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Debby Ryan

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Debby Ryan
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Ryan at the 2011 Gracie Awards.
Born Deborah Ann Ryan
(1993-05-13) May 13, 1993 (age 23)
Huntsville, Alabama, U.S.
Education Fossil Ridge High School
Occupation
  • Actress
  • singer
Years active 2006–present
Website debbyryan.com
Musical career
Genres
Labels Ryan River Studio
Associated acts The Never Ending

Deborah AnnDebbyRyan[2][3] (born May 13, 1993)[4] is an American actress and singer.[5] Ryan started acting in professional theatres at the age of seven; in 2007 she appeared in the Barney & Friends straight-to-DVD film Barney: Let’s Go to the Firehouse and then was discovered in a nationwide search by Disney. She is also known for appearing in the 2008 feature film The Longshots as Edith. In 2009, she guest starred in an episode of Wizards of Waverly Place in “Wizards on Deck with Hannah Montana” as Bailey Pickett along with her other cast mates from The Suite Life on Deck. Then, in 2010, she starred in the film 16 Wishes, which was the most watched cable program on the day of its premiere on the Disney Channel. 16 Wishes introduced Ryan to new audiences; the movie received high viewership in the adults demographic (18–34).[6][7][8] Soon after that, Ryan starred in the independent theatrical film, What If…, which premiered on August 20, 2010.

Ryan also starred in the 2012 Disney Channel Original Movie Radio Rebel, where she portrays Tara Adams, a shy 17-year-old girl who adopts the radio personality Radio Rebel. Ryan directed an episode of her TV show, Jessie,[9] that aired on May 15, 2015. In 2013, she formed the band The Never Ending. Beginning in July 2015, Ryan will perform with The Never Ending as an opening act on Fifth Harmony‘s Reflection Tour.[10]

Early life

Ryan was born in Huntsville, Alabama.[4][11] She has performed in various theater performance groups and talent competitions.[12] Her father was in the military, so she moved to numerous places in Europe. She lived in Germany until she was 10 and can speak both English and German. She started performing in professional theaters at the age of seven on an American base in Germany.[13] She returned to the United States in 2003, at the age of 10, and was raised in Texas.[13][14] In a 2009 People Magazine interview, she described herself as a “nerd” in school.[13] She was bullied in middle school for being a mascot and a member of the school’s chess club.[15]

Career

2006–10: The Suite Life on Deck

Ryan at the premiere for Up, in 2009.

Ryan began appearing in various television commercials in her early teenage years. In 2006 she made her television debut on the show Barney and Friends. Ryan’s first film role was in 2007 as a guest character in Barney: Let’s Go to the Firehouse, she played the role of a teenager. She appeared in several commercials for iDog and various board games; she was in an iDog Dance commercial in 2008.[12] Ryan also had a major role in the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer feature film The Longshots as Edith. Ryan played one of the main characters, Bailey Pickett, on the Disney Channel Original Series, The Suite Life on Deck, which is a sequel to the hit Disney Channel series, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody. The series’s pilot aired on September 26, 2008 in the United States and it became the most watched series premiere in Canada on the Family channel.[16][17] The character is a very intelligent girl who boarded the ship to leave the fictional town of Kettlecorn, Kansas, where she lived on a farm, because she hated the fact that the town is so small. The series was 2008’s number one top scripted television series for teens, beating the veteran series Hannah Montana and Wizards of Waverly Place in the ratings.[18] The series was also 2009’s top rated scripted series, outpacing other teenage shows.[19]

In 2009, Ryan landed a starring role in the independent feature film, What If…, alongside Kevin Sorbo and Kristy Swanson. The film was shot in Grand Rapids and Manistee, Michigan in July 2009 and was released in theaters on August 20, 2010. The film is produced by Pure Flix Entertainment and centers on a Christian family.[20][21][22] In October 2009, Ryan hosted the first Tween Girl Summit Music Festival.[23] “Tween girls are drawn to talented performers who emanate the joy of life, and we are so happy to have teen favorite Debby Ryan as the first host of The Tween Summit Music Festival,” said Denise Restauri, founder of The Tween Summit, AllyKatzz.com and AK Tweens.[23] Ryan was set to headline the “Terrific Teen Tour”, a concert series which co-headlined Mitchel Musso, Jasmine Richards and Savannah Outen, that would start on July 9, 2009 and end on July 14 but the tour was canceled owing to schedule conflicts.[24] The tour would have been Ryan’s debut as a live musician.[25] In 2010, she starred in the young adult film 16 Wishes. In addition, the movie introduced Ryan to new audiences, such as the contemporary adult audience since the movie received high viewership in the adults demographic.[6][7][8] Ryan noted that to prepare for her role in 16 Wishes, she watched numerous Brat Pack movies.[26]

2011–15: Jessie and music

Ryan performing live with The Never Ending, in 2014.

On March 25, 2011 Ryan starred in The Suite Life Movie, based on the show she had starred in.[27] On March 29, she released the promotional single “Made of Matches“, theme of Discovery Family television show R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour#Made of Matches.[28] The Suite Life of Zack & Cody finished its run on May 6, 2011. On July 6, she released her debut solo single, the alternative hip hop song We Ended Right, featuring Chad Hively & Chase Ryan.[29] The song was released from her own label, the Ryan River Studio, founded with her brother, Chase Ryan.[30] Also in 2011, it was announced that Ryan landed her own Disney Channel series called Jessie, which debuted in September 2011.[31] The show follows a girl who moves from Texas to New York to become a star but becomes a nanny instead for a family with four children.[31] Jessie is a show she also helped create, relating that she wanted her character to relate to herself.[32] Ryan directed the season three episode “Coffee Talk,” making her the youngest female to ever direct a Disney Channel production.[33] Additionally, in a shift towards a more mature role, she guest starred in an episode of the show Private Practice as a recovering drug addict.

On February 17, 2012, she starred in another Disney Channel movie entitled Radio Rebel as Tara, a very shy teenage who dreads speaking to anyone in the school, but in the privacy of her bedroom, she incorporates the most famous radialist of internet under the nicknake ‘Radio Rebel’. She released the cover version of “We Got the Beat“, by The Go-Go’s, as promotional single for the film on February 21.[34] On August 31, 2012 she voiced the character Spike in the Tinker Bell film Secret of the Wings. Also in 2012, she formed the indie band The Never Ending with the guitarist Kyle Moore and the drummer Johnny Franco.[35] Ryan commented that her musical style includes folk, indie pop and country.[1] She cited as musical influences for their debut work some artistas as The Lumineers, Mumford & Sons, April Smith and the Great Picture Show and Tom Petty.[1][36] In 2013, Ryan starred in the film Kristin’s Christmas Past as Haddie. She recorded a appearance in the film Muppets Most Wanted, released in March 21, 2014, as Savana, but the scene was deleted. After, the scenes was later reinstated in the Blu-ray release’s extended version.[37] On June 1, Ryan and The Never Ending released the debut single, “Mulholland Drive”, with a premiere in the Billboard website.[38] The debut EP One was released on June 24,[39] featuring album art from a circus-theme.[40] She also appeared in the show TV series Mighty Med as Jade and was guest mentor in the fifth season of Fashion Police. On April 17, 2015, an episode of Girl Meets World premiered featuring Ryan as Aubrey Macavoy.[41] On June 23, 2015, The Never Ending debuted their new single, titled “Secondhand“.[42]

2016–present: Focus on acting

In 2016 Ryan was cast of the NBC police series The Mysteries of Laura in season two as Lucy Diamond, Laura’s drugged and trouble-making younger paternal half-sister and the half-aunt of Nicholas and Harrison.[42] At the same time, Ryan was confirmed in the cast of comedy series Sing It!.[43] The show debuted on May 25, 2016 at YouTube Red, a paid service of streaming original series and movies, similar to Netflix.[44] Ryan played Holli Holiday, a famous and egocentric singer, who uses the fictional talent show Sing It! to self-promote.[45] The character was inspired by Paula Abdul.[46] On August 22 Ryan was confirmed in the VH1 drama series Daytime Divas, based on the book Satan’s Sisters by former The View-host Star Jones.[47] The series will be debut in 2017.[48] She will play Maddie Finn, a ex-host of The Lunch Hour and rival of Kibby, who wants to return to the show.[49]

Personal life

In a 2009 People Magazine interview, Ryan stated that her Suite Life co-star, Brenda Song, is her acting idol.[13] In a March 2009 interview, Ryan revealed she also looks up to Meryl Streep, calling Streep “so profoundly thought-provoking and life-changing”. She has said that her other role models include Anne Hathaway, Rachel McAdams, and Tobey Maguire. When asked about musical tastes, she said, “I love jazz! I love singing it. I also love country! My brother loves rock; he also has this chill Jason Mraz-like style. So basically, my answer is: jazz-country-rock-alternative? I have no idea! But I honestly would love to make country music”. Ryan is a Christian.[50][51] She plays several instruments, including the guitar, piano, and keyboard.[52]

Ryan was in a relationship with Twenty One Pilots drummer Josh Dun from May 2013 to September 2014.[53][54] In a March 10, 2015 Teen Vogue interview, she revealed that her relationship with Dun was good but she had been in an abusive relationship with someone else.[55] She described that relationship as professional rather than romantic, but said “it was such emotional manipulation to the point where it became physical.” In the interview, she stated that she decided to partner with Mary Kay and Love is Respect for their anti-domestic-violence campaign “Don’t Look Away.” Ryan is quoted as saying, “The second someone puts their hand on you, a boundary has been crossed.”[56]

In April 2016, Ryan was placed under arrest for drunk driving.[57][58] At the time of the arrest she was charged with felony DUI but it was reduced to a misdemeanor charge immediately after. She was released until her court date after posting a $100,000 bail. On June 30, 2016, she pled no contest to reckless driving and was sentenced to 3 years probation. As a part of the plea agreement she must also complete her community service and a DUI program.[59]

Other ventures

Philanthropy

Ryan is involved in Disney’s Friends for Change. She was featured in a commercial on Disney Channel.[60] The charity helps explain how kids can help preserve the planet and invites them to go to the Friends for Change website to register and pledge, offering them the chance to help choose how Disney will invest $1 million in environmental programs.[61] Ryan will be taking part in Disney’s Friends for Change Games, which will feature over 30 Disney Channel and Disney XD stars competing in fun and physical challenges inspired by good actions for the environment. The stars will be broken up into teams and each team will play on behalf of an environmental charity. Ryan had been taking part as Captain of the Blue Team playing to benefit Ocean Conservancy.[62]

In May 2012, Ryan traveled to Udaipur, India, as part of Disney’s Friends for Change’s partnership with international charity Free The Children.[63] The trip was hosted by Me to We, a social enterprise and partner of Free The Children. During her visit she volunteered to help build a new school in Lai Gow and met with local community members to learn about their culture.[63] Her experience was filmed and aired between programs on Disney Channel starting on June 28, 2012.[64]

Fashion

In July 2012, Ryan started work on a clothing line for 2013. She said she was in the beginning stages of building herself a fashion brand and revealed that she has been looking into designers and interviewing brands she might like to work with.[65]

Filmography

Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2007 Barney: Let’s Go to the Firehouse Teenage Girl
2008 The Longshots Edith Smith
2010 What If… Kimberly “Kim” Walker
2012 Secret of the Wings Spike Voice
2014 Muppets Most Wanted Savana[66]
2017 Grace Nicole Post-production
2017 Rip Tide Cora Post-production
2017 Cover Versions Maple Post-production
2018 Life of the Party Jennifer Post-production
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
2006 Barney and Friends Debby Episode: “Rabbits/Ducks and Fish”
2008 Jonas Brothers: Living the Dream Herself Episode: “Hello Hollywood”
2008–11 The Suite Life on Deck Bailey Pickett Main role
2009 Wizards of Waverly Place Bailey Pickett Episode: “Cast Away (To Another Show)
2009 Hannah Montana Bailey Pickett Episode: “Super(stitious) Girl
2010 16 Wishes Abigail “Abby” Jensen Television film
2011 The Suite Life Movie Bailey Pickett Television film
2011 R. L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour: The Series Stefani Howard Episode: “Wrong Number”
2011 PrankStars Herself Episode: “Something to Chew On”
2011 Private Practice Hayley Episode: “The Breaking Point”
2011–15 Jessie Jessie Prescott Lead role
2012 Zeke and Luther Courtney Mills Episode: “There’s No Business Like Bro Business”
2012 The Glades Christa Johnson Episode: “Fountain of Youth”
2012 Radio Rebel Tara Adams Television film
2012 Austin & Ally Jessie Prescott Episode: “Austin & Jessie & Ally All Star New Year”
2013 We Day Host 7th edition
2013 Good Luck Charlie Jessie Prescott Episode: “Good Luck Jessie: NYC Christmas”
2013 Kristin’s Christmas Past Haddie Television film
2014 Mighty Med Jade / Remix Episode: “Guitar Superhero”
2014 Ultimate Spider-Man Jessie Prescott Voice; episode: “Halloween Night at the Museum”
2014 Fashion Police Guest mentor Episode: “Debby Ryan and Jamie Chung”
2015 Girl Meets World Aubrey Episode: “Girl Meets Demolition”[67]
2015 Goldie & Bear Thumbelina Voice; episode: “Thumbulina’s Wild Ride”
2015–16 The Mysteries of Laura Lucy Diamond Recurring role (season 2)
2016 Sing It! Holli Holiday Main role
2017 Daytime Divas Maddie Finn Recurring role; VH1‘s upcoming series
2017 Insatiable[68] Patty Lead role; The CW‘s upcoming series

Discography

For the discography with her band, see The Never Ending § Discography.

