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Sharon Acker Dies at 87, Cause of Death

BY Sharmeen Hussain Apr 03, 2023. 02:17 am UPDATED: Apr 03, 2023. 02:17 am

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At the age of 87, Sharon Acker passed away. She made numerous TV appearances in the 1970s and 1980s.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor passed away on March 16 in her hometown of Toronto, nearly three decades after she had stopped acting.

Acker made her acting debut in the middle of the 1950s, for instance in a 1956 production of Anne of Green Gables by the CBC. In the same year, she joined the cast of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival and collaborated on a performance of The Merry Wives of Windsor with William Shatner, who would go on to become a star of Star Trek.

She appeared alongside Sean Connery in a 1961 CBC production of Macbeth, another Shakespeare adaptation.

She gained notoriety in American cinema in 1967 thanks to her portrayal of Lee Marvin’s on-screen spouse in the classic crime drama Point Blank.

In order to promote their NBC political drama The Bold Ones: The Senator, she and Hal Holbrook appeared on the cover of TV Guide Magazine in 1970.

She co-starred with Monte Markham as the titular defence attorney in the brief-lived 1973 CBS television series The New Perry Mason as Della Street, as seen here.

Acker also played Mitchell Ryan’s on-screen wife in the CBS primetime soap opera Executive Suite from 1976 to 1977.

Other roles in the 1970s included appearances on the TV series The Love Boat, The Rockford Files, Barnaby Jones, Alias Smith and Jones, Gunsmoke, Mission: Impossible, and Barnaby Jones.

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Acker had several guest starring roles in the 1980s, including Galactica 1980, The Incredible Hulk, Quincy M.E., Knight Rider, and Murder, She Wrote.

She also portrayed Judith Wheeler in numerous episodes of the NBC daytime drama Texas, as well as Pamela Fouchier in a number of episodes of Days of Our Lives on the same network.

In 1992, she made her final on-screen appearance in a recurring role on CBS’ The Young and the Restless as Dr. Grace Sundell. In 1994, she stopped acting and returned to Canada with her second husband, Peter Elkington, who passed away in 2001.

Children Kim and Gillian, stepchildren Kim and Caitlin, granddaughter Alexis, and great-granddaughter Berkeley are still alive thanks to Acker.

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