Joan Van Ark

Joan Van Ark

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1943-06-16 (78 years old) · Gender: Female · Place of Birth: New York City, New York, USA

24 Movies · 54 TV shows

Also Known As: Joan Van Arc

Biography

Joan Van Ark (born June 16, 1943) is an American actress. She is best-known for her role as Valene Ewing on the primetime soap opera Knots Landing. A life member of The Actors Studio, she made her Broadway debut in 1966 in Barefoot in the Park. In 1971, she received a Theatre World Award and was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for the revival of The School for Wives.Van Ark landed her most famous role of Valene Ewing in 1978, first on the CBS series Dallas, then for 13 seasons on its spin-off Knots Landing (1979–92). For this role, she won the Soap Opera Digest Award for Best Actress in 1986 and 1989. She left the show in 1992, although she did return for the final episode of the series in 1993 and for the 1997 miniseries Knots Landing: Back to the Cul-de-Sac. In 1985, she received a Daytime Emmy Award nomination as host of the Tournament of Roses Parade on CBS. From 2004 to 2005, she starred in the soap opera The Young and the Restless. She reprised her role of Valene in an episode of the new Dallas series in 2013.

Personal Life

Van Ark married former KNBC-TV reporter John Marshall (né Marsilio) on February 1, 1966. They were high school sweethearts in Boulder, Colorado, and wed in Trier, Germany, where he was stationed at the time in the Armed Forces Radio Service. For their honeymoon, Marshall took her on a European tour of places made famous by her namesake, Joan of Arc. Today they live in Studio City, California.The couple's only child, voice actress, model, and singer Vanessa Marshall, was born on October 19, 1969. In 1997, mother and daughter appeared together in the play Star Dust at the Tiffany Theater.In autographs, Van Ark does not capitalize the v in her surname (and it sometimes appears as "van Ark" in print and in credits too). In some of her early work, she is also credited as "Joan Van Arc" with an ending c instead of a k.Van Ark is a runner who has participated in fourteen marathons and made the cover of Runner's World.

Early Life

Van Ark was born in New York City to Dorothy Jean Van Ark (née Hemenway) and Carroll Van Ark (1897–1972), an advertiser and public relations consultant from Holland, Michigan, of Dutch ancestry. Carroll Van Ark's paternal grandfather was an immigrant from Holland. Both parents were also writers. She grew up in Boulder, Colorado, with three siblings: Carol, Mark and Dexter.At age 15, as a student reporter, Van Ark met and interviewed actress Julie Harris, who recommended that Van Ark apply to the Yale School of Drama, which Harris had attended in her early twenties. Van Ark followed in Harris' footsteps and went to Yale Drama on a scholarship. Van Ark was one of the few acceptees to attend the Yale graduate program without first having earned an undergraduate degree. Van Ark was also reportedly the only female student on campus at the time. She attended for only one year. Years later, Harris appeared on Knots Landing as Lilimae Clements, the mother of Valene Ewing, Van Ark's character.After Harris passed in 2013, Van Ark announced at a Broadway memorial service the creation of the Julie Harris Scholarship, which provides annual support to an actor studying at the Yale Drama School. Alec Baldwin, who played Harris' son and Van Ark's half-brother on Knots Landing, made the first contribution.

Movies & TV shows

2019.

1 TV show
TV
Doom Patrol

Doom Patrol

6.16
2019
The members of the Doom Patrol suffered terrible accidents that left them scarred and damaged. The Chief brought the team together to investigate strange phenomena and protect Earth from what they fin...

2017.

1 Movie
Psycho Wedding Crasher

Psycho Wedding Crasher

2017
Since she started working as a dressmaker for her Aunt Daisy, dozens of brides have been happily married in her gorgeous wedding gowns. To have a white wedding of her own and to find a handsome man wh...

2013.

1 Movie
Watercolor Postcards

Watercolor Postcards

2013
A Hollywood actress and a former NFL star attempt to save a troubled Texas town while bonding over their shared love of a very special 10-year-old girl who has found herself alone in the world for the...

2009.

