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Joan Van Ark ACTOR

Joan Van Ark was born on June 16th, 1943 in New York City, New York, born to Dorothy Jean Hemenway and Carroll Van Ark.  Ark was raised in Colorado and it was during an interview working as a student reporter at the age of fifteen for school that she met actress Julie Harris who suggested Van Ark try to study Drama at Yale.  After graduating from high school she became the 2nd youngest student to attend Yale School of Drama on a scholarship. 
She began her career as a stage actress performing in a production of, "The Miser" followed by roles in, "Death of a Salesman", "Barefoot in the Park" and "The School for Wives" for which she earned a Theatre World Award and a Tony nomination for her performance.
Soon she was offered a contract with Universal Studios and began appearing in such television series as, "The Judge and Jake Wyler" (1972), "Temperatures Rising" (1972-1973) and "We've Got Each Other" (1977-1978).
It didn't take long before other television guest appearances followed ion such series as, "M.A.S.H.", "The Love Boat" and "Quincy, M.E".  She was then cast in the show, "Dallas" (1978) as a character that later was made into it's own series on, "Knotts Landing" (1979) for which she worked thirteen out of the fourteen seasons.  For her role on this series, Van Ark earned two Soap Opera Digest Awards for Best Actress and was nominated six other times.  She was also given the opportunity to direct two of the episodes for the series.
When the series came to an end she continued working appearing in other television programs such as, "Spin Doctors", "The Young and the Restless", "The Six Million Dollar Man", "Kojak", "Barnaby Jones", "Bonanza", "Medical Center", "Cannon", "The Rockford Files", "Wonder Woman" and "Son of the Beach".
Along with her television roles she also returned to theater numerous times appearing in productions of, "Love Letters", "Three Tall Women", "Cyrano de Bergerac", "Heartbreak House", "As You Like It", "Macbeth", "The Night of the Iguana" and "A Little Night Music".
As her career progressed some of her more recent roles have been in, "Nip/Tuck" and such television movies as, "In the Shadows, Someone's Watching" (1993), "Boys Will Be Boys" (1999), "Terror on Track 9" (1992) and "Pretty the Series" (2011-2012).
Van Ark has also done voice over work for such projects as, "Archer" (2011), "Santo Bugito" (1995) and the voice of "Spider Woman" (1979).  She has also added such film credits to her resume for roles in, "Held for Ransom" (2001), "Up, Michigan!" (2001), "Net Games" (2003), "Diamond Zero" (2005) and "Channels" (2008).
Joan has married only one time to John Marshall whom she wed in 1966 and they have one child and remain married today.  Her most recent role is set to release in 2012 in the film, "Water Color Postcards".  


2012   Watercolor Postcards

2011-2012  Pretty the Series

2011   Archer

2008-2010  Nip/Tuck

2009   Catch 21 

2009   My Name Is Earl

2008   Channels

2005   Diamond Zero 

2004-2005  The Young and the Restless 

2004   The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy

2003   Net Games

2002   Tornado Warning 

2001   Son of the Beach 

2001   Twice in a Lifetime

2001   UP, Michigan! 

2000   Held for Ransom 

2000   It's the Pied Piper, Charlie Brown

1998   Loyal Opposition

1998   The Nanny

1997   Knots Landing: Back to the Cul-de-Sac

1997   Adventures from the Book of Virtues

1996   Santo Bugito

1996   The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

1996   The Client

1996   Touched by an Angel

1995   When the Dark Man Calls

1994   Moment of Truth: A Mother's Deception 

1974-1994  ABC Afterschool Specials 

1993   In the Shadows, Someone's Watching

1979-1993  Knots Landing

1993   Tainted Blood

1992   Terror on Track 9 

1978-1991  Dallas 

1990   Always Remember I Love You

1990   Menu for Murder

1988   My First Love

1988   Shakedown on the Sunset Strip

1979-1984  The Love Boat

1984   Glitter

1980-1981  Thundarr the Barbarian

1981   Red Flag: The Ultimate Game

1979   Spider-Woman

1979   Vega$

1978   Tarzan and the Super 7

1978   The New Adventures of Wonder Woman 

1973-1978  M*A*S*H

1978   Quark 

1978   Quincy, M.E.

1977-1978  We've Got Each Other 

1978   The Waverly Wonders 

1977   Testimony of Two Men

1977   McMillan & Wife

1977   Kojak

1977   The Last Dinosaur

1974-1977  The Rockford Files

1976   The Six Million Dollar Man

1976   Petrocelli

1976   Joe Forrester 

1975   Medical Story 

1975   The Last of the Mohicans

1971-1975  Medical Center

1975   Barbary Coast

1975   Rhoda

1975   Shell Game 

1975   Great Performances 

1971-1974  Cannon 

1974   The Manhunter 

1974   Ironside 

1974   Barnaby Jones

1974   Big Rose: Double Trouble

1974   The Girl with Something Extra 

1974   Firehouse

1973   Mannix 

1972-1973  The New Temperatures Rising Show 

1972   The Judge and Jake Wyler

1972   Rod Serling's Night Gallery 

1970-1972  Love, American Style 

1972   Captain Newman, M.D.

1972   Frogs

1972   The Odd Couple 

1971   The Bold Ones: The New Doctors 

1969-1971  The F.B.I. 

1970   Days of Our Lives 

1970   Hawaii Five-O 

1970   Dan August 

1970   Matt Lincoln

1970   The Silent Force

1969   Gunsmoke 

1969   The Guns of Will Sonnett 

1969   Bonanza

1968   Mod Squad

1968   Peyton Place

1968   Felony Squad

1967   Run for Your Life 

Matinee Classics - Shell Game starring John Davidson, Tom Atkins, Robert Sampson, Maria O'Brien, Jack Kehoe, Joan Van Ark, Louise Latham and Karen Machon

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