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Irene Tedrow (1907–1995)

Denver-born supporting actress Irene Tedrow is another in a long line of "I know the face...but not the name" character actors whose six-decade career was known more for its durability than for the greatness of roles she played. Born in 1907, she was a lady primarily of the stage, beginning her acting career as a teen. She trained in drama at ... See full bio »

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 1989 A Deadly Silence (TV Movie)
Grandma Virginia Pierson
 1988 L.A. Law (TV Series)
Katherine Crutcher
- Open Heart Perjury (1988) ... Katherine Crutcher
 1988 It's Garry Shandling's Show. (TV Series)
Grandma Shandling
- Garry Falls Down a Hole (1988) ... Grandma Shandling
 1988 14 Going on 30 (TV Movie)
 1987-1988 The New Leave It to Beaver (TV Series)
Aunt Martha Bronson / Aunt Martha
- A Part of Life (1987) ... Aunt Martha
 1987 Punky Brewster (TV Series)
Maude Fierstein
- Hands Across the Halls (1987) ... Maude Fierstein
 1987 St. Elsewhere (TV Series)
 1985 Magnum, P.I. (TV Series)
Mrs. Wilson, the Antique Dealer
- Going Home (1985) ... Mrs. Wilson, the Antique Dealer
 1985 The Facts of Life (TV Series)
Grace
- Teacher, Teacher (1985) ... Grace
 1984 Remington Steele (TV Series)
Nanny Perkins
- Blue Blooded Steele (1984) ... Nanny Perkins
 1984 Family Secrets (TV Movie)
Mrs. Fenwick
 1984 CBS Schoolbreak Special (TV Series)
Miss Bowring
- Welcome Home, Jellybean (1984) ... Miss Bowring
 1983 The Last Ninja (TV Movie)
Dr. Sanford
 1979-1982 Three's Company (TV Series)
Miss Arlington / Martha
- The Brunch (1982) ... Miss Arlington
- The Older Woman (1979) ... Martha
 1977-1982 Quincy M.E. (TV Series)
Mrs. Weinecke / Mrs. Estes / Mrs. Osborne / ...
- Expert in Murder (1982) ... Mrs. Weinecke
- The Night Killer (1980) ... Mrs. Estes
- Mode of Death (1979) ... Mrs. Osborne
- A Question of Time (1977) ... Dr. Ruth Thaler
 1982 Trapper John, M.D. (TV Series)
Mrs. Pinkler
- Love and Marriage (1982) ... Mrs. Pinkler
 1981 Isabel's Choice (TV Movie)
Mrs. Harper
 1981 All Night Long
Loft Landlady
 1979 House Calls (TV Series)
Mrs. Bruckner
- Final Exams (1979) ... Mrs. Bruckner
 1979 The Two Worlds of Jennie Logan (TV Movie)
Mrs. Bates
 1979 Paris (TV Series)
Mrs. Perth
- Pawn (1979) ... Mrs. Perth
 1979 240-Robert (TV Series)
Fake Sissie
- The Apology (1979) ... Fake Sissie
 1979 Dorothy (TV Series)
Mrs. Foley
- Lies and Whispers (1979) ... Mrs. Foley
- Hard Hearted Hamlet (1979) ... Mrs. Foley
- The Bookworm Turns (1979) ... Mrs. Foley
 1979 Never Say Never (TV Movie)
Florence
 1979 Miss Winslow and Son (TV Series)
Aunt Victoria
- A Visit from Aunt Victoria (1979) ... Aunt Victoria
 1979 Salvage 1 (TV Series)
Aunt Adah
- Dry Spell (1979) ... Aunt Adah
 1978 Diff'rent Strokes (TV Series)
Mrs. Drummond
- Mother's Last Visit (1978) ... Mrs. Drummond
 1978 Centennial (TV Mini-Series)
Mother Zendt
- The Wagon and the Elephant (1978) ... Mother Zendt
 1978 ABC Weekend Specials (TV Series)
Aunt Maggie
- If I'm Lost, How Come I Found You? (1978) ... Aunt Maggie
 1978 Foul Play
Mrs. Monk
 1978 Switch (TV Series)
Miss Windsor
- Photo Finish (1978) ... Miss Windsor (uncredited)
 1978 James at 16 (TV Series)
Miss Jordan
- Ducks (1978) ... Miss Jordan
 1978 Child of Glass (TV Movie)
Miss Merryweather
