biographyBorn Tina Blacker in New York City on February 11, 1934, gorgeous Tina Louise has worked as a model, singer, and actress during her lengthy career. At 17, she made her acting debut in summer stock, and then quickly moved to Broadway, taking small roles. She was also once a featured singer at Ciro's, the famous Hollywood nightclub. As her aspirations became more focused on acting, Louise enrolled in Lee Strasberg's Actors Studio. Her big break came in a January 1956 appearance on the hour-long dramatic anthology television series Studio One.
Fay Spain, Aldo Ray, and Lance Fuller), in 1959 Louise won a Golden Globe for most promising newcomer. She followed up with roles in the Paramount film noir thriller The Trap (1959; with Richard Widmark and Lee J. Cobb) and Paramount's western The Hangman (1959; with Robert Taylor and Jack Lord). In 1960, like many other actors, she went to Italy to star in several films, including The Warrior Empress (1960; with Kerwin Mathews). After her return, Louise continued her association with the Actors Studio and, as a lifetime member, is a method acting devotee. Meanwhile, she kept her career going with guest-starring roles on popular television series, such as Route 66 and Checkmate, and was cast in Allied Artist's Armored Command (1961; with Howard Keel) and For Those Who Think Young (1964; with James Darren and Pamela Tiffin). While starring on Broadway in the play Fade Out, Fade In with Carol Burnett, Louisen accepted the role of sexy actress Ginger Grant in the CBS television comedy Gilligan's Island (1964-1967; with Russell Johnson).
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God's Little Acre (1958)
LEFT and CENTER: United Artists promotional photos from God's Little Acre. RIGHT: With Buddy Hackett, Jack Lord, and Robert Ryan
The Trap (1959)
The Hangman (1959)
The Warrior Empress (1960)
Siege of Syracuse (1960)
Armored Command (1961)
Promotional shots from the Allied Artists World War II film Armored Command. The far right shots include Earl Holliman
For Those Who Think Young (1964)
Gilligan's Island (CBS TV series, 1964-1967)
LEFT: With Gilligan's Island castmate Bob Denver. RIGHT: Cast photo from the series, featuring Jim Backus, Natalie Schafer, Tina Louise, Alan Hale Jr., Dawn Wells, Russell Johnson, and Bob Denver
It Takes a Thief (1968-1970 ABC TV Series)
From the ABC TV series It Takes a Thief in a 1968 episode titled Totally by Design with series star Robert Wagner
The Wrecking Crew (1969)
The Stepford Wives (1975)
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tina louise todayDuring her stint on Gilligan's Island, Tina Louise married talk-show host Les Crane in 1966. Their daughter, Caprice, was born in November 1970, just a month before their divorce was finalized. During the 1970s and 1980s, Louise made several films and appeared on numerous TV series, including a recurring role on the CBS nighttime drama Dallas during its first season. Into the 1990s, she cooled her acting career and now appears to be retired from acting.
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Gilligan's Island: The Complete Series Collection [DVD] DVD
All 98 episodes from the series's 1964-67 run, plus the unaired pilot, are featured in a nine-disc set.
Gilligan's Island: The Complete First Season [DVD](1964) DVD
All 36 episodes from season one--including "Two on a Raft," "Good Night, Sweet Skipper," "Wrongway Feldman," "Gilligan Meets Jungle Boy" and "Voodoo Something to Me"--as well as the original unaired pilot, are featured in a three-disc set. 15 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, Spanish, French; audio commentary on pilot; trivia; more.
Gilligan's Island: The Complete Second Season [DVD](1965) DVD
All 32 episodes from season two--including "Gilligan's Mother-in-Law," "Don't Bug the Mosquitoes," "Erika Tiffany Smith to the Rescue," "Ship Ahoax," and "Meet the Meteor"--are featured in a three-disc set. 13 1/2 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, Spanish, French; audio commentary on selected episodes.
Dallas: The Complete First And Second Seasons [DVD](1978) DVD
All 29 episodes from the show's first two seasons--including "Digger's Daughter," "Barbecue," "Black Market Baby," "Call Girl," the two-part "John Ewing III," and more--are collected in a five-disc set. 23 1/4 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, French, Spanish; audio commentary by Hagman, Tilton, others; bonus reunion special.
