Missi Pyle

Missi Pyle

Born: November 16, 1972
Age: 46
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, U.S.
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Biography

Andrea Kay "Missi" Pyle (born November 16, 1972) is an American actress and singer. She has appeared in several films, including the award-winning films The Artist, Galaxy Quest, DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story, Big Fish, 50 First Dates, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay and Gone Girl.

She has also appeared in various television roles, on shows such as Mad About You, Friends, Heroes, Two and a Half Men, Frasier, My Name Is Earl, 2 Broke Girls, Jennifer Falls, and Mom. She is also half of Smith & Pyle, a desert country-rock band, with actress Shawnee Smith, and has appeared in the music video for Foo Fighters' single "Run" as a nurse.

Pyle, the youngest daughter of Linda and Frank Pyle, was born in Houston, Texas, and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. She has two older sisters, Debbie and Julie, two older brothers, Sam and Paul, one younger half-brother, Gordon, and a half-sister, Meredith.[citation needed] Pyle attended the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and graduated in 1995. For her achievements, Pyle was honored by the Poplar Pike Playhouse at her alma mater Germantown High School in Germantown, Tennessee.

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Career

Pyle has guest starred on many television shows, including Heroes, Mad About You, Boston Legal, Frasier, The Sarah Silverman Program, and 2 Broke Girls. She started her film career with a minor role in As Good as It Gets, starring Helen Hunt and Jack Nicholson. After her breakout role in Galaxy Quest, she had supporting roles in Bringing Down the House (for which she and Queen Latifah were nominated for an MTV Movie Award for Best Fight), Josie and the Pussycats, Home Alone 4, Exposed, Big Fish, Along Came Polly, Soul Plane, Stormbreaker, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. She was also the female lead in BachelorMan. She also appears in Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story. She also had a brief appearance in 50 First Dates and starred in A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song.

Pyle played Jake's Elementary School teacher Ms. Pasternak on Two and a Half Men. The role was recast in 2009 for undisclosed reasons, but Pyle returned to the series in the same role in 2011 and again in the series finale "Of Course He's Dead" in 2015.

In 2008, Missi starred in the Broadway play Boeing-Boeing opposite Christine Baranski, Mark Rylance, Greg Germann, Paige Davis and Rebecca Gayheart. The play closed in January 2009.

Pyle at the 2012 ACE Eddie Awards in Beverly Hills

Pyle was scheduled to ring the closing bell for the trading day at the New York Stock Exchange on September 29, 2008 to promote Boeing-Boeing, but backed out minutes before the close of trading in order to not associate herself with ending a calamitous day of financial turmoil which resulted in the Dow Jones Industrial Average losing 778 points, the largest point loss ever in a session in the wake of the global financial crisis of September-October 2008. She watched from the floor as an NYSE staffer pushed the button and gaveled the end of trading instead.[1]

She was part of a country music group with actress Shawnee Smith called Smith & Pyle. The two actresses met while filming an ABC comedy pilot titled Traveling in Packs. The band started after Smith invited Pyle to join her in attending the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. While stuck in traffic, Pyle talked about her dream to be a rock star and Smith agreed to form a band with her. Their first album, "It's OK to Be Happy", was released digitally through iTunes and Amazon.com in July 2008. The debut album was recorded in Joshua Tree, California at Rancho de la Luna and was produced by Chris Goss. The two actresses have also become business partners and formed their own record label called Urban Prairie Records, under which "It's OK to be Happy" was released. According to an interview Smith did with pretty-scary.net in August 2008, a Smith & Pyle television or webisode series might be in the works. Smith also mentioned the idea of a series on Fangoria radio with Dee Snider.[2] Currently there are 3 videos posted on YouTube that show the making of the record. They also have a 10-minute "making of" video on Vimeo called Smith & Pyle: Desert Sessions.[3][4]

Personal life

Pyle was married to author Antonio Sacre from 2000 to 2005.

