Mary Lynn Rajskub
|Mary Lynn Rajskub|
Rajskub at a screening of the 24 season 7 finale in 2009
|Born||(1971-06-22) June 22, 1971
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Matthew Rolph (m. 2009–present)|
|Children||1, Sam Ecker|
Rajskub was born in Detroit, Michigan and raised in nearby Trenton, the daughter of Betty and Tony Rajskub. She is of Irish, Polish & Czechoslovak descent. Her father is a pipefitter of Czech descent, and her mother worked as a pharmacist‘s assistant. Rajskub played the clarinet in a school band and portrayed Frenchie in the musical Grease. One of her childhood inspirations was the television series Moonlighting. She later moved to Los Angeles, California, where she worked as a waitress in a Hard Rock Cafe and a ticket-taker at the Beverly Center movie theater.
Rajskub’s first part was as an Oompa-Loompa in a community theater production of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, and her first starring role was Raggedy Ann. In 1996 she appeared in music videos for the songs The Good Life by Weezer and The New Pollution by Beck.
From 1996-1998, she had a recurring role on the critically acclaimed HBO series, The Larry Sanders Show.
Her most notable role is CTU systems analyst Chloe O’Brian on 24, which she joined in 2003 at the start of the show’s third season. Her character was a hit with viewers and critics and was one of the few cast members to return in the show’s fourth season. After being a regular guest star for two seasons, Rajskub became a main cast member in the show’s fifth season. By the end of the series, she was the lead female, with top billing second only to Kiefer Sutherland. Her character also had the honor of saying the final words of the series in the season 8 series finale. Rajskub and Sutherland appeared briefly as their 24 characters in a 2007 episode, “24 Minutes“, of the Fox animated series The Simpsons. In August 2013, it was announced that she would reprise her Chloe O’Brian role in the 2014 limited series 24: Live Another Day.
Rajskub was one of the original cast members of Mr. Show. She appeared in Kelsey Grammer‘s The Sketch Show on Fox Television, The King of Queens as a character named Priscilla, and in numerous films including Mysterious Skin, Legally Blonde 2, Sweet Home Alabama, Dude, Where’s My Car?, Man on the Moon, Punch-Drunk Love, The Anniversary Party, Firewall, Little Miss Sunshine, music videos for Beck, Weezer and Sheryl Crow, as well as portraying a blind woman in the film Road Trip.
Rajskub was part of a comic duo (with Karen Kilgariff) called Girls Guitar Club. In 2006, she made a cameo appearance in “Partings”, the 6th season finale of Gilmore Girls, where she played a troubadour looking for her big break. (Rajskub had previously appeared on Gilmore Girls as the female lead in A Film by Kirk, a short film made by the character Kirk Gleason.) She has volunteered as an actress with the Young Storytellers Program. She has an educational background as a painter, having attended the San Francisco Art Institute.
Rajskub has been nominated twice for a Screen Actors Guild Award; once in 2005, and again in 2007 for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. She guest starred on Flight of the Conchords episode “Prime Minister” as Karen, an Art Garfunkel fanatic. She guest starred as “Gail the Snail” in an episode of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia titled “The Gang Gives Frank an Intervention”, and reprised the role in the ninth season finale, “The Gang Squashes Their Beefs”. In 2009, she also appeared in the film Julie & Julia as Sarah, one of Julie Powell‘s close friends. In 2010, Rajskub performed stand-up on John Oliver’s New York Stand Up Show. In June 2010, she appeared in the “Lovesick” episode during the second season of the USA series Royal Pains.
From July through October 2010, she performed in her solo show, Mary Lynn Spreads Her Legs, at the Steve Allen Theater in Los Angeles. Reviewer F. Kathleen Foley of the Los Angeles Times wrote “that cheerfully vulgar title sums up the overall tone, which is often breezily obscene”. The show, written by Rajskub with help from director/developer Amit Itelman, was inspired by Rajskub’s experiences with pregnancy, childbirth and early motherhood.
In January 2011, Rajskub guest starred in the episode “Our Children, Ourselves” on the second season of ABC‘s Modern Family. In the fall of 2011, Rajskub appeared in the short-lived sitcom How to Be a Gentleman. Also in 2011, Rajskub’s webseries, Dicki, began airing on My Damn Channel. Dicki is based on a number of people that Rajskub grew up with in and around Michigan. The title character is a 40-year-old woman who lives at home with her parents, makes crafts, and takes her art seriously. Dicki has been one of My Damn Channel’s most successful web series to date. The first season concluded in November 2011, but a second season is currently in development. Rajskub performed in the June 2012 edition of Don’t Tell My Mother! (Live Storytelling), a monthly showcase in which celebrities share true stories they would never want their mothers to know. She currently hosts a podcast on the Nerdist Network called Kickin’ it Mary Lynn Style.[when?]
In 2013, Rajskub appeared in the Netflix semi-original series Arrested Development in a silent yet well-received role as Heartfire, a character Rajskub has said “speak[s] from the heart, but do[es]n’t use any words”. In the same year Rajskub also appeared in the web series All Growz Up with Melinda Hill.
Rajskub appeared on Ken Reid‘s TV Guidance Counselor podcast on March 27, 2015.
