Fran Bennett (I) (1937–2021)


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Fran Bennett graduated from the University of Wisconsin with an M.A. and subsequently spent twelve years acting and as voice and movement director with the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. Her Broadway debut was a leading role in the short-lived play Mandingo at the Lyceum Theater in 1961. Thereafter, Bennett concentrated on stage acting and ... See full bio »

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Known For

New Nightmare Dr. Heffner
(1994)
8MM Nun
(1999)
Quantum Leap Marie Billings / Ada Simpson
(1991-1992)
In the Heat of the Night Aunt Ruda Gibson / Ruda Gibson
(1990-1992)

Filmography

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 2021/I The Manor
Ruth
 2018 Alone Together (TV Series)
Gertel
- Dog Awards (2018) ... Gertel
 2018 Animal Kingdom (TV Series)
Mrs. Fullerton
- Prey (2018) ... Mrs. Fullerton
 2017-2018 NCIS (TV Series)
Mary Elaine Smith
- Keep Your Enemies Closer (2018) ... Mary Elaine Smith
- Burden of Proof (2017) ... Mary Elaine Smith
 2016/II Growing Up (Short)
Lenora
 2015 The Fosters (TV Series)
Iris
- Idyllwild (2015) ... Iris
- Going South (2015) ... Iris
 2015 Scandal (TV Series)
Louis
- Run (2015) ... Louis
 2014 Jessabelle
Mrs. Davis
 2010 Community (TV Series)
Nana
- Basic Genealogy (2010) ... Nana
 2009 Numb3rs (TV Series)
Estelle Brown
- Shadow Markets (2009) ... Estelle Brown
 2008 Grave Misconduct (TV Movie)
Mrs. Crutch
 1996-2008 ER (TV Series)
Michelle / Phyllis
- Owner of a Broken Heart (2008) ... Michelle
- Union Station (1996) ... Phyllis
 2006 The Book of Daniel (TV Series)
Rainy
- Revelations (2006) ... Rainy
- God's Will (2006) ... Rainy
- Betrayal (2006) ... Rainy
- Withdrawal (2006) ... Rainy
- Assignation (2006) ... Rainy
 2006 Crossing Jordan (TV Series)
Judge
- Don't Leave Me This Way (2006) ... Judge
 2006 Boston Legal (TV Series)
Judge Diane Avent
- Shock and Owww! (2006) ... Judge Diane Avent
 2003 Boomtown (TV Series)
Beatrice Rahming
- The Hole-in-the-Wall Gang (2003) ... Beatrice Rahming
 2002 Days of Our Lives (TV Series)
Judge Ross
- Episode #1.9281 (2002) ... Judge Ross
- Episode #1.9236 (2002) ... Judge Ross
 2002 Any Day Now (TV Series)
Mrs. Raymond
- Just the Beginning: Part 1 (2002) ... Mrs. Raymond
 2002 Crazy as Hell
Mrs. Ada Barnett
 2001 The Jennie Project (TV Movie)
Judge
 2001 Providence (TV Series)
Chairwoman
- Rule Number One (2001) ... Chairwoman
 2001 Maple (Short)
Grandmother
 2000 Gideon's Crossing (TV Series)
Lawyer
- A Routine Case (2000) ... Lawyer
 2000 Becker (TV Series)
Enid Connelly
- Sight Unseen (2000) ... Enid Connelly
 2000 The Next Best Thing
Judge Tracey Bennett
 2000 City of Angels (TV Series)
Hattie Brewster / Mrs. Hattie Brewer
- Weenis Between Us (2000) ... Hattie Brewster
- Prototype (2000) ... Mrs. Hattie Brewer
 1997-2000 Chicago Hope (TV Series)
Dr. Odelia Wilkes / Dr. Andrea Porter
- Letting Go (2000) ... Dr. Odelia Wilkes
- Second Chances (1997) ... Dr. Andrea Porter
 1999 The Sky Is Falling
Mrs. Quinn
 1999 Unbowed
Miss Bennett
 1999 Early Edition (TV Series)
Judge A. Harding Joseph
- Pinch Hitters (1999) ... Judge A. Harding Joseph
 1999 8MM
Nun
 1998 Tempting Fate (TV Movie)
Nurse Lorenzo
 1998 Team Knight Rider (TV Series)
Miss Barrett
- Angels in Chains (1998) ... Miss Barrett
 1997 Sunset Beach (TV Series)
Chief Harris
- Episode #1.215 (1997) ... Chief Harris (uncredited)
- Episode #1.177 (1997) ... Chief Harris (uncredited)
- Episode #1.94 (1997) ... Chief Harris (uncredited)
- Episode #1.37 (1997) ... Chief Harris (uncredited)
- Episode #1.18 (1997) ... Chief Harris (uncredited)
 1997 Leave It to Beaver
Dr. Beaumont
 1997 Crisis Center (TV Series)
Tess's Mother / Tess's Mom
- Shots (1997) ... Tess's Mom