2 TV shows
TV
Celebrity Ghost Stories

Celebrity Ghost Stories

2009
Celebrity Ghost Stories is a show on the Biography Channel. On October 3, 2009, the first episode of the series was aired. Celebrity go back to the places of their haunted experiences to find out the ...
TV
Archer

Archer

6.4
2009
The world's most daunting spy is sterling archer. His mother runs a spy agency. Between dealing with his boss and his co-workers, he manages to annoy or seduce everyone that crosses his path. At the e...

2008.

1 Movie
Channels

Channels

2008
A writer/producer is about to make a big career jump and has a lot of activity going on in his life. But, emotionally, he's dead. Through a fantastical event, he meets someone. They fall in love. She ...

2005.

1 Movie
Diamond Zero

Diamond Zero

2005
A daft doctor concocts an offbeat scheme to make millions after he happens upon a method of turning cremated human remains into diamonds. But when the sawbones hires a pair of hapless thieves to colle...

2003.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
Net Games

Net Games

2003
A successful publicist is in need of sex because his wife was raped a year ago while he was trying to get a Japanese client. The porn site cyber chat.net is where lonely people have erotic conversatio...
TV
Nip/Tuck

Nip/Tuck

6.18
2003
Plastic surgeons who are hot. Hotshot. They were Sean McNamara and Dr. midlife crises for Christian Troy as they confront career, family and romance problems

2002.

1 Movie
Tornado Warning

Tornado Warning

2002
A scientist perfects a tornado-warning system and tries to convince residents of a nearby town that a deadly twister is approaching.

2000.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
Held for Ransom

Held for Ransom

2000
Held for Ransom is a 2000 film about five high-school students that are kidnapped and held for ransom in a remote swamp area in Florida. It was directed by Lee Stanley.
TV
Son of the Beach

Son of the Beach

2000
A parody of "Baywatch" featuring Malibu Adjacent's Notch Johnson, the world's greatest lifeguard.
It's the Pied Piper, Charlie Brown

It's the Pied Piper, Charlie Brown

2000
In return for a year's supply of dog food, the title character, Snoopy, tries to rid the Peanuts' gang's hometown of mice by playing his concertina.

1999.

1 TV show
TV
Twice in a Lifetime

Twice in a Lifetime

1999
From 1999 to 2001 Twice in a Lifetime was a Canadian drama series. The series was broadcasted in Canada and the US.

1998.

1 Movie
Loyal Opposition

Loyal Opposition

1998
When a terrorist surfaces, the Chairman of the Joint Chief urges the President for military response. However, the President prefers to try negotiating. So, the General takes the President prisoner an...

1997.

1 TV show
TV
Knots Landing: Back to the Cul-de-Sac

Knots Landing: Back to the Cul-de-Sac

1997
Knots Landing: Back to the Cul-de-Sac is a 1997 television miniseries that served as a reunion show for the primetime soap opera Knots Landing. It aired on CBS in two two-hour parts on May 7 and May 9...

1996.

1 TV show
TV
Adventures from the Book of Virtues

Adventures from the Book of Virtues

1996
When they face difficulties in their lives, they go to a place called Plato's Peak. Plato and his friends are always willing to lend a hand.

1995.

1 Movie · 3 TV shows
TV
The Client

The Client

1995
The Client aired on CBS from 1995 to 1996. The 1994 film The Client and the 1993 John Grisham novel were both adapted for the series.
TV
Women of the House

Women of the House

1995
Women of the House is an American situation comedy television series. It is a spin-off of Designing Women and stars Delta Burke, who had reconciled with producers after a bitter, highly publicized, of...
TV
Santo Bugito

Santo Bugito

1995
Santo Bugito was an animated series for CBS. It ran for 13 episodes and was about a fictional community of insects. Notable achievements of this series included a revival of the insect-community genre...
When the Dark Man Calls

When the Dark Man Calls

1995
A famous radio talk-show host is being followed by a man who is out of prison after being convicted of murdering her husband. It turns out that he isn't the only problem she has, making her situation ...

