Jo Ann Pflug is a retired American actress who portrayed the ‘Invisible Girl/ Susan Storm Richards’ in the superhero television series ‘Fantastic Four’ in the late 1960s. She has mainly appeared in television productions in her career even though she has acted in a few films as well. She portrayed ‘Lt. Katherine O'Hara’ in the television show ‘Operation Petticoat’ and later ‘Samantha 'Big Jack' Jack’ in the show ‘The Fall Guy’. She also appeared in the show ‘Rituals’ in the mid-1980s. Though Pflug doesn’t have many film credits under her name, she did appear in a few notable roles. Her most memorable work on the silver screen came in the black comedy war film ‘MASH’ as Lt. 'Dish'’. She also appeared in other films like ‘Traveller’, ‘Where Does It Hurt?’, and ‘Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil’.
Jo Ann Pflug began her acting career in 1966 after she was cast in the science fiction film ‘Cyborg 2087’ which was directed by Franklin Adreon. However, it was a very small role and she didn’t have much to draw attention from the audience. In the same year, Pflug made her debut on television with a small role in the show ‘The Beverly Hillbillies’. In 1967, Pflug was cast in the animated version of Marvel’s comic book series ‘Fantastic Four’. The series portrayed four scientists who gain superpowers and fight for saving the earth. Pflug appeared as one of the lead characters, ‘Invisible Girl / Susan Storm Richards’, in the show. Three years later, in 1970, Pflug appeared in a prominent role on the silver screen. She portrayed the character of ‘Lt. Dish’ in Robert Altman’s directorial black comedy war film ‘MASH’. The film featured Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould, and Tom Skerritt in lead roles. It won 13 awards including a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award.
The roles kept coming her way in the ensuing years and she appeared in many supporting/guest roles on television. In the 1970s, she appeared in the series ‘Love, American Style’, ‘Gemini Man’ (mini-series), and ‘Quincy M.E.’. She then appeared in the comedy series ‘Operation Petticoat’, as ‘Lt. Katherine O'Hara’, alongside Melinda Naud, Jim Varney, and Richard Brestoff.
Pflug appeared as ‘Samantha 'Big Jack' Jack’ in the action-adventure television series ‘The Fall Guy’ for 22 episodes between 1981 and 1982. In 1984, she was chosen to be a cast member of the American soap opera ‘Rituals’. In the next few years, she made appearances on television shows like ‘The Return of Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer’, ‘New Love, American Style’, ‘The Colbys’, and ‘B.L. Stryker’. She took a break from work at the end of the 1980s and returned eight years later in 1997. However, after just two films, she retired. Her last two appearances on the silver screen were in the American crime drama film ‘Traveller’ and ‘Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.’
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Family & Personal life
Jo Ann Pflug was born in Atlanta, Georgia, on May 2, 1940. Her father, J. Lynn Pflug, became the mayor of Florida in 1958. She attended Winter Park High School in Florida and later received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami.
She married American game show host Chuck Woolery in 1972 and had a daughter named Melissa with him. The marriage lasted for a decade, and in 1982, the couple divorced. Six years later, on May 14, 1988, she married Charles Stuck Young.