Pyle married naturalist Casey Anderson on September 12, 2008. The wedding was country-western themed and took place in Montana. Wedding guests included bandmate Shawnee Smith and comedian Steve Agee. Anderson's pet grizzly bear, Brutus, served as his best man in the ceremony.[5] Pyle and Anderson appeared in "Grizzly Dogs", the October 22, 2010 episode of Dog Whisperer, in which they sought the help of Cesar Millan to rehabilitate their dog.[6] Pyle confirmed their breakup in 2013.[7]

Pyle "married" actress and bandmate Shawnee Smith in a faux ceremony at the All Love is Equal Launch Party in West Hollywood on November 18, 2009. The two actresses pretended to get married in support of repealing Prop 8 in California. Actor Hal Sparks dressed as a priest and performed the ceremony with them using rainbow-colored hula hoops as rings.[8]

The drag queen "Pissi Myles" is named after her.[9]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1997 As Good as It Gets Cafe 24 waitress
1999 Trick Actress with flowers
1999 Galaxy Quest Laliari
2001 Josie and the Pussycats Alexandra Cabot
2001 Let It Snow Ily
2003 Bringing Down the House Ashley
2003 Exposed Amy
2003 BachelorMan Heather
2003 Big Fish Mildred
2004 Along Came Polly Roxanne
2004 50 First Dates Noreen Uncredited
2004 Soul Plane Barbara Hunkee
2004 DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story Fran Stalinovskovichdaviddivichski
2004 Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy Zoo keeper Uncredited
2004 Meet Market Ericka
2005 The Civilization of Maxwell Bright Cop
2005 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Mrs. Beauregarde
2006 Just My Luck Peggy Brayden
2006 Mojave Phone Booth Sarah
2006 Stormbreaker Nadia Vole
2007 Live! Plummy
2007 Entry Level Liz
2007 Feast of Love Agatha Smith
2008 Pretty Ugly People Lucy
2008 Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay Raylene
2008 Visioneers Sahra 2008

American Crude

2008 Soccer Mom Wendy Handler/Coach Lorenzo
2009 Spring Breakdown Charlene
2009 Still Waiting... Rocky Rhoades/Exotic dancer Direct-to-DVD
2009 Taking Chances Faith Fishback
2009 A Fork in the Road Nola
2010 Barry Munday Lida Griggs
2010 Miss Nobody Charmaine
2011 The Artist Constance Nominated - Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
2011 A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song Gail Van Ravensway Direct-to-DVD
2012 My Uncle Rafael Blair Schumacher
2013 Bakersfield, Earth Judy Short film
2013 Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters Gray Sister #3
2013 Killing Vivian Megan Short film
2014 A Haunted House 2 Noreen
2014 Just Before I Go Officer CT
2014 Gone Girl Ellen Abbott
2014 Kiss Me Pam
2014 Dragula Maggie Short film
2015 Uncle Nick Michelle
2015 Hollywood Adventures Casting Director
2016 Director's Cut Herself / Mabel
2016 Captain Fantastic Ellen McCune Nominated - Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2016 Slash Ronnie
2016 Emma's Chance Susan Peirce
2016 Pandemic Denise
2016 Miles Leslie Wayne
2017 Deidra & Laney Rob a Train Mrs. Fowler
2017 Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Coach Webb
2018 Traffik Sheriff Sally Marnes
2018 Nobody's Fool Lauren Meadows
2019 Ma Mercedes Post-production
2019 Walk Ride Rodeo

