'Simon & Simon' Star Mary Carver Dies at 89

The veteran actress played the mom of the private-detective brothers on the 1980s CBS series and appeared in such films as "Protocol" and "Arachnophobia."

Mary Carver, who played the mother of the two private-detective brothers on the long-running CBS series Simon & Simon, died Oct. 18 following a brief illness. She was 89.

Carver starred as Cecilia Simon on 153 episodes of Simon & Simon, which ran for eight seasons, from 1981-89. The series starred Gerald McRaney and Jameson Parker as mismatched brothers who run a detective agency in San Diego.

In an acting career that spanned more than 60 years, Carver also played the mothers of Goldie Hawn in Protocol (1984) and James Woods in Best Seller (1987). In Arachnophobia (1990), her character was one of many who died from a spider bite.

Carver also was seen on the big screen in such films as From Here to Eternity (1953), Pay or Die (1960), I Never Promised You a Rose Garden (1977) and Safe (1995). 

On television, the Los Angeles native had stints on The Donna Reed Show, Twilight Zone, Gunsmoke, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Mannix, McCloud, Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, Lou Grant, Quincy, M.E., E.R. and Star Trek: Enterprise.

She appeared on Broadway in Out West of Eighth in 1951, The Shadow Box in 1977 and Fifth of July in the early 1980s and taught in the theater department at the University of Southern California. 

Survivors include her daughters Lia and Athena. Donations may be made to the Motion Picture and Television Fund. Carver's family announced her death in a paid obituary in the Los Angeles Times.