Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Catherine Louise "Katey" Sagal (born January 19, 1954) is an American actress and singer-songwriter. She is best known for her role as Peggy Bundy, Al's sarcastic, lazy, bon bon-eating wife, on Married... with Children and for her role as Gemma Teller Morrow on the FX series Sons of Anarchy. Sagal is also known for voicing the character Leela on the animated science-fiction series Futurama from 1999 to 2003 and 2008 to 2013, as well as for starring on the show 8 Simple Rules in the role of Cate Hennessy. In the latter role, she worked with John Ritter until his death, leading to Sagal's taking over as the series lead for the remainder of the show's run.
From 2008-14, Sagal portrayed Gemma Teller Morrow across the entire run of Sons of Anarchy, for which she won a Golden Globe in 2011. Sagal has been married to Sons creator Kurt Sutter since 2004.
Sagal was born in Los Angeles to a show business family with five children, including younger twin sisters, Jean and Liz Sagal, and brother, Joe Sagal, all three of whom are actors, and David Sagal, an attorney married to actress McNally Sagal. Sagal's mother, Sara Zwilling, was a singer (stage name Sara Macon) who died of heart disease in 1975; her father, Boris Sagal, was a Ukrainian-born director who died in 1981 in an accident on the set of the television movie World War III. Sagal and her siblings grew up in Brentwood, Los Angeles. Her godfather is prominent sitcom producer Norman Lear. Both Katey and Norman also acknowledged when Norman received the 2016 Achievement in Television Excellence award that she was not only his goddaughter, but that he was also the one who had introduced her parents. Sagal's father was Jewish, and Sagal has described herself as "culturally Jewish" but with no "formal religious experience".
Sagal attended California Institute of the Arts to study singing and acting; she began her acting career in Hollywood, appearing in several made-for-TV movies between 1971 and 1975. One role was as a receptionist in the Columbo installment "Candidate for Crime", which was directed by her father. Sagal's first major role was as a newspaper columnist in the series Mary (1985-86) starring Mary Tyler Moore. This led to her being cast as Peggy Bundy on the sitcom Married... with Children (1987-1997); she portrayed the lower-class, sex-starved, free-spending wife of shoe salesman Al Bundy. The series ran for ten years. Sagal brought her own red bouffant wig to audition for the role, and with the producers' approval, the look transitioned into the show.
After the end of Married... with Children, several more television films followed; she also guest starred on the children's cartoon Recess as the voice of Spinelli's mother. In 1998, Matt Groening chose her to provide the character voice of the purple-haired mutant spaceship captain, Leela, in his science-fiction animated comedy Futurama. The show developed a cult following, but was cancelled after four seasons. However, transissions in syndication on Adult Swim and Comedy Central increased the show's popularity and led Comedy Central to commission a season of Futurama direct-to-DVD films, which the network later retransmitted as a 16-episode season five. She reprised her role as Leela in these films, and in the sixth season that began airing June 24, 2010. The series ended in 2013. On April 2017, she and the rest of cast will be reunite for the 17th anniversary of "Futurama".
Sagal guest-starred as Edna Hyde, Steven Hyde's mother, in three episodes of That '70s Show. She starred in the short-lived NBC sitcom Tucker in 2000.
Sagal was cast as the wife of John Ritter in the sitcom 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter in 2002. (Kaley Cuoco acted out the daughter in the series.) Ritter had completed only three episodes of the second season before his death, and the show was cancelled in 2005 after its third season.
In 2005 and 2006, she made two appearances on Lost as Helen Norwood. In 2007, she had a role in the season finale of The Winner as Glen Abbot's former, and Josh's current, teacher, with whom Glen has his first sexual experience. In 2008, she appeared in four episodes of the short-lived comedy-drama series Eli Stone.
In January 2009, Sagal reunited with her TV son David Faustino (Bud Bundy from Married... with Children) for an episode of Faustino's show Star-ving. In 2010, she appeared twice more on Lost. In 2009, she starred in the film House Broken with Danny DeVito. In 2010, she returned to the stage in Randy Newman's musical Harps & Angels.
From 2008 to 2014, Sagal starred as Gemma Teller Morrow on the TV show Sons of Anarchy, whose creator, Kurt Sutter, she had married in 2004, four years before the series premiered.
In 2013, Sagal had a cameo on Glee as Nancy Abrams, Artie Abrams's mother. She co-starred in Pitch Perfect 2, released in 2015, as the mother of Hailee Steinfeld's character. She next appeared in the biography drama film Bleed for This, as the mother of Vinny Pazienza.
On September 9, 2014, Sagal received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on which most of the Married ... with Children cast - including Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate, and David Faustino - were present to celebrate the actor's recognition.
Sagal had a guest-starring role in Brooklyn Nine-Nine as Karen Peralta, Jake's mother.