Love American Style: Season One, Vol. 1 [DVD](1969) DVD
The first 12 episodes from the debut season--including "Love and a Couple of Couples/Love and the Hustler/Love and the Pill," "Love and the Modern Wife/Love and the Phonies/Love and the Single Couple," "Love and the Legal Agreement/Love and the Militant/Love and Who?," "Love and the Burglar/Love and the Roommate/Love and the Wild Party," and "Love and the Comedy Team/Love and the Divorce Sale/Love and the Mountain Cabin"--are available in a three-disc set. 10 1/3 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
Love American Style: Season One, Vol. 2 [DVD](1970) DVD
The remaining 12 episodes from the debut season--including "Love and the Medium/Love and the Bed/Love and the High School Flop-Out," "Love and the Fighting Couple/Love and the Pick-Up/Love and the Proposal," "Love and the Nervous Executive/Love and the Great Catch/Love and the Hitchhiker," "Love and Las Vegas/Love and the Good Samaritan/Love and the Marriage Counselor," and "Love and the Singles Apartment/Love and the Minister"--are available in a three-disc set. 10 1/3 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
Kung Fu: The Complete Second Season [DVD](1973) DVD
All 23 episodes from season two--including "The Well," "The Gunman," "A Dream Within a Dream," "The Passion of Chen Yi," and the two-part "The Cenotaph"--are featured in a four-disc collector's set. 19 1/2 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, French, Spanish; audio commentary on selected episodes; featurettes.
Kojak: Season One [DVD](1973) DVD
All 22 episodes from the debut season--including "Siege of Terror," "Dark Sunday," "Down a Long and Lonely River," "Mojo" and "The Only Way Out"--are featured in this three-disc set. 18 1/2 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: French, Spanish.
Outlaws And Lawmen [DVD] DVD
First, based on the novel by Lee E. Wells, "Day of the Outlaw" (1959) stars Burl Ives as the brutish leader of a group of renegade cavalrymen. After riding into a remote town and proceeding to terrorize its residents, Ives and his men find their reign of chaos threatened when local rancher Robert Ryan starts a rebellion. With Tina Louise, Alan Marshal. Then, "Hour of the Gun" (1967) stars James Garner as lawman Wyatt Earp, who enlists the help of Doc Holliday (Jason Robards, Jr.) to gun down the rustlers responsible for killing his brothers. Ryan, Albert Salmi co-star. Lastly, the provocative Western drama "Lawman" (1971) stars Burt Lancaster as a marshal who discovers that those responsible for hiring him to capture a group of murderous ranchers have turned against him. 4 3/4 hrs. total. Widescreen; Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital stereo, Dolby Digital mono, French Dolby Digital mono, Spanish Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, Spanish.
The Good Guys And The Bad Guys [DVD](1969) DVD
Lighthearted western stars Robert Mitchum as a retired lawman who finds that old nemesis George Kennedy and his gang are planning a train robbery in his neck of the woods. Mitchum is targeted to be killed by Kennedy, but a change of heart brings the two enemies together to stop the crime. David Carradine, Tina Louise and John Carradine also star. 90 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital mono, French Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English; featurette; theatrical trailer.
Robert Mitchum: The Signature Collection [DVD] DVD
Six-disc set includes "Angel Face," "Macao," "Home from the Hill," "The Sundowners" (1960), "The Good Guys and the Bad Guys," and "The Yakuza."
Matt Helm Lounge [DVD] DVD
After the success of the James Bond films, Dean Martin swung his way onto the big screen as super-cool secret agent Matt Helm in these popular lighthearted spy thrillers. The first film in the series, "The Silencers" (1966), finds Martin and klutzy assistant Stella Stevens saving America's nuclear arsenal from Asian mastermind Victor Buono. With Daliah Lavi, Roger C. Carmel, and Beverly Adams. Next, when criminal kingpin Karl Malden threatens to destroy Washington with a hijacked "helio-beam," it's up to ICE agent Helm to stop him, in the fast-paced "Murderers' Row" (1966), also starring Ann-Margret, James Gregory, and Dino, Desi & Billy. Then, the ace spy and lady-killer goes to Mexico with a gorgeous female scientist to track down a mysterious flying saucer, in "The Ambushers" (1967). With Janice Rule, Senta Berger. And the final film, "The Wrecking Crew" (1969), sees him teaming up with sexy sidekick Sharon Tate to find the criminal genius behind a billion-dollar gold hijacking. With Nigel Green, Elke Sommer, Nancy Kwan. 7 hrs. total on four discs. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, Spanish, Japanese.
Friendships, Secrets And Lies [DVD](1979) DVD
The discovery of a baby's skeleton in the bulldozed rubble of the house they all shared in college turns six former sorority sisters into suspects of a 20-year-old murder. As an investigative reporter tries to uncover the truth, the women must come to terms with the fact that one of them has committed a heinous act. But which one? Featuring a cast and crew made up almost entirely of women, this engaging mystery stars Cathryn Damon, Shelley Fabares, Sondra Locke, Loretta Swit, Tina Louise, Paula Prentiss. Standard; Soundtrack: English.