Singles

Single Year Album
We Ended Right[69]
(featuring Chad Hively & Chase Ryan)
2011 Non-album single

Promotional singles

Single Year Album
Made of Matches 2011 Non-album single
We Got the Beat 2012 Radio Rebel

Other appearances

Song Year Other(s) artist(s) Album
Hakuna Matata 2010 N/A Disneymania 7
“A Wish Comes True Everyday” 16 Wishes
“Open Eyes”
“Hey, Jessie” 2012 Make Your Mark: Ultimate Playlist
Deck the Halls Disney Channel Holiday Playlist
“Favorite Time of Year” 2013 Holidays Unwrapped
“Face 2 Face” Ross Lynch Austin & Ally: Turn It Up
“Best Year” 2014 N/A Disney Channel: Play It Loud

Music videos

Song Year Director Notes
“A Wish Comes True Every Day” 2010 Peter DeLuise
“Open Eyes”
“Deck the Halls” N/A
“Made of Matches” 2011 Neill Fearnley
“We Got the Beat” 2012 Peter Howitt
“Ever Enough” 2013 Mark Staubach[70] A Rocket To The Moon’s music video

Production and songwriting credits

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2008 Celebrity Love Awards Favorite Actress The Suite Life on Deck Nominated [75]
2009 Favorite Actress Nominated [75]
Poptastic Awards Favorite Television Actress Nominated [76]
Female Newcomer Won [76]
2010 Celebrity Love Awards Favorite Actress Nominated [75]
Hollywood Teen TV Awards Teen Pick Actress: Comedy Nominated [77]
Body Peace Award Outstanding Advocate Won [78]
Jetix Awards Best Television Star Nominated [citation needed]
Poptastic Awards TV Actress Won [citation needed]
Nickelodeon UK Kids’ Choice Awards Best Television Actress Won [75]
Italy Kids Choice Awards Favorite TV Star Nominated [citation needed]
Favorite International Star Nominated [citation needed]
2011 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Movie, Miniseries or Special Leading or Supporting Young Actress 16 Wishes Nominated [79]
2012 Popstar Awards TV Actress Jessie Won [80]
Female Style Idol Herself Nominated [80]
Teen Icon Awards “Iconic Heart” Nominated [81]
2014 Kids’ Choice Awards Favorite TV Actress Jessie Nominated [82]
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Comedy Nominated [83]
2015 Kids’ Choice Awards Favorite TV Actress Nominated [84]

MERCDES DE LA ZERDA

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Biography

Mercedes De La Zerda was an actress who worked in television most of her Hollywood career. She began her acting career with roles in the series “Stargate SG-1” (1997-2006), “The Dead Zone” (USA, 2001-07) and “The Twilight Zone” (UPN, 2002-03). She also appeared in the TV movie “Bang, Bang, You’re Dead” (Showtime, 2002-03). Several more television roles followed in the early 2000s and the 2010s, including stints on “The 4400” (USA, 2003-07) and “Tru Calling” (Fox, 2003-05). Her work around this time also included a part on the TV movie “Radio Rebel” (Disney, 2011-12). During these years, she also worked in film, earning a part in the comedy “John Tucker Must Die” (2006) with Jesse Metcalfe. Most recently, De La Zerda acted on “Motive” (2012-).

 

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Biography

Mercedes De La Zerda was an actress who worked in television most of her Hollywood career. She began her acting career with roles in the series “Stargate SG-1” (1997-2006), “The Dead Zone” (USA, 2001-07) and “The Twilight Zone” (UPN, 2002-03). She also appeared in the TV movie “Bang, Bang, You’re Dead” (Showtime, 2002-03). Several more television roles followed in the early 2000s and the 2010s, including stints on “The 4400” (USA, 2003-07) and “Tru Calling” (Fox, 2003-05). Her work around this time also included a part on the TV movie “Radio Rebel” (Disney, 2011-12). During these years, she also worked in film, earning a part in the comedy “John Tucker Must Die” (2006) with Jesse Metcalfe. Most recently, De La Zerda acted on “Motive” (2012-).

Shoshannah Stern (SUPERNATURAL)

 

Shoshannah Stern

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Shoshannah Stern
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Born (1980-07-03) July 3, 1980 (age 36)
United States Walnut Creek, California
Spouse(s) Ricky Mitchell (m. 2012)
Relatives Louise Stern (sister)

Shoshannah Stern (born July 3, 1980) is an American actress.

Life and career[edit]

She was born in Walnut Creek, California, into an observant Jewish and fourth-generation deaf family,[1] the daughter of Ron Stern and Hedy Marilyn Stern (née Udkovich), and the sister of writer and artist Louise Stern.[2] One of her grandmothers is a Holocaust survivor.[1] Her hometown is Fremont, California, where she attended the California School for the Deaf, Fremont.

Stern’s first language is American Sign Language. She is also able to read lips and speak English without an interpreter. She attended Gallaudet University, the only liberal arts college for the deaf in the world.[3]

She married her husband, Ricky Mitchell, on June 3, 2012 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Their daughter, Mayim Helene, was born on February 18, 2015. She currently resides with him in Hollywood, California.

Stern got her first regular series role as Holly Brodeen, a member of an elite government anti-terrorist task force in ABC‘s Threat Matrix. The role was created for her by the show’s producers after a director who had worked with her on The Division recommended her.[4] She had a recurring role in Showtime‘s Weeds (as Megan Beals-Botwin) and was also on ER, Providence and Cold Case. She played Bonnie Richmond in the CBS post-apocalyptic drama Jericho. She had a recurring role in Season 3 of Fox‘s Lie to Me.[5]

Stern appeared with Matthew Broderick in the film The Last Shot and starred in the film Adventures of Power. She also appeared in the popular music video “Yes We Can“, written by will.i.am for the Barack Obama campaign.

Theatre[edit]

Deaf West Theatre[edit]

Television[edit]

Films[edit]

THE LEGENDARY…”MR. WARMTH…DON RICKLES…HAS LEFT US

 

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Don Rickles

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Don Rickles
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Rickles in 1973
Birth name Donald Jay Rickles
Born (1926-05-08)May 8, 1926
Queens, New York, U.S.
Died April 6, 2017(2017-04-06) (aged 90)
Beverly Hills, California
Medium Stand-up, film, television
Nationality American
Years active 1943–2017
Genres Insult comedy, observational comedy, musical comedy, improvisational comedy
Subject(s) United States culture, racism, self-deprecation, everyday life, religion, current events
Spouse Barbara Sklar (m. 1965–2017)
Children 2
Notable works and roles Hello Dummy!
Run Silent, Run Deep
Kelly’s Heroes
Casino
Toy Story

Donald JayDonRickles (May 8, 1926 – April 6, 2017) was an American stand-up comedian and actor. Best known as an insult comic, his pudgy, balding appearance and pugnacious style led to few leading roles in film or television; his prominent film roles included Run Silent, Run Deep (1958) and Kelly’s Heroes (1970), and beginning in 1976 he enjoyed a two-year run starring in the sitcom C.P.O. Sharkey. He received widespread exposure as a popular guest on numerous talk shows, including The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and Late Show with David Letterman, and later voice roles in films notably included playing Mr. Potato Head in the Toy Story series. He won a Primetime Emmy Award for the 2007 documentary Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project.

Early life

Rickles was born Donald Jay Rickles in the New York City borough of Queens on May 8, 1926,[1] to Max Rickles (1897–1953), who emigrated in 1903 with his parents Joseph and Frances Rickles (Richters) from Kaunas, Lithuania[2] (then in the Russian Empire), and Etta (Feldman) Rickles (1901–1984), born in New York to immigrant parents from the Austrian Empire.[3][4][5] His family was Jewish and spoke Yiddish at home. Rickles grew up in the Jackson Heights area.[1]

After graduating from Newtown High School, Rickles enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served during World War II on the motor torpedo boat tender USS Cyrene (AGP-13) as a seaman first class. He was honorably discharged in 1946.[6] Two years later, intending to be a dramatic actor, he studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and then played bit parts on television. Frustrated by a lack of acting work, Rickles began performing stand-up comedy in clubs in New York, Miami, and Los Angeles. He became known as an insult comedian when he responded to his hecklers. The audience enjoyed these insults more than his prepared material, and he incorporated them into his act.[7] When he began his career in the early 1950s, he started calling ill-mannered members of the audience “hockey puck[s]”.[8] His style was similar to that of an older insult comic, Jack E. Leonard, though Rickles denied Leonard influenced his style.[9]

Career

1950s–1960s

While working in a Miami Beach nightclub known as “Murray Franklin’s” early in his career, he spotted Frank Sinatra and remarked to him, “I just saw your movie, The Pride and the Passion and I want to tell you, the cannon’s acting was great.” He added, “Make yourself at home, Frank. Hit somebody!”[1][10] Sinatra, whose pet name for Rickles was “bullet-head,” enjoyed him so much that he encouraged other celebrities to see Rickles’ act and be insulted by him. Sinatra’s support helped Rickles become a popular headline performer in Las Vegas.[10][11] During a Dean Martin Roast special, Rickles was among those who took part in a roast of Sinatra.[12]

Rickles earned the nicknames “The Merchant of Venom” and “Mr. Warmth”[7][13] for his poking fun at people of all ethnicities and walks of life. When he was introduced to an audience or on a television talk show, Spanish matador music, “La Virgen de la Macarena”, would usually be played, subtly foreshadowing someone was about to be metaphorically gored. Rickles said, “I always pictured myself facing the audience as the matador.”[9]

In 1958, Rickles made his film debut in a serious part in Run Silent, Run Deep with Clark Gable and Burt Lancaster.[13] Throughout the 1960s, he often appeared on television in sitcoms and dramatic series. Rickles guest-starred in Get Smart as Sid, an old war buddy of Max who comes to stay with him. In an episode of the 1960s drama series Run for Your Life, Rickles played a distressed comedian whose act culminates when he strangles a patron while imploring the patron to “Laugh!” Rickles took a dramatic turn in the low-budget Roger Corman film X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes as a carnival barker out to exploit the title character (played by Ray Milland).[14]

Rickles and Lorne Greene on The Don Rickles Show, 1968

Rickles appeared in the popular Beach Party film series. He recalled in his 2007 memoir that at a White House dinner, Barbara Bush teased him about his decision to appear in those films.[15] Rickles’ agent, Jack Gilardi, was married to Annette Funicello when Rickles was cast in the Beach Party films. He subsequently began appearing more frequently on television talk shows, first appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in 1965.[7]

He became a frequent guest and guest host, appearing more than 100 times on The Tonight Show during Carson’s era. An early Carson-Rickles Tonight highlight occurred in 1968 when, while two Japanese women treated Carson to a bath and massage by foot, Rickles walked onto the set.[16] Rickles also made frequent appearances on The Dean Martin Show and became a fixture on The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast specials.[13]

In 1968, Rickles released a live comedy album, Hello, Dummy!, which reached #54 on The Billboard 200 album chart.[17] The same year he starred in his own variety show on ABC, The Don Rickles Show, with comedy writer Pat McCormick as his sidekick. The show lasted one season. During the 1960s, Rickles made guest appearances on The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Munsters, The Addams Family, The Mothers-in-Law, Gilligan’s Island, Get Smart, The Andy Griffith Show and I Dream of Jeannie.

