Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Megan Mullally (born November 12, 1958) is an American actress, comedian and singer. She is best known for her starring role as Karen Walker on the NBC sitcom Will & Grace (1998-2006, 2017-present), for which she received eight Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, winning twice in 2000 and 2006. She also received nominations for numerous other accolades for her portrayal, including seven consecutive Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series, winning 3 times in 2001, 2002, and 2003, as well as receiving four Golden Globe Award nominations.
From 2006 to 2007, Mullally hosted the talk show The Megan Mullally Show. Since then, she has been a series regular on several television series, such as In the Motherhood, Party Down, Childrens Hospital, and Breaking In. She has also appeared in guest spots and recurring roles on other comedy series, including Parks and Recreation, Happy Endings, Bob's Burgers, 30 Rock, Up All Night, Boston Legal, and The New Adventures of Old Christine. In addition to television, Mullally has also ventured into film, with appearances in Smashed (2012), The Kings of Summer (2013) and Why Him? (2016).Mullally was born in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Martha (née Palmer) and Carter Mullally, Jr., an actor who was a contract player with Paramount Pictures in the 1950s. Mullally moved to her father's native Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, at the age of six. She is of English, Irish and Scandinavian ancestry, as she stated on TLC's TV show, "Who Do You Think You Are?, which aired May 28, 2018 (S10, E3). She studied ballet from the age of six and performed at the Oklahoma City Ballet during high school, also studying at the School of American Ballet in New York City.
Following her graduation from Casady School, she attended Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where she studied English Literature and Art History, and subsequently became active in Chicago theatre.
Mullally moved to Los Angeles in 1985. Two weeks later, she was signed by the William Morris Agency. One of her first acting spots was on a McDonald's commercial that also featured John Goodman. She made her series debut in 1986 in The Ellen Burstyn Show. She subsequently guest starred on sitcoms such as Seinfeld, Frasier, Wings, Ned and Stacey, Mad About You, Caroline in the City, and Just Shoot Me!. She played a central character in a season-five episode of Murder, She Wrote, "Coal Miner's Slaughter," recalling in 2012, "I hadn't gotten a job for so long, and I was in a complete panic because I didn't know how I was going to pay my rent. So I get a call one day from my agent that I'd gotten offered a guest role, and it paid $5,000. I literally fell down onto my knees and testified and wept. I played some former protégée of Jessica Fletcher. It's one of my favorite things I've ever shot."
In 1989, Mullally tested for the co-starring role of Elaine Benes on Seinfeld. The role was eventually given to Julia Louis-Dreyfus. In 1998 Mullally landed the role of Karen Walker, Grace Adler's sarcastic, pill-popping assistant, in the NBC sitcom Will & Grace. She won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in both 2000 and 2006, and was nominated in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005. She won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series three times, in 2002, 2003 and 2004, and with cast members Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, and Sean Hayes, she shared the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series in 2001. She is the first of only two actresses to win a SAG Award three years in a row. She was nominated each year from 2000 until 2003 for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress - Series, Miniseries or Television Film.
In 2005, Mullally saw comedian and actor Bill Hader performing with his Second City class in Los Angeles, and shortly thereafter brought Hader to the attention of Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels. Also in 2005, Mullally was awarded the Women in Film Lucy Award "in recognition of her innovation in creative works that have enhanced the perception of women through the medium of television".
Following Will & Grace, Mullally hosted her own talk show, The Megan Mullally Show from 2006 to 2007. She has hosted Saturday Night Live, guest-hosted the Late Show with David Letterman, hosted the 2006 TV Land Awards, and been a featured performer twice on the Tony Awards. She has been featured in advertisements for M&M's, Old Navy, CheapTickets.com, and I Can't Believe It's Not Butter!
Mullally guest-starred as 'Bev', an adoption case worker for Liz Lemon in the season-three premiere of the NBC sitcom 30 Rock and returned to play the same character two additional times during the show's run. Other appearances include Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, Campus Ladies, director/actor David Wain's "Wainy Days," an episode of HBO's Funny or Die, and the Funny or Die web video "That's What She Said."
Mullally has guest-starred seven times as Tammy Swanson on the NBC series Parks and Recreation, in the episodes "Ron and Tammy," "Ron & Tammy: Part Two," "Li'l Sebastian," "Ron and Tammys," "The Trial of Leslie Knope," "Ron and Diane," and "Ron and Jammy". Mullally plays the role of the second ex-wife of the character Ron Swanson, who is played by her real-life husband, Nick Offerman. Offerman also had a part on one episode of Mullally's show Will & Grace where he played a plumber who came to Will's mother's house while Will, Karen, Grace, and Jack were visiting.