 1978 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (TV Series)
Miss Merryweather
- Child of Glass (1978) ... Miss Merryweather
 1978 Police Story (TV Series)
Mrs. Weiser
- Day of Terror... Night of Fear (1978) ... Mrs. Weiser
 1974-1978 The Rockford Files (TV Series)
Mary Tooley / Mrs. Hoad / Dixie
- The House on Willis Avenue (1978) ... Mary Tooley
- In Pursuit of Carol Thorne (1974) ... Mrs. Hoad / Dixie
 1978 Special Olympics (TV Movie)
Elmira Gallitzin
 1977 Halloween Is Grinch Night (TV Short)
Mariah (voice)
 1977 Empire of the Ants
Velma Thompson
 1977 Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman (TV Series)
Standing Cow
- Episode #2.165 (1977) ... Standing Cow (credit only)
- Episode #2.164 (1977) ... Standing Cow (uncredited)
- Episode #2.163 (1977) ... Standing Cow (uncredited)
- Episode #2.161 (1977) ... Standing Cow (uncredited)
- Episode #2.160 (1977) ... Standing Cow
 1977 The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries (TV Series)
Ruby Coot
- The Secret of the Whispering Walls (1977) ... Ruby Coot
 1976 ABC Afterschool Specials (TV Series)
Grandma McNulty
- P.J. and the President's Son (1976) ... Grandma McNulty
 1976 Charlie's Angels (TV Series)
Sister Anne
- Target: Angels (1976) ... Sister Anne
 1975-1976 The Streets of San Francisco (TV Series)
Mary Alice Kline / Mrs. Costello / Emma Rand
- The Thrill Killers: Part 2 (1976) ... Mary Alice Kline
- The Thrill Killers: Part 1 (1976) ... Mary Alice Kline
- Requiem for Murder (1976) ... Mrs. Costello
- River of Fear (1975) ... Emma Rand
 1976 Insight (TV Series)
Deirdre
- Jesus B.C. (1976) ... Deirdre
 1976 Good Heavens (TV Series)
Old Lady
- Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1976) ... Old Lady
 1976 Doc (TV Series)
Vivian McLean
- Great Expectations (1976) ... Vivian McLean
 1976 Eleanor and Franklin (TV Movie)
Mary Hall
 1975 Little House on the Prairie (TV Series)
Minerva Farnsworth
- Remember Me: Part 2 (1975) ... Minerva Farnsworth
 1975 Mandingo
Mrs. Redfield
 1975 Adams of Eagle Lake (TV Series)
Grandma Simpkins
- Treasure Chest Murder (1975) ... Grandma Simpkins
- Home Is the Coward (1975) ... Grandma Simpkins
 1975 Harry O (TV Series)
Helen
- The Last Heir (1975) ... Helen
 1975 The Missing Are Deadly (TV Movie)
Mrs. Bates
 1974 Marcus Welby, M.D. (TV Series)
Eileen McAdams
- The Last Rip-Off (1974) ... Eileen McAdams
 1974 Columbo (TV Series)
Mrs. Charleswort
- Negative Reaction (1974) ... Mrs. Charleswort
 1974 The Six Million Dollar Man (TV Series)
Farmer's Wife
- Nuclear Alert (1974) ... Farmer's Wife
 1974 These Are the Days (TV Series) (voice)
 1974 The Cowboys (TV Series)
Harriett Graff
- Requiem for a Lost Son (1974) ... Harriett Graff
 1974 Kung Fu (TV Series)
Mrs. Stekel
- The Cenotaph: Part I (1974) ... Mrs. Stekel
 1974 A Cry in the Wilderness (TV Movie)
Old Woman
 1974 Live Again, Die Again (TV Movie)
Miss Moritz
 1974 Kojak (TV Series)
Mrs. Hale
- Deliver Us Some Evil (1974) ... Mrs. Hale
 1974 Double Solitaire (TV Movie)
Elizabeth
 1971-1973 Adam-12 (TV Series)
Wanda Curtis / Emma Bonneau
- If the Shoe Fits (1973) ... Wanda Curtis
- Log 175: The Con Artists (1971) ... Emma Bonneau
 1973 Barnaby Jones (TV Series)
Mrs. Ryan
- Echo of a Murder (1973) ... Mrs. Ryan
 1960-1972 Bonanza (TV Series)
Mrs. Caines / Minnie Mitchell / Kerri Pickett / ...