1970s–1980s

Rickles and Louise Sorel in The Don Rickles Show

In 1970, Rickles had a notable role as Crapgame in Kelly’s Heroes, sharing the marquee poster with co-stars Clint Eastwood, Telly Savalas, Donald Sutherland and Carroll O’Connor. In 1972, he starred in The Don Rickles Show, which lasted for 13 episodes.[18] He also starred in a series of television specials. In his memoir, Rickles acknowledged a scripted sitcom was not well-suited to his ad-lib style of performing.[19]

Starting in 1973, Rickles became a popular comedian appearing on The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast specials. In 1976–1978, he starred in C.P.O. Sharkey, which lasted two seasons.[19] The series is primarily remembered for the cigarette box incident when Johnny Carson did an impromptu surprise visit during an episode’s taping because he was “incensed” Rickles broke his cigarette box while he chatted with Bob Newhart (who was sitting in for Carson as the guest host of The Tonight Show) on the previous night’s show. The incident was often replayed in Tonight Show retrospectives and was considered a highlight of the 1970s era of the series.[20]

Rickles occasionally appeared as a panelist on Hollywood Squares and was depicted in comic book form by Jack Kirby during his work on the Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen series.[21][22][23]

1980s–1990s

In the early 1980s, Rickles began performing with Steve Lawrence in concerts in Las Vegas. In 1983, the duo co-hosted Foul-Ups, Bleeps & Blunders, an imitation of TV’s Bloopers & Practical Jokes. In 1985, when Frank Sinatra was asked to perform at Ronald Reagan‘s Second Inaugural Ball, he stipulated he would not perform unless Rickles was allowed to perform with him. Rickles considered this performance the highlight of his career.[24] In 1990, he appeared in the second season of Tales from the Crypt in the episode “The Ventriloquist’s Dummy”. In 1992, he was cast in Innocent Blood, directed by John Landis. In his memoir, Rickles wrote that he recalled that Landis was once a “Production Assistant” to Brian G. Hutton during the filming of Kelly’s Heroes. During the filming of Innocent Blood, Rickles would kid Landis by ordering him to get coffee or to run other errands befitting his one-time “gofer” status. In 1993, Rickles starred in another short-lived sitcom Daddy Dearest, with Richard Lewis. In 1995, he played Billy Sherbert in Casino, and voiced Mr. Potato Head in Toy Story (1995) and reprised his role in Toy Story 2 (1999).[25] Rickles starred as George Wilson in 1998’s Dennis the Menace Strikes Again. In 1998, he portrayed a film theater manager in Dirty Work and voiced Cornwall, one of the heads of a two-headed dragon, in Quest for Camelot.

2000s–2010s

Rickles without the comb over on stage at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City on January 12, 2008

In February 2007, Rickles made a cameo appearance as himself in a strange, recurring dream sequence woven through an episode titled “Sub Conscious” of the CBS dramatic series, The Unit.[26] Rickles’ memoir, titled Rickles’ Book, was released on May 8, 2007, by Simon & Schuster. Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project, a documentary about Rickles directed by John Landis, made its debut on HBO on December 2, 2007. Rickles won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program, besting a number of notable comics, including David Letterman, Jon Stewart, and Stephen Colbert. To this Rickles remarked, “Stephen Colbert’s a funny man, but he’s too young. He has got plenty of time to win awards, but this may be my last year and I think that I made it count. On second thought it was probably just a mercy award for an old man.”[27] Rickles reprised his role of Mr. Potato Head for Toy Story Midway Mania! attraction at Disney California Adventure Park, Disney’s Hollywood Studios[28] and Toy Story 3.

In 2009, Rickles appeared on Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List and met Griffin’s mother, Maggie, to fulfill one item on Maggie’s “bucket list”. In 2010, he appeared in a commercial during Super Bowl XLIV as a talking rose and appeared on the 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards on CBS TV on June 27, 2010. In 2011, Rickles reunited with his Casino co-star Joe Pesci in a Snickers advertisement highlighting the actors known for their “short fuses.”[29] Rickles also played the late husband of Elka (Betty White) on the TV Land original comedy Hot in Cleveland— a “surprise” because his character was thought to be dead.[30]

On May 28, 2014, Rickles was honored by Spike TV’s “One Night Only: An All-Star Comedy Tribute to Don Rickles”. Recorded live at New York City’s Apollo Theater, Jerry Seinfeld was the master of ceremonies for the two-hour special, with live monologues by Johnny Depp, Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Jon Stewart, David Letterman, Tracy Morgan, Brian Williams, Regis Philbin, Amy Poehler and Tina Fey. Recorded segments included bits from Bob Newhart, Bill Cosby, Jimmy Kimmel and Eddie Murphy.[31]

“The camaraderie and the comedy made the show a cross between a traditional roast and a dignified lifetime achievement award, spanning emotions ranging from admiration and gratitude to, well, degradation. And as the evening reached its climax, when Rickles got his say after all that had said about him and his nearly 60-year-long career, fittingly, he had the last laugh.” – TV Week[32]

Rickles was still a frequent guest on late night talk shows, including Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, among other late night shows during the later months of his life. On May 11, 2015, Rickles appeared as a guest on one of the final episodes of The Late Show with David Letterman. He also made a cameo in the show Grandfathered.[33]

In a 2014 interview, Rickles dismissed thoughts of retiring, saying: “I’m in good health. I’m working better than I ever have. The audiences are great. Why should I retire? I’m like a fighter. The bell rings and you come out and fight. My energy comes alive. And I still enjoy it.”[34] Until his death in 2017, despite being impeded by multiple surgeries following a bout with necrotizing fasciitis in 2013, Rickles continued touring across the United States.[6]

Personal life

On March 14, 1965, Rickles married Philadelphia native Barbara Sklar. He admitted having a very difficult time romantically in his 20s and 30s (he married at the relatively old age of 38), finally meeting Barbara through his agent and falling for her when she failed to get his sense of humor.[35][36] They had two children, Mindy and Larry Rickles (1970–2011).[37] According to Rickles’ memoir, his grandchildren, Ethan and Harrison Mann, are much more impressed by his role as Mr. Potato Head than by any of his other achievements.

Although a lifelong Democrat, he performed at the inaugurations of Republican presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush with his friend Frank Sinatra.[38]

Rickles considered comedian Bob Newhart to be his best friend, and their wives were also close friends.[39] Rickles and Newhart appeared together on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on January 24, 2005, the Monday following Johnny Carson’s death, reminiscing about their many guest appearances on Carson’s show, which included footage of the “cigarette box incident”. The two also appeared together on the television sitcom Newhart, and for previous episodes of The Tonight Show, where Newhart or Rickles were guest-hosts. Rickles, Newhart, and their wives often vacationed together.[39]

Rickles died on April 6, 2017, of kidney failure, in his home in Los Angeles.[40]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1958 Run Silent, Run Deep Quartermaster 1st Class Ruby
1959 The Rabbit Trap Mike O’Halloran
1960 The Rat Race Nellie
1963 X: The Man with the X-ray Eyes Crane
1964 Muscle Beach Party Jack Fanny
1964 Bikini Beach Big Drag
1964 Pajama Party Big Bang The Martian
1965 Beach Blanket Bingo Big Drop
1967 Enter Laughing Harry Hamburger
1967 The Money Jungle Harry Darkwater
1969 Where It’s At Willie
1970 Kelly’s Heroes Staff Sergeant “Crapgame”
1971 The Love Machine Announcer Uncredited
1990 Keaton’s Cop Jake
1992 Innocent Blood Emmanuel “Manny” Bergman
1995 Casino Billy Sherbert
1995 Toy Story Mr. Potato Head (voice)
1997 Redux Riding Hood The Boss (voice) Short film
1998 Quest for Camelot Cornwall (voice)
1998 Dirty Work Mr. Hamilton
1998 Dennis the Menace Strikes Again George Wilson
1999 Toy Story 2 Mr. Potato Head (voice)
2010 Toy Story 3
2011 Hawaiian Vacation Short film
2011 Zookeeper Jim the Bullfrog (voice)
2011 Small Fry Mr. Potato Head (voice) Short film
2012 Partysaurus Rex
2019 Toy Story 4 Posthumous

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1955 Stage 7 Announcer Episode: “A Note of Fear”
1956 Chevron Hall of Stars Announcer 2 episodes
1955–1956 Cavalcade of America Commentator 2 episodes
1956 Four Star Playhouse Announcer Uncredited
Episode: “The Listener”
1957 M Squad N/A Scenes deleted
Episode: “Pete Loves Mary”
1959 The Thin Man Eddie Episode: “The Cat Kicker”
1959–1960 The DuPont Show with June Allyson Reporter / Newscaster / Announcer 3 episodes
1961 The Twilight Zone Bettor Episode: “Mr. Dingle, the Strong
1961 Wagon Train Joe Carder Episode: “Wagon to Fort Anderson”
1961 Hennesey Chief Petty Officer Ernie Schmidt Episode: “Professional Sailor”
1962 The Dick Powell Show Newscaster Episode: “Seeds of April”
1962 Cain’s Hundred Dave Molloy Episode: Blood Money
1964 The Addams Family Claude Episode: “Halloween With the Addams Family”
1964 The Dick Van Dyke Show Lyle Delp 2 episodes
1963–1965 Burke’s Law Swifty Piedmont / Frank Cross / Lou Kronkeit 3 episodes
1965 The Beverly Hillbillies Fred Episode: “Jed’s Temptation”
1965 Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. Sergeant Jim Mason Episode: “My Buddy, the War Hero”
1965 The Munsters ‘Doc’ Happy Havemeyer Episode: “Dance with Me, Herman”
1965 The Andy Griffith Show Newton Munroe Episode: “The Luck of Newton Munroe”
1965 F Troop Bald Eagle Episode: “The Return of Bald Eagle”
1966 The Wild Wild West Asmodeus Episode: “The Night of the Druid’s Blood”
1966 The Bob Hope Show N/A October 19
1965–1966 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre Linny 2 episodes
1966 Gilligan’s Island Norbert Wiley Episode: “The Kidnapper”
1967 The Lucy Show Eddie Rickles Episode: “Lucy the Fight Manager”
1967 I Spy Frank Bodie Episode: “Night Train to Madrid”
1967 I Dream of Jeannie Kiski Episode: “My Master, the Weakling”
1966–1967 Run for Your Life Willy Hatch / Leo Mazinov 2 episodes
1968–1969 Get Smart Sid Krimm / Guard Episodes: “The Little Black Book – Parts 1&2”
Episode: “To Sire, with Love – Part 2”
1972 The Don Rickles Show Don Robinson
1974 Sanford and Son Fight Announcer (voice) Episode: “Once a Thief”
1975 Buy This Tape, You Hockey Puck Himself Standup Comedy special
1976 Medical Center N/A Episode: “The Happy State of Depression”
1976–1978 C.P.O. Sharkey “C.P.O. Otto Sharkey” 37 episodes
1982 Archie Bunker’s Place Al Snyder Episode: “Death of a Lodger”
1983 Gimme a Break! Max Episode: “Nell and the Kid”
1985 George Burns Comedy Week Mayor Episode: “Disaster at Buzz Creek”
1989 Newhart Don Prince Episode: “The Nice Man Cometh”
1990 Tales from the Crypt Mr. Ingles Episode: “The Ventriloquist’s Dummy”
1991 Hunter Harold Schwan Episode: “Ex Marks the Spot”
1993 Daddy Dearest Al Mitchell 13 episodes
1997 The Larry Sanders Show Himself Episode: “Artie and Angie and Hank and Hercules”
1997 The Single Guy Dr. Dick Sloan, Sam’s Father Episode: “Big Baby”
1998 Murphy Brown Leonard, Secretary #90 Episode: “Dial and Substance”
2002 The Bernie Mac Show Himself Episode: “The Sweet Life”
2004 The Wool Cap Ira Television film
2005 The Catch Roy Kozikowski Television film
2007 The Unit Himself
Priest
Episode: “Sub-Conscious”
2011 Hot in Cleveland Bobby 2 episodes
2013 Toy Story of Terror! Mr. Potato Head (voice) Short
2014 Toy Story That Time Forgot Mr. Potato Head (voice) Television film

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
1996 Animated Storybook: Toy Story Mr. Potato Head Voice
1999 Toy Story 2: Buzz Lightyear to the Rescue Mr. Potato Head Voice
2001 Toy Story Racer Mr. Potato Head Voice

Other

Theme park

Discography

Books

Awards and nominations

Year Award Work Result Ref
2000 Hollywood Walk of Fame Won [41]
2008 Primetime Emmy Award for Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project Won [42]
2009 Legend Award Won [43]
2012 The Johnny Carson Award For a lifetime of comedic excellence Won [44]
2013 Friars Club Lifetime Achievement Award Won [45]

Don Rickles

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For the radio and television announcer, see Donald Rickles.
Don Rickles
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Rickles in 1973
Birth name Donald Jay Rickles
Born (1926-05-08)May 8, 1926
Queens, New York, U.S.
Died April 6, 2017(2017-04-06) (aged 90)
Beverly Hills, California
Medium Stand-up, film, television
Nationality American
Years active 1943 – 2017
Genres Insult comedy, observational comedy, musical comedy, improvisational comedy
Subject(s) United States culture, racism, self-deprecation, everyday life, religion, current events
Spouse Barbara Sklar (m. 2017)
Children 2
Notable works and roles Hello Dummy!
Run Silent, Run Deep
Kelly’s Heroes
Casino
Toy Story

Donald JayDonRickles (May 8, 1926 – April 6, 2017) was an American stand-up comedian and actor. Best known as an insult comic, he was also an actor, playing both comedic and dramatic roles on film. He received widespread exposure as a frequent guest on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and Late Show with David Letterman.

