was cancelled.[1] She reprised the role in 2002 for a TV reunion, L.A. Law: The Movie. She earned four nominations for Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her performance in show.[2]

Ruttan first attracted significant attention playing the scheming wife of George Jefferson's dry-cleaning archrival, Gil Cunningham, on The Jeffersons. Other television appearances included episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, AfterMash, Bosom Buddies, Third Rock from the Sun, Remington Steele, Yes, Dear, Newhart and Gilmore Girls. Buffy creator Joss Whedon cast numerous show alumni in 2008's Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, including Ruttan who appeared briefly in a non-speaking role.

Ruttan had a small comedic role in the teen comedy feature film Bad Manners (aka: Growing Pains) (1984),[1] and played convicted killer Genene Jones in the television movie Deadly Medicine (1991). She has also appeared in an episode of Hannah Montana ("Promma Mia"). Her most dramatic role to date was in the 2004 remake of Helter Skelter, in which she played the mother of Linda Kasabian. In 2009, she appeared in the movie, Prayers for Bobby.

Personal life[edit]

Ruttan has been married twice. Her first marriage, to Mel Ruttan in 1967, ended with his death in a motorcycle accident three years later. She kept his surname as her professional name. Her second marriage, to Joe Warbis, lasted from 1990 to 1993. She is the mother of Jackson Ruttan (born May 19, 1993), whom she adopted.[citation needed]

Filmography[edit]

Film
YearFilmRoleNotes
1983Independence DayNurse #2
1984Growing PainsBiker
1988Bad DreamsMiriam
1989Chances AreWoman in the Bookstore
1990Funny About LoveClaire
1992Bride of Killer NerdExtra
1998Krippendorf's TribeMrs. O'Brian
1999Love KillsLela
2006You Did What?Mom
2008Half-LifeLorraine Parke
2009Donna on DemandRose
Dead AirMaggie
2014The Grim Sleeper
Come SimiJeannie

Television[edit]

Television
YearTelevisionRoleNotes
1981Bosom BuddiesEsther CraneEpisode "What Price Glory?"

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Susan Ruttan- Biography". Yahoo!. Retrieved 2013-04-14. 
  2. ^ "Susan Ruttan at Emmys.com". Retrieved 2013-04-14. 

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