Actress Theresa Saldana Dies — She Co-Starred in ‘Raging Bull’ and Survived a Near-Fatal Stalker Attack in 1982

Jun 7, 2016  •  Post A Comment

Actress Theresa Saldana, who received a Golden Globe nomination in 1994 for the TV drama series “The Commish,” has died. Saldana reportedly died Monday in a Los Angeles hospital after being hospitalized for an unknown illness. She was 61.

Saldana appeared in the acclaimed 1980 movie “Raging Bull,” with that appearance reportedly being part of what brought her to the attention of drifter Arthur Richard Jackson from Scotland. Jackson reportedly stalked Saldana, and in March 1982 accosted her at knifepoint in front of her West Hollywood home.

Saldana was reportedly stabbed 10 times in the attack and nearly died. She later relived the attack in the 1984 NBC TV movie “Victims for Victims: The Theresa Saldana Story.”

Jackson spent almost 14 years in prison before being extradited to the U.K., where he was committed to a psychiatric hospital in connection with a 1966 robbery-murder.

Saldana’s other film roles included “Defiance” in 1980 and “Angel Town” in 1990. She had a prolific career on TV for more than two decades, including guest appearances on shows including “Matlock,” “Cagney & Lacey,” “Law & Order,” “Diagnosis: Murder” and “All My Children.”

Here’s a clip from an episode of “Hunter” from 1987 called “Any Second Now,” in which Saldana again plays a stalking victim …

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