Early life

Rickles was born Donald Jay Rickles in the New York City borough of Queens on May 8, 1926[1] to Max Rickles (1897–1953), who emigrated in 1903 with his parents Joseph and Frances Rickles (Richters) from Kaunas, Lithuania[2] (then in the Russian Empire), and Etta (Feldman) Rickles (1901–1984), born in New York to immigrant parents from the Austrian Empire.[3][4][5][6] His family was Jewish and spoke Yiddish at home. Rickles grew up in the Jackson Heights area.[1]

After graduating from Newtown High School, Rickles enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served during World War II on the motor torpedo boat tender USS Cyrene (AGP-13) as a seaman first class. He was honorably discharged in 1946.[7] Two years later, intending to be a dramatic actor, he studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and then played bit parts on television. Frustrated by a lack of acting work, Rickles began performing stand-up comedy in clubs in New York, Miami, and Los Angeles. He became known as an insult comedian when he responded to his hecklers. The audience enjoyed these insults more than his prepared material, and he incorporated them into his act.[8] When he began his career in the early 1950s, he started calling ill-mannered members of the audience “hockey puck[s]”.[9] His style was similar to that of an older insult comic, Jack E. Leonard, though Rickles denied Leonard influenced his style.[10]

Career

1950s–1960s

While working in a Miami Beach nightclub known as “Murray Franklin’s” early in his career, he spotted Frank Sinatra and remarked to him, “I just saw your movie, The Pride and the Passion and I want to tell you, the cannon’s acting was great.” He added, “Make yourself at home, Frank. Hit somebody!”[1][11] Sinatra, whose pet name for Rickles was “bullet-head,” enjoyed him so much that he encouraged other celebrities to see Rickles’ act and be insulted by him. Sinatra’s support helped Rickles become a popular headline performer in Las Vegas.[11][12] During a Dean Martin Roast special, Rickles was among those who took part in a roast of Sinatra.[13]

Rickles earned the nicknames “The Merchant of Venom” and “Mr. Warmth”[8][14] for his poking fun at people of all ethnicities and walks of life. When he was introduced to an audience or on a television talk show, Spanish matador music, “La Virgen de la Macarena”, would usually be played, subtly foreshadowing someone was about to be metaphorically gored. Rickles said, “I always pictured myself facing the audience as the matador.”[10]

In 1958, Rickles made his film debut in a serious part in Run Silent, Run Deep with Clark Gable and Burt Lancaster.[14] Throughout the 1960s, he often appeared on television in sitcoms and dramatic series. Rickles guest-starred in Get Smart as Sid, an old war buddy of Max who comes to stay with him. In an episode of the 1960s drama series Run for Your Life, Rickles played a distressed comedian whose act culminates when he strangles a patron while imploring the patron to “Laugh!” Rickles took a dramatic turn in the low-budget Roger Corman film X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes as a carnival barker out to exploit the title character (played by Ray Milland).

Rickles and Lorne Greene on The Don Rickles Show, 1968

Rickles appeared in the popular Beach Party film series. He recalled in his 2007 memoir that at a White House dinner, Barbara Bush teased him about his decision to appear in those films.[15] Rickles’ agent, Jack Gilardi, was married to Annette Funicello when Rickles was cast in the Beach Party films. He subsequently began appearing more frequently on television talk shows, first appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in 1965.[8]

He became a frequent guest and guest host, appearing more than 100 times on The Tonight Show during Carson’s era. An early Carson-Rickles Tonight highlight occurred in 1968 when, while two Japanese women treated Carson to a bath and massage by foot, Rickles walked onto the set.[16] Rickles also made frequent appearances on The Dean Martin Show and became a fixture on The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast specials.[14]

In 1968, Rickles released a live comedy album, Hello, Dummy!, which reached #54 on The Billboard 200 album chart.[17] The same year he starred in his own variety show on ABC, The Don Rickles Show, with comedy writer Pat McCormick as his sidekick. The show lasted one season. During the 1960s, Rickles made guest appearances on The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Munsters, The Addams Family, The Mothers-in-Law, Gilligan’s Island, Get Smart, The Andy Griffith Show and I Dream of Jeannie.

1970s–1980s

Rickles and Louise Sorel in The Don Rickles Show

In 1970, Rickles had a notable role as Crapgame in Kelly’s Heroes, sharing the marquee poster with co-stars Clint Eastwood, Telly Savalas, Donald Sutherland and Carroll O’Connor. In 1972, he starred in The Don Rickles Show, which lasted for 13 episodes. He also starred in a series of television specials. In his memoir, Rickles acknowledged a scripted sitcom was not well-suited to his ad-lib style of performing.

Starting in 1973, Rickles became a popular comedian appearing on The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast specials. In 1976-1978, he starred in C.P.O. Sharkey, which lasted two seasons. The series is primarily remembered for the cigarette box incident when Johnny Carson did an impromptu surprise visit during an episode’s taping because he was “incensed” Rickles broke his cigarette box while he chatted with Bob Newhart (who was sitting in for Carson as the guest host of The Tonight Show) on the previous night’s show. The incident was often replayed in Tonight Show retrospectives and was considered a highlight of the 1970s era of the series.

Rickles occasionally appeared as a panelist on Hollywood Squares and was depicted in comic book form by Jack Kirby during his work on the Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen series.[18][19][20]

1980s–1990s

In the early 1980s, Rickles began performing with Steve Lawrence in concerts in Las Vegas. In 1983, the duo co-hosted Foul-Ups, Bleeps & Blunders, an imitation of TV’s Bloopers & Practical Jokes. In 1985, when Frank Sinatra was asked to perform at Ronald Reagan‘s Second Inaugural Ball, he stipulated he would not perform unless Rickles was allowed to perform with him. Rickles considered this performance the highlight of his career.[21] In 1990, he appeared in the second season of Tales from the Crypt in the episode “The Ventriloquist’s Dummy”. In 1992, he was cast in Innocent Blood, directed by John Landis. In his memoir, Rickles wrote that he recalled that Landis was once a “Production Assistant” to Brian G. Hutton during the filming of Kelly’s Heroes. During the filming of Innocent Blood, Rickles would kid Landis by ordering him to get coffee or to run other errands befitting his one-time “gofer” status. In 1993, Rickles starred in another short-lived sitcom Daddy Dearest, with Richard Lewis. In 1995, he played Billy Sherbert in Casino, and voiced Mr. Potato Head in Toy Story (1995) and reprised his role in Toy Story 2 (1999). Rickles starred in one of his most popular, and critically acclaimed, comedic roles as George Wilson in 1998’s Dennis the Menace Strikes Again. In 1998, he portrayed a film theater manager in Dirty Work and voiced Cornwall, one of the heads of a two-headed dragon, in Quest for Camelot.

2000s–2010s

Rickles without the comb over on stage at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City on January 12, 2008

In February 2007, Rickles made a cameo appearance as himself in a strange, recurring dream sequence woven through an episode titled “Sub Conscious” of the CBS dramatic series, The Unit.[22] Rickles’ memoir, titled Rickles’ Book, was released on May 8, 2007, by Simon & Schuster. Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project, a documentary about Rickles directed by John Landis, made its debut on HBO on December 2, 2007. Rickles won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program, besting a number of notable comics, including David Letterman, Jon Stewart, and Stephen Colbert. To this Rickles remarked, “Stephen Colbert’s a funny man, but he’s too young. He has got plenty of time to win awards, but this may be my last year and I think that I made it count. On second thought it was probably just a mercy award for an old man.”[23] Rickles reprised his role of Mr. Potato Head for Toy Story Midway Mania! attraction at Disney California Adventure Park, Disney’s Hollywood Studios[24] and Toy Story 3.

In 2009, Rickles appeared on Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List and met Griffin’s mother, Maggie, to fulfill one item on Maggie’s “bucket list”. In 2010, he appeared in a commercial during Super Bowl XLIV as a talking rose and appeared on the 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards on CBS TV on June 27, 2010. In 2011, Rickles reunited with his Casino co-star Joe Pesci in a Snickers advertisement highlighting the actors known for their “short fuses.”[25] Rickles also played the late husband of Elka (Betty White) on the TV Land original comedy Hot in Cleveland— a “surprise” because his character was thought to be dead.

On May 28, 2014, Rickles was honored by Spike TV’s “One Night Only: An All-Star Comedy Tribute to Don Rickles”.[26] Recorded live at New York City’s Apollo Theater, Jerry Seinfeld was the master of ceremonies for the two-hour special, with live monologues by Johnny Depp, Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Jon Stewart, David Letterman, Tracy Morgan, Brian Williams, Regis Philbin, Amy Poehler and Tina Fey. Recorded segments included bits from Bob Newhart, Bill Cosby, Jimmy Kimmel and Eddie Murphy.

“The camaraderie and the comedy made the show a cross between a traditional roast and a dignified lifetime achievement award, spanning emotions ranging from admiration and gratitude to, well, degradation. And as the evening reached its climax, when Rickles got his say after all that had said about him and his nearly 60-year-long career, fittingly, he had the last laugh.” – TV Week[27]

Rickles was still a frequent guest on late night talk shows, including Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, among other late night shows during the later months of his life. On May 11, 2015, Rickles appeared as a guest on one of the final episodes of The Late Show with David Letterman. He also made a cameo in the show Grandfathered.

In a 2014 interview, Rickles dismissed thoughts of retiring, saying: “I’m in good health. I’m working better than I ever have. The audiences are great. Why should I retire? I’m like a fighter. The bell rings and you come out and fight. My energy comes alive. And I still enjoy it.”[28] As of 2017, despite being impeded by multiple surgeries following a bout with necrotizing fasciitis in 2013, Rickles continued touring across the United States.[7]

Personal life

On March 14, 1965, Rickles married Philadelphia native Barbara Sklar. He admitted having a very difficult time romantically in his 20s and 30s (he married at the relatively old age of 38), finally meeting Barbara through his agent and falling for her when she failed to get his sense of humor.[29][30] They had two children, Mindy and Larry Rickles (1970–2011).[31] According to Rickles’ memoir, his grandchildren, Ethan and Harrison Mann, are much more impressed by his role as Mr. Potato Head than by any of his other achievements.