Dog Day [DVD](1983) DVD
Unusual gangster outing that salutes American mobster movies, featuring Lee Marvin as a crook on the lam who hides out in a French farmhouse inhabited by an eccentric family. Miou-Miou and Victor Lanoux also star in this French crime drama. 101 min. Dubbed in English.
Evils Of The Night [DVD](1985) DVD
Spine-tingling sci-fi chiller finds a trio of aliens landing on Earth and setting out to capture teenagers and drain them of their life-giving blood. Luckily, the woods near their base are filled with sex-crazed adolescents oblivious to the danger around them! John Carradine, Tina Louise, Julie Newmar, Aldo Ray, and future XXX icons Jerry Butler and Amber Lynn star. 85 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; photo gallery; theatrical trailer.
Dixie Lanes [DVD](1988) DVD
Fast-paced action comedy stars Hoyt Axton as a returning soldier anxious to get back into the family business--moonshine! With Karen Black, Ruth Buzzi, Tina Louise. 92 min.
Johnny Suede [DVD](1992) DVD
He's a cool dude from Brooklyn who plays guitar, idolizes Ricky Nelson, and has the world's wildest and highest pompadour. But Johnny has some romantic problems, torn between Miss Right and Miss Wrong. What's a fashion-plate in suede shoes to do? Tom DiCillo's ultra-hip comedy stars Brad Pitt, Catherine Keener, Nick Cave, and Tina Louise. 97 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; audio commentary; theatrical trailer.
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Growing Down in Brooklyn (2000)
Little Pieces (2000)
Welcome to Woop Woop (1997) with Rod Taylor
West From North Go South (1993) with Phyllis Diller and Larry Linville
Johnny Suede (1991) with Brad Pitt
Dixie Lanes (1988) with Karen Black, Nina Foch, and Ruth Buzzi
Evils of the Night (1985) with Aldo Ray and Julie Newmar
O.C. and Stiggs (1985) with Martin Mull and Dennis Hopper
Hellriders (1984) with Adam West
Dog Day (1983) with Lee Marvin
Advice to the Lovelorn (1981) with Cloris Leachman
The Day the Women Got Even (1980) with Jo Ann Pflug and Barbara Rhoades
Friendships, Secrets and Lies (1979) with Shelley Fabares, Sondra Locke, Paula Prentiss, and Stella Stevens
Mean Dog Blues (1978)
SST: Death Flight (1977) with Bert Convy, Peter Graves, Doug McClure, George Maharis, and Martin Milner; once featured on Mystery Science Theater 3000
Nightmare in Badham County (1976) with Chuck Connors, Robert Reed, Ralph Bellamy, and Lana Wood
Look What's Happened to Rosemary's Baby (1976) with Patty Duke, Ray Milland, and George Maharis
Death Scream (1975) with Eric Braeden and Raul Julia
The Stepford Wives (1975) with Katharine Ross and Paula Prentiss
Call to Danger (1973) with Peter Graves and Clu Gulager
Film Portrait (1972)
But I Don't Want to Get Married! (1970) with Shirley Jones, Nanette Fabray, and June Lockhart
The Happy Ending (1969) with Jean Simmons, Nanette Fabray, Lloyd Bridges, Shirley Jones, Bobby Darin, and John Forsythe
How to Commit Marriage (1969) with Bob Hope and Jackie Gleason
The Good Guys and the Bad Guys (1969) with Robert Mitchum and Marie Windsor
The Wrecking Crew (1969) with Dean Martin, Elke Sommer, and Sharon Tate
The Seventh Floor (1967) with Ugo Tognazzi
Fanfare for a Death Scene (1964) with Richard Egan, Viveca Lindfors, Ed Asner, Burgess Meredith, and Telly Savalas
For Those Who Think Young (1964) with Pamela Tiffin, James Darren, Nancy Sinatra, Bob Denver, and Ellen Burstyn
Armored Command (1961) with Howard Keel, Earl Holliman, and Burt Reynolds
Siege of Syracuse (1960) with Rossano Brazzi and Sylva Koscina
The Warrior Empress (1960) with Kerwin Mathews and Elke Sommer
Viva l'Italia! (1960)
Day of the Outlaw (1959) with Robert Ryan and Lance Fuller
The Trap (1959) with Richard Widmark, Lee J. Cobb, and Earl Holliman
The Hangman (1959) with Robert Taylor and Fess Parker
God's Little Acre (1958) with Robert Ryan, Fay Spain, Aldo Ray, Buddy Hackett, Jack Lord, Michael Landon, and Lance Fuller
L.A. Heat, 1996-1999 syndicated TV Series
All My Children, 1970-present ABC TV Series. Louise portrayed Tish Pridmore during the 1994 season