1994.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Intimate Portrait

Intimate Portrait

1994
Intimate Portrait is a biographical television series on the Lifetime Television cable network focusing on different celebrities, which includes interviews with each subject. Among the people profile...
A Mother's Deception

A Mother's Deception

1994
Nora McGill has great pain. Desperatly searching for help she finds Dr. Allen. He reduces her pain, but she has to pay a high price for it ...

1993.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
In the Shadows, Someone's Watching

In the Shadows, Someone's Watching

1993
Children in a suburban neighborhood are getting hurt in unusual ways. One mother's child gets hurt and she goes looking for answers and finds a twist no one would have expected.
Tainted Blood

Tainted Blood

1993
Raquel Welch is an author researching a new book, when she comes across the story of a surprising double murder-suicide. A smart, young, athletic high school student adopted by his parents at a young ...
TV
The Nanny

The Nanny

6.18
1993
Fran, fresh out of her job as a bridal consultant in her boyfriend's shop, first appeared on the doorstep of Broadway producer Maxwell Sheffield peddling cosmetics, and quickly stumbled upon the oppor...

1992.

1 Movie
Terror on Track 9

Terror on Track 9

1992
A New York detective tracks a serial killer who injects his victims with poison at Grand Central Station.

1990.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
TV
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

6.69
1990
Will, a street-smart teenager, moves from the tough streets of West Philly to posh Bel-Air to live with his Uncle Philip, Aunt Vivian, his cousins, and their sophisticated British butler. Will finds h...
Always Remember I Love You

Always Remember I Love You

1990
Robert found out that he was adopted after he turned sixteen. His parents were horrified that he was kidnapped from them. Even though they might lose him, they decided to tell him about it. Robert ran...
Menu for Murder

Menu for Murder

1990
Joanne Mayfield, head of the parental school commission, behaves like a dictator and makes all the other women her enemies. But when she suddenly falls dead on a party after having a sandwich, the mai...

1988.

2 Movies
Shakedown on the Sunset Strip

Shakedown on the Sunset Strip

1988
Ambitious police sergeant, Charles Stoker, takes on prostitution in 1948 Los Angeles to make a name for himself. Madam, Brenda Allen, however has the 'whole city' on her payroll and his crusade proves...
My First Love

My First Love

1988
A physician of considerable means thinks she's ready for a new romance with her high school sweetheart. The presence of his attractive girlfriend is the only thing standing in the way of rekindling th...

1980.

1 TV show
TV
Thundarr the Barbarian

Thundarr the Barbarian

6
1980
When they find a devastated future Earth, they will fight evil wherever they find it.

1979.

2 TV shows
TV
Knots Landing

Knots Landing

5.33
1979
The domestic adventures, misdeeds and everyday interactions of five families living on a cul-de-sac in a small California community were chronicled.
TV
Spider-Woman

Spider-Woman

1979
When Jessica Drew was bitten by a poisonous spider as a child, her father saved her life by injecting her with an experimental "spider serum." As an adult, Jessica works as editor of Justice Magazine ...

1978.

3 TV shows
TV
Dallas

Dallas

4.2
1978
Dallas was the first mega-soap and one of the most popular ever produced. Beautiful women, expensive cars, and men are playing a board game. As the world asked "Who shot J.R.?", Dallas hit its stride ...
TV
Vega$

Vega$

1978
"Vega$" is a television drama series that aired on ABC between 1978 and 1981 Spelling produced it. The entire series was filmed in Las Vegas. It is thought to be the first television series to be prod...
TV
The Waverly Wonders

The Waverly Wonders

1978
The Waverly Wonders was a sitcom that aired on NBC in 1978.

1977.

1 Movie · 3 TV shows
TV
Quark

Quark

1977
Richard Benjamin is in a science fiction comedy on NBC. The pilot aired on May 7, 1977 and was followed by a mid-season replacement in February 1978. The series was canceled in 1978. Buck Henry is the...
TV
We've Got Each Other

We've Got Each Other

1977
We've Got Each Other aired from October 1, 1977 to January 7, 1978.
TV
The Love Boat

The Love Boat

7.31
1977
The Love Boat is an American television series set on a cruise ship, which aired on the ABC Television Network from September 24, 1977, until May 24, 1986. The show starred Gavin MacLeod as the ship's...
The Last Dinosaur

The Last Dinosaur

1977
Boone and his group of big game hunters are trapped in pre-historic times when they are followed by a ferocious dinosaur.