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1989 Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 5, episode 9 Episode: " timesamp 33:58:00 (based on DVD's or Netflix)"
1999 Mad About You Beautiful woman Episode: "The Final Frontier: Part 2"
1999 The Drew Carey Show Stacey Episode: "Drew's Reunion"
1999 Friends Hillary Episode: "The One with Ross's Teeth"
2000 Battery Park Suzanne Episode: "Walter's Rib"
2001 Ally McBeal Marcia Hooper Episode: "Reach Out and Touch"
2001 The Wayne Brady Show Various 6 episodes
2001 Roswell Windy Sommers Episode: "Control"
2001 The Tick Stacy Waxman Episode: "Arthur Needs Space"
2002 Philly Charise DuPree Episode: "Mojo Rising"
2002 Home Alone 4 Vera Merchants Television film
2003 Frasier Shannon Palmer Episode: "Maris Returns"
2004-15 Two and a Half Men Dolores Pasternak 3 episodes
2005 My Name Is Earl Shelly Stoker Episode: "Broke Joy's Fancy Figurine"
2006-08 Boston Legal Renee Winger 3 episodes
2007-10 The Sarah Silverman Program Scarlett Lacey 4 episodes
2007 Heroes Hope 2 episodes
2007 The Wedding Bells Amanda Pontell Main cast, 5 episodes
2008-11 American Dad! Tracy / Drunk Girl / Sorority Girl Voice; 2 episodes
2008 In Plain Sight Teri Ranzino/Treena Morris Episode: "Never the Bride"
2008 Pushing Daisies Betty Bee Episode: "Bzzzzzzzzz!"
2009 Numbers Janet Galvin Episode: "Ultimatum"
2010 Grey's Anatomy Dr. Baylow Episode: "The Time Warp"
2010 Rizzoli & Isles Merch owner Episode: "I Kissed a Girl"
2010 The Life & Times of Tim Receptionist / Marcy / Nancy (voice) 4 episodes
2010-11 The Mentalist Karen Cross 2 episodes
2010-11 $h*! My Dad Says Katie Palmer 2 episodes
2011 Up All Night Kaye Episode: "Mr. Bob's Toddler Kaleidoscope"
2011 Family Guy Kitty Hawk Woman (voice) Episode: "Amish Guy"
2012 Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 Angie Beckencort Episode: "Whatever It Takes..."
2013 Newsreaders Rebecca Lionwek Episode: "Auto Erotic"
2013 1600 Penn Agent Sarah Harlan Episode: "Frosting/Nixon"
2013 2 Broke Girls Charity Channing Episode: "And Not-So-Sweet Charity"
2013 Warehouse 13 Lily Abbott Episode: "The Big Snag"
2013 The Mindy Project Nancy Episode: "Mindy Lahiri Is a Racist"
2013-14 Inside Amy Schumer Various roles 3 episodes
2013-14 The Exes Sabrina/Julie 2 episodes
2014 The Crazy Ones Melora Episode: "Dead and Improved"
2014 Jennifer Falls Dina Simac Main cast, 10 episodes
2014 Partners Biffy Saint Murray Episode: "Let's Have a Simple Gwedding"
2015 Hot in Cleveland Canadian Joy 2 episodes
2015 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Trudy Malco Episode: "Granting Immunity"
2015 Z Nation Bernadette Episode: "Rozwell"
2015 Where the Bears Are Maggie Dexter 3 episodes
2015 TripTank Woman / Crap Girl / Anna (voice) 3 episodes
2015-16 Another Period Celery Bellacourt / Celery Savoy 6 episodes
2016 Bordertown Gert Buckwald (voice) Main role, 13 episodes
2016 The Soul Man Alicia 11 episodes
2016 Sing It! Marcy Main role, 10 episodes
2016 Lady Dynamite Carol Simples Episode: "A Vaginismus Miracle"
2016 Major Crimes Tina Walker Episode: "Off the Wagon"
2016 Mary + Jane Feminist Mobile Librarian Episode: "Girl on Gurl"
2016 Notorious Callie Connors Episode: "Kept and Broken"
2017 The Catch Chloe Jackson Episode: "The Bad Girl"
2017-present Mom Natasha Recurring role, 5 episodes
2017 Disjointed Mary Jane Episode: "Olivia's S***balls"
2017 One Mississippi Cassandra Night Episode: "Who Do You Think You Are?"
2018 Impulse Cleo Coles Main cast

Web

Year Title Role Notes
2012 Greetings from Home Sue 12 episodes
2013-14 Cleaners Eileen Main role, 18 episodes
2016 The Lottery Teresa Yaw A Short Film On Shane Dawson TV

Appearances

Year Title Role Notes
2017 Play Dodgeball with Ben Stiller Fran Stalinovskovichdavidovitchsky Omaze Charity Dodgeball
2017 Run Nurse Music Video by Foo Fighters

Theater

Year Title Role Notes
1996 900 Oneonta Burning Jewel Circle Repertory Theatre
September 15-22, 1996
2008 Boeing-Boeing Gretchen Longacre Theatre
September 9 - October 7, 2008
2012-13 Bare Sister Joan New World Stages
December 19, 2012 - February 3, 2013

Discography

Albums

  • It's OK to Be Happy, Smith & Pyle (2008)

Singles

  • "One Night Stand", Smith & Pyle (2010)
  • "Rafael", Smith & Pyle (2010)

[ Source: Wikipedia ]