- The Sound of Sadness (1972) ... Mrs. Caines
- Abner Willoughby's Return (1969) ... Minnie Mitchell
- Different Pines, Same Wind (1968) ... Kerri Pickett
- Blessed Are They (1962) ... Winifred Mahon
- The Outcast (1960) ... Mrs. Bufford
 1972 Banacek (TV Series)
Dr. Bancroft
- To Steal a King (1972) ... Dr. Bancroft
 1972 Emergency! (TV Series)
Old Lady
- Weird Wednesday (1972) ... Old Lady (uncredited)
 1971 Mannix (TV Series)
Sara Dawes
- A Button for General D. (1971) ... Sara Dawes
 1971 Ironside (TV Series)
Motherly Type
- Love, Peace, Brotherhood and Murder (1971) ... Motherly Type
 1970 Room 222 (TV Series)
Victoria Langley
- The Lincoln Story (1970) ... Victoria Langley
 1970 Getting Straight
Mrs. Stebbins
 1965-1970 Death Valley Days (TV Series)
Granny Cole / Mrs. Hemingway / Head librarian
- Pioneer Pluck (1970) ... Granny Cole
- Lady of the Plains (1966) ... Mrs. Hemingway
- Magic Locket (1965) ... Head librarian
 1969 The Comic
Billy's Mother in Forget Me Not (uncredited)
 1969 The F.B.I. (TV Series)
Sarah Gibbs
- Flight (1969) ... Sarah Gibbs
 1969 Mod Squad (TV Series)
Eloise
- Ride the Man Down (1969) ... Eloise
 1969 Family Affair (TV Series)
Alice Dimsdale
- The Matter of Dignity (1969) ... Alice Dimsdale
 1969 Julia (TV Series)
Mrs. Tate
 1969 The Lottery (Short)
Mrs. Graves
 1967 Dundee and the Culhane (TV Series)
Widow Hughes
- The 1000 Feet Deep Brief (1967) ... Widow Hughes
 1967 The Flying Nun (TV Series)
Mother David
- The Fatal Hibiscus (1967) ... Mother David
 1966-1967 The Virginian (TV Series)
Mrs. Scanlon / Gran McDevitt
- The Lady from Wichita (1967) ... Mrs. Scanlon
- The Mark of a Man (1966) ... Gran McDevitt
 1967 Sheriff Who (TV Movie)
Aggie Potter
 1967 The Invaders (TV Series)
Clare Lapham
- Nightmare (1967) ... Clare Lapham
 1966 Peyton Place (TV Series)
Mrs. Healy
- Episode #3.24 (1966) ... Mrs. Healy (uncredited)
- Episode #3.23 (1966) ... Mrs. Healy (uncredited)
- Episode #3.22 (1966) ... Mrs. Healy (uncredited)
 1963-1966 My Three Sons (TV Series)
Mrs. Travers / Saleswoman
- Fly Away Home (1966) ... Mrs. Travers
- The Rug (1963) ... Saleswoman
 1966 Hogan's Heroes (TV Series)
Jenny
- The Flame Grows Higher (1966) ... Jenny
 1966 The Addams Family (TV Series)
Inez Thudd
 1965 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (TV Series)
Hazel Lewin / Mrs. Thyssen
- The Arabian Affair (1965) ... Hazel Lewin
- The Deadly Decoy Affair (1965) ... Mrs. Thyssen
 1965 The Cincinnati Kid
Mrs. Rudd
 1965 Joy in the Morning
Nurse in Clinic (uncredited)
 1965 The Fugitive (TV Series)
Maude Keller
- Runner in the Dark (1965) ... Maude Keller
 1965 The Andy Griffith Show (TV Series)
Mrs. Foster
- Opie's Newspaper (1965) ... Mrs. Foster
