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Gail Fisher (I) (1935–2000)


A classy, smart-looking, spectacularly beautiful African-American actress who broke racial barriers in 1970s Hollywood but suffered greatly in her private life years after her TV glory days, award-winning actress Gail Fisher was born on August 18, 1935, in Orange, New Jersey, the youngest of five children. Her father, a carpenter, died when she ... See full bio »

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Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Mannix
Mannix Peggy Fair
(1968-1975)
Knight Rider
Knight Rider Thelma
(1983)
Mankillers
Mankillers Joan Hanson
(1987)
He & She
He & She Helen
(1967)

Filmography

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 1990 Donor (TV Movie)
Secretary
 1987 Mankillers
Joan Hanson
 1986 He's the Mayor (TV Series)
Lila
- Take My Father, Please (1986) ... Lila
 1985 Hotel (TV Series)
Fran Willis
- Hearts and Minds (1985) ... Fran Willis
 1983 Knight Rider (TV Series)
Thelma
- Short Notice (1983) ... Thelma
 1982 General Hospital (TV Series)
Judge Heller
- Episode dated 8 January 1982 (1982) ... Judge Heller
- Episode dated 7 January 1982 (1982) ... Judge Heller
- Episode dated 6 January 1982 (1982) ... Judge Heller
- Episode dated 5 January 1982 (1982) ... Judge Heller
- Episode dated 4 January 1982 (1982) ... Judge Heller
 1979 Fantasy Island (TV Series)
Dr. Frantz
- Hit Man/The Swimmer (1979) ... Dr. Frantz
 1975 Medical Center (TV Series)
Bonnie Horne
- Street Girl (1975) ... Bonnie Horne
 1968-1975 Mannix (TV Series)
Peggy Fair
- Hardball (1975) ... Peggy Fair (credit only)
- Search for a Dead Man (1975) ... Peggy Fair
- Design for Dying (1975) ... Peggy Fair
- Bird of Prey: Part 2 (1975) ... Peggy Fair (credit only)
- Bird of Prey: Part 1 (1975) ... Peggy Fair (credit only)
 1972 Every Man Needs One (TV Movie)
Pauline Kramer
 1969-1971 Love, American Style (TV Series)
Penny (segment "Love and the Baby") / Mercy (segment "Love and the Hustler")
- Love and a Couple of Couples/Love and the Hustler/Love and the Pill (1969) ... Mercy (segment "Love and the Hustler")
 1971 Room 222 (TV Series)
Diana Brown
- Welcome Back, Miss Brown (1971) ... Diana Brown
 1970 Insight (TV Series)
Mrs. Carter
- Incident on Danker Street (1970) ... Mrs. Carter
 1968 My Three Sons (TV Series)
Carla
- Gossip, Incorporated (1968) ... Carla
 1967 The Second Hundred Years (TV Series)
Young Matron
- Luke's First Christmas (1967) ... Young Matron
 1967 He & She (TV Series)
Helen
- One of Our Firemen Is Missing (1967) ... Helen
 1963 The Doctors (TV Series)
Diane
- The Greatest Gift: Part 5 (1963) ... Diane
- The Greatest Gift: Part 4 (1963) ... Diane
- The Greatest Gift: Part 3 (1963) ... Diane
- The Greatest Gift: Part 2 (1963) ... Diane
- The Greatest Gift (1963) ... Diane
 1962 The Defenders (TV Series)
The Singer
- Grandma TNT (1962) ... The Singer
 1959-1960 Play of the Week (TV Series)
Joyce Lane
- Climate of Eden (1960)
- Simply Heavenly (1959) ... Joyce Lane
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Other Works:

Stage: Understudy (Broadway debut) for Ruby Dee in "Purlie Victorious" on Broadway. Comedy. Written by Ossie Davis. Directed by Howard Da Silva. Cort Theatre (moved to The Longacre Theatre from 20 Nov 1961-13 May 1962): 28 Sep 1961-13 May 1962 (261 performances). Cast: Ossie Davis (as "Purlie Victorious Judson"), Ruby Dee (as "... See more »
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Personal Quote:

Certain people who had no knowledge of blacks have maybe -- maybe -- learned something because of Mannix's Peggy Fair. Blacks were pretty much alien objects on TV as recently as 10 years ago, you know, and now we're people. I think maybe before it's all over, it's going to be all right, and I'm proud I'm a part of that. -- GF, in a 1972 interview See more »

Trivia:

CBS was hesitant to cast Gail as the widow and altruistic secretary Peggy Fair of detective Joe Mannix, but actor Mike Connors and "Mannix" producer Bruce Geller persisted. See more »

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