'Dark Shadows' star from Minnesota to guest star on new ABC sitcom


Robbinsdale native Kathryn Leigh Scott is soon coming back to network television.

Scott -- who starred in more than 300 episodes of the classic daytime television horror drama "Dark Shadows" from 1966 to 1970 on ABC -- told me at Crypticon Minneapolis over the weekend that she will guest star in a November episode of the new ABC sitcom "The Goldbergs."

The show follows a geeky 11-year-old (Sean Giambrone) as he captures the antics of his dad (Jeff Garlin), mom (Wendi McLendon-Covey) and family members during the 1980s. George Segal also stars as the Goldberg's next-door neighbor.

"I shot an episode where I play the love interest of George Segal's character, which was wonderful fun," says Scott.

She says the air date is yet to be determined.

Scott, who was 18 when she moved from Minnesota to New York to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts on a scholarship in 1963, played such roles on "Dark Shadows" as Maggie Evans, Josette DuPres, Lady Hampshire/Kitty Soames and Rachel Drummond.

Kathryn Leigh Scott (photo: Tim Lammers)

The actress, 70, says she loves all the support she receives from "Dark Shadows" fans at events like Crypticon Minneapolis, because it reminds her of some very special times in her life.

"It was my very first job out of school, and I was terribly lucky, because I got to learn to use everything I learned in drama school, doing costume drama on a daytime television series," Scott says. "It was a huge, wonderful opportunity, and after 47 years, I'm still amazed that people are still interested in the show."

Scott says the interest in the show extends to other Hollywood actors as well, as she found out on the set of "The Goldbergs."

"Jeff Garlin is a huge fan of 'Dark Shadows,'" Scott said with a smile. "He came up to my trailer when I arrived and said, 'I just gotta have my picture taken with you.' He was just adorable."

In addition to "Dark Shadows," Scott reprised the role for the 1970 movie "House of Dark Shadows" and made a cameo appearance in director Tim Burton's 2012 movie version with classic cast members David Selby, Lara Parker and Jonathan Frid -- who played vampire Barnabas Collins -- in his last screen role.

Scott has also appeared in several TV series over the years, including "Little House on the Prairie," "Magnum, P.I.," "The A-Team," "Dynasty," "Dallas," "Matlock" and "Star Trek: The Next Generation."

Her movie credits include the Robert Redford version of "The Great Gatsby" and John Wayne's "Brannigan."

Scott has also written books on "Dark Shadows," including "Dark Shadows: Return to Collinwood," as well as other Hollywood subjects.

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