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Deborah Gaye Van Valkenburgh is an American actress best known for her role as Jackie Rush in the comedy series Too Close for Comfort.

Biography[]

Van Valkenburgh was born on August 29, 1952, in Schenectady, New York. The name of Van Valkenburgh's parents are not known, as is why she wanted to be an actress. What is known is that Van Valkenburgh graduated from both Shaker High School and the Pratt Institute. Van Valkenburgh got her first on-screen role in 1979, when she was cast as Mercy in the cult hit action thriller film The Warriors. Van Valkenburgh got her first major role a year later, when she was first cast as Jackie Rush for 107 episodes of the comedic series Too Close for Comfort. Van Valkenburgh has also appeared in TV shows and movies such as Helstrom, Castle, Law & Order: LA, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Criminal, The Devil's Rejects, Cold Case, Without a Trace, Ghost Whisperer, The Event, The Trials of Cate McCall, Stalker, and Criminal Minds.

On Criminal Minds[]

Van Valkenburgh portrayed Betty Mitchell in the Season Two episode "The Last Word".

Filmography[]

  • Helstrom - 4 episodes (2020) - Esther Smith
  • Hidden in Plain Sight (2019) - Evelyn
  • The Messengers (2015) - Gladys Cowan
  • Stalker (2014) - Eleanor
  • Chop Shop (2014) - Mrs. Grabowsky
  • The Trials of Cate McCall (2013) - Justice Wender
  • Love's Routine (2013) - Cynthia
  • Touch (2012) - Dee Dee
  • Castle (2011) - Ruth Spurloch
  • The Event (2010-2011) - Candice Larson
  • Law & Order: LA (2010) - Liz Knight
  • Days of Our Lives - 2 episodes (2010) - Rae
  • Healing Hands (2010) - Leah Gardner
  • Ghost Whisperer (2010) - Madame Greta Hanson
  • Broken Hart (2009) - Gypsy Woman
  • The Ex List (2009) - Arlene Dubinski
  • Without a Trace (2009) - Margot
  • The Unit (2009) - Madam
  • Road to Hell (2008) - Sister
  • The Governor's Wife (2008) - Vera
  • Backwoods (2008) - Mother Ruth
  • Criminal Minds - "The Last Word" (2006) TV episode - Betty Mitchell
  • Standoff (2006) - Goldstein
  • Our House (2006) - Ms. Thomas
  • Cold Case (2005) - Geraldine Wright
  • The Warriors (2005) - Mercy (voice)
  • The Devil's Rejects (2005) - Casey
  • The Shield (2005) - Gail
  • Mystery Woman (2005) - Beth
  • ER (2004) - Louise Garvin
  • Criminal (2004) - Woman in Elevator
  • Venus Conspiracy (2003) - Zoe
  • Firestarter 2: Rekindled - 2 episodes (2002) - Mary Conant
  • Once and Again (2002) - Ms. Gonzalez
  • Chasing Destiny (2001) - Suzy Aquado
  • The Huntress (2001) - 911 Operator #4
  • Sorcerers (1998) - Mother
  • Free Enterprise (1998) - Marlena (credited as Deborah Van Valkenberg)
  • Chicago Hope (1998) - Robin Kleiman
  • Mean Guns (1997) - Cam
  • The Marshal (1995) - Unknown Character
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1995) - Detective Preston
  • Brain Smasher... A Love Story (1993) - Cammy Crain
  • Quantum Leap (1993) - Diana St. Cloud
  • Picket Fences (1992) - Myra Marino
  • Bodies of Evidence (1992) - Donna Flint
  • Monsters (1990) - Deborah Levitt
  • MacGyver (1990) - Sandra Masters
  • One Man Out (1989) - Liliana
  • Heartbeat (1989) - Lorraine
  • Phantom of the Ritz (1988) - Nancy Drawing
  • C.A.T. Squad: Python Wolf (1988) - Nikki Pappas
  • Cagney & Lacey (1988) - Valerie Bailey
  • Crime Story (1987) - Luca's Attorney
  • Houston Knights (1987) - Louise Smoke
  • Rampage (1987) - Kate Fraser
  • New Love, American Style (1986) - Unknown Character
  • Glitter (1985) - Billie
  • Too Close for Comfort - 107 episodes (1980-1985) - Jackie Rush
  • Hotel (1985) - Camila Palandrini
  • Going for the Gold: The Bill Johnson Story (1985) - Kimberly
  • A Bunny's Tale (1985) - Pearl
  • Streets of Fire (1984) - Reva
  • King of the Mountain (1981) - Tina
  • The Warriors (1979) - Mercy

External Links[]

For an up-to-date filmography, see here.

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