Rituals, 1984-1985 TV Series. Louise portrayed Taylor Von Platen
Dallas, 1978-1991 CBS TV Series. Louise portrayed Julie Grey during the 1978-1979 season
Gilligan's Island, 1964-1967 CBS TV Series. Louise portrayed Ginger Grant
Jan Murray Time, 1955 TV Series. Louise served as a singer
TELEVISION GUEST APPEARANCES
L.A. Heat, episode In Harm's Way, originally aired May 10, 1999
Roseanne, episode Sherwood Schwartz--A Loving Tribute, originally aired May 24, 1995
Married with Children, episode Kelly Bounces Back, originally aired October 28, 1990
The Love Boat, episode Who Killed Maxwell Thorn?, originally aired February 27, 1987
Simon & Simon, episode Act Five, originally aired April 3, 1986
Blacke's Magic, episode Death Goes to the Movies, originally aired January 29, 1986
Knight Rider, episode The Topaz Connection, originally aired January 28, 1983
Matt Houston, episode The Kidnapping, originally aired November 28, 1982
CHiPs, episode The Great 5K Star Race and Boulder Wrap Party: Parts 1 and 2, originally aired December 7, 1980
Fantasy Island, episode Unholy Wedlock/Elizabeth, originally aired January 2, 1980
CHiPs, episode Roller Disco: Part 2, originally aired September 22, 1979
The Love Boat, episode Second Time Around/The Now Marriage/My Sister, Irene, originally aired January 13, 1979
Marcus Welby, M.D., episode All Passions Spent, originally aired March 2, 1976
Cannon, episode The Wedding March, originally aired November 19, 1975
Movin' On, episode The Cowhands, originally aired October 24, 1974
Police Story, episode Requiem for C.Z. Smith, originally aired September 17, 1974
Kojak, episode Die Before They Wake, originally aired February 6, 1974
Kung Fu, episode A Dream Within a Dream, originally aired January 17, 1974
Police Story, episode Death on Credit, originally aired November 27, 1973
Love, American Style, episode Love and the Golden Memory/Love and the Heavy Set/Love and the Novel/Love and the See-Through Mind/Love and the Seven Year Wait, originally aired September 28, 1973
Mannix, episode The Faces of Murder, originally aired February 4, 1973
The New Dick Van Dyke Show, episode Running Bear and Moskowitz, originally aired February 26, 1972
Love, American Style, episode Love and the Lady Athlete/Love and the Lady Killers/Love and the New Size 8/Love and the Single Sister, originally aired January 7, 1972
Love, American Style, episode Love and the Duel/Love and the Note/Love and the Young Unmarrieds, originally aired March 5, 1971
Ironside, episode Beware the Wiles of the Stranger, originally aired January 22, 1970
Love, American Style, episode Love and the Advice Givers/Love and the Geisha/Love and Take Me Along, originally aired November 10, 1969
It Takes a Thief, episode Totally by Design, originally aired February 20, 1968
Bonanza, episode Desperate Passage, originally aired November 5, 1967
Mr. Broadway, episode Smelling Like a Rose, originally aired November 28, 1964
Kraft Suspense Theatre, episode The Deep End, originally aired January 2, 1964
Burke's Law, episode Who Killed Billy Jo?, originally aired November 8, 1963
The Doctors, episode The March for Three Lovers, originally aired August 31, 1963
Route 66, episode I'm Here to Kill a King, originally aired January 1, 1963
The Real McCoys, episode Grandpa Pygmalion, originally aired September 30, 1962
Checkmate, episode A Funny Thing Happened on My Way to the Game, originally aired January 3, 1962
The New Breed, episode I Remember Murder, originally aired December 26, 1961
Tales of Wells Fargo, episode New Orleans Trackdown, originally aired December 23, 1961
Climax!, episode A Matter of Life and Death, originally aired November 21, 1957
The Phil Silvers Show, episode Bilko Goes South, originally aired March 26, 1957
Producers' Showcase, episode Happy Birthday, originally aired June 25, 1956
Appointment with Adventure, episode All Through the Night, originally aired February 5, 1956
Studio One in Hollywood, episode Johnny August, originally aired January 16, 1956
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