On September 20, 2016, Sagal appeared as Susan, Penny's mother, on The Big Bang Theory. (She had, as stated above, previously played the mother of Kaley Cuoco's character on 8 Simple Rules.)
Sagal started her career in show business as a singer and songwriter. In 1973, she worked as a backing vocalist for various singers, including Bob Dylan and Tanya Tucker. In 1976, while a member of The Group With No Name, she contributed to the album Moon over Brooklyn (on which she was credited as "Katie Sagal"). She was a member of Bette Midler's backup group The Harlettes in 1978, and again from 1982-83. She performed backing vocals on the self-titled Gene Simmons solo album, the Molly Hatchet album Take No Prisoners, and on Olivia Newton-John's 1985 single "Soul Kiss". She performed the song "It's the Time for Love" that appears in the movie Silent Rage featuring Chuck Norris, music and lyrics by Morgan Stoddard. Sagal also provided the vocals for "Loose Cannons", the theme song for the movie featuring Gene Hackman and Dan Aykroyd in 1990. The song featured her singing most of the song, while Aykroyd sang the chorus and did some background impersonations from the movie.
On April 19, 1994, she released her first solo album, Well.... On June 1, 2004, she released her second album, Room. She has also contributed to the Sons of Anarchy soundtrack.
In June 2016, the Human Rights Campaign released a video in tribute to the victims of the 2016 Orlando gay nightclub shooting; in the video, Sagal and others told the stories of the people killed there.
Sagal was married to musician Freddie Beckmeier from 1978 to 1981 and drummer Jack White from 1993 to 2000. In 2004, she married Kurt Sutter.
In 1991, while working on Married... with Children, Sagal learned that she was pregnant. This was unexpected, so the pregnancy was written into the storyline of the show. In October 1991, however, she had to have an emergency Caesarean section in her seventh month of pregnancy, ending in the stillbirth of a daughter. The pregnancy on the show was then regarded as a "dream", which was mentioned only briefly at the end of the episode "Al Bundy, Shoe Dick". Sagal and White eventually had two children — a daughter, Sarah Grace, in 1994 and a son, Jackson James, in 1996. The writers of Married... with Children deliberately did not write Sagal's two later pregnancies into the show due to the earlier stillbirth, opting instead to write off her absences in a subplot in which Peg is traveling the world to reunite her redneck parents. In scenes where Peg was shown, Sagal had her midsection obscured, such as in a taxicab or at a craps table in Las Vegas, and was often seen or heard talking to family members over the phone.
One after effect of Sagal's having lost her stillborn daughter was that the tragedy inspired her to write the lyrics for "(You) Can't Hurry the Harvest". She recorded this selection on her debut album, Well..., which was released in April 1994.
Sagal and White divorced in 2000.
Sagal married writer-producer Kurt Sutter in a private ceremony on October 2, 2004, at their home in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Los Feliz. They have a daughter, Esmé Louise, born in 2007 through a surrogate mother.
|1987||Maid to Order||Louise|
|1988||The Good Mother||Ursula|
|2001||Recess: School's Out||Mrs. Flo Spinelli||Voice|
|2002||Following Tildy||Connie St. John||Short film|
|2006||I'm Reed Fish||Maureen|
|2007||Futurama: Bender's Big Score||Leela||Voice|
|2008||Futurama: The Beast with a Billion Backs||Leela||Voice|
|2008||Futurama: Bender's Game||Leela/Leegola||Voice|
|2009||Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder||Leela||Voice|
|2010||Jack and the Beanstalk||Jack's mother|
|2014||There's Always Woodstock||Lee Ann|
|2015||Pitch Perfect 2||Katherine|
|2016||Bleed for This||Louise Pazienza|
|1971||The Failing of Raymond||Girl patient||Credited as "Catherine Louise Sagal;" TV film
Directed by Boris Sagal, her father
|1972||The Bold Ones: The New Doctors||Young nurse||Credited as "Katie Sagal"|
|1973||Columbo||Secretary||Episode: "Candidate for Crime"|
|1975||The Dream Makers||Unemployment manager||TV film|
|1985-1986||Mary||Jo Tucker||3 episodes|
|1987-1997||Married... with Children||Peggy Bundy||250 episodes|
|1990||Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme||Mary Quite Contrary||TV film|
|1990||Tales from the Crypt||Ms. Kilbasser||Episode: "For Cryin' Out Loud"|
|1990||The Earth Day Special||Peggy Bundy
Reprise of her Married... with Children role
|1991||She Says She's Innocent||Susan Essex||TV film|