 1965 The Farmer's Daughter (TV Series)
Woman #1
- Katy's Campaign (1965) ... Woman #1
 1965 Karen (TV Series)
Mrs. Sloat
- Holiday in Ski Valley (1965) ... Mrs. Sloat
 1965 Branded (TV Series)
Mrs. Wilcox
- Rules of the Game (1965) ... Mrs. Wilcox
 1962-1965 Ben Casey (TV Series)
Mother-in-Law / Auntie Esther
- Where Does the Boomerang Go? (1965) ... Mother-in-Law
 1964 The Young Marrieds (TV Series)
Aunt Alex (1965)
 1964 Low Man on a Totem Pole (TV Movie)
Woman
 1964 Burke's Law (TV Series)
Librarian
- Who Killed Don Pablo? (1964) ... Librarian
 1963 Grindl (TV Series)
Nurse Gardiner
- Grindl, Impractical Nurse (1963) ... Nurse Gardiner
 1963 The Greatest Show on Earth (TV Series)
Agatha Potter
- Lady in Limbo (1963) ... Agatha Potter
 1963 Breaking Point (TV Series)
Mrs. Henry
- Fire and Ice (1963) ... Mrs. Henry
 1960-1963 Perry Mason (TV Series)
Sister Theresa / Amy Douglas
- The Case of the Nebulous Nephew (1963) ... Sister Theresa
- The Case of the Ominous Outcast (1960) ... Amy Douglas
 1963 Ensign O'Toole (TV Series)
Mrs. Barnes
- Operation Contest (1963) ... Mrs. Barnes
 1963 Dr. Kildare (TV Series)
June Crowley
- Jail Ward (1963) ... June Crowley
 1963 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (TV Series)
Ethel
- The Paragon (1963) ... Ethel
 1963 The Eleventh Hour (TV Series)
Nurse Peterson
- My Name Is Judith, I'm Lost, You See (1963) ... Nurse Peterson
 1961-1962 Father of the Bride (TV Series)
Miss Bellamy
- The Duchess (1962) ... Miss Bellamy
 1962 The Tall Man (TV Series)
Maw Killgore
- Three for All (1962) ... Maw Killgore
 1962 Alcoa Premiere (TV Series)
Miss Cooper
- Mr. Easy (1962) ... Miss Cooper
 1955-1962 The Jack Benny Program (TV Series)
Cafe Owner's Wife / Dr. Jeanette Eyeman
- Ghost Town Western Sketch (1962) ... Cafe Owner's Wife
- Jack Is a Contestant (1955) ... Dr. Jeanette Eyeman
 1962 Deadly Duo
Lenora Spence
 1961 Anatomy of an Accident (Short)
Elderly woman driver
 1961 A Thunder of Drums
Mrs. Scarborough
 1961 The Parent Trap
Miss Lockness - the Housekeeper (uncredited)
 1961 Sea Hunt (TV Series)
Naomi Roundtree
- Expedition (1961) ... Naomi Roundtree
 1958-1961 The Real McCoys (TV Series)
Mrs. Platt / Mrs. Gherkin / Mehitabel Swanson
- If You Can't Lick'Em (1961) ... Mrs. Platt
- The Bazaar (1961) ... Mrs. Gherkin
- Her Flaming Youth (1958) ... Mehitabel Swanson
 1961 Two Faces West (TV Series)
Lilly
- Performance Under Fire (1961) ... Lilly
 1961 Pete and Gladys (TV Series)
Mrs. Vincent
- The House Next Door (1961) ... Mrs. Vincent
 1959-1960 Twilight Zone (TV Series)
Mrs. Loren / Mrs. Sloan
- The Lateness of the Hour (1960) ... Mrs. Loren
- Walking Distance (1959) ... Mrs. Sloan
 1960 Checkmate (TV Series)
Edith Hinton
