Yvonne Suhor, Actress on 'The Young Riders,' Dies at 56

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Yvonne Suhor

She was a member of Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre and taught acting at her own studio since 1997.

Yvonne Suhor, who starred for three seasons on The Young Riders, an ABC Western that revolved around the Pony Express, has died. She was 56.

Suhor died Sept. 27 after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer 10 months ago, her husband, actor Simon Needham, told the Orlando Sentinel.

On MGM Television's The Young Riders, which aired from 1989-92, Suhor portrayed Louise McCloud, who disguised herself as a man to become a rider for the Pony Express. The series also featured Josh Brolin (as Wild Bill Hickok), Stephen Baldwin (Buffalo Bill Cody), Melissa Leo and Anthony Zerbe.

Suhor also appeared on such shows as Northern ExposureBrooklyn BridgeStar Trek: Voyager and Murder, She Wrote and will be seen on an episode of the new AMC series Lodge 49, the Sentinel noted.

A native of New Orleans, Suhor attended Illinois State University and the University of California, where she earned her master's degree, and was a member of Chicago's famed Steppenwolf Theatre.

She also taught acting at her Art's Sake studio in Winter Park, Florida, since opening it in 1997.

Survivors include her brother, Michael.