1976.

1 TV show
TV
Quincy, M.E.

Quincy, M.E.

5.85
1976
Quincy, M.E. Several of the later episodes of the American television series are from Universal Studios.

1975.

2 Movies · 4 TV shows
TV
Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman

8
1975
She is Wonder Woman because of the strength of Hercules, the wisdom of Athena, the speed of Mercury and the beauty of Aphrodite. Wonder Woman is an assistant to a handsome but trouble-prone Major Stev...
TV
Medical Story

Medical Story

1975
Medical Story aired on NBC from September 4, 1975 to January 8, 1976.
TV
Joe Forrester

Joe Forrester

1975
Lloyd Bridges is the star of Joe Forrester.
TV
Barbary Coast

Barbary Coast

1975
Barbary Coast is an American television series that aired on ABC. The pilot movie first aired on May 4, 1975 and the series itself premiered September 8, 1975; the last episode aired January 9, 1976. ...
The Rules of the Game

The Rules of the Game

1975
Dramatist Luigi Pirandello's mordant comedy of manners tells the tale of upper-crust Italians Silia Gala and her sneering spouse, Leone, who finds his impassivity tested when he has to duel his wife's...
Shell Game

Shell Game

1975
A convicted con artist sets out to expose the head of a charity fund who has been embezzling money to cover his huge gambling losses.

1974.

1 Movie · 5 TV shows
Cyrano

Cyrano

1974
Long-nosed Cyrano de Begerac helps an army officer woo Roxanne, the woman he loves in this animated version of Edmond Rostand's play.
TV
Firehouse

Firehouse

1974
Firehouse was a television series that aired on ABC in 1974. The novel Report From Engine Co is somewhat similar to Emergency! The series was set in Los Angeles at a small inner-city fire station. The...
TV
The Manhunter

The Manhunter

1974
The Manhunter was part of the CBS lineup for the 1974–1975 television season. Ken Howard starred in the series as Dave Barret, a private investigator from Idaho. The series was executive produced.
TV
Petrocelli

Petrocelli

4.5
1974
Tony Petrocelli is an Italian-American Harvard-educated lawyer who gave up the big money and frenetic pace of major-metropolitan life to practice in a sleepy city in the American Southwest. While wait...
TV
The Rockford Files

The Rockford Files

7
1974
L.A is likable. PI Jim Rockford takes a lot of them. An ex-con sent to the slammer for a crime he didn't commit, Rockford takes on cases others don't want, aided by his tough old man, his lawyer girlf...
TV
Rhoda

Rhoda

1974
The American sitcom "Rhod" had over 100 episodes from 1974 to 1978. In The Mary Tyler Moore Show,Harper played the role of the Jewish neighbor and best friend of Mary Richards. She returned to her hom...

1973.

1 TV show
TV
Kojak

Kojak

6
1973
Detective Lieutenant Theo Kojak works in New York City.

1972.

2 Movies · 3 TV shows
TV
M*A*S*H

M*A*S*H

5.65
1972
The 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital is stuck in the middle of the Korean war. They are forced to make their own fun with little help. The doctors, nurses, administrators, and soldiers are fond of...
TV
ABC Afterschool Special

ABC Afterschool Special

1972
The ABC Afterschool Special was an American television anthology series that aired on ABC from 1972 to 1997. Most episodes were of interest to children and teenagers. Several episodes were presented a...
TV
Temperatures Rising

Temperatures Rising

1972
The ABC network aired a sitcom called "Temperatures Rising" from 1972 to 1974. The low-rated series went through three cast changes, two different formats, and two time slots, but the network had fait...
Frogs

Frogs

4.39
1972
An aging, grumpy, physically disabled millionaire invites his family to his island estate for his birthday celebration. A photographer by the name of Pickett Smith is doing a pollution layout for an e...
The Judge and Jake Wyler

The Judge and Jake Wyler

1972
A retired lady judge runs a private detective agency with the help of ex-con and parolees.

1971.