|1995||Trail of Tears||Annie Cook||TV film|
|1995||Nachtshow||Episode: "February 10th, 1995"|
|1995||Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man||Duckman's mother||Episode: "The Germ Turns"|
|1996||Space Cases||Ma (voice)||Episode: "Mother Knows Best"|
|1997-2001||Recess||Flo Spinelli||3 episodes|
|1998||Rugrats||Additional Voices||1 episode|
|1998||Chance of a Lifetime||Irene Dunbar||TV film|
|1998||Mr. Headmistress||Harriet Magnum||TV film|
|1999||No Higher Love||Ellen Young||TV film|
|1999||Smart House||Pat||TV film|
|1999||That '70s Show||Edna Hyde||3 episodes|
|Futurama||Leela (voice only)||136 episodes / the 17th anniversary show|
|2000||Tucker||Claire Wennick||13 episodes|
|2001||The Geena Davis Show||Ashley||Episode: "Girls' Night Out"|
|2002||Imagine That||Barb Thompson||2 episodes|
|2002-2005||8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter||Cate S. Hennessy||76 episodes
Co-stars included Kaley Cuoco
|2004||When Angels Come to Town||Jo||TV film|
|2004-2006||Higglytown Heroes||Monica the Police Officer||3 episodes|
|2005||Three Wise Guys||Shirley Crown||TV film|
|2005||Campus Confidential||Naomi Jacobs||TV film|
|2005||Ghost Whisperer||Francie Lewis||Episode: "Undead Comic"|
|2005-2007||The Shield||Nancy Gilroy||2 episodes|
|2005-2010||Lost||Helen Norwood||4 episodes|
|2006||Boston Legal||Barbara Little||5 episodes|
|2006||The Search for the Funniest Mom in America||Host||Reality series|
|2007||The Winner||Lydia Berko||Episode: "Hot for Teacher"|
|2008||Eli Stone||Marci Klein||2 episodes|
|2008||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Annabelle Bundt/Natasha Steele||Episode: "Two and a Half Deaths"|
|2008-2014||Sons of Anarchy||Gemma Teller Morrow||91 episodes
Created by Kurt Sutter, her husband since 2004
|2010||Chadam||Sandy (voice)||Web series|
|2013||Glee||Nancy Abrams||Episode: "Wonder-ful"|
|2013-present||Super Duper Rocket||Chrystal Findlee (voice)|
|2014-2015||Regular Show||Mordecai's Mom (voice)||2 episodes|
|2014-2015||A to Z||Narrator (voice)||13 episodes|
|2014||The Simpsons||Leela (voice)||Episode: "Simpsorama"|
|2015||The Bastard Executioner||Annora of the Alders||10 episodes|
|2016||Brooklyn Nine-Nine||Karen Peralta||Episode: "Karen Peralta"|
|2016||The Big Bang Theory||Susan, Penny's mother||Episode: "The Conjugal Conjecture"
Post-8 Simple Rules reunion with Kaley Cuoco
|2016||This is Us||Lanie Schultz||Episode: "The Big Three"|
|2017-present||Superior Donuts||Randy||Series regular|
|2017||Dirty Dancing||Vivian Pressman||Television film|
|1976||Moon Over Brooklyn
||Billboard Top Heatseekers - 33|
|2009||Sons of Anarchy: Shelter - EP
||Top Independent Albums — 33
Top Soundtracks — 23
|Year||Award||Category||Film or series||Result|
|1989||American Comedy Awards||Funniest Female Performer in a TV Series||Married... with Children||Nominated|
|1991||Golden Globe Award||Best Actress - Television Series Musical or Comedy||Married... with Children||Nominated|
|1992||Golden Globe Award||Best Actress - Television Series Musical or Comedy||Married... with Children||Nominated|
|1993||Golden Globe Award||Best Actress - Television Series Musical or Comedy||Married... with Children||Nominated|
|1993||American Comedy Awards||Funniest Female Performer in a TV Series||Married... with Children||Nominated|
|1994||Golden Globe Award||Best Actress - Television Series Musical or Comedy||Married... with Children||Nominated|
|2005||Prism Awards||Performance in a Comedy Series||8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter||Won|
|2009||TV Land Awards||Innovation Award
||Married... with Children||Won|
|2010||Television Critics Association Awards||Individual Achievement in Drama||Sons of Anarchy||Nominated|
|2010||Ewwy Award||Best Actress in a Drama Series||Sons of Anarchy||Nominated|
|2010||Satellite Awards||Best Actress - Television Series Drama||Sons of Anarchy||Nominated|
|2011||Golden Globe Award||Best Actress - Television Series Drama||Sons of Anarchy||Won|
|2011||Prism Awards||Best Actress - Television Series Drama||Sons of Anarchy||Nominated|
|2011||Critics' Choice Television Award||Best Actress in a Drama Series||Sons of Anarchy||Nominated|
|2011||Satellite Awards||Best Actress - Television Series Drama||Sons of Anarchy||Nominated|
|2012||Critics' Choice Television Award||Best Actress in Drama Series||Sons of Anarchy||Nominated|
|2013||Prism Awards||Female Performance in a Drama Series Multi-Episode Storyline||Sons of Anarchy||Won|
|2014||Hollywood Walk of Fame||Star on the Walk of Fame||Won|
Katey Sagal supports the following charitable cause: Children.