Although a lifelong Democrat, he performed at the inaugurations of Republican presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush with his friend Frank Sinatra.[32]

Rickles considered comedian Bob Newhart to be his best friend, and their wives were also close friends.[33] Rickles and Newhart appeared together on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on January 24, 2005, the Monday following Johnny Carson’s death, reminiscing about their many guest appearances on Carson’s show, which included footage of the “cigarette box incident”. The two also appeared together on the television sitcom Newhart, and for previous episodes of The Tonight Show, where Newhart or Rickles were guest-hosts. Rickles, Newhart, and their wives often vacation together.[33]

Rickles died on April 6, 2017, of kidney failure.[34]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1958 Run Silent, Run Deep Quartermaster 1st Class Ruby
1959 The Rabbit Trap Mike O’Halloran
1960 The Rat Race Nellie
1963 X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes Crane
1964 Muscle Beach Party Jack Fanny
1964 Bikini Beach Big Drag
1964 Pajama Party Big Bang The Martian
1965 Beach Blanket Bingo Big Drop
1967 Enter Laughing Harry Hamburger
1967 The Money Jungle Harry Darkwater
1969 Where It’s At Willie
1970 Kelly’s Heroes Staff Sergeant “Crapgame”
1971 The Love Machine Announcer Uncredited
1990 Keaton’s Cop Jake
1992 Innocent Blood Emmanuel “Manny” Bergman
1995 Casino Billy Sherbert
1995 Toy Story Mr. Potato Head (voice)
1997 Redux Riding Hood The Boss (voice) Short film
1998 Quest for Camelot Cornwall (voice)
1998 Dirty Work Mr. Hamilton
1998 Dennis the Menace Strikes Again George Wilson
1999 Toy Story 2 Mr. Potato Head (voice)
2010 Toy Story 3
2011 Hawaiian Vacation Short film
2011 Zookeeper Jim the Bullfrog (voice)
2011 Small Fry Mr. Potato Head (voice) Short film
2012 Partysaurus Rex
2019 Toy Story 4 Posthomous

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1955 Stage 7 Announcer Episode: “A Note of Fear”
1956 Chevron Hall of Stars Announcer 2 episodes
1955–1956 Cavalcade of America Commentator 2 episodes
1956 Four Star Playhouse Announcer Uncredited
Episode: “The Listener”
1957 M Squad N/A Scenes deleted
Episode: “Pete Loves Mary”
1959 The Thin Man Eddie Episode: “The Cat Kicker”
1959–1960 The DuPont Show with June Allyson Reporter / Newscaster / Announcer 3 episodes
1961 The Twilight Zone Bettor Episode: “Mr. Dingle, the Strong
1961 Wagon Train Joe Carder Episode: “Wagon to Fort Anderson”
1961 Hennesey Chief Petty Officer Ernie Schmidt Episode: “Professional Sailor”
1962 The Dick Powell Show Newscaster Episode: “Seeds of April”
1962 Cain’s Hundred Dave Molloy Episode: Blood Money
1964 The Addams Family Claude Episode: “Halloween With the Addams Family”
1964 The Dick Van Dyke Show Lyle Delp 2 episodes
1963–1965 Burke’s Law Swifty Piedmont / Frank Cross / Lou Kronkeit 3 episodes
1965 The Beverly Hillbillies Fred Episode: “Jed’s Temptation”
1965 Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. Sergeant Jim Mason Episode: “My Buddy, the War Hero”
1965 The Munsters ‘Doc’ Happy Havemeyer Episode: “Dance with Me, Herman”
1965 The Andy Griffith Show Newton Munroe Episode: “The Luck of Newton Munroe”
1965 F Troop Bald Eagle Episode: “The Return of Bald Eagle”
1966 The Wild Wild West Asmodeus Episode: “The Night of the Druid’s Blood”
1966 The Bob Hope Show N/A October 19
1965–1966 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre Linny 2 episodes
1966 Gilligan’s Island Norbert Wiley Episode: “The Kidnapper”
1967 The Lucy Show Eddie Rickles Episode: “Lucy the Fight Manager”
1967 I Spy Frank Bodie Episode: “Night Train to Madrid”
1967 I Dream of Jeannie Kiski Episode: “My Master, the Weakling”
1966–1967 Run for Your Life Willy Hatch / Leo Mazinov 2 episodes
1968–1969 Get Smart Sid Krimm / Guard Episodes: “The Little Black Book – Parts 1&2”
Episode: “To Sire, with Love – Part 2”
1972 The Don Rickles Show Don Robinson
1974 Sanford and Son Fight Announcer (voice) Episode: “Once a Thief”
1975 Buy This Tape, You Hockey Puck Himself Standup Comedy special
1976 Medical Center N/A Episode: “The Happy State of Depression”
1976–1978 C.P.O. Sharkey “C.P.O. Otto Sharkey” 37 episodes
1982 Archie Bunker’s Place Al Snyder Episode: “Death of a Lodger”
1983 Gimme a Break! Max Episode: “Nell and the Kid”
1985 George Burns Comedy Week Mayor Episode: “Disaster at Buzz Creek”
1989 Newhart Don Prince Episode: “The Nice Man Cometh”
1990 Tales from the Crypt Mr. Ingles Episode: “The Ventriloquist’s Dummy”
1991 Hunter Harold Schwan Episode: “Ex Marks the Spot”
1993 Daddy Dearest Al Mitchell 13 episodes
1997 The Larry Sanders Show Himself Episode: “Artie and Angie and Hank and Hercules”
1997 The Single Guy Dr. Dick Sloan, Sam’s Father Episode: “Big Baby”
1998 Murphy Brown Leonard, Secretary #90 Episode: “Dial and Substance”
2002 The Bernie Mac Show Himself Episode: “The Sweet Life”
2004 The Wool Cap Ira Television film
2005 The Catch Roy Kozikowski Television film
2007 The Unit Himself
Priest
Episode: “Sub-Conscious”
2011 Hot in Cleveland Bobby 2 episodes
2013 Toy Story of Terror! Mr. Potato Head (voice) Short
2014 Toy Story That Time Forgot Mr. Potato Head (voice) Television film

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
1996 Animated Storybook: Toy Story Mr. Potato Head Voice
1999 Toy Story 2: Buzz Lightyear to the Rescue Mr. Potato Head Voice
2001 Toy Story Racer Mr. Potato Head Voice

Other

Theme park

Discography

Books

Awards and nominations

Year Award Work Result
2000 Hollywood Walk of Fame Won
2008 Primetime Emmy Award for Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project Won
2009 Legend Award Won
2012 The Johnny Carson Award For a lifetime of comedic excellence Won
2013 Friars Club Lifetime Achievement Award Won

Lindsay Duncan

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Lindsay Duncan

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Lindsay Duncan
CBE
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Duncan after a performance of John Gabriel Borkman at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, 2011
Born Lindsay Vere Duncan
(1950-11-07) 7 November 1950 (age 66)
Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland
Occupation Actress
Years active 1975–present
Spouse(s) Hilton McRae
Children Cal McRae

Lindsay Vere Duncan, CBE (born 7 November 1950) is a Scottish stage, television and film actress. On stage she has won two Olivier Awards, a Tony Award for her performance in Private Lives and another Tony Award nomination for her role in Les Liaisons dangereuses. Duncan has starred in several plays by Harold Pinter. Her most famous roles on television include: Barbara Douglas in Alan Bleasdale‘s G.B.H. (1991), Servilia of the Junii in the HBO/BBC/RAI series Rome (2005–2007), and Adelaide Brooke in the Doctor Who special “The Waters of Mars” (2009). On film she voiced the android TC-14 in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999), Alice’s mother in Tim Burton‘s Alice in Wonderland (2010) and played the acerbic theatre critic Tabitha Dickinson in Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014).

She was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2009 Birthday Honours for services to drama.

Early life[edit]

Duncan was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, in a working class family;[1] her father had served in the army for 21 years before becoming a civil servant.[2] Her parents moved to Leeds, then Birmingham when she was still a child. Duncan attended King Edward VI High School for Girls in Birmingham through a scholarship.[3] Despite her origins, she speaks with a received pronunciation accent.[1] As of 2011, her only role with a Scottish accent is AfterLife (2003).[4]

Duncan’s father died in a car accident when she was 15.[4] Her mother was affected by Alzheimer’s disease and died in 1994; she inspired Sharman Macdonald to write the play The Winter Guest (1995), which was later adapted as a film by Alan Rickman.[5]

Career[edit]

Duncan’s first contact with theatre was through school productions.[2] She became friends with the future playwright Kevin Elyot, who attended the neighbouring King Edward’s School for boys, and followed him to Bristol, where he read Drama at university.[2] She did a number of odd jobs while staging her own production of Joe Orton‘s Funeral Games.[2]

Duncan joined London’s Central School of Speech and Drama at the age of 21.[6] After her training she started out in summer weekly rep in Southwold to gain her Equity card.[1] She appeared in two small roles in Molière‘s Don Juan at the Hampstead Theatre in 1976, and she joined the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester when it opened. She performed in the very first productions at the Royal Exchange and appeared in eight plays in Manchester in the next two years. In 1978 she returned to London in Plenty by David Hare at the National. She appeared on the television in small roles in a special episode of Up Pompeii! and in The New Avengers, and a commercial for Head & Shoulders shampoo.[7] She made her breakthrough on Top Girls by Caryl Churchill, created at the Royal Court in London and later transferred to the Public Theater in New York: her performance as Lady Nijo, a 13th-century Japanese concubine, won her an Obie, her first award.[8] The next year she took her first major role on film in Richard Eyre‘s Loose Connections with Stephen Rea.[2] At the same time her television work included a filmed version of Frederick Lonsdale‘s On Approval (1982), Reilly, Ace of Spies (1983) and Dead Head (1985).

In 1985 she joined the Royal Shakespeare Company for the production of Troilus and Cressida, in which she played Helen of Troy.[9] In September she created the role of the Marquise de Merteuil in Les Liaisons Dangereuses, the play by Christopher Hampton after the French novel by Choderlos de Laclos. The play opened at The Other Place in Stratford-upon-Avon. On 8 January 1986 the production transferred to the 200-seat theatre The Pit in London‘s Barbican Centre, with its original cast intact. In October of the same year the production moved to the Ambassadors in the West End. In April 1987 the cast, including Duncan, took the play to Broadway, with the London production completely recast. For her performance she was nominated for a Tony and won the Olivier Award for Best Actress and a Theatre World Award. She was however replaced by Glenn Close for Dangerous LiaisonsStephen Frears‘s film of the play; similarly John Malkovich was selected for the role of Valmont instead of Duncan’s co-star Alan Rickman.[10]

In 1988 Duncan won an Evening Standard Award for her role of Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams. At the same time she became a regular in the plays of Harold Pinter and the television work of Alan Bleasdale and Stephen Poliakoff.[11] She performed for a second season with the RSC in 1994–1995, in A Midsummer Night’s Dream in which she played the double role of Hippolyta and Titania.[12] She went on tour in the United States with the rest of the cast, but back and neck pains forced her to be replaced by Emily Button from January to March 1997.[13] Impressed by her performance in David Mamet‘s The Cryptogram (1994), Al Pacino asked Duncan to play the role of his wife in City Hall (1996) by Harold Becker.[4]

To please her young son, a Star Wars fan, Duncan applied for the role of Anakin Skywalker‘s mother in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999), but was not cast; she finally accepted to voice an android TC-14.[2] She reunited with Alan Rickman in a revival of Noël Coward‘s Private Lives (2001–02), and won a Tony Award for Best Actress and a second Olivier Award for her performance as Amanda Prynne — she was also nominated the same year for her role in Mouth To Mouth by Kevin Elyot.[14]

Duncan played Servilia Caepionis in the 2005 HBOBBC series Rome and she starred as Rose Harbinson in Starter for 10. Aged by make-up, she played Lord Longford’s wife, Elizabeth, in the TV film Longford. In February 2009, she played British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in Margaret. In November 2009, Duncan played Adelaide Brooke, companion to the Doctor, in the second of the 2009 Doctor Who specials.[15][16] Duncan played Alice’s mother in Tim Burton‘s 2010 film Alice in Wonderland, alongside Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter. She also starred in the original London run of Polly Stenham‘s play That Face at the Royal Court co-starring Matt Smith and directed by Jeremy Herrin. She did the narration for the Matt Lucas and David Walliams 2010/2011 fly-on-the-wall mockumentary series Come Fly with Me on the BBC. In October–November 2010, Duncan starred in a new version by Frank McGuinness of Ibsen‘s John Gabriel Borkman at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin alongside her Liaisons dangereuses co-stars Alan Rickman and Fiona Shaw.[17] The production transferred in January–February 2011 to the Brooklyn Academy of Music.[18]

Alan Bleasdale asked for Duncan to feature in his first work for television after ten years of absence, The Sinking of the Laconia, aired on January 2011; she plays an upper-class passenger in the two-part drama based on a true story of World War II.[19] She also played the mother of Matt Smith in the telefilm Christopher and His Kind written by Kevin Elyot after Christopher Isherwood‘s autobiography of the same title. In October–November 2011, Duncan read extracts of the King James Bible at the National Theatre, London as part of the 400th anniversary celebrations of the translation.[20] She played Queen Annis, ruler of Caerleon and antagonist of Merlin, in the 5th episode of the fourth series of BBC1‘s Merlin.[21] She also appeared as Home Secretary Alex Cairns to Rory Kinnear‘s Prime Minister in “The National Anthem“, the first episode of Charlie Brooker‘s anthology series Black Mirror.[22]

Duncan started 2012 as a guest in the New Year special of Absolutely Fabulous, playing the part of Saffy’s favourite film actress, ‘Jeanne Durand’. In February she returned to the West End in Noël Coward‘s Hay Fever with Kevin McNally, Jeremy Northam and Olivia Colman, once again under the direction of Howard Davies.[23] Later in 2012, Duncan featured in BBC2‘s productions of Shakespeare’s history plays.[24] She played the Duchess of York in the first film, Richard II, with David Suchet as the Duke of York and Patrick Stewart as John of Gaunt.[25]

In October 2014, Duncan appeared as Claire in the revival of Edward Albee‘s A Delicate Balance on Broadway.[26] That same year, she also featured in the film Birdman, or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), which won the Academy Award for Best Picture.

