To get to the beginning of Cloris Leachman’s career you have to go all the way back to 1947. That’s right Cloris’ career in front of the camera is almost old enough to collect Social Security benefits. And to think that you can watch this storied actor in action tonight at 7/6c on “Malcolm in the Middle.” Her decades-spanning career means that Cloris has managed to show up on each generations’ favorite show whether it’s “Lassie,” “Alfred Hitchcock Presents,” “77 Sunset Strip,” “Dr. Kildare,” “Mary Tyler Moore,” “The Love Boat,” “The Nutt House,” “The Facts of Life” “Touched By An Angel” and so many many more. Even today’s kids are getting to know the talented Ms. Leachman via her voiceover work on “Phineas & Ferb” and “Ponyo.”
Now at an age when many people would be collecting royalty checks in Boca, Cloris is back in front of the camera hoofing it on “Dancing with the Stars,” starring in “Raising Hope” and doing the occasional voice on “Adventure Time.” Cloris is a comedic powerhouse and an unstoppable actor. So do your part in ensuring that Cloris’ legacy is a lasting one. She could be retired, you know, so be sure to tune in tonight to see her as Malcolm’s Grandma Ida on “Malcolm in the Middle” at 7/6c.
Here are five of our favorite Cloris Leachman roles:
5. Ruth Popper in “The Last Picture Show”
4. Madame DeFarge in “History of the World, Part 1”
3. Nurse Diesel in “High Anxiety”
2. Phyllis Lindstrom in “Mary Tyler Moore” and “Phyllis”
1. Frau Blücher in “Young Frankenstein”