The Commish Star Theresa Saldana Is Dead at 61

Theresa Saldana, best known for her work on '90s favorite The Commish starring Michael Chiklis, has passed away at the age of 61 after suffering from an unknown illness for which she was hospitalized, according to TMZ.

On the ABC series, Saldana played Rachel Scali, wife of lead character Tony Scali (Chiklis).

Saldana also appeared in the classic sports drama Raging Bull alongside Robert De Niro, playing the wife of Joe Pesci's Joey LaMotta. Saldana retired from acting in 2004 after appearing in the film Gang Warz. She also made appearances in The Twilight Zone, MacGyver, Law & Order, and T.J. Hooker throughout the course of her career.

Off-set, Saldana made news in 1982 after being stabbed by a deranged fan outside her home in Los Angeles. She luckily survived the attack thanks to a delivery man who witnessed the incident.

Saldana is survived by her husband Phil Peters, and daughter Tianna Peters.

This article originally appears on TV Guide.com.

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Jun 08, 2016
She was excellent in The Commish. She had great chemistry with Michael Chiklis. Early in her career she co-starred with Jan Michael-Vincent in a relatively unknown but terrific movie titled Defiance. She was terrific in that movie as well. Though Theresa Saldana was not a household name, she was a great actress and I hope she will be remembered.
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Jun 08, 2016
Sad news. Loved her in The Commish, watching it as a child.
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Jun 08, 2016
Damn 2016... Will you just stop??
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Jun 09, 2016
The year of deaths, indeed.
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Jun 08, 2016
I'm so sorry to hear that. My family and I enjoyed her on The Commish. She seemed like a very nice lady. My condolences to her family and friends.
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Jun 07, 2016
How sad. She was a beautiful lady and a lovely actress.
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Jun 07, 2016
I'll surely keep her in mind when I'm watching Raging Bull.
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