2 TV shows
TV
Great Performances

Great Performances

1971
Classical music, opera, popular song, musical theater, dance, drama, and performance documentaries are included in the programming portfolio of the best in the performing arts from across America and ...
TV
Cannon

Cannon

6
1971
Cannon was on CBS from 1971 to 1976. Frank Cannon is a private detective. Cannon is being aired on a different network. The Return of Frank Cannon was a television film that aired in 1980. There were ...

1970.

4 TV shows
TV
Matt Lincoln

Matt Lincoln

1970
Matt Lincoln is a television medical drama which was aired by ABC as part of its 1970-71 lineup. Matt Lincoln starred Vince Edwards as Dr. Matt Lincoln, a psychiatrist who had founded a telephone hot...
TV
The Odd Couple

The Odd Couple

6
1970
Felix and Oscar are divorced. Felix and Oscar are both neat and tidy. Conflicts inevitably occur when they share a Manhattan apartment.
TV
Night Gallery

Night Gallery

1970
An anthology of fantasy, horror and sci-fi stories was narrated by Rod Serling. The stories are connected by a chilling work of art.
TV
The Silent Force

The Silent Force

1970
Three US Government undercover agents are fighting against organized crime in southern California in The Silent Force. It aired for one season.

1969.

1 TV show
TV
Medical Center

Medical Center

6.17
1969
Medical Center aired on CBS from 1969 to 1976. MGM Television produced it.

1968.

2 TV shows
TV
Hawaii Five-O

Hawaii Five-O

5.45
1968
Hawaii Five-O is a police procedural drama. The show aired for 12 seasons from 1968 to 1980. Jack Lord portrayed Detective Lieutenant Steve McGarrett, the head of a special state police task force whi...
TV
The Mod Squad

The Mod Squad

6
1968
The Mod Squad ran on ABC from September 24, 1968 to August 23, 1973. It had Michael Cole as Pete Cochren, Clarence Williams III as Linc Hayes, and Tige Andrews as Captain Adam Greer. The counter-cultu...

1967.

3 TV shows
TV
Mannix

Mannix

6.38
1967
Mannix ran on CBS from 1967 to 1975. The title character, Joe Mannix, is a private investigator. He is played by a man. Desilu Production's last series was Mannix.
TV
The Guns of Will Sonnett

The Guns of Will Sonnett

1967
The Guns of Will Sonnett is a Western television series.
TV
Ironside

Ironside

6
1967
Ironside ran on NBC from September 14, 1967 to January 16, 1975. Raymond Burr was a paraplegic Chief of Detectives on the show. Ironside. The character appeared in a TV movie. The show was originally ...

1966.

1 TV show
TV
Felony Squad

Felony Squad

1966
From 1966 to 1969 there were 73 episodes of Felony Squad on the ABC network.

1965.

2 TV shows
TV
The F.B.I.

The F.B.I.

1965
The F.B.I was founded. The series was broadcast on ABC from 1966 to 1974. The characters almost always drove Ford vehicles in the series, which was sponsored by the Ford Motor Company. Only Season One...
TV
Run for Your Life

Run for Your Life

1965
Run for Your Life is an American television drama series starring Ben Gazzara as a man with only a short time to live. It ran on NBC from 1965 to 1968. The series was created by Roy Huggins, who had p...

1955.

1 TV show
TV
Gunsmoke

Gunsmoke

6
1955
Gunsmoke is a Western drama series created by Norman MacDonnell and John Meston. The settlement of the American West took place in Dodge City, Kansas. William Conrad is on radio and James Arness is on...

Unknown Year.

1 TV show
TV
Tarzan and the Super 7

Tarzan and the Super 7

Tarzan and the Super 7, is a Saturday morning cartoon series, produced by Filmation and originally airing from 1978–1980 on CBS. The show consisted of separate installments featuring seven groups of ...
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