Rajskub dated David Cross, who introduced her to Mr. Show, and left the show when they broke up after the end of the second season. Afterwards, she dated music producer Jon Brion for five years until they broke up in the fall of 2002. Rajskub later dated comedian Duncan Trussell.
Rajskub met personal trainer Matthew Rolph when he approached her after one of her comedy sets. They began dating, and she became pregnant three months later. Their son, Valentine Anthony, was born in 2008. Rajskub married Rolph on August 1, 2009 in an impromptu wedding in Las Vegas.
Rajskub is bisexual and discussed her past relationships with women in an article for AfterEllen.com.
|1997||Who’s the Caboose?||Cheeseball|
|1998||The Thin Pink Line||Suzy Smokestack|
|1999||Man on the Moon||Friday’s Mary|
|2000||Road Trip||Blind Brenda|
|2000||Dude, Where’s My Car?||Zelmina|
|2001||The Anniversary Party||Mary-Lynn|
|2002||Sweet Home Alabama||Dorothea|
|2002||Run Ronnie Run||Herself|
|2003||Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde||Reena Giuliani|
|2004||Mysterious Skin||Avalyn Friesen|
|2004||Helter Skelter||Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme|
|2006||Little Miss Sunshine||Pageant Assistant Pam|
|2007||Humble Pie||Peggy Orbison|
|2009||Julie & Julia||Sarah|
|2012||Safety Not Guaranteed||Bridget|
|2013||The Kings of Summer||Captain Davis|
|2015||Sex, Death and Bowling||Kim Wells|
|1995–1996||Mr. Show||Various Characters||10 episodes|
|1996–1998||The Larry Sanders Show||Mary Lou Collins||18 episodes|
|1997||The Weird Al Show||Weather Woman||Episode: “Talent Show”|
|1998||NewsRadio||Waitress||Episode: “The Secret of Management”|
|1999||Shasta McNasty||Diana||Episode: “Pilot”|
|1999–2000||Veronica’s Closet||Chloe||15 episodes|
|2001||Just Shoot Me!||Penny||Episode: “Maya Judging Amy”|
|2002||Gilmore Girls||Girlfriend in Kirk’s film||Episode: “Teach Me Tonight”|
|2002||The King of Queens||Priscilla Stasna||Episode: “Arthur, Spooner”|
|2003–2010||24||Chloe O’Brian||125 episodes|
|2003||Good Morning, Miami||Hollis||Episode: “I Second That Promotion”|
|2004||Home Movies||Penny (voice)||Episode: “Those Bitches Tried to Cheat Me”|
|2005||The Sketch Show||Various Characters||6 episodes|
|2006||Gilmore Girls||Town Troubadour||Episode: “Partings”|
|2007||Human Giant||Mindy||2 episodes|
|2007||The Simpsons||Chloe O’Brian (voice)||Episode: “24 Minutes“|
|2008||The Middleman||Dr. Gibbs||Episode: “The Pilot Episode Sanction”|
|2009||Flight of the Conchords||Karen||Episode: “Prime Minister“|
|2009–2013||It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia||Gail the Snail||2 episodes|
|2010||Royal Pains||Blake||Episode: “Lovesick”|
|2010||The Benson Interruption||Herself||Episode #1.2|
|2010–2013||Chelsea Lately||Herself||9 episodes|
|2011||Modern Family||Tracy||Episode: “Our Children, Ourselves“|
|2011||Raising Hope||Tanya||Episode: “The Cultish Personality”|
|2011||How to Be a Gentleman||Janet||9 episodes|
|2012||The L.A. Complex||Herself||Episode: “Down in L.A.”|
|2012||Dirty Work||Roxy||3 episodes|
|2012||The Burn with Jeff Ross||Herself||Episode: “Jimmy Kimmel/Jim Norton/Bobby Lee/Mary Lynn Rajskub”|
|2012||Mash Up||Herself||TV movie|
|2012||Grey’s Anatomy||Marion Steiner||Episode: “Migration”|
|2013||The Mentalist||Susie Hamplin||Episode: “Days of Wine and Roses”|
|2013||Newsreaders||Laney Trammings||Episode: “Fit Town, Fat Town”|
|2013||New Girl||Peg||Episode: “Winston’s Birthday”|
|2013||Arrested Development||Heartfire||2 episodes|
|2013–2014||2 Broke Girls||Bebe||5 episodes|
|2014||TripTank||Marilyn (voice)||Episode: “Crossing the Line”|
|2014||24: Live Another Day||Chloe O’Brian||12 episodes (limited series)|
|2014||Talking Dead||Herself||Episode: “Four Walls and a Roof”|
|2015–2016||Brooklyn Nine-Nine||Genevieve Mirren-Carter||5 episodes|
|2015||W/ Bob & David||Chef Krissie||Episode #1.3|
|2016||The Girlfriend Experience||Erin Roberts||10 episodes|
|2016||Take My Wife||Mary Lynn||Episode: “Opener”|
|2016||Those Who Can’t||Summer||3 episodes|
|2016||Dream Corp LLC||Patient #046||Episode: “You Down with OCD?”|
|2016||Drunk History||Effie Cherry||Episode: “Shit Shows”|
|2017||The Guest Book||Lynn||Episode: “Story Two”|