- The Dark Divide (1960) ... Edith Hinton
 1960 All the Fine Young Cannibals
Supervisor (uncredited)
 1959-1960 The Texan (TV Series)
Mrs. Pertie / Mrs. Clay
- Episode #2.42 (1960) ... Mrs. Pertie
- The Peddler (1959) ... Mrs. Clay
 1960 Lassie (TV Series)
Elsie Tuttle
- The Wrong Gift (1960) ... Elsie Tuttle
 1955-1960 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Mrs. Musgrave / Mrs. Hewitt / Lucy - Sister-in-law
- The Hero (1960) ... Mrs. Musgrave
- Back for Christmas (1956) ... Mrs. Hewitt
- Don't Come Back Alive (1955) ... Lucy - Sister-in-law
 1960 Please Don't Eat the Daisies
Mrs. Greenfield (uncredited)
 1960 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Freda Halstadt
- The Joshua Gilliam Story (1960) ... Freda Halstadt
 1960 Mr. Lucky (TV Series)
Madam Maria
- Big Squeeze (1960) ... Madam Maria
 1960 Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond (TV Series)
Dr. J.H. Sesselshreiber
- The Lovers (1960) ... Dr. J.H. Sesselshreiber
 1959-1960 Maverick (TV Series)
Mrs. Ambrose Tutwiller / Mrs. Adams
- Cruise of the Cynthia B. (1960) ... Mrs. Ambrose Tutwiller
- Gun-Shy (1959) ... Mrs. Adams
 1959 Never So Few
Head Nurse (uncredited)
 1959 Rawhide (TV Series)
Minnie Lou
- Incident Below the Brazos (1959) ... Minnie Lou
 1958 Leave It to Beaver (TV Series)
Mrs. Claudia Hathaway
- The Visiting Aunts (1958) ... Mrs. Claudia Hathaway
 1958 Alcoa Theatre (TV Series)
- The First Star (1958)
 1958 Northwest Passage (TV Series)
Cora Klagg
- The Bound Women (1958) ... Cora Klagg
 1958 Jefferson Drum (TV Series)
Mary Easton
- Showdown (1958) ... Mary Easton
 1958 Hot Spell
Essie Mae from New Paris (uncredited)
 1957-1958 The Court of Last Resort (TV Series)
Sarah / Vera
- The Todd-Loomis Case (1958) ... Sarah
- The George Zaccho Case (1957) ... Vera
 1958 The Frank Sinatra Show (TV Series)
 1958 Saddle the Wind
Mary Ellison (uncredited)
 1958 December Bride (TV Series)
Dean Fillmore
- Housemother (1958) ... Dean Fillmore
 1957 The Restless Gun (TV Series)
Mrs. Deremus
- Man and Boy (1957) ... Mrs. Deremus
 1957 Loving You
Mrs. Jessup (uncredited)
 1956-1957 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
- Without Incident (1957)
 1956-1957 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Emma / Emily
- The Taggart Light (1957) ... Emma
- Sting in the Tail (1956) ... Emily
 1957 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
 1957 Hot Summer Night
Mrs. Reed - Hotel Resident (uncredited)
 1957 Slander
Marion Gregg (uncredited)
 1956 The Ten Commandments
Extra (uncredited)
 1956 The Joseph Cotten Show: On Trial (TV Series)
Mrs. Patterson
- The Trial of Edward Pritchard (1956) ... Mrs. Patterson
 1956 Matinee Theatre (TV Series)
Mother
- The Giant Killer (1956)