Personal life[edit]

Duncan is married to fellow Scottish actor Hilton McRae, whom she met in 1985 at the Royal Shakespeare Company.[27] They live in north London. They have one son, Cal McRae, born September 1991.[6]

Duncan was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2009 Birthday Honours for services to drama.[28]

Filmography[edit]

Theatre[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1976 Dom Juan Charlotte/Violetta Hampstead Theatre, London
1976 Script, TheThe Script Hampstead Theatre, London
1976 Zack Sally Teale Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester
1976 Rivals, TheThe Rivals Lucy Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester
1976 Prince of Homburg, TheThe Prince of Homburg Natalie Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester. British premiere of the play.
1977 Deep Blue Sea, TheThe Deep Blue Sea Anne Cambridge Arts Theatre
1977 Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold, TheThe Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold Margaret Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester. After a novel by Evelyn Waugh.
1977 What the Butler Saw Geraldine Barclay Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester
1977 Skin of Our Teeth, TheThe Skin of Our Teeth Gladys Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester
1977 Present Laughter Daphne Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester
1977 Twelfth Night Viola Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester
1978 Plenty Dorcas National Theatre, London
1978 Comings and Goings Hilary Hampstead Theatre, London
1979 Recruiting Officer, TheThe Recruiting Officer Sylvia Bristol Old Vic/Edinburgh Festival
1980 Julius Caesar Portia Riverside Studios, London
1980 Provoked Wife, TheThe Provoked Wife Belinda National Theatre, London
1981 Incident at Tulse Hill Rosemary Hampstead Theatre, London. Directed by Harold Pinter.
1982 Top Girls Lady Nijo/Win Royal Court Theatre, London then Joe Papp‘s Public Theater, New York
Won – Obie Award.
1984 Progress Ronnie Bush Theatre, London
1985–1986 Troilus and Cressida Helen Royal Shakespeare Company: Stratford-upon-Avon/Barbican Theatre
1985–1986 Les Liaisons dangereuses Marquise de Merteuil Royal Shakespeare Company: Ambassadors Theatre, Londres then Music Box Theatre, New York.
Won – Olivier Award for Best Actress and a Theatre World Award; nominated – Tony Award for Best Actress.
1985–1986 Merry Wives of Windsor, TheThe Merry Wives of Windsor Mistress Ford Royal Shakespeare Company: Stratford-upon-Avon/Barbican Theatre
1988 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Maggie National Theatre, London
Won – Evening Standard Theatre Award
1988 Hedda Gabler Hedda Gabler Hampstead Theatre, London
1990 Bérénice Bérénice National Theatre, London
1993 Three Hotels Barbara Boyle Tricycle Theatre, London
1994 Cryptogram, TheThe Cryptogram Donny Ambassadors Theatre, London
1995 Midsummer Night’s Dream, AA Midsummer Night’s Dream Titania/Hippolyta Royal Shakespeare Company: Barbican Theatre, London then The Lunt Fontanne, New York, afterwards adapted to film
1996 Ashes to Ashes Rebecca Gramercy Theater, New York
1997 Homecoming, TheThe Homecoming Ruth National Theatre, London
2000 Celebration/The Room Prue/Rose (double bill) Almeida Theatre, London, then the Pinter Festival New York
2001 Mouth to Mouth Laura Albery Theatre, London
Won – Critics’ Circle Theatre Award; nominated – Olivier Award, Evening Standard Award
2001 Private Lives Amanda Prynne Albery Theatre, London, then Broadway
Won – Olivier Award for Best Actress, Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play, Critics’ Circle Theatre Award, Drama Desk Award and Variety Club Showbusiness Award; nominated – Evening Standard Award
2007 That Face Martha Royal Court Theatre/Duke of York’s Theatre
Nominated – Oliver Award for Best Actress
2010 John Gabriel Borkman Ella Rentheim Abbey Theatre, Dublin, then Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York
2012 Hay Fever Judith Bliss Noël Coward Theatre, London
2014 A Delicate Balance Claire John Golden Theatre, Broadway

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1985 Loose Connections Sally
1985 Samson and Delilah Alice Nankervis Short
1987 Prick Up Your Ears Anthea Lahr
1988 Manifesto Lily Sachor
1989 Child Eater, TheThe Child Eater Eirwen Short
1990 Reflecting Skin, TheThe Reflecting Skin Dolphin Blue Catalonian International Film Festival Award for Best Actress
1991 Body Parts Dr Agatha-Webb
1996 City Hall Sydney Pappas
1996 Midsummer’s Night Dream, AA Midsummer’s Night Dream Hippolyta/Titania From the 1994–1995 Royal Shakespeare Company stage production
1999 Ideal Husband, AnAn Ideal Husband Lady Markby
1999 Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace TC-14 Voice
1999 Expelling the Demon Woman Voice, short.
1999 Mansfield Park Mrs. Price/Lady Bertram
2003 Under the Tuscan Sun Katherine
2003 AfterLife May Brogan Bratislava International Film Festival Award for Best Actress
Bowmore Scottish Screen Award
2004 Queen of Sheba’s Pearls, TheThe Queen of Sheba’s Pearls Audrey Pretty
2006 Starter for Ten Rose Harbinson
2007 The Rector’s Wife Anna Bouverie
2010 Burlesque Fairytales Ice Queen
2010 Alice in Wonderland Helen Kingsleigh
2012 Last Passenger Elaine Middleton
2013 About Time Mary Lake
2013 Le Week-End Meg Burrows
2014 Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Tabitha Dickinson Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
2016 Alice Through the Looking Glass Helen Kingsleigh
2016 Gifted Evelyn Adler Filming

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1975 Up Pompeii! Scrubba Series (BBC), special episode ‘Further Up Pompeii!’
1976 One-Upmanship Series (BBC), episode ‘Woomanship’
1977 New Avengers, TheThe New Avengers Jane Series, episode ‘The Angels of Death’
1979 The Winkler Diane ITV Playhouse
1980 Dick Turpin Catherine Langford Series, episode ‘Deadlier Than the Male’
1980 Grown-Ups Christine Butcher BBC2 Playhouse, directed by Mike Leigh
1982 Muck and Brass Jean Torrode Series, episodes ‘Public Relations’ and ‘Our Green and Pleasant Land’
1982 On Approval Helen Hayle Filmed production of Frederick Lonsdale‘s On Approval, BBC Play of the Month
1983 Reilly, Ace of Spies The Plugger Mini series, episode ‘After Moscow’
1984 Rainy Day Women Karen Miller BBC Play for Today
1984 Travelling Man Andrea Series, episodes ‘First Leg’, ‘The Collector’, ‘The Watcher’, ‘Grasser’, ‘Moving On’, ‘Sudden Death’
1986 Dead Head Dana Series, episodes ‘Why me?’, ‘Anything for England’, ‘The Patriot’
1986 Kit Curran Pamela Scott Series, all episodes
1989 These Foolish Things Gutrune Day BBC The Play on One
1989 Traffik Helen Rosshalde Mini-series, written by Simon Moore, all episodes
1988–1990 Colin’s Sandwich Rosemary Series, episodes ‘Enough’ (1988) and ‘Zanzibar’ (1990)
1990 TECX Laura Pellin Series, épisode ‘Getting Personnel’
1991 Storyteller: Greek Myths, TheThe Storyteller: Greek Myths Medea Series, episode ‘Theseus & the Minotaur’
1991 Screenplay Kath Peachey Series, episode ‘Redemption’
1991 G.B.H. Barbara Douglas Mini-series, witten by Alan Bleasdale, episodes ‘Only Here on a Message’, ‘Send a Message to Michael’, ‘Message Sent’, ‘Message received’, ‘Message Understood’, ‘Over and Out’
Nominated – TV BAFTA for Best Actress
1993 Year in Provence, AA Year in Provence Annie Mayle Miniseries, all episodes. After Peter Mayle‘s book.
1994 Rector’s Wife, TheThe Rector’s Wife Anne Bouverie Series, all episodes. After the novel by Joanna Trollope.
1995 Just William Lady Walton Series, episode ‘William Clears the Slums’
1995 Jake’s Progress Monica Miniseries, episodes 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.6
1999 History of Tom Jones, A Foundling, TheThe History of Tom Jones, A Foundling Lady Bellaston Miniseries, episodes 1, 3, 4, 5. After the novel by Henry Fielding.
1998 Get Real Louise Series, all episodes
1999 Shooting the Past Marilyn Truman Telefilm (BBC), written and directed by Stephen Poliakoff
Nominated – TV BAFTA for Best Actress
1999 Oliver Twist Elizabeth Leeford Miniseries, all episodes. Adapted by Alan Bleasdale after Charles Dickens‘ novel.
2000 Dirty Tricks Alison Telefilm
2000 Victoria Wood with All The Trimmings Pam Christmas special, segment ‘Women Institute’
2001 Perfect Strangers Alice Series, all episodes. Written and directed by Stephen Poliakoff
Nominated — TV BAFTA for Best Actress
2001 Witness of Truth: The Railway Murders Narrator’s Voice Telefilm
2005 Agatha Christie’s Poirot Lady Tamplin Series, episode ‘The Mystery of the Blue Train
2005–2006 Spooks Angela Wells Episodes ‘Diana‘ and ‘Gas and Oil, Part One
2005–2007 Rome Servilia of the Junii Series, 18 episodes
2006 Longford Lady Longford Telefilm
2007 Frankenstein Professor Jane Pretorius Telefilm
2008 Criminal Justice Alison Slaughter Miniseries, episodes 3–5
2008 Lost in Austen Lady Catherine de Bourgh Miniseries, episodes 3 and 4
2009 Margaret Margaret Thatcher Nominated – Scottish BAFTA Award for Best Actress
2009 Doctor Who Adelaide Brooke Special episode: ‘The Waters of Mars
2009 Margot Ninette de Valois Telefilm (BBC)
2010 Agatha Christie’s Marple Marina Gregg Episode: ‘The Mirror Crack’d from Side to Side
2010 Mission: 2110 Cybele Children game show
2010–2011 Come Fly with Me Narrator (voice) Series, all episodes
2011 Sinking of the Laconia, TheThe Sinking of the Laconia Elisabeth Fullwood Miniseries (BBC), all episodes. Written by Alan Bleasdale.
2011 Christopher and His Kind Kathleen Isherwood Telefilm, written by Kevin Elyot after Christopher Isherwood‘s autobiography
2011–2012 Merlin Queen Annis Series (BBC1), 4th season, 5th season
2011 Black Mirror Home Secretary Alex Cairns Miniseries, first episode: “The National Anthem” (Channel 4). Written by Charlie Brooker.
2011 Against the Wall Faith Kowalski Police-crime drama television series, episode ‘We Have a Cop in Trouble Here’
2012 Absolutely Fabulous Jeanne Durand New Year’s Day ‘Special’ (BBC1)
2012 White Heat Lilly Series (BBC2), written by Paula Milne
2012 Richard II Duchess of York Telefilm (BBC2) – filmed production of Shakespeare‘s play
2012 Spy The Director Episodes ‘Codename: Citizen Lame’ and ‘Codename – Show Stopper’
2012 Wallander Monika Westin Episode ‘Before the Frost’
2013 You, Me and Them Lydia Walker Series Regular
2013 Count Arthur Strong Dame Agnes
2014-2017 Sherlock Lady Smallwood Episodes: “His Last Vow“, “The Six Thatchers“, and “The Lying Detective
2014 The Honourable Woman Anjelica Hayden-Hoyle
2015 Toast of London Herself Episode: “Global Warming”
2016 Churchill’s Secret Clementine Churchill
2016 Close to the Enemy Frau Bellinghausen BBC2 mini-series, written & directed by Stephen Poliakoff
2017 The Leftovers
2017 Carnage Maude Mockumentary

Jessica Szohr

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Jessica Szohr

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Jessica Szohr
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Szohr at the 2015 Television Critics Association’s Press Tour
Born Jessica Karen Szohr
(1985-03-31) March 31, 1985 (age 32)
Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 2003–present

Jessica Karen Szohr (surname pronounced /ˈzɔːr/;[1] born March 31, 1985) is an American actress. She started her screen career appearing on television shows such as CSI: Miami and What About Brian. She gained recognition in 2007 with her breakthrough role as Vanessa Abrams on The CW‘s teen drama series Gossip Girl (2007–12).[2] She has also appeared in feature films including the 2010 horror film Piranha 3D, the 2011 comedy I Don’t Know How She Does It, and the 2013 film The Internship. In 2014, Szohr was in the Hallmark movie, Lucky in Love.

