Brandis Kemp, Actress From TV Shows 'Fridays' and 'AfterMASH,' Dies at 76

Myra Turley
Brandis Kemp

Kemp died July 4 in her Los Feliz home after battling brain cancer and complications from COVID-19.

Brandis Kemp, an actress best known for her appearances on the television shows Fridays and AfterMASH, has died. She was 76. 

Kemp died July 4 at her home in Los Feliz after a battle with brain cancer and complications from COVID-19, actress and acting coach Myra Turley told The Hollywood Reporter. She was surrounded by family and friends. 

Kemp spent five decades as a working actress and comedian. She appeared on the ABC late-night variety show Fridays, starring alongside Larry David, Michael Richards, Rich Hall and more, and portrayed Alma Cox on the CBS spinoff AfterMASH alongside Jamie Farr, Harry Morgan, William Christopher and Rosalind Chao.

She also performed in El Grande de Coca Cola and Bullshot Crummond for HBO as a member of the comedy group Low Moan Spectacular. 

Other TV credits include appearances in Remington Steel (1982), The Wonder Years (1992), Grace Under Fire (1993), Clifford (1994) and ER (1997). 

Born in Palo Alto, California, on Feb. 1, 1944, Vivian Sally Kemp studied at the American Conservatory Theater and earned her MFA in drama and literature from Stanford. While performing at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, she met actor Mark Blakefield, whom she would go on to marry and divorce. 

In December, she was diagnosed with a glioblastoma. 

Survivors include niece Sharon Lea and nephews David and Scott Ronssee. She is set to be buried in her family plot at Mount Shasta Memorial Park in Mount Shasta, California.

Donations can be made in her name to the American Brain Tumor Association.