Ruth McDevitt

Ruth McDevitt as Miss Emily


Ruth McDevitt was an American actress who portrayed Miss Emily Cowles on Kolchak, the Night Stalker. She had a career that spanned over forty years. She was born Ruth Thane Shoecraft and studied to be dramatic actress. However when she married Philip McDevitt she left the profession until his death in 1934. Although she mostly acted on television later in life, she also performed in radio, theatre, and film. Ruth McDevitt passed away in Hollywood, Ca. on May 27, 1976 at age 80

Selected FilmographyEdit

Mister Peepers (TV Series) - Mom Peepers - 1953-1955

The Parent Trap - Miss Inch - 1961

The Shakiest Gun in the West - Mrs. Olive Heywood - 1968

The Andy Griffith Show (TV Series) - Mrs. Pendleton - 1968

The Ghost & Mrs. Muir (TV Series) - Mrs. Rodman - 1968

Angel in My Pocket - Nadine - 1969

Love, American Style (TV Series) - - 1970-1972

Kolchak, the Night Stalker - Miss Emily - 1974-1975

One of My Wives is Missing - Rebecca Foster - 1976

The Cheerleaders - Grandmother Snow - 1976



Ruth McDevitt's first appearance on the series was in the premiere episode, The Ripper, before she was cast as Miss Emily. In this episode she portrayed a nosy neighbor to the villain who wrote to Miss Emily asking for advise.

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