Early life and education[edit]

Szohr was born in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, a place she has described as a “family-oriented small town”.[3] She is of Hungarian and African-American descent.[4][5] The oldest of five children (Megan, Danielle, Nick and Sadie),[6] Szohr played soccer, served on the student council, and was part of the cheerleading squad while in school.[7] She started a cleaning company with a friend, cleaning their teachers’ houses.[8]

Szohr started modeling at age six. Her first national campaign was for Quaker Oats at age ten,[7] and she also appeared in print ads for Kohl’s department store.[9] Subsequent modelling gigs followed, including prints for Crate & Barrel, Mountain Dew, Sears, Jockey and JanSport.[2] Szohr graduated from Menomonee Falls High School a semester early[10] and moved to Los Angeles with her mother at the age of 17 to pursue an acting career.[7] She told Seventeen magazine that she “almost moved home like five times.”[8] She initially aspired to become an interior designer[11] and had enrolled in Columbia College Chicago, but her agent ultimately convinced her to try pilot season auditions.[6]

Career[edit]

Szohr made her debut as an actress in 2003 in an episode of the third season of My Wife and Kids, titled “Not So Hostile Takeover”. Her first film was Uncle Nino (2003), playing a minor role as The MC. She appeared in numerous guest teen television series such as That’s So Raven, Drake & Josh, What I Like About You, and Joan of Arcadia. She also appeared in three episodes of CSI: Miami as Samantha Barrish.

Szohr in 2007

In 2007, she appeared in a major recurring role as Laura for six episodes in the ABC dramedy series What About Brian. Along with Stacy Keibler, she played a neighbor to the leading role, Brian O’Hara (Barry Watson).[12] She also appeared in the music videos for “Best Days” by Matt White and “Over You” by Daughtry, in which she played Sarah.

In the same year, Szohr earned her breakthrough role on the hit CW teen drama series Gossip Girl.[13] She plays Vanessa Abrams.[14] Szohr described her character to Ocean Drive magazine, “Vanessa doesn’t change for other people. She says what she thinks. […] she’s just a badass girl from Brooklyn”.[3] The portrayal of Vanessa has drawn criticism from Ziegesar.[15] Originally cast as a recurring role,[16] Szohr was promoted to series regular after the season one episode “The Blair Bitch Project” in April 2008.[17] In May 2011, it was confirmed Szohr would not be returning for the fifth season.[18] She returned in for a cameo appearance on the series finale, “New York, I Love You XOXO“, on December 17, 2012.[19]

Szohr has appeared in small roles in films such as Somebody Help Me, The Reading Room and Fired Up. She signed on to Dimension Films‘ horror Piranha 3D,[20] in the role of Kelly.[21] The role required her to be underwater; Szohr later told the New York Daily News filming was difficult because she was “not the best swimmer.”[22] Filming began in June 2009, and the film was pushed back from its original release date in March to August 2010.[23] She also appeared in a Funny or Die video promoting the film alongside Kelly Brook and others.[24]

Szohr was awarded the Breakthrough Actress in Film award at the 2010 Breakthrough of the Year awards for her work in Piranha 3D.[25]

In April 2010, Szohr joined the cast of the romantic comedy Love, Wedding, Marriage, along with Mandy Moore and Kellan Lutz. The film began principal photography in April 2010 and was filmed in New Orleans.[26]

Szohr has a role in the 2012 independent post-apocalyptic sci-fi film Hirokin.[27] Her role as Orange has been described as a “cunning temptress”.

Szohr stars in the indie drama Art Machine as an outlaw hipster and a pyrotechnic artist.[28] In October 2011, she finished filming a horror comedy film in East Lothian, Scotland titled Love Bite with co-star Ed Speleers. In November 2011, Szohr filmed the drama Light Years in Los Angeles.

In 2012, Szohr helped Hayden Panettiere punk Glee actress Dianna Agron.[29]

Szohr appeared in Taylor Swift‘s 2013 music video for the song “22“. In March 2013, she was cast as the female lead in the Fox drama pilot The List, playing FBI agent Natalie Voss.[30] However, it was reported on May 8, 2013 that Fox had passed on the pilot.[31] In November 2013, Szohr was cast as Gretchen in USA Network‘s medical drama pilot Complications.[32]

In June 2015, Szohr was set as a recurring on the upcoming second season of DirecTV’s MMA drama Kingdom. Szohr will play Laura Melvin, an artist/photographer who has “read everything, been everywhere,” and immediately intrigued by Jay (Jonathan Tucker) whom she wants to hire for a photo shoot.[33]

Personal life[edit]

Szohr enjoys snowboarding, hiking, yoga, and soccer. She describes her hobbies as a result of her being “from Wisconsin“.[22] She has also said that she is a huge Green Bay Packers fan.[34]

Szohr describes her real-life fashion as “simple and casual”. Speaking to Vogue, she said, “I wouldn’t say I’m trendy or follow any particular trends.”[35] She has twenty-two tattoos, including her grandparents’ anniversary on her left arm and a cherub on her foot.[36]

She told Parade magazine that, in order to avoid real-life gossip, she does not read blogs. Szohr is a friend of singer-songwriter Taylor Swift,[37] Jessica Stam, Nina Dobrev, and Dianna Agron.[38]

In 2010, Szohr was included on People magazine’s “100 Most Beautiful People in the World” list.[4]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2003 Uncle Nino MC, TheThe MC
2005 Reading Room, TheThe Reading Room Dayva Television film
2007 Somebody Help Me Nicole Direct-to-DVD
2009 Fired Up! Kara
2010 Piranha 3D Kelly Driscoll
2011 Love, Wedding, Marriage Shelby
2011 I Don’t Know How She Does It Paula
2011 Tower Heist Sasha Gibbs
2012 Hirokin Orange
2012 Art Machine Cassandra Moon
2012 Love Bite Juliana
2013 Pawn Bonnie
2013 Internship, TheThe Internship Marielena
2013 Brightest Star Lita Markovic
2014 House at the End of the Drive Krista
2014 Lucky in Love Mira Simon Television film
2014 10 Cent Pistol Chelsea
2014 Two Night Stand Faiza
2015 Club Life Tanya
2015 Ted 2 Allison

2017                                ALL-STAR WEEKEND

Television
Year Title Role Notes
2003 My Wife & Kids Dee-Jay Episode: “Not So Hostile Takeover”
2004 What I Like About You Liz Episode: “Lunar Eclipse of the Heart”
2004 Drake & Josh N/A Episode: “Two Idiots and a Baby
2004 Joan of Arcadia Nikki Episode: “Double Dutch”
2005 That’s So Raven Jordache Hilltopper Episode: “The Big Buzz
2007 What About Brian Laura 6 episodes
2007 CSI: Miami Samantha Barrish 3 episodes
2007–12 Gossip Girl Vanessa Abrams Main cast (seasons 1–4); special guest star (season 6); 61 episodes
2010 City, TheThe City Herself Episode: “The Belle of Elle”
2012 Punk’d Herself Episode: “Hayden Panettiere”
2013 Men at Work Jenny Episode: “Long Distance Tyler”
2015 Complications Gretchen Polk Main cast; 10 episodes
2015 Kingdom Laura Melvin 5 episodes
2015 CSI: Cyber Carmen Lopez / Blaze / Det. April Castilla Episode: “Gone in 6 Seconds”
2017 Twin Peaks[39]
Music videos
Year Title Artist Role
2007 “Best Days” Matt White
2007 Over You Daughtry Sarah
2013 22 Taylor Swift Swift’s best friend
2014 “Already Home” Great Big World, AA Great Big World
2016 Where Is the Love? (2016 version) The Black Eyed Peas Cameo

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2010 Breakthrough of the Year Awards Breakthrough Actress in Film Piranha 3D Won
2011 MTV Movie Award Best Scared-As-S**t Performance Piranha 3D Nominated

Kelly Rutherford

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Kelly Rutherford
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Born (1968-11-06) November 6, 1968 (age 48)
Elizabethtown, Kentucky, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1987–present
Spouse(s) Carlos Tarajano (m. 2001; div. 2002)
Daniel Giersch (m. 2006; div. 2010)
Children 2
Website www.kellyrutherford.com

Kelly Rutherford (born November 6, 1968) is an American actress. She is known for her television roles as Stephanie “Sam” Whitmore on the NBC daytime soap opera Generations (1989–91), as Megan Lewis on the Fox primetime soap opera Melrose Place (1996–99),[1] and as Lily van der Woodsen on The CW series Gossip Girl (2007–12).

Early life and education[edit]

Rutherford was born in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, on November 6, 1968, daughter of Ann Edwards.[2] She has a brother named Anthony.[2] Rutherford attended Corona del Mar High School in Newport Beach, California.[3] She later studied at HB Studio in New York City, and the Beverly Hills Playhouse in California.[2]

Career[edit]

Rutherford in 2009

Rutherford began her career on daytime soap operas. She appeared on Loving in 1987, and later was cast as a regular on Generations from 1989 to 1991.[4] In 1992 she joined the cast of the ABC drama Homefront.

From 1993 to 1994, Rutherford was a regular on the Fox series The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. as Dixie Cousins, a saloon singer and con artist who has a brief romantic encounter with Brisco.[5] In later episodes, Dixie becomes Brisco’s primary love interest.[6]

She also appeared in the film I Love Trouble. She also starred in the short-lived series The Great Defender as Frankie Collet (1995), and in Kindred: The Embraced as Caitlin Byrne (1996). In 1996, Rutherford joined the cast of Fox primetime soap opera Melrose Place, as Megan Lewis. She starred on the show until 1999.

