Maggie Wheeler

Maggie Wheeler

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Maggie Wheeler
Maggie Wheeler 2013.jpg

Wheeler in 2013
Born Margaret Emily Jakobson
(1961-08-07) August 7, 1961 (age 56)
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1982–present
Spouse(s) Daniel Borden Wheeler (m. 1990)
Children 2

Margaret Emily “Maggie” Wheeler (née Jakobson; born August 7, 1961) is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Janice on the sitcom Friends. She was also a recurring character on Everybody Loves Raymond as Linda and Anita Warrell on the sitcom Ellen.

Personal life[edit]

Wheeler was born in Manhattan, the daughter of Barbara, a writer, and John Jakobson, a member of the New York Stock Exchange. She married Daniel Borden Wheeler in 1990.[1] They have two children.


In the 1980s, Wheeler (under her maiden name of Jakobson) briefly dabbled in voice acting on the animated series SilverHawks, where she provided all the female voices, specifically the villainess Melodia and the heroine Steelheart/Emily Hart, and on the Karate Kat and Mini-Monsters segments of The Comic Strip.

It was rumored that Wheeler auditioned for the role of Monica Geller, however after many interviews she stated that it was a false rumour,[2] she was however invited to play Janice Goralnik, a recurring character who was a frequent love interest of main character Chandler Bing. She appeared at least once in each season; her 19 episodes tie her with Christina Pickles for Friends’ third most frequent guest actor, behind only Elliott Gould‘s 20 episodes, and James Michael Tyler‘s 150 episodes.

She also auditioned for the role of Debra Barone, on the American sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond. Although she was the producers’ choice, CBS ended up selecting Patricia Heaton. Instead, Wheeler played the recurring role of Debra’s friend, Linda.

According to Kathy Griffin‘s autobiography, Official Book Club Selection, Wheeler was cast in the role of Vicki for the pilot episode of Suddenly Susan and was eventually replaced by Griffin.[3]

She had a star billing in the first season of Ellen. She appeared on the hit comedy Seinfeld in the episode “The Fix-Up“, as one of Elaine’s friends who is set up with George. She has appeared in many other television programs, including Drake & Josh, ER, The X-Files, The War at Home, Will & Grace, Jack and Jill, How I Met Your Mother and Curb Your Enthusiasm.

In 1997, Wheeler voiced Harley Quinn‘s replacement in the Batman: The Animated Series episode “Joker’s Millions“. In 1998, she appeared in the remake of Disney’s The Parent Trap, playing the younger of a mother-daughter pair of camp counselors. She also guest starred in the Disney Channel Original Series Shake It Up as Dina’s Mom.

In 2005, Wheeler starred opposite David DeLuise on the NBC pilot The Sperm Donor. Wheeler provided the voice of Odile in Barbie of Swan Lake, and in 2010 she voiced Trinette in four episodes of Archer on FX.


Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
1982 Soup for One Nurse
1983 Portfolio Assistant Choreographer
1987 Someone to Love Attendee
1989 Mortal Sins Marie
1989 New Year’s Day Lucy
1993 Sexual Healing Suzanne Short film
1998 Parent Trap, TheThe Parent Trap Marva Kulp, Jr
2003 Barbie of Swan Lake Odile Voice role; direct-to-video film
2006 Dr. Dolittle 3 Brown Hen / Fluffy Hen Voice role; direct-to-video film
2007 Waking Dreams Jenny
2015 The 3 Tails: A Mermaid Adventure Maria
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
1984 New Show, TheThe New Show Various 8 episodes
1985 Paper Chase, TheThe Paper Chase N/A Episode: “The Day Kingsfield Missed Class”
1986 SilverHawks Melodia / Steelheart Voice role; main role
1990 L.A. Law Paula Lights Episode: “The Good Human Bar
1991 Dream On Bonnie Decker Episode: “So Funny I Forgot to Laugh”
1992 Seinfeld Cynthia Episode: “The Fix-Up
1992 Civil Wars Patricia McDermott Episode: “Mob Psychology”
1992 Doogie Howser, M.D. Elena Spencer Episodes: “What You See Ain’t Necessarily What You Get”, “The Patient in Spite of Himself”
1993 Sexual Healing Suzanne
1994 X-Files, TheThe X-Files Det. Sharon Lazard Episode: “Born Again
  • 1994–2004
Friends Janice Litman-Goralnik (née Hosenstein) Recurring role, 19 episodes
1994–1996 Ellen Anita Warrell Main role (season 1); guest role (season 3); 13 episodes
1995 Pride & Joy Flight Attendant Episode: “Terror at 30,000 Feet”
1996–2004 Everybody Loves Raymond Linda Gruenfelder Recurring role, 11 episodes
1998 New Batman Adventures, TheThe New Batman Adventures Fake Harley (voice) Episode: “Joker’s Millions
1998 Love Boat: The Next Wave Cindy Episode: “True Course”
1999 Get Real Jennifer Episode: Pilot
2001 Jack & Jill Kristen Moss Episodes: “Crazy Like a Fox, Hungry Like the Wolf”, “Bag Full of Love”
2001 It’s Like, You Know… Rachel Episode: “Walking Tall”
2002 Will & Grace Polly Episode: “Dyeing Is Easy, Comedy Is Hard”
2002 Justice League Antiope / Perfume Lady/ Firefighter / Pilot Voice role; episode: “Fury: Parts 1 & 2”
2003 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Stand-Up Comedian Episode: “Last Laugh
2004 Kim Possible Dr. Renton Voice role; episode: “Motor Ed”
2005 Paine Management Jeanine Bernsen Television movie
2005 Fat Actress Woman Diapering Baby Episode: “Charlie’s Angels or Too Pooped to Pop”
2005 Higglytown Heroes Street Sweeper Hero Voice role; episode: “Higgly Frog Day/Eubie’s Ele-Fantastic Adventure”
2005 E-Ring Investigator Episode: “Escape and Evade”
2006 Drake & Josh 3rd Cousin Denise Episode: “Alien Invasion
2006 ER Amy Kellerman Episode: “Ames v. Kovac
2006 Friday Night Lights Teacher Episode: “It’s Different for Girls
2007 War at Home, TheThe War at Home Mindy Episodes: “It’s a Lower-Middle-Upper-Middle Class Problem”, “The War of the Golds”
2007 How I Met Your Mother Margaret Episode: “Dowisetrepla
2009 Without a Trace Gail Menken Episode: “Wanted”
2009 Breakdown, TheThe Breakdown Jennifer Unsold television pilot
  • 2009–2012,
  • 2017
Archer Receptionist, Trinette Magoon Voice role; 11 episodes
2010 Glenn Martin DDS N/A Voice role; episode: “Jackie of All Trades”
2011 Shake It Up Mrs. Garcia Episodes: “Twist it Up”, “In The Bag it Up”
2011 Curb Your Enthusiasm Ilene Solotaroff Episode: “Palestinian Chicken”
2013 Californication Ophelia Robbins Recurring role, 5 episodes
2014 Hot in Cleveland Rachel (Melanie’s Childhood friend) Episode: “Murder House
2015 I Didn’t Do It Fortune Teller Episode: “The Bite Club”
2016 Maron Steph Episode: “Shrink and Kink”
Actress (69 credits)
 2017 Holiday Hostage (Short) (completed)
 2009-2017 Archer (TV Series)
Trinette / Trinette McGoon / Receptionist

Archer Dreamland: Auflösung (2017) … Trinette McGoon (voice)
Archer Dreamland: Gramercy, Halberd! (2017) … Trinette McGoon (voice)
Archer Dreamland: Waxing Gibbous (2017) … Trinette McGoon (voice)
Archer Dreamland: Sleepers Wake (2017) … Trinette McGoon (voice)
Space Race: Part II (2012) … Trinette (voice)
 2016 Maron (TV Series)

Shrink and Kink (2016) … Steph
 2015 I Didn’t Do It (TV Series)
Fortune Teller

The Bite Club (2015) … Fortune Teller
 2015 Genie in a Bikini (TV Movie)
 2015 Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness (TV Series)

Face Full of Fear (2015) … Villager (voice)
 2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TV Series)
Small Town Newscaster