Also in 2009, Mullally starred in the ABC sitcom In the Motherhood. Based on the original web series, the television adaptation focuses on three mothers. She played Rosemary opposite Cheryl Hines and Jessica St. Clair. The series was poorly received and was canceled by ABC due to low ratings after airing just five out of seven episodes produced.
Mullally co-starred in 2010 as Lydia on the Starz ensemble series Party Down. Mullally co-starred as "Chief" on the Adult Swim series Childrens Hospital. In 2011, Mullally began a recurring role as Dana Hartz, the mother of Penny (Casey Wilson), on the ABC sitcom Happy Endings. In the following months, Fox announced Mullally would join the series Breaking In when the show returned for a second season on March 6, 2012.
Also in 2012, Mullally joined the first season of Bob's Burgers as Aunt Gayle. She would reprise the role in subsequent episodes along with several minor roles.
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Mullally made her Broadway debut as Marty in the 1994 revival of Grease, and subsequently appeared as Rosemary in the hit 1995 revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying opposite Matthew Broderick. In 2007, Mullally starred as Elizabeth in Mel Brooks' original Broadway musical, Young Frankenstein. She can be heard on the cast albums of all three productions.
In 1996, she starred in You Never Know at the Pasadena Playhouse. Mullally appeared in 2000 as Pamela in the multiple award-winning production of Chuck Mee's The Berlin Circle, for which she won both the LA Weekly Theatre Award and the Backstage West Garland Award. Mullally starred as Beverly in the acclaimed production of Adam Bock's The Receptionist at the Odyssey Theatre (notably, the longest sold-out run of a show in that theatre's history), for which she was awarded the 2010 Backstage West Garland Award for Best Performance by an Actress.
From April 13 to June 1 in 2014, Mullally starred alongside her real-life husband, Nick Offerman, in Annapurna at the off-Broadway Acorn Theatre on New York's 42nd Street Theatre Row.
Mullally is a member of the band Supreme Music Program. SMP has released three albums to date, The Sweetheart Break-In, Big as a Berry and Free Again!.
Mullally and Stephanie Hunt formed the band Nancy and Beth in 2012. They went on tour in March 2013, along with Mullally's husband, Nick Offerman.
Mullally has appeared in Marc Forster's Sundance competition entry Everything Put Together, Anywhere but Here with Susan Sarandon and Natalie Portman, About Last Night with Demi Moore and Rob Lowe, Speaking of Sex with James Spader, and Stealing Harvard with Tom Green and Jason Lee. Mullally played a singing teacher in the 2009 film remake of Fame, and can be heard on the soundtrack recording. Additionally, Mullally sang the song "Long John Blues" (performed on-screen by Kristen Bell) in 2010's Burlesque. She played one of the leads' mothers in the 2013 indie film The Kings of Summer and Mrs. Van Camp in the movie G.B.F. Mullally played Barb Fleming in the 2016 film Why Him?
Mullally's first marriage, in the mid-1990s, was to talent agent Michael Katcher.
Mullally met actor and future husband Nick Offerman in 2000 while acting in The Berlin Circle, a play produced by the Evidence Room Theatre Company, and they married after dating for 18 months. While they were dating, Offerman appeared in a guest role on Will & Grace, in a 2001 Thanksgiving episode (Season 4, Episode 10, "Moveable Feast, Part 2"). Offerman appeared again, in a different role, in the Season 9 (2018) episode "Friends and Lover". The couple have also appeared together in films such as The Kings of Summer and Smashed, the television series Parks and Recreation, and also performed voice work together in Hotel Transylvania 2.