She also starred as Christine Hamilton in the horror film Scream 3 (2000). From 2003 to 2004, she starred in the ABC drama Threat Matrix as Special Agent Frankie Ellroy Kilmer. In next television season she starred in another short-lived series, E-Ring, on NBC. In 2007, Rutherford began starring as Lily Humphrey in the CW series Gossip Girl. The series ended in 2012.[7] Rutherford has also starred in a number of Lifetime movies. In 2016, Rutherford was cast in the ABC thriller Quantico playing the recurring role of Laura Wyatt.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Rutherford married Venezuelan banker Carlos Tarajano in June 2001.[9][10] Rutherford filed for divorce in January 2002, after six months of marriage.[9] The wedding was featured shortly thereafter in the February 2002 issue of InStyle magazine.[9]

Rutherford married her second husband, German businessman Daniel Giersch, in August 2006.[11] She gave birth to their first child, son Hermés Gustaf Daniel Giersch, in October 2006.[12] While pregnant with their second child, Rutherford filed for divorce from Giersch on December 30, 2008.[11] Rutherford and Giersch subsequently became involved in a child custody dispute over their son and their unborn child.[13] Rutherford gave birth to their second child, daughter Helena, in June 2009.[14] Giersch stated he was not informed of the birth by Rutherford and became aware of it only through media reports.[14] In August 2009, Rutherford and Giersch reached a temporary settlement of joint physical custody, in effect until April 2010.[15] Rutherford also obtained a temporary restraining order against him the following month.[16] Giersch’s U.S. visa was revoked in April 2012,[17] after Rutherford’s lawyer informed the State Department about issues pertaining to Giersch’s businesses, which led the Department to conclude that they had sufficient evidence to deport him.[17] It has been reported that the allegations involved fraud[17] or an involvement in drugs and weapons dealing in South America, considered terrorism under the Victory Act.[18] Giersch consequently was unable to enter the United States and took up residence in France and Monaco.[17] In May 2012, Rutherford and Giersch’s children went to France to spend the summer with their father.[19] Rutherford asked the court to grant her sole custody so that she could keep the children primarily in the United States following their visit to France, as the existing joint custody agreement required her to travel frequently to enable Giersch to spend time with the children.[19] In August 2012, in a widely reported decision,[17] a California Superior Court judge ruled that the 50/50 custody arrangement should remain and that, because Giersch is unable to travel to the United States, the children should live in France with him and attend school there, with Rutherford traveling there to visit them.[17][19] Though Rutherford opposed the decision and requested a stay of proceedings while she appealed, her request was denied and it was ruled that, in two years, Giersch’s eligibility to enter the United States and the consequent well-being of the children will be reassessed.[17][18][19]

In June 2013, Rutherford filed for bankruptcy, stating she had debts of approximately $2 million, primarily due to the $1.5 million she spent on legal fees relating to the divorce and custody dispute with Giersch.[20]

In May 2015, Rutherford was granted temporary sole custody of her children, following a ruling that both her son and daughter be brought back to the United States from Monaco, where they had been living with their father since 2012.[21] On July 23, 2015, a California judge ruled that California did not have jurisdiction over Rutherford’s child custody case because she resides in New York, and her ex-husband was again awarded custody.[22][23] Rutherford then filed a case in New York but on July 27, 2015, the New York court ruled it also did not have jurisdiction.[24][25]

In December 2015, the Monaco courts reconfirmed that full custody remained with the children’s father, with Rutherford granted extensive visitation rights in France and Monaco as well as shared input regarding “health, schooling, religious education and any change of residence”.[26][27]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1988 Shakedown TV watcher
1989 Phantom of the Mall: Eric’s Revenge Salesgirl
1992 Breaking the Silence Cheryl Television film
1994 Tis a Gift to Be Simple Emily Hanover Short film
1994 I Love Trouble Kim
1994 Amberwaves Lola Barnes
1996 No Greater Love Edwina Winfield Television film
1996 Buried Secrets Danielle Roff Television film
1997 Six Months of Darkness, Six Months of Light Annie Short film
1997 Big Fall, TheThe Big Fall Veronica Direct-to-video
1997 Dilemma Woman in bar Uncredited
1997 Cyclops, Baby Randy
1998 Perfect Getaway, TheThe Perfect Getaway Julia Robinson Television film
1998 Disturbance at Dinner, TheThe Disturbance at Dinner Marian Pronkridge
2000 Scream 3 Christine Hamilton
2000 Chaos Factor, TheThe Chaos Factor Jodi
2001 Acceptable Risk Kim Welles Television film
2001 Tag, TheThe Tag Wendy
2002 Angels Don’t Sleep Here Kate Porter
2002 Swimming Upstream Sandra Bird
2007 Tell Me No Lies Laura Cooper Television film
2013 Sister’s Nightmare, AA Sister’s Nightmare Jane Ryder Television film
2013 Stream, TheThe Stream Maggie Terry
2015 Night of the Wild[28] Sara Television film
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1987 Loving N/A Unknown episodes
1989–91 Generations Stephanie “Sam” Whitmore Unknown episodes
1992 Davis Rules Erika 2 episodes
1992–93 Homefront Judy Owen Main cast; 21 episodes
1992 Bodies of Evidence Diana Wallace Episode: “Afternoon Delights”
1992 Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventures N/A Episode: “As the Dude Turns (The Lives That We Live)”
1993–94 Adventures of Brisco County, Jr., TheThe Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. Dixie Cousins 7 episodes
1995 Great Defender, TheThe Great Defender Frankie Collett Main cast; 8 episodes
1995 Courthouse Christine Lunden 4 episodes
1996 Kindred: The Embraced Caitlyn Byrne Main cast; 7 episodes
1996–99 Melrose Place Megan Lewis Mancini Main cast (seasons 5–7); 90 episodes
1999–2000 Get Real Laura Martineau 4 episodes
1999 Nash Bridges Roxanne “Roxie” Hill Episode: “Kill Switch”
2000 Sally Hemings: An American Scandal Lady Maria Cosway Miniseries
2000 Outer Limits, TheThe Outer Limits Rachel Episode: “Nest”
2000–01 Fugitive, TheThe Fugitive Helen Kimble 3 episodes
2001 Night Visions Marilyn Lanier Episode: “The Passenger List”
2002–03 District, TheThe District Deputy Mayor Melinda Lockhart 6 episodes
2003–04 Threat Matrix Special Agent Frankie Ellroy-Kilmer Main cast; 16 episodes
2005–06 E-Ring Samantha “Sonny” Liston Main cast; 21 episodes
2007–12 Gossip Girl Lily van der Woodsen Main cast; 96 episodes
2014 Bones Stephanie McNamara Episode: “The Ghost in the Killer”
2014 Being Mary Jane Cynthia Phillips Episode: “The Huxtables Have Fallen”
2014 Reckless Joyce Reed 4 episodes
2015 Mysteries of Laura, TheThe Mysteries of Laura Lisa Hanlon Episode: “The Mystery of the Popped Pugilist”
2016 Quantico Laura Wyatt Recurring role
2016 Jane The Virgin Editor Chapter fifty

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Melinda Clarke

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Melinda Clarke
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Born Melinda Patrice Clarke
(1969-04-24) April 24, 1969 (age 47)
Dana Point, California, U.S.
Other names Mindy Clarke
Occupation Actress
Years active 1989–present
Spouse(s) Ernie Mirich (1997–2005; divorced)
Children 1

Melinda Patrice “Mindy” Clarke (born April 24, 1969)[1] is an American actress who has primarily worked in television. Clarke is known for playing Faith Taylor on the daytime drama Days of Our Lives, the manipulative and cunning Julie Cooper on The O.C., and the professional dominatrix Lady Heather on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. From 2010 to 2013, she portrayed Amanda on the action-thriller television series Nikita. She was added as a recurring character on Vegas in 2013, and played in Dallas as Tracey McKay.

Early life[edit]

Clarke was born in Dana Point, California, the daughter of Patricia Lewis, a ballet dancer, and John Clarke, an actor who was an original cast member of the daytime soap opera Days of Our Lives.[2] One of three siblings, Clarke’s sister, Heidi, died in 1994 of a malignant heart tumor. She has a brother, Joshua.[3]

Career[edit]

Clarke appeared on the daytime soap opera Days of Our Lives as Faith Taylor (where her father was a senior cast member), and starred on Soldier of Fortune, Inc. for both of its seasons. She also guest starred on Xena: Warrior Princess as the Amazon chieftain Velasca, Firefly as the brothel madam Nandi, Charmed as the Siren, and has had six appearances on CSI where she played the dominatrix, Lady Heather. She also appeared in the Seinfeld episode “The Muffin Tops“, playing Jerry’s girlfriend who likes anything hairless. She also appeared in the 1993 horror film Return of the Living Dead 3.[4]

She appeared on the Fox drama The O.C. as Julie Cooper, a cunning socialite who marries for money. Her character in the show is mainly portrayed as a manipulative, morally wrong woman, but as the show progresses the reasons behind her choices are explained. She was originally billed as a guest star in the first few episodes, and due to fan response was offered a series regular contract; Clarke accepted the role and her character became an integral part of the show’s storylines. As well as starring on The O.C., she has appeared on HBO’s hit series Entourage as a fictionalized version of herself, married to Malcolm McDowell‘s Terrance McQuewick. Clarke also appeared as the Devil’s girlfriend in The CW‘s 2007 series Reaper. She also auditioned for the role of “Number Six” on SCI-FI’s smash hit Battlestar Galactica but the role ultimately went to Tricia Helfer.[5]

In 2010, she appeared on The CW show The Vampire Diaries as Kelly Donovan.[6] Other projects included the television film She Drives Me Crazy, which was produced by her former The O.C. co-star Kelly Rowan. She appeared as a guest star on Chuck, another series from The O.C. creator Josh Schwartz. She starred on The CW drama Nikita, where she played Amanda from 2010 to 2013.

She lent her voice to several voice acting projects, voicing Alexa in The Animatrix: Matriculated, Sofia Ivanescu in the video game Mission Impossible: Operation Surma, Madame Macmu-Ling in Avatar: The Last Airbender, and Charlene in King of the Hill.

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1992 Hot Under the Collar Monica
1992 Out for Blood Laura
1993 Young Goodman Brown Faith Brown
1993 Return of the Living Dead 3 Julie Walker
1995 Return to Two Moon Junction Savannah Delongpre
1996 Mulholland Falls Cigarette girl
1996 Killer Tongue Candy
1997 Critics and Other Freaks Mrs. M
1997 Soldier of Fortune Margo Vincent Television film
1997 Spawn Jessica Priest
2002 Cold Sweat Starring
2002 .com for Murder Agent Williams
2003 Animatrix, TheThe Animatrix Alexa (voice) Segment: “Matriculated
2004 Dynamite Beta
2007 She Drives Me Crazy Blithe Meacham Television film
2014 How Divine! Chelsea Kirk Television film
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1989–1990 Days of Our Lives Faith Taylor 17 episodes
1991 Jake and the Fatman Angel Alexander Episode: “Every Time We Say Goodbye”
1994 George Carlin Show, TheThe George Carlin Show Christy Episode: “George Helps Sydney”
1994 Heaven Help Us Lexy Monroe Main cast
1996 Strange Luck Lola Vale Episode: “Lightning Strikes”
1997 Xena: Warrior Princess Velasca 2 episodes
1997 Nash Bridges Karen Decker Episode: “Out of Chicago”
1997 Seinfeld Alex Episode: “The Muffin Tops”
1997 Sliders Allasandra Episode: “This Slide of Paradise”
1997–1999 Soldier of Fortune, Inc. Margo Vincent Main cast; 11 episodes
2000 Pretender, TheThe Pretender Miss Eve Episode: “Meltdown”
2000 Nash Bridges Insp. Abby Gordon Episode: “End Game”
2001 Star Trek: Enterprise Sarin Episode: “Broken Bow: Part 2
2001–2015 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Lady Heather 8 episodes
2002 First Monday Episode: “Pilot”
2002–2003 District, TheThe District Detective Olivia Cahill 5 episodes
2002 Charmed Siren Episode: “Siren Song
2002 Everwood Sally Keyes Episode: “Till Death Do Us Part”
2003 Tremors Dr. Megan Flint Episode: “Night of the Shriekers”
2003 Firefly Nandi Episode: “Heart of Gold
2003–2007 O.C., TheThe O.C. Julie Cooper Main cast; 86 episodes
2005–2011 Entourage Melinda Clarke 6 episodes
2006 Avatar: The Last Airbender Madame Macmu-Ling (voice) Episode: “The Tales of Ba Sing Se”
2007 Reaper Mimi Episode: “Ashes to Ashes”
2008 King of the Hill Charlene (voice) Episode: “Untitled Blake McCormick Project”
2008 Chuck Sasha Banacheck Episode: “Chuck Versus the Seduction
2008–2009 Eli Stone Dr. Lee 3 episodes
2009 Hell’s Kitchen Herself Dining room guest; Season 6 Episode 4: “13 Chefs Compete”
2010 Ghost Whisperer Donna Episode: “Old Sins Cast Long Shadows”
2010, 2017 Vampire Diaries, TheThe Vampire Diaries Kelly Donovan 5 episodes
2010–2013 Nikita Amanda Main cast; 55 episodes
2013 Vegas Lena Cavallo 4 episodes
2014 Dallas Tracey McKay 2 episodes
2016 Gotham Grace Van Dahl 2 episodes
Video games
Year Title Role Notes
2003 Mission: Impossible – Operation Surma Sofia Ivanescu Voice
2012 Nikita: Codebreaker Amanda