On the ABC series, Saldana played Rachel Scali, wife of lead character Tony Scali (Chiklis). Theresa Saldana, best known for her work on 90s favorite The Commish starring Michael Chiklis, has passed away at the age of 61 after suffering from an unknown illness for which she was hospitalized, according to TMZ.
Saldana also appeared in the classic sports drama Raging Bull alongside Robert De Niro, playing the wife of Joe Pesci’s Joey LaMotta. Saldana retired from acting in 2004 after appearing in the film Gang Warz. She also made appearances in The Twilight Zone, MacGyver, Law & Order and T.J. Hooker throughout the course of her career.
Off-set, Saldana made news in 1982 after being stabbed by a deranged fan outside her home in Los Angeles. She luckily survived the attack thanks to a delivery man that witnessed the incident.
Saldana is survived by her husband Phil Peters, and daughter Tianna Peters.