Lynda Day George

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Lynda Day George
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George with Peter Graves and Greg Morris on Mission: Impossible in 1972.
Born Lynda Louise Day
(1944-12-11) December 11, 1944 (age 74)
San Marcos, Texas, U.S.
Years active 1961–1989
Spouse(s) Joseph Pantano (1963–1970) (one son)
Christopher George (1970-1983; his death) (one daughter)
Doug Cronin (1990-2010; his death)

Lynda Day George (born December 11, 1944 in San Marcos, Texas) is an American television and film actress whose career spanned three decades from the 1960s to the 1980s. She was a cast member on Mission: Impossible (1971–1973). She was also the wife of actor Christopher George.[1]


Originally known as Lynda Day, her career began with guest roles on many television series of the 1960s including Route 66, Flipper, Here Come the Brides, The Green Hornet, Mannix, The Fugitive, It Takes a Thief, The Virginian and Bonanza. She had her first major role as Amelia Cole in a short-lived 1970-1971 television series, The Silent Force, and later starred in the television pilot for Cannon in 1971. That same year, she was cast as Lisa Casey in the critically acclaimed series Mission: Impossible, garnering a Golden Globe nomination in 1972 and an Emmy Award nomination in 1973.[1][2] During the show's last season, she missed seven episodes because of her maternity leave and was temporarily replaced by Barbara Anderson.

She first met actor Christopher George when they starred together in the 1966 independent film The Gentle Rain. While working together again in the 1970 John Wayne film Chisum, they fell in love and were married on May 15, 1970.

Thereafter, she became Lynda Day George and co-starred in multiple television films with her husband over the next ten years, including The House on Greenapple Road (1970), Mayday at 40,000 Feet! (1976) and Cruise Into Terror (1978). They also worked together in episodes of The F.B.I. (1970), Mission: Impossible (1971), McCloud (1975), Love Boat (1977), and Vega$ (1978). They guest-starred in television's Wonder Woman in 1976, with Lynda playing villain Fausta Grables, Nazi Wonder Woman.[1][3][4][5]

She continued her television work throughout the 1970s with guest roles on Police Story, Kung Fu, Marcus Welby, M.D., and Barnaby Jones. She played supporting roles in Rich Man, Poor Man, Roots and Once an Eagle.[1]

Her movie career is noted for several horror cult films in which she co-starred with husband Christopher including Day of the Animals (1977), Pieces (1982), and Mortuary (1983). She also co-starred with John Saxon in the 1980 horror film Beyond Evil.[1]

Christopher George died of a heart attack on November 28, 1983, at the age of 52.[6] She worked only sporadically after that, in guest roles on Fantasy Island (1984), Murder She Wrote (1985), Hardcastle and McCormick (1985), and Blacke's Magic (1986).[3] She was also a regular guest on religious television programs. In one of her final performances, Lynda reprised the role of Lisa Casey on an episode of the revived Mission: Impossible television series in 1989.[7] She officially retired from acting shortly thereafter.


She was first married to Joseph Pantano (1963–1970) (divorced), with one son, Nicky. She left Pantano to marry Christopher George.[8] She was married to George from 15 May 1970 until his death, on 28 November 1983, and had one daughter, Casey. They filed suit to have her son from a previous marriage legally declared as Christopher's natural son. In 1990, Lynda George married Doug Cronin, who died of cancer 4 December 2010; they resided in Los Angeles, California and Gardiner, Washington.[3][9][10]

Selected filmography


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  7. "Mission: Impossible: Season 1, Episode 17 'Reprisal'". IMDB. 15 April 1989. Retrieved 10 June 2015. line feed character in |title= at position 42 (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. Film Fatales: Women in Espionage Films and Television, 1962-1973, By Tom Lisanti, Louis Paul, Eileen O'Neill, Published by McFarland, 2002, ISBN 0-7864-1194-5, ISBN 978-0-7864-1194-8.
  9. "Death and Memorial Notice: Douglas Phillip Cronin". Peninsula Daily News. North Olympic Peninsula, Washington. 2011. Retrieved 20 November 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. Urbani de la Paz, Diane (5 March 2010). "Lynda Day George on love, life in the Northwest and her Oscar party". Peninsula Daily News. Retrieved 13 June 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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