Who is Markie Post's husband? Michael Ross thought wife was a 'huge phony' when they first met

Markie Post met Michael Ross almost a decade after her divorce from Stephen Knox, whom she separated from within nine months of marriage


                            Who is Markie Post's husband? Michael Ross thought wife was a 'huge phony' when they first met
Markie Post (L) and Michael A Ross attend the 'Santa Clarita Diet' Season 2 world premiere in Hollywood, California (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Netflix)

TV procedural's celebrated Markie Post lost her battle to cancer on August 7, four years after she had been diagnosed with the terminal illness. Post is survived by her husband, two daughters, a son-in-law, and a five-month-old granddaughter, who issued a joint statement announcing her death. The statement reads, "[...] for us, our pride is in who she was in addition to acting; a person who made elaborate cakes for friends, sewed curtains for first apartments and showed us how to be kind, loving, and forgiving in an often harsh world.” For 40 years, Post was an invested matriarch when it came to her family, ever since she married Michael A Ross. Funnily enough, when the two had met for the first time in a setting out of every aspiring actor's dream, they weren't very impressed with each other.

News of Post's death comes less than a month after her ‘Night Court’ co-star Charlie Robinson died at the age of 75. His cause of death was a heart attack and organ failure brought on by septic shock, along with his battle with adenocarcinoma, a cancer of the glandular cells. Post's fight with cancer went on for a total of three years and four months. But her love story with Ross, that began with the onset of the '80s, is touted to last forever because of the solid marriage they had.

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Who is Markie Post's husband?

Post married writer and producer Michael A Ross on February 7, 1982 and together they have shared daughters, Kate Armstrong Ross and Daisy Schoenborn. Best known for 'Better Off Ted' (2009), 'Andy Richter Controls the Universe' (2002) and 'The Trouble with Normal' (2000), Ross met Post years ago in 1980, when the two of them attended the same acting class.

Post had already been married once before, to her college sweetheart Stephen Knox, but that marriage soon turned sour within nine short months. The two were students at drama class and Post has admitted she was looking to rebel in those years. Speaking to People, she described her first marriage as something akin to a turbulent affair. “I fell for him because I had never met a man with real angst,” she had explained in a 1986 interview, after she and Ross had been married for years. “He was charismatic and cynical. I married him out of passion; I had never had a sexual experience before. I was Snow White and he was James Dean," said Post of her first husband whom she married in 1971.

Actress Markie Post and daughters Daisy and Kate Ross attend the premiere of Dr Seuss' "How The Grinch Stole Christmas" November 8, 2000 in Los Angeles, CA (Photo by Vince Bucci/Newsmakers)

How Post met Ross

After finishing college, Post had acquired a gig of making game show questions. That is when she also suffered from drastic weight loss. “I turned down dates because I dreaded sitting in front of a plateful of food," Post told the outlet of her mysterious problem which, fortunately, she managed to cure later.  “I said, ‘Enough is enough.’ Slowly I began to regain my appetite.” Once her health was restored, Post got herself an agent and noticeable roles in 'Fantasy Island', 'Barnaby Jones', 'Hart to Hart' and 'The Love Boat'. And then, in 1980, Post met Ross.

It was definitely not love at first sight, as Ross found Post somewhat of a humble bragger. "I thought Markie was a huge phony,” he told the outlet, continuing about their first meet saying: "She had just completed a reading and was sensational. People were giving her compliments and she was saying, ‘Oh, really? Oh, do you really mean that?’ I thought she was playing little Miss Shirley Temple.” Post was not too impressed by her future husband either. “I only asked him to do the scene with me because another guy was hitting on me and I wanted to get rid of him," she told the outlet. Just a year later, the two were married and although forever private, are sure enough to give romcom couple goals.