Race with the Demon (2014) … Small Town Newscaster (voice)
 2014 Dwegons and Leprechauns
Sophia-So-Dwegon / Argalite / Juno Luno (voice)
 2014 Hot in Cleveland (TV Series)

Murder House (2014) … Rachel
 2014 The Oversharer (TV Mini-Series short)
The Dog Lover

Peanut Butter (2014) … The Dog Lover
 2013 The Breakdown (TV Movie)
 2013 It’s Not You, It’s Me
Dr. Clark
 2013 Perception (TV Series)
Barbara Bruckner

Alienation (2013) … Barbara Bruckner
 2011-2013 Shake It Up (TV Series)
Mrs. Garcia

In the Bag It Up (2013) … Mrs. Garcia
Twist It Up (2011) … Mrs. Garcia
 2013 Californication (TV Series)

The Abby (2013) … Ophelia
Everybody’s a Fucking Critic (2013) … Ophelia
Rock and a Hard Place (2013) … Ophelia
Hell Bent for Leather (2013) … Ophelia
The Unforgiven (2013) … Ophelia
 2012 Unsupervised (TV Series)
Lisa / Tina

Nits (2012) … Lisa / Tina (voice)
 2011 The Closer (TV Series)
Gail’s friend

Road Block (2011) … Gail’s friend
 2011 Kinect Disneyland Adventures (Video Game) (voice)
 2011 Curb Your Enthusiasm (TV Series)
Ilene Solotaroff

Palestinian Chicken (2011) … Ilene Solotaroff
 2010 Glenn Martin DDS (TV Series)

Jackie of All Trades (2010) … (voice)
 2009 Without a Trace (TV Series)
Gail Menken

Wanted (2009) … Gail Menken
 2007 How I Met Your Mother (TV Series)

Dowisetrepla (2007) … Margaret
 2007 Waking Dreams
 2007 The War at Home (TV Series)

The War of the Golds (2007) … Mindy
 2006 Friday Night Lights (TV Series)

It’s Different for Girls (2006) … Teacher
 2006 ER (TV Series)
Amy Kellerman

Ames v. Kovac (2006) … Amy Kellerman
 2006 Dr. Dolittle 3 (Video)
Brown Hen / Fluffy Hen (voice)
 2006 Drake & Josh (TV Series)

Alien Invasion (2006) … Denise
 2005 Paine Management (TV Movie)
Jeanine Bernsen
 2005 Friends: The One with All the Trivia (Video Game) (voice)
 2005 E-Ring (TV Series)

Escape and Evade (2005) … Investigator
 2005 Higglytown Heroes (TV Series)
Street Sweeper Hero

Higgly Frog Day/Eubie’s Ele-Fantastic Adventure (2005) … Street Sweeper Hero (voice)
 2005 Fat Actress (TV Series)
Woman Diapering Baby

Charlie’s Angels or Too Pooped to Pop (2005) … Woman Diapering Baby
 2004 Kim Possible (TV Series)
Dr. Renton

Motor Ed (2004) … Dr. Renton (voice)
 1996-2004 Everybody Loves Raymond (TV Series)
Linda Gruenfelder

Blabbermouths (2004) … Linda Gruenfelder
The Nice Talk (2004) … Linda Gruenfelder
The Surprise Party (2003) … Linda Gruenfelder
Robert’s Wedding (2003) … Linda Gruenfelder
Who’s Next? (2003) … Linda Gruenfelder
 1994-2004 Friends (TV Series)

The One Where Estelle Dies (2004) … Janice
The One with the Fertility Test (2003) … Janice
 2003 Lilo & Stitch: The Series (TV Series)

Kixx: Experiment 601 (2003) … (voice)
 2003 Barbie of Swan Lake (Video)
Odile (voice)
 2003 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (TV Series)
Stand-Up Comedian

Last Laugh (2003) … Stand-Up Comedian
 2002 Justice League (TV Series)
Firefighter / Pilot / Antiope / …

Fury: Part II (2002) … Firefighter / Pilot (voice)
Fury (2002) … Antiope / Perfume Lady (voice)
 2002 Will & Grace (TV Series)