- Someone to Watch Over Me (1997) ... Tess's Mother
- He Said, She Said (1997) ... Tess's Mother
- It's a Family Affair (1997) ... Tess's Mother
 1996 What Love Sees (TV Movie)
Bessie Hays
 1996 Foxfire
Judge Holifield
 1996 Arli$$ (TV Series)
Amelia Halimon
- Negotiating: It's Never Personal (1996) ... Amelia Halimon
 1996 Sports Theater with Shaquille O'Neal (TV Series)
Grandma Williams
- 4 Points (1996) ... Grandma Williams
 1994 A Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Grimacing Governor (TV Movie)
Judge Donna Andrews
 1994 New Nightmare
Dr. Heffner
 1994 Once in a Lifetime (TV Movie)
Dr. Liz Wells
 1994 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Detective MacKenzie
- Proof in the Pudding (1994) ... Detective MacKenzie
 1990-1992 In the Heat of the Night (TV Series)
Aunt Ruda Gibson / Ruda Gibson
- Last Rights (1992) ... Aunt Ruda Gibson
- Ruda's Awakening (1991) ... Aunt Ruda Gibson
- Family Matters (1990) ... Ruda Gibson
 1992 Melrose Place (TV Series)
Dr. Miller
- Jake vs. Jake (1992) ... Dr. Miller
 1991-1992 Quantum Leap (TV Series)
Marie Billings / Ada Simpson
- Trilogy: Part 3 - July 28, 1978 (1992) ... Marie Billings
- Trilogy: Part 2 - June 14, 1966 (1992) ... Marie Billings
- Trilogy: Part 1 - August 8, 1955 (1992) ... Marie Billings
- Justice - May 11, 1965 (1991) ... Ada Simpson
 1992 Majority Rule (TV Movie)
 1992 Breaking the Silence (TV Movie)
Judge Richards
 1987-1992 Jake and the Fatman (TV Series)
Thornton / Judge
- Last Dance (1992) ... Thornton
- Fatal Attraction (1987) ... Judge (uncredited)
 1991 Star Trek: The Next Generation (TV Series)
Fleet Adm. Shanthi
- Redemption II (1991) ... Fleet Adm. Shanthi
 1991 Crazy from the Heart (TV Movie)
Judge Sandra Farrell
 1991 The Doctor
Admissions Secretary
 1991 Plymouth (TV Movie)
Debra
 1990-1991 WIOU (TV Series)
Leonara Gates
- Labored Relations (1991) ... Leonara Gates
- The Inquisition (1990) ... Leonara Gates
 1990 Matlock (TV Series)
Betty Harding
- The Personal Trainer (1990) ... Betty Harding
 1990 The Knife and Gun Club (TV Movie)
Nurse Mary Falk
 1990 Nasty Boys (TV Series)
- Crossover (1990)
 1987-1990 Amen (TV Series)
Judge Wilde
- Deacon's Dilemma (1990) ... Judge Wilde
 1990 Mancuso, FBI (TV Series)
Anna
- Conspiracy (1990) ... Anna
 1989 Tour of Duty (TV Series)
Mrs. Johnson
- Green Christmas (1989) ... Mrs. Johnson
 1989 ALF (TV Series)
Mrs. Watson
- Happy Together (1989) ... Mrs. Watson
 1983-1989 ABC Afterschool Specials (TV Series)
Nurse Etting / Nurse Matthews
- My Dad Can't Be Crazy... Can He? (1989) ... Nurse Etting
- The Woman Who Willed a Miracle (1983) ... Nurse Matthews
 1989 How I Got Into College
Mrs. Cook
 1989 Nightingales (TV Series)
Head Nurse Lenore Ritt
- Episode #1.13 (1989) ... Head Nurse Lenore Ritt
- Episode #1.12 (1989) ... Head Nurse Lenore Ritt
- Episode #1.11 (1989) ... Head Nurse Lenore Ritt
- Episode #1.10 (1989) ... Head Nurse Lenore Ritt
- Episode #1.9 (1989) ... Head Nurse Lenore Ritt
 1988 Roots: The Gift (TV Movie)
Mammy May
 1988 Nightingales (TV Movie)
Lenore Ritt RN
 1988 Dynasty (TV Series)
Gloria Wilby
- The Proposal (1988) ... Gloria Wilby
- The Trial (1988) ... Gloria Wilby (as Fran Benett)
 1988 Highway to Heaven (TV Series)
Flora
- Back to Oakland (1988) ... Flora
 1987-1988 L.A. Law (TV Series)
Judge Hillary Miller Johnson
- Hand Roll Express (1988) ... Judge Hillary Miller Johnson
- The Douglas Fur Ball (1987) ... Judge Hillary Miller Johnson
 1987 The Bold and the Beautiful (TV Series)
Judge Madeline Collins
- Episode #1.158 (1987) ... Judge Madeline Collins
- Episode #1.157 (1987) ... Judge Madeline Collins
- Episode #1.153 (1987) ... Judge Madeline Collins
- Episode #1.151 (1987) ... Judge Madeline Collins
- Episode #1.150 (1987) ... Judge Madeline Collins
 1987 A Year in the Life (TV Series)
