Cynthia Yorkin Actress

It’s a long way from Coffeyville, Kansas to the big screen, but Cynthia Sikes Yorkin parleyed her 1972 Miss Kansas title into a lifetime in Hollywood.  Her ticket?  Meeting legendary comedian Bob Hope.  The statuesque brunette—still just a teenager—immediately caught his eye.  Would she like to join him on his next USO tour entertaining homesick American soldiers abroad?  Yorkin leapt at the opportunity.  The two week long 1972 USO Christmas tour would turn out to be Hope’s last.  It took Yorkin to thirteen countries in Southeast Asia, including Vietnam, Thailand, and Diego Garcia.

The year following her USO adventure, she competed for the title of Miss America.  Though she did not win, she turned a lot of heads, winning the preliminary swimsuit competition and gaining a coveted spot as one of the Top 10 finalists.  Happy in the spotlight, she made a permanent move to California to see if she could make it in the entertainment industry.  Her first role was as a guest star on the popular drama, “Emergency” in 1975.  Several similar guest appearances followed.

She did not limit herself to television, however.  In 1977, she took to the stage at William Ball’s American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, where she earned a scholarship.  Appearing in productions ranging from Shakespeare to the American classic, “The Glass Menagerie,” Yorkin honed her acting chops and awaited her big break.  It took ten years, but in 1987 Yorkin appeared on Broadway in the debut of Stephen Sondheim’s musical, “Into the Woods,” in which she portrayed the “Baker’s Wife.”

In the meantime, she kept working in television and film.  From 1982 to 1985 she played OB/GYN Dr. Annie Cavanero (opposite Denzel Washington) on NBC’s groundbreaking ensemble medical drama, “St. Elsewhere.”  She also had recurring roles in other popular television shows, including “JAG,” “LA Law,” and “Magnum P.I.”

On the big screen, she appeared opposite such co-stars as Jack Lemon, Burt Reynolds, and Jeff Daniels.  But the role that truly changed her life was that of “Susan Johnson” in “Arthur 2: On the Rocks.”  Working on that set, she met and fell in love with Bud Yorkin, her director and future husband.

Most recently, she has been seen opposite David Duchovny in a four-episode story arc on the series “Aquarius.”

Her feature film credits include co-starring roles in the comedies Arthur 2: On The Rocks with Dudley Moore, That’s Life with Jack Lemmon, Love Hurts with Jeff Daniels, Possums with Mac Davis and in director Henry Jaglom’s Going Shopping.

Actress Credits from IMDB

2016 Aquarius (TV Series)

2008 The Young and the Restless (TV Series)

2005  Going Shopping

1999-2002 Arli$$ (TV Series)

2000-2001 JAG (TV Series)

1998 Possums

1996 Wings (TV Series)

1996 Sins of Silence (TV Movie)

1990 Love Hurts

1990 In Defense of a Married Man (TV Movie)

1988 L.A. Law (TV Series)

1988 Arthur 2: On the Rocks

1986 Oceans of Fire (TV Movie)

1986 That’s Life!

1985 Magnum, P.I. (TV Series)

1985 Hotel (TV Series)

1985 Stir Crazy (TV Series)

1985 I Had Three Wives (TV Series)

1982-1985 St. Elsewhere (TV Series)

1984 –  His Mistress (TV Movie)

1983 – The Man Who Loved Women

1983 – Good-bye Cruel World

1982 – Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains

1982 – Las aventuras de Frank Buck (TV Series)

1981-1982 Flamingo Road (TV Series)

1982 – The Fall Guy (TV Series)

1981-1982 Falcon Crest (TV Series)

1980 – Hart to Hart (TV Series)

1979-1980 – Archie Bunker’s Place (TV Series)

1979 – Big Shamus, Little Shamus (TV Series)

1977 –Bigfoot and Wildboy (TV Series)

1976 – Captains and the Kings (TV Mini-Series)

1976 – Police Woman (TV Series)

1976 – Columbo (TV Series)

1976 – Jigsaw John (TV Series)

1976 – The Rockford Files (TV Series)


1975 – Emergency! (TV Series)