Dyeing Is Easy, Comedy Is Hard (2002) … Polly
 2001 It’s Like, You Know… (TV Series)

Walking Tall (2001) … Rachel
 2001 Jack & Jill (TV Series)
Kirsten Moss / Kristen Moss

Bag Full of Love (2001) … Kirsten Moss
Crazy Like a Fox, Hungry Like the Wolf (2001) … Kristen Moss
 1999 Get Real (TV Series)

Pilot (1999) … Jennifer
 1998 The Parent Trap
Marva Kulp, Jr.
 1998 Love Boat: The Next Wave (TV Series)

True Course (1998) … Cindy
 1998 The New Batman Adventures (TV Series)
Fake Harley

Joker’s Millions (1998) … Fake Harley (voice)
 1994-1996 Ellen (TV Series)
Anita Warwell

The Mugging (1996) … Anita Warwell
The Tape (1996) … Anita Warwell
The Boyfriend Stealer (1994) … Anita Warwell (credit only)
The Soft Touch (1994) … Anita Warwell (credit only)
The Refrigerator (1994) … Anita Warwell
 1995 Pride & Joy (TV Series)
Flight Attendant

Terror at 30,000 Feet (1995) … Flight Attendant
 1994 The X-Files (TV Series)
Det. Sharon Lazard

Born Again (1994) … Det. Sharon Lazard
 1993 Danger Theatre (TV Series)
Charlotte Rave (segment “Phantom of Fashion”)

Phantom of Fashion/Aloha, Rich Man, Goodbye (1993) … Charlotte Rave (segment “Phantom of Fashion”) (as Maggie Jakobson)
 1993 Sexual Healing (Short)
 1992 Doogie Howser, M.D. (TV Series)
Dr. Spencer / Elena Spencer

The Patient in Spite of Himself (1992) … Dr. Spencer (as Maggie Jakobson)
What You See Ain’t Necessarily What You Get (1992) … Elena Spencer (as Maggie Jakobson)
 1992 Civil Wars (TV Series)
Patricia McDermott

Mob Psychology (1992) … Patricia McDermott (as Maggie Jakobson)
 1992 Seinfeld (TV Series)

The Fix Up (1992) … Cynthia (as Maggie Jakobson)
 1991 Dream On (TV Series)
Bonnie Decker

So Funny I Forgot to Laugh (1991) … Bonnie Decker (as Maggie Jakobson)
 1990 L.A. Law (TV Series)
Paula Lights

The Good Human Bar (1990) … Paula Lights (as Maggie Jakobson)
 1989 Mortal Sins
Marie (as Maggie Jakobson)
 1989 New Year’s Day
Lucy (as Maggie Jakobson)
 1987 Someone to Love
Attendee (as Maggie Jakobson)
 1987 The Comic Strip (TV Series)

Street Frogs: The Hop Line/The Crate/Typhoon Take Off (1987) … Voice (voice, as Maggie Jakobson)
 1986 Silverhawks (TV Series)
Steelheart / Melodia

Airshow (1986) … Steelheart / Melodia (voice, as Maggie Jakobson)
Zeek’s Power (1986) … Steelheart / Melodia (voice, as Maggie Jakobson)
Uncle Rattler (1986) … Steelheart / Melodia (voice, as Maggie Jakobson)
The Harder They Fall (1986) … Steelheart / Melodia (voice, as Maggie Jakobson)
The Invisible Destroyer (1986) … Steelheart / Melodia (voice, as Maggie Jakobson)
 1985 The Paper Chase (TV Series)

The Day Kingsfield Missed Class (1985) … (as Maggie Jakobson)
 1984 The New Show (TV Series)

Episode #1.9 (1984) … Various (as Maggie Jakobson)
Episode #1.8 (1984) … Various (as Maggie Jakobson)
Episode #1.7 (1984) … Various (as Maggie Jakobson)
Episode #1.6 (1984) … Various (as Maggie Jakobson)
Episode #1.5 (1984) … Various (as Maggie Jakobson)
 1983 Portfolio
Assistant Choreographer
 1982 Soup for One

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