Mrs. Caldwell
- Don't I Know You from Somewhere? (1987) ... Mrs. Caldwell
 1986 The Morning After
Airline Clerk
 1980-1986 Knots Landing (TV Series)
Dr. Faulkner / Kimya Haman / Bev Tolner
- The Legacy (1986) ... Dr. Faulkner
- Abby's Choice (1982) ... Kimya Haman
- Let Me Count the Ways (1980) ... Bev Tolner
 1986 Between Two Women (TV Movie)
Night Nurse
 1986 Cagney & Lacey (TV Series)
Judge Hansen
- Family Connections (1986) ... Judge Hansen
 1986 Foley Square (TV Series)
Dr. Charney
- Nobody's Perfect (1986) ... Dr. Charney
 1986 The Twilight Zone (TV Series)
UN Chairman (segment "A Small Talent for War")
- Monsters!/A Small Talent for War/A Matter of Minutes (1986) ... UN Chairman (segment "A Small Talent for War")
 1986 Benson (TV Series)
Senator Williams
- Secret Love (1986) ... Senator Williams
 1986 Simon & Simon (TV Series)
Wanda Tale
- The Blue Chip Stomp (1986) ... Wanda Tale
 1986 St. Elsewhere (TV Series)
Nurse Julie Attucks
- To Tell the Truth (1986) ... Nurse Julie Attucks
 1986 Remington Steele (TV Series)
Coroner
- Steele, Inc. (1986) ... Coroner
 1985 Shadow Chasers (TV Series)
Dr. Frolov
- Spirit of St. Louis (1985) ... Dr. Frolov
 1985 Falcon Crest (TV Series)
Nurse
- Confessions (1985) ... Nurse
- Cold Comfort (1985) ... Nurse
 1985 Hail to the Chief (TV Series)
Tour Guide
- Episode #1.4 (1985) ... Tour Guide
 1985 The Dancing Bulrushes (Short)
Narrator
 1984 Glitter (TV Series)
Molly Burnett
- Illusions (1984) ... Molly Burnett
 1984 Trapper John, M.D. (TV Series)
Mrs. Ramsey
- School Nurse (1984) ... Mrs. Ramsey
 1984 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (TV Movie)
Sookey
 1984 Ernie Kovacs: Between the Laughter (TV Movie)
Miss Deal
 1984 Dallas (TV Series)
Receptionist
- Where Is Poppa? (1984) ... Receptionist
 1983 General Hospital (TV Series)
Flora Johnston
- Episode dated 14 December 1983 (1983) ... Flora Johnston
- Episode dated 12 December 1983 (1983) ... Flora Johnston
- Episode dated 21 November 1983 (1983) ... Flora Johnston
 1983 Matt Houston (TV Series)
Lucille
- The Ghost of Carter Gault (1983) ... Lucille
 1983 Romantic Comedy
Doctor #1
 1981 Lou Grant (TV Series)
Chaney / Sarah
- Wedding (1981) ... Chaney
- Boomerang (1981) ... Sarah
 1981 The Violation of Sarah McDavid (TV Movie)
Ms. Merriam
 1981 Checking In (TV Series)
Barbara
- Florence and the Salesman (1981) ... Barbara
 1980 The Righteous Apples (TV Series)
Evelyn
- Convictions (1980) ... Evelyn
 1980 Here's Boomer (TV Series)
Dr. Joyce Clarke
- Molly (1980) ... Dr. Joyce Clarke
 1979 One Day at a Time (TV Series)
Nurse
- Heart Attack (1979) ... Nurse
 1979 Friendships, Secrets and Lies (TV Movie)
Clarissa - the maid
 1979 Family (TV Series)
Sgt. Edison
- Thanksgiving (1979) ... Sgt. Edison
 1979 Promises in the Dark
Emergency Room Nurse
 1979 Roots: The Next Generations (TV Mini Series)
Trixie
- Part VI (1939-1950) (1979) ... Trixie
 1978 Diff'rent Strokes (TV Series)
Mrs. Thompson
- The Social Worker (1978) ... Mrs. Thompson
 1964 CBS Repertoire Workshop (TV Series)
- Call Board No. 2 (1964)
 1956 Matinee Theatre (TV Series)
 1952 Guiding Light (TV Series)
Mrs. Matson (1965-1966)
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He was assistant to the director for Aeschylus' play, "The House of Atreus," from the Oresteia at the Tyrone Guthrie Theater, 725 Vineland Place, Minneapolis, Minnesota with David Feldshuh, Robert Pastene, Douglas Campbell (Clymnestra), Lee Richardson; Jon Cranney; Len Cariou and Robin Gammell (Cassandra) in the cast. The ... See more »

Alternate Names:

Fran Benett

Height:

6' 1" (1.85 m)
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Trivia:

Played a Judge on 9 different shows. See more »

Trademark:

Powerful, booming voice.

Star Sign:

Leo

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