Talented veteran actress Marcia Strassman is probably best known for her role as Julie Kotter on the popular ABC sitcom "Welcome Back, Kotter" from 1975 to 1979. Starring alongside stand-up comic Gabe Kaplan as his wife, the show centered on a Brooklyn schoolteacher who returns to his alma mater to teach rebel high school students, including a young, pre-fame John Travolta.
After "Welcome Back, Kotter," Strassman found success in recurring and guest-starring roles on such series as "Magnum P.I.," "The Love Boat," "Touched by an Angel," "Murder, She Wrote," "Amazing Stories," "Highlander," "Sweet Justice," "Providence," "Noah Knows Best," "Tremors," and "Third Watch."
Born in New York City and raised in Passaic, New Jersey, Strassman began her career in modeling and musical theater, replacing a young Liza Minnelli in the off-Broadway production of "Best Foot Forward." One of her first television roles was a recurring role as nurse Margie Cutler on "M*A*S*H" for six episodes. Her varied talent also includes voiceover work on children's series "Rugrats" and "Aaahh!!! Real Monsters."
Strassman is also no stranger to the big screen and received accolades for her role as Rick Moranis' worried wife in the surprise hit feature "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids" in 1989 and its sequel, "Honey, I Blew Up the Kid" in 1992. Her other film credits include "Soup for One," "The Aviator," "And You Thought Your Parents Were Weird," "Another Stakeout," "Power Play," "Reeker," and "Noah's Ark." On television, Strassman was seen as a lead in such TV movies as NBC's "Brave New World," the ABC Afterschool Special "Daddy Can't Read," Showtime's "Mastergate," and "The Rockford Files."
Strassman has also made strides as an activist, working with such organizations as AIDS Walk, DCC phone bank, Tuesday's Child, and the UCLA Breast Cancer Center.