Melissa Newman (actress)

American actress
Melissa Newman
Years active1968–1985

Melissa Newman is an American actress who, as a teen, made her Hollywood film debut in The Undefeated (1969) starring John Wayne, Rock Hudson, Lee Meriweather, and Merlin Olsen, among others.[1][2]


Newman's career after her film debut consisted of appearances in television movies and series, such as Bonanza, Gunsmoke, Lou Grant, Starsky & Hutch, Getting Away from It All, River of Gold, and Revenge of the Stepford Wives.[3]

She returned to the big screen in the 1983 film One Dark Night, after which, in 1985, she performed as a voice actress[4] in the anime series Robotech[5] and in the English dub version of the animated television movie, Time Patrol.[6][7]


In the 1971 Bonanza episode "A Time to Die" she plays the role of Lori who is engaged to be married, while her mother Mrs. April Christopher (played by Vera Miles) is succumbing to the effects of a bite from a rabid wolf.[8]

In the made for TV comedy movie Getting Away from It All (1972), she portrays April Brodey, the bikini-clad daughter of the owner of the local store. She becomes enamored of Larry Hagman's character Fred Clark, and swims out to the island to give him and his wife Helen (Barbara Feldon) a tour of the property they have purchased.[9]

Also in the 1972 Gunsmoke episode, "The Wedding" she portrays 20-year old Donna Clayton who wants to marry Corey Soames (played by Sam Elliott). Newman (as Karen Guilfoyle) would again appear with Sam Elliot (as Luther Wilkes) a year later in a 1973 episode of Hawkins, however not as a love-interest.[10]

Also in 1973, she had a role in the premiere episode of The New Perry Mason as Nita More, secretary to Jules Barron (Paul Richards), in which she had three scenes; in an office setting, out and about with Mason's detective Paul, and on the stand testifying in a courtroom setting.

In 1976 she plays Amy, a cafe waitress, who tips off Starsky & Hutch that a regular patron who is a security guard on an armored truck is late, and that she is worried enough to call the police.[11]

Newman plays Kim Ballard in the 1978 Lou Grant episode "Sect" as a woman who has come out of the Hare Krishna movement, while her brother remains with the sect.[12]

Branching out into the mystery/thriller genre in Revenge of the Stepford Wives (1980), she portrayed Muffin Sheridan, who interviews for the job of assistant to investigative reporter Kaye Foster (Sharon Gless), and has various scenes throughout the movie.[3]

In 1983 she returned to the big-screen in the horror film One Dark Night as Mrs. Olivia McKenna, wife of Allan McKenna (portrayed by Adam West), and daughter of the villain, Karl Raymarseivich Raymar. [13]

Newman was the voice of Dana Sterling in 1985 for twenty-four episodes of Robotech Part 2: The Masters.[5] In the same year, she voiced Ginny[6] in Time Patrol in which she is credited as Lisa Mannon, instead of Melissa Newman.


  • The Ghost & Mrs. Muir (1968) "Way Off Broadway" (S1E9) as Nancy [14]
  • The Undefeated (1969) as Charlotte Langdon [1]
  • Bracken's World (1970) "A Beginning, a Middle and an End" (S1E23) as Aileen Davies [citation needed]
  • Julia (1970) "The Switch Sitters" as Wilma [15]
  • Bonanza (1971) "A Time to Die" (S12E25) as Lori [8]
  • River of Gold (1971) as Julie [17]
  • Gunsmoke (1972) "The Wedding" (S17E24) as Donna Clayton
  • Hawkins (1973) "Die, Darling, Die" (S1E2) as Karen Guilfoyle [10]
  • Lou Grant (1978) "Sect" (S1E18) as Kim Ballard [12]
  • Robotech[5] (1985) as Dana Sterling (Voice)
    • 24 Episodes in Part 2: "The Masters"
  • Time Patrol (1985) as Ginny (Voice) (credited as Lisa Mannon)[6][7]


  1. ^ a b "New Contract". The Windsor Star. July 17, 1969. Retrieved 12 August 2022.
  2. ^ "20th Again Signs Melissa Newman". Philadelphia Daily News. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. July 16, 1969. p. 26. Retrieved August 14, 2022 – via closed access
  3. ^ a b c Sherman, Fraser A. (2000). Cyborgs, Santa Claus, and Satan: Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Films Made for Television. McFarland. p. 151. ISBN 9780786407934. Retrieved 13 August 2022.
  4. ^ "Voice Actors: Melissa Newman". Behind the Voices. Retrieved 15 August 2022.
  5. ^ a b c "Robotech - The Masters: Dana-Sterling". Behind the Voices. Retrieved 15 August 2022.
  6. ^ a b c "Time Patrol: Ginny". Behind the Voices. Retrieved 15 August 2022.
  7. ^ a b "Time Patrol: Voice Credits". Behind the Voices. Retrieved 15 August 2022.
  8. ^ a b Leiby, Bruce R.; Leiby, Linda F. (September 15, 2015). A Reference Guide to Television's Bonanza. McFarland. p. 171. ISBN 9781476600758. Retrieved 12 August 2022.
  9. ^ a b Marill, Alvin H. (August 26, 2005). Movies Made for Television, Volume 1: 1964-1979. Scarecrow Press. p. 81. ISBN 0810851741.
  10. ^ a b Gianakos, Larry James (1978). Television Drama Series Programming: A Comprehensive Chronicle, 1959-1975 · Volume 2. Scarecrow Press. p. 742. ISBN 9780810811164. Retrieved 12 August 2022.
  11. ^ a b Gianakos, Larry James (1981). Television Drama Series Programming: A Comprehensive Chronicle, 1975-1980 · Volume 3. Scarecrow Press. p. 183. ISBN 9780810814387. Retrieved 12 August 2022.
  12. ^ a b "Lou Grant: Sect (TV)". The Paley Center in New York. Retrieved 14 August 2022.
  13. ^ a b Maxford, Howard (1996). The A-Z of Horror Films. Batsford. p. 206. ISBN 0713479736. Retrieved 12 August 2022.
  14. ^ TV Guide: Volume 17. Triangle Publications. 1969. p. 12.
  15. ^ TV Guide. Triangle Publications. 1970. p. 2. Retrieved 12 August 2022.
  16. ^ Eisner, Joel; Krinsky, David (1984). Television Comedy Series: An Episode Guide to 153 TV Sitcoms in Syndication. McFarland. p. 617. ISBN 9780899500881. Retrieved 12 August 2022.
  17. ^ Marill, Alvin H. (August 26, 2005). Movies Made for Television, Volume 1: 1964-1979. Scarecrow Press. p. 185. ISBN 0810851741.
  18. ^ Barrett, Michael. "'The Jimmy Stewart Show' Emerges from TV's Never-Never Land". Pop Matters. Retrieved 14 August 2022.
  19. ^ TV Guide. Triangle Publications. 1973. pp. 4, 8, 11, 32. Retrieved 13 August 2022.

External links

  • Melissa Newman at IMDb