Nancy McCarthy

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Nancy McCarthy
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Born 1937 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Notable Roles
Notable Episodes
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Nancy McCarthy is an American stage and television actress.

She is best known for her role as Bunny in the original black and white TV pilot of Gilligan's Island entitled Marooned. However, the creator/producer Sherwood Schwartz, after many network problems decided to change three of the characters and recast them. During the 1960's, she appeared in television episodes of Surfside 6, Lock Up, Adventures in Paradise, The Donna Reed Show, The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis and had a recurring role as Laurie Burns on My Three Sons. Off-Broadway, she appeared as Dixie Evans in The Big Knife at the Seven Arts Playhouse which starred Carroll O'Connor and was directed by Peter Bogdanovich. She acted in several live television plays produced in New York including Moment of Fear with Robert Redford on the Alfred Hitchcock Presents series. She appeared as Maggie (the Marilyn Monroe character) in the Los Angeles production of After the Fall, played Flirt in Dark at the Top of the Stairs with Sylvia Sydney at the Cape Playhouse in Dennis, Massachusetts and acted in several regional theater productions including The Boy Friend at the Pittsburgh Playhouse.

McCarthy retired from acting in 1972 after suffering a back injury, but continued to work as a print and fashion model and in the advertising field. She received her BFA in Drama from Carnegie Tech (now Carnegie Mellon University). She is married and currently lives outside of California.


Starring Roles

Series Role Year(s) Season(s)
Gilligan's Island Bunny 1963 pilot

Guest Starring Roles

Series Role Episode Airdate
Surfside 6 Pamela Wiley 1x20 - Race Against Time February 13, 1961
Lock Up Marge Donovan 2x28 - Jungle Compound April 1, 1961
The Donna Reed Show Mrs. Stedman 4x08 - All Is Forgiven November 2, 1961
Adventures in Paradise Jay Lafayette 3x11 - The Trial of Adam Troy December 17, 1961
The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis Gloria Mundy 3x25 - An American Strategy April 3, 1962
The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis Sue Ellen Silnitzer 3x27 - I Remember Mau Mau April 17, 1962
My Three Sons Laurie Burns 3x12 - The Beauty Contest 1962
My Three Sons Laurie Burns 3x17 - How to Impress a Woman 1963

Specials and Made-for-TV Movies

Talk, News and Game Show Appearances

Memorable Moments

Awards and Accolades


While still a student in college, McCarthy auditioned for famed producer Otto Preminger for the title role in his epic movie Saint Joan.