Born: March 17, 1974
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
Marisa Christine Coughlan /məˈrɪsə kɔːflɪn/ (born March 17, 1974) is an American actress and writer. Her first prominent role was a lead in Kevin Williamson's Teaching Mrs. Tingle (1999), followed by a role as Officer Ursula Hanson in the comedy Super Troopers (2001). She also had a recurring role as Melissa Hughes on the series Boston Legal.
Coughlan was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She graduated from Breck School, a small private school in Golden Valley, Minnesota. When she moved to Los Angeles with her father Daniel Merritt Coughlan, she enrolled at the University of Southern California. She studied abroad in Paris in 1995, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in French in 1996.
Coughlan's first film appearance to gain mainstream attention was in Kevin Williamson's directorial debut Teaching Mrs. Tingle (1999), in which she co-starred alongside Katie Holmes and Helen Mirren. She was cast in the role after reportedly having been rejected for a role on Williamson's series Dawson's Creek. She followed this with a recurring role on the series Wasteland in 1999.
Other films she appeared in included Pumpkin (co-starring with Christina Ricci), a drama about sorority girls; New Suit, a satirical comedy about the inner workings of Hollywood; Super Troopers, playing Officer Ursula Hanson; and Freddy Got Fingered as Betty.
She had a recurring role on the television series Boston Legal as secretary Melissa Hughes in seasons two and three. In 2007, she starred as Jenny McIntyre in Lifetime Television's original series Side Order of Life. Lifetime did not pick the series up for a second season despite a strong following. In 2008-09, she appeared on three episodes of the hit TV show Bones.
Coughlan began writing while she was pregnant and taking time off from acting. She wrote and produced her first pilot, Lost & Found for ABC in 2011. In 2014, she completed writing a comedy based on Peter and Wendy for NBC. In 2016, it was reported by Variety that Fox was developing a comedy series titled Pushing, written by Coughlan and produced by Greg Berlanti.
Coughlan married Stephen Wallack, whom she had known since they were teenagers in Minneapolis, at a private estate in Pasadena, California on November 1, 2008. They have three children together, Finn Wallack, Merritt Wallack and Ireland Wallack. Today, she lives in Wayzata, Minnesota and has a dog, Willis. Coughlan resided in Studio City, California, but sold her home there in 2015.
|1995||Fist of the North Star||Jenny||Television film|
|1996||Our Son, the Matchmaker||Julie Longwell|
|1997||The Sleepwalker Killing||Tanya Lane|
|1999||Teaching Mrs. Tingle||Jo Lynn Jordan|
|2001||Freddy Got Fingered||Betty|
|2002||New Suit||Marianne Roxbury|
|2003||I Love Your Work||Jane|
|2004||Kat Plus One||Kat|
|2005||Jake in Progress||Hope|
|2006||Separated at Worth||Tess||Television film|
|2008||Poundcake||Deborah||Also known as: The Dissection of Thanksgiving|
|2008||Already Dead||Sarah Archer|
|2014||Space Station 76||Misty|
|2017||Super Troopers 2||Officer Ursula Hanson|
|1995||Step by Step||New Girl 2||Episode: "The Wall"|
|1996||High Society||Dana||Episode: "Nip and Tuck"|
|1996||The Guilt||Kendall Cornell||Episode: "Dean's Office"|
|1996||The Burning Zone||Chante Lefort||Episode: "Blood Covenant"|
|1997||Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction||Summer||Segment: "The Prophecy"|
|1997||Diagnosis Murder||Allison Porter||Episode: "Open and Shut"|
|1998||The Magnificent Seven||Nora||Episode: "Working Girls"|
|1999||Wasteland||Dawnie Parker||13 episodes|
|2003||The Twilight Zone||April Beech||Episode: "Rewind"|
|2006||Boston Legal||Melissa Hughes||12 episodes|
|2006||Masters of Horror||Dina||Episode: "The Damned Thing"|
|2007||Side Order of Life||Jenny McIntyre||13 episodes|
|2009||Medium||Gabrielle||Episode: "Soul Survivor"|
|2009||Bones||Special Agent Payton Perotta||3 episodes|
|2011||Man Up!||Dr. Donna Perkins||Episode: "Men and Their Chickens"|
|2012||How to Be a Gentleman||Candice||Episode: "How to Share a Relationship"|
Marisa Coughlan supports the following charitable cause: AIDS.