Barbara Tarbuck (1942-2016)


Actress Barbara Tarbuck, who guest starred in Season 11’s “Run for the Money,” died Tuesday (December 27th) at the age of 74. Her acting career began in the late 1970s with roles on TV shows like The Waltons, The Incredible Hulk, Charlie’s Angels, and Dallas.

Tarbuck is perhaps best known for her work on the soap operas Santa Barbara and General Hospital. She played Sister Allegra on Santa Barbara in 1990 and Jane Jacks on General Hospital from 1996 to 2010, appearing in 41 episodes.

Image of Barbara Tarbuck from the M*A*S*H episode Run for the Money.
Actress Barbara Tarbuck (right), who played Major Judy Parker in “Run for the Money,” died December 27th at the age of 24.

In “Run for the Money,” Tarbuck played Major Judy Parker, the head nurse at the 8063rd MASH. Margaret did not get along with her counterpart at the 8063rd; according to her, sailors referred to Major Parker as “Parallel Parker” (which intrigued Hawkeye). Her feud with Parker led Margaret to put up a week’s pay after Klinger announced his plan to beat the 8063rd using a sprinter named Jessie McFarland.

Some of her other TV credits include Newhart, St. Elsewhere,Falcon Crest, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Crossing Jordan, NYPD Blue, and Glee. More recently, she had a recurring role on American Horror Story from 2012 to 2013. Her last credited role was in a 2015 movie called Come Simi.

Obituaries can be found at,, and Soap Central.

4 Replies to “Barbara Tarbuck (1942-2016)”

  1. Not familiar with her, and looking over her IMDb page, I haven’t really seen much of any of the things that she’s been in over the span of her career.

    Still, 2016 is really claiming a lot of lives as it goes out. And yet, people like Dictator Drumph, Kanye West, and the whole Krapdashian clan continue to live on in infamy.

    1. The reference by Margaret to Parker as Parallel Parker was a real rib tickler. What a great memory to leave behind.

      Then William Christopher goes on the last day of 2016, December 16th. almost reminds me of that Christmas edition where Hawkeye moves the clock forward to Dec 26th to falsify a death.

      I see you have chosen this comments section to denigrate Pr.Trump, who is the only President who has said he wants to get along with other countries. In other words – peace. This is the essence of MASH.

      1. Avree. Also, not to mention how quickly he has impacted and actually now defeating the horror of slautering Christians all over says much for this President. He cares enough to get things accomplished! The last President, was useless and did not care enough to stop ISIS. He was all meaningless talk, a coward and not fir the US.

  2. Just heard that William Christopher passed away on the exact same date (one year later) as Wayne Rogers. His loss is a deep wound to my childhood. What is everyone’s favorite Mulcahey centered episode? My personal fav is Dear Sis.

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