 1955-1956 Four Star Playhouse (TV Series)
Landlady / Mrs. Warren
- Touch and Go (1956) ... Landlady
- The Frightened Woman (1955) ... Mrs. Warren
 1956 Star Stage (TV Series)
- The Secret Place (1956)
 1956 Passport to Danger (TV Series)
Ruby Chen
- Macao (1956) ... Ruby Chen
 1956 The Star and the Story (TV Series)
 1956 Chevron Hall of Stars (TV Series)
Neighbor
- Heart of a Dream (1956) ... Neighbor
 1954-1955 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
Muriel / Mrs. Hansen - Nancy's Mother
- The Cop and the Anthem (1955) ... Muriel
- Halloween Show (1955) ... Mrs. Hansen - Nancy's Mother
 1955 The Loretta Young Show (TV Series)
Beatrice
- Slander (1955) ... Beatrice
 1955 The Johnny Carson Show (TV Series)
 1955 Not as a Stranger
Nurse Snow (uncredited)
 1955 Santa Fe Passage
Ptewaquin
 1955 The Millionaire (TV Series)
Countess Turec
- The Charles Lamar Story (1955) ... Countess Turec
 1953-1955 Dragnet (TV Series)
Bernice Hopper / Mrs. Elsie Donworth
- The Big Crime (1954) ... Bernice Hopper
- The Big Winchester (1954) ... Mrs. Elsie Donworth
- The Big Revolt (1953)
- The Big Rose (1953)
 1955 The Bob Cummings Show (TV Series)
 1954-1955 It's a Great Life (TV Series)
Mrs. Carter / Night Club Woman
- The Surprise Party (1955) ... Mrs. Carter
- 50-50 (1954) ... Night Club Woman
 1954 The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show (TV Series)
The Woman at the Book Counter
- George Invites Critics to Watch First Show of Season (1954) ... The Woman at the Book Counter
 1954 Public Defender (TV Series)
Mrs. Beam
- Knock-Out Pills (1954) ... Mrs. Beam
 1953 A Lion Is in the Streets
Mrs. Sophie Peck (uncredited)
 1953 Julius Caesar
Citizen of Rome (uncredited)
 1951 Meet Corliss Archer (TV Series)
Mrs. Janet Archer (1952)
 1951 The Company She Keeps
Mrs. Seeley
 1949 The Ruggles (TV Series)
Margaret Ruggles
- Episode #1.1 (1949) ... Margaret Ruggles
 1949 Thieves' Highway
Mrs. Faber (uncredited)
 1949 Air Hostess
Miss Hamilton
 1948 The Mating of Millie
Receptionist (uncredited)
 1947 They Won't Believe Me
First Woman (uncredited)
 1947 Living in a Big Way
Woman Photographer (uncredited)
 1946 Just Before Dawn
Nurse Florence White (uncredited)
 1945 The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry
Mrs. Follinsbee (uncredited)
 1944 Song of the Open Road
Miss Casper - Teacher (uncredited)
 1943 Nobody's Darling
Julia Rhodes (uncredited)
 1943 Dr. Gillespie's Criminal Case
Nurse Katherine Dodd (uncredited)
 1943 Journey Into Fear
Greek Woman (uncredited)
 1942 Eagle Squadron
Woman
 1941 Cheers for Miss Bishop
Teacher Waiving from Window (uncredited)
 1940 We Who Are Young
Office Girl (uncredited)
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