Jeanette Nolan dies at 86

Emmy-nominated actress was in over 300 TV programs

Actress Jeanette Nolan, who had a 70-year career in radio, stage, television and film, died Friday, June 5, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center following a stroke. She was 86.

Most recently, Nolan portrayed Robert Redford’s mother in “The Horse Whisperer,” shot in Montana, where she had a ranch.

She is perhaps best remembered for her first screen role as Lady Macbeth in 1948’s “Macbeth,” in which she played opposite actor-director Orson Welles.

She appeared in several TV Westerns, including “Laredo,” “Gunsmoke” and, with late husband John McIntire, “The Virginian” and “Wagon Train.”

Among her films credits were “Saddle Tramp,” “The Seventh Cavalry,” “Guns of Fort Petticoat,” “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” and “The Big Heat.”

A native of Los Angeles, Nolan began acting with the Pasadena Community Playhouse and moved into radio while a student at Los Angeles City College.

She made her radio debut in 1932 in “Omar Khayyam,” the first transcontinental broadcast from radio station KHJ.

Nolan essayed numerous roles in mystery and detective shows, including episodes of “Perry Mason,” “Alfred Hitchcock Presents,” “I Spy,” “The FBI,” “Harry O,” “Charlie’s Angels,” “MacGyver.”

Emmy-nominated four times, she appeared in more than 300 television programs.

In later years, Nolan was a voice in Disney’s animated “The Rescuers” and “The Fox and the Hound” and performed for California Artists Radio Theatre.

More TV

  • TV Ratings: ABC Tuesday Comedy Lineup

    TV Ratings: ABC Tuesday Comedy Lineup Rises

    Actress Jeanette Nolan, who had a 70-year career in radio, stage, television and film, died Friday, June 5, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center following a stroke. She was 86. Most recently, Nolan portrayed Robert Redford’s mother in “The Horse Whisperer,” shot in Montana, where she had a ranch. She is perhaps best remembered for her first […]

  • Big Little Lies HBO

    HBO Defends 'Big Little Lies' Golden Globes Entry as a Limited Series

    Actress Jeanette Nolan, who had a 70-year career in radio, stage, television and film, died Friday, June 5, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center following a stroke. She was 86. Most recently, Nolan portrayed Robert Redford’s mother in “The Horse Whisperer,” shot in Montana, where she had a ranch. She is perhaps best remembered for her first […]

  • SAG Awards Snubs and Suprises

    SAG Nominations: 16 Biggest Snubs and Surprises

    Actress Jeanette Nolan, who had a 70-year career in radio, stage, television and film, died Friday, June 5, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center following a stroke. She was 86. Most recently, Nolan portrayed Robert Redford’s mother in “The Horse Whisperer,” shot in Montana, where she had a ranch. She is perhaps best remembered for her first […]

  • Three Billboards Stranger Things

    SAG Award Nominations Scorecard: Fox Searchlight, Netflix Top List

    Actress Jeanette Nolan, who had a 70-year career in radio, stage, television and film, died Friday, June 5, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center following a stroke. She was 86. Most recently, Nolan portrayed Robert Redford’s mother in “The Horse Whisperer,” shot in Montana, where she had a ranch. She is perhaps best remembered for her first […]

  • SAG Nominations 2018: Netflix vs. Amazon

    SAG Nominations 2018: Netflix Scores, Amazon Flops, Broadcast Nets Trail

    Actress Jeanette Nolan, who had a 70-year career in radio, stage, television and film, died Friday, June 5, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center following a stroke. She was 86. Most recently, Nolan portrayed Robert Redford’s mother in “The Horse Whisperer,” shot in Montana, where she had a ranch. She is perhaps best remembered for her first […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content