|1983||Risky Business||Call Girl|
|1986||Last Resort||Jessica Lollar|
|1986||About Last Night...||Pat|
|1986||Blue Velvet||Louise||Scenes cut|
|1999||Anywhere But Here||Woman Buying Car|
|1999||Best Man in Grass Creek||Co-Worker|
|2000||Everything Put Together||Barbie|
|2001||Speaking of Sex||Jennifer Klink|
|2002||Stealing Harvard||Patty Plummer|
|2009||Fame||Ms. Fran Rowan|
|2010||New York 2||Jasmine||Voice|
|2013||The Kings of Summer||Mrs. Keenan|
|2013||G.B.F.||Mrs. Van Camp|
|2014||Apartment Troubles||Aunt Kimberley|
|2014||Ernest & Celestine||Lucienne (voice)||English dub|
|2014||Date and Switch||Patricia|
|2014||New York 3||Jasmine|
|2014||Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day||Nina|
|2015||Hotel Transylvania 2||Linda||Voice|
|2016||Why Him?||Barb Fleming|
|2017||The Disaster Artist||Mrs. Sestero|
|2018||New York 4||Jasmine|
|1981||The Children Nobody Wanted||Sharon||Television film|
|1985||First Steps||Cathy||Television film|
|1986||Tall Tales & Legends||Posy||Episode: "Pecos Bill"|
|1986||American Playhouse||Lilah||Episode: "Under the Biltmore Clock"|
|1986-1987||The Ellen Burstyn Show||Molly Brewer Ross||13 episodes|
|1988||Murder, She Wrote||Molly Connors||Episode: "Coal Miner's Slaughter"|
|1989||Almost Grown||Bride||Episode: "The Hat That Fell from Space"|
|1989||China Beach||Cindy||Episode: "The World: Part 2"|
|1990||Wings||Cindy||Episode: "There Once Was a Girl from Nantucket"|
|1990||Rainbow Drive||Ava Zieff||Television film|
|1991||Dear John||Molly||Episode: "Molly and Me"|
|1991||My Life and Times||Susan||6 episodes|
|1991-1993||Herman's Head||Yvonne (voice)||2 episodes|
|1992||The Steadfast Tin Soldier||Ballerina (voice)||Television film|
|1992||Fish Police||Pearl (voice)||6 episodes|
|1992||Rachel Gunn, R.N.||Becky Jo||13 episodes|
|1993||I Yabba-Dabba Do!||Pebbles Flintstone (voice)||Television film|
|1993||Seinfeld||Betsy||Episode: "The Implant"|
|1993||Hollyrock-a-Bye Baby||Additional voices||Television film|
|1993||A Flintstone Family Christmas||Pebbles Flintstone (voice)||Television film|
|1994||Batman: The Animated Series||Cindy (voice)||Episode: "House and Garden"|
|1997||Ned and Stacey||Wendy||Episode: "Where My Third Nepal Is Sheriff"|
|1997||Frasier||Beth Armstrong||Episode: "Four for the Seesaw"|
|1997||Mad About You||Jane||Episode: "Guardianhood"|
|1997||The Naked Truth||Vanessa||Episode: "He Ain't Famous, He's My Brother"|
|1997||Caroline in the City||Vanessa Cassidy||Episode: "Caroline and the Decanter"|
|1997||Extreme Ghostbusters||Additional voices||Episode: "The True Face of a Monster"|
|1998||Just Shoot Me!||Stephanie Griffin-Cooper||Episode: "Amblushed"|
|1998||Winchell||June Winchell||Television film|
|Will & Grace||Karen Walker||210 episodes|
|2000||3rd Rock from the Sun||Renata Albright||Episode: "Les Liaisons Dickgereuses"|
|2002||King of the Hill||Teresa (voice)||Episode: "Beer and Loathing"|
|2002||The Pact||Melanie Gold||Television film|
|2006||Peep and the Big Wide World||Pink Quack (voice)||Episode: "Quack Quack/One Duck Two Many"|
|2006||How I Met Your Mother||Barney's Mother (voice)||Episode: "Single Stamina" (Uncredited)|
|2006||Campus Ladies||Ms. Powell||Episode: "The Dare"|
|2006-2007||The Megan Mullally Show||Herself (host)||71 episodes|
|2007||Boston Legal||Renata Hill||Episode: "The Bride Wore Blood"|
|2008||Bad Mother's Handbook||Nan||Television film|
|2008||The New Adventures of Old Christine||Margaret||Episode: "Unidentified Funk"|
|2008-2013||30 Rock||Bev||3 episodes|
|2008-2016||Childrens Hospital||Chief||60 episodes|
|2009||In the Motherhood||Rosemary||7 episodes|
|2009-2015||Parks and Recreation||Tammy Swanson II||9 episodes|
|2010||Party Down||Lydia Dunfree||10 episodes|
|2011-present||Bob's Burgers||Gayle / Various voices||10 episodes|
|2011-2013||Happy Endings||Dana Hartz||3 episodes|
|2012||Up All Night||Shayna Mund||2 episodes|
|2012||Breaking In||Veronica Mann||13 episodes|
|2012-2015||Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja||Mrs. Marilyn Driscoll (voice)||9 episodes|
|2013||Out There||Rose Stevens (voice)||10 episodes|
|2013||Web Therapy||Franny Marshall||3 episodes|
|2013-2015||Axe Cop||Anita / Various voices||13 episodes|
|2013-2016||Sofia the First||Miss Nettle (voice)||3 episodes|
|2014||Trophy Wife||Cricket||2 episodes|
|2015||You, Me and the Apocalypse||Leanne||7 episodes|
|2016||Life in Pieces||Mary-Lynn||Episode: "Annulled Roommate Pill Shower"|
Megan Mullally supports the following charitable causes: Cancer, Women's Rights, Breast Cancer, LGBTQ Rights, LGBTQ Youth, Alzheimer's, Human Rights.