Susan Ruttan

Susan Ruttan made a guest appearance as Mrs. Cunningham, the wife of Gil Cunningham, and chief business rival to George, who inherits Cunningham Cleaners after his death in the Season 11 episode titled "That Blasted Cunningham".

Personal Information
Gender: Female
Birthplace: Oregon City, Oregon, U.S.
Spouse(s): Mel Ruttan (August 26, 1967-November 22, 1970; his death)
Joseph Warbis (1990-1993)
Character information
Appeared on: The Jeffersons
Episodes appeared in: "That Blasted Cunningham" in Season 11
Character played: Mrs. Cunningham
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Susan Ruttan (born September 16, 1948, Oregon City, Oregon) appeared as Mrs. Cunningham, the wife/widow of Gil Cunningham (which was played on the series in one episode by Paul Price), owner of Cunningham Cleaners in the Seaason 11 episode of The Jeffersons titled "That Blasted Cunningham". A seasoned stage, TV and film actress, Susan is best known for her role as Roxanne Melman on L.A. Law (1986–1993).

Life and careerEdit

Ruttan was born as Susan Diane Dunsrud. She graduated University of Oregon and University of California, Santa Cruz.[1]

Ruttan is best known for her role as Roxanne Melman on L.A. Law (1986–1993).[1] She reprised the role in 2002 for the TV reunion L.A. Law: The Movie. She earned four nominations for Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series or her performance in show.[2]

Ruttan first attracted significant attention playing the scheming wife of George Jefferson's dry-cleaning archrival, Gil Cunningham, on The Jeffersons. Other television appearances included episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, AfterMash, Bosom Buddies, Third Rock from the Sun, Remington Steele, Yes, Dear, Newhart and Gilmore Girls. Buffy creator Joss Whedon cast numerous show alumni in 2008's Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, including Ruttan who appeared briefly in a non-speaking role.

Ruttan had a small comedic role in the teen comedy feature film Bad Manners (aka: Growing Pains) (1984), and played convicted killer Genene Jones in the television movie Deadly Medicine (1991). She has also appeared in an episode of Hannah Montana ("Promma Mia"). Her most dramatic role to date was in the 2004 remake of Helter Skelter, in which she played the mother of Linda Kasabian. In 2009, she appeared in the movie, Prayers for Bobby.

Ruttan has been married twice. Her first marriage, to Mel Ruttan in 1967, ended with his death in a motorcycle accident three years later. Her second marriage, to Joe Warbis, lasted from 1990 to 1993. She is the mother of Jackson Ruttan (born May 19, 1993), whom she adopted.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Susan Ruttan- Biography. Yahoo!. Retrieved on 2013-04-14.
  2. Susan Ruttan at Retrieved on 2013-04-14.

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