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Mary Ellen "Mel" Harris is an American actress best known for her role as Hope Murdoch Steadman in the dramatic romance series Thirtysomething.

Biography[]

Harris was born on July 12, 1956, in Bethlehem, Pennysylvania, to Warren and Mary Harris. Harris grew up in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and graduated from New Brunswick High School. Harris got her first on-screen role in 1977, when she was cast as Weber for one episode of the comedic sitcom series Phyllis. Harris got her first major role in 1987, when she was first cast as Hope Murdoch Steadman, a consumer affairs writer and the wife of Michael Steadman, for all 85 episodes of the dramatic romance series Thirtysomething, as well as the attempted series reboot Thirtysomething(else). Harris has also appeared in TV shows and movies such as Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Cold Case, Saints & Sinners, JAG, The West Wing, Purple Heart, The Naked Brothers Band: The Movie, Stargate: SG-1, CSI: NY, The Lodger, Imposters, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and Criminal Minds.

On Criminal Minds[]

Harris portrayed Congresswoman Karen Steyer in the Season Two episode "Sex, Birth, Death".

Filmography[]

  • King of Knives (2020) - Kathy
  • Thirtysomething(else) (2020) - Hope Murdoch Steadman
  • Imposters - 5 episodes (2017-2018) - Margaret Jonson
  • Shut Eye - 9 episodes (2016) - Nadine Davies
  • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (2015) - Shawna
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - 2 episodes (2013-2014) - Eileen Switzer
  • Imagine That (2009) - Maggie Johnson (uncredited)
  • The Lodger (2009) - Margaret
  • Saints & Sinners - 61 episodes (2007) - Sylvia Capshaw
  • Cane (2007) - Constance Hughes
  • Close to Home (2007) - Beth Murphy
  • Criminal Minds - "Sex, Birth, Death" (2006) TV episode - Congresswoman Karen Steyer
  • CSI: NY (2006) - Julie Rollins
  • Arc (2006) - Charlie
  • House (2006) - Barbara Bardach
  • Cold Case (2006) - Grace Anderson
  • E-Ring (2006) - U.S. Ambassador to Spain
  • Purple Heart (2005) - Doctor Harrison
  • The Naked Brothers Band: The Movie (2005) - Mel Harris
  • Out of the Woods (2005) - Beth Fleming
  • JAG - 2 episodes (2005) - Dora Cresswell
  • Jake in Progress (2005) - Tally Hughes
  • The West Wing (2005) - Ricky Rafferty
  • Stargate SG-1 - 3 episodes(2002-2005) - Oma Desala
  • Dynamite (2004) - Faye Baxter
  • North Shore (2004) - Mrs. Jensen
  • Hangman's Curse (2003) - Sarah Springfield
  • Another Pretty Face (2002) - Diana Downs
  • Strong Medicine (2002) - Biddy Hightower
  • The Retrievers (2001) - Karen Lowry
  • Firetrap (2001) - Cordelia Calloway
  • Touched by an Angel (2001) - Kelly Rockhill
  • Madigan Men (2000) - Doctor Ivy Castelli
  • Out of Time (2000) - Annie Epson
  • Dawson's Creek (1999) - Helen Lindley
  • Sonic Impact (1999) - First Officer Jennifer Blake
  • Something So Right - 37 episodes (1996-1998) - Carly Davis
  • Murder, She Wrote: South by Southwest (1997) - Sarah
  • What Kind of Mother Are You? (1996) - Laura Hyler
  • The Outer Limits (1996) - Doctor Christina Markham
  • A Case for Life (1996) - Liz
  • Raising Caines - 6 episodes (1995) - Julie Caine
  • Sharon's Secret (1995) - Laurel O'Connor
  • The Secretary (1995) - Ellen Bradford
  • Welcome to Paradise (1995) - Claire
  • The Pagemaster (1994) - Claire Tyler
  • Broken Lullaby (1994) - Jordan Kirkland
  • The Spider and the Fly (1994) - Dianna Taylor
  • Ultimate Betrayal (1994) - Susan Rodgers
  • Wind Dancer (1993) - Susan Allen
  • Desperate Journey: The Allison Wilcox Story (1993) - Allison Wilcox
  • Suture (1993) - Doctor Renee Descartes
  • Distant Cousins (1993) - Katherine June Sullivan
  • With Hostile Intent (1993) - Kathy Arnold
  • Child of Rage (1992) - Jill Tyler
  • Raising Cain (1992) - Sarah
  • Grass Roots (1992) - Kate Rule
  • The Burden of Proof - 2 episodes (1992) - Sonia Klonsky
  • Thirtysomething - 85 episodes (1987-1991) - Hope Murdoch Steadman
  • My Brother's Wife (1989) - Eleanor Goldberg-Rusher
  • Cross of Fire (1989) - Madge Oberholtzer
  • K-9 (1989) - Tracy
  • Cameron's Closet (1988) - Nora Haley
  • Harry's Hong Kong (1987) - Fay Salerno
  • Rags to Riches (1987) - Jessica
  • The Wizard (1986) - Jane Whittier
  • Wanted: Dead or Alive (1986) - Terry
  • Heart of the City (1986) - Anne
  • Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1986) - Girlfriend
  • Phyllis (1977) - Weber

External Links[]

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

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