Susan Sullivan Before ‘Castle’

Celebrity Q&A, Featured Article
on March 15, 2013
CASTLE - ABC's "Castle" stars Susan Sullivan as Martha Rodgers. (ABC/BOB D'AMICO)

What was the name of the TV show that Susan Sullivan starred in 30 to 35 years ago? She now plays the mother on “Castle.”
Debbie Best, Burlington, N.C.

Prior to playing Martha Rodgers on “Castle,” Sullivan, 70, was best known for her roles on “Dharma & Greg” (1997-2002) and “Falcon Crest” (1981–1989). She played Maggie Gioberti Channing in the latter, which could be the show you’re remembering. But the New York City-born actress, who worked as a Playboy bunny during college, has several other shows from the 1970s on her resumé, so you also may be thinking of “Another World,” “It’s A Living,” or Rich Man, Poor Man—Book II.”