Barbara Bain

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Actress

Birth Date: September 13, 1931

Age: 92 years old

Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois

Spouses: Martin Landau

A cool blonde actress with smoky, sultry eyes, Barbara Bain did considerable work on episodic TV during the 1950s and 60s, including a stint on "Richard Diamond: Private Detective" (CBS, 1959) as David Janssen's romantic interest, and a memorable guest appearance on "The Dick Van Dyke Show," as the star's pushy former girlfriend.

Bain's career peaked when she won three consecutive Emmy Awards portraying the quick-witted Cinnamon Carter on the popular espionage series "Mission: Impossible" (ABC, 1966-69) opposite then-husband Martin Landau. The two quit the successful series over a contract dispute and her work has been sporadic since. Apart from a handful of TV-movies, often featuring Landau (e.g., "Savage" NBC, 1973), Bain also acted opposite her most regular leading man on the sober, syndicated sci-fi series, "Space: 1999" (1975-77), as Dr. Helena Russell. After "The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island" (NBC, 1981), Bain, now divorced from Landau, practically disappeared from public view for several years. She turned her attentions to the stage and became active in the L.A. theater scene in plays at small, prestigious venues like the Los Angeles Theatre Center (LATC). While Bain did some episodic work in the late 80s on "Moonlighting" and "Murder, She Wrote," she was more often noted for her stage role and her charity work.

Bain had made her feature film debut with "Mission Impossible vs. the Mob" (1969) a big screen spin-off from the TV series. But no other roles followed. She returned to feature films after a two-decade absence in the black comedy "Trust Me" and the drama "Skinheads" (both 1989) and in "The Spirit of '76" (1990), produced by her daughter, Susan Meredith Landau.

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Dr. Helena Russell
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Take My Hand

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2020

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Code BlackStream

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Blanche
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Silver Skies

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Eve
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Tracey Ullman in the Trailer Tales

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2003

American Gun

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Anne Tillman
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2002

CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationStream

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Panic

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Bel Air

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Agnes
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Gideon

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Sarah
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The Mother
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Millennium

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Vivian Wood
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Diagnosis Murder

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Mary Casal
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1988

Murder, She WroteStream

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Nora Morgan
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1984

Mike Hammer

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1984

The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island

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Alien Attack

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1976

Space: 1999Stream

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The Cosmic Princess

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Dr. Helena Russell
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1975

Destination Moonbase Alpha

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Dr. Helena Russell
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1975

Journey Through the Black Sun

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Dr. Helena Russell
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1975

A Summer Without Boys

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Ellen Hailey
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Goodnight, My Love

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Susan Lakely
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Savage

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Gail Abbott
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Murder Once Removed

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Lisa Manning
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スパイ大作戦/薔薇の秘密指令

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Get SmartStream

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1965

My Mother the Car

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Inge
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1965

Young in Heart

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Gerry Hart
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The Lieutenant

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1963

The Dick Van Dyke ShowStream

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Dorothy
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1961

Ben Casey

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Tutor
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1961

Mr. LuckyStream

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1959

77 Sunset Strip

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Rachel Dent
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1958

Mike Hammer

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1958

Perry MasonStream

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Madelyn Terry
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1957

Wagon TrainStream

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Richard Diamond, Private Detective

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