Born: April 4, 1966
Birthplace: Westbury, New York, U.S.
Nancy Justine McKeon (born April 4, 1966) is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Jo Polniaczek on the NBC sitcom The Facts of Life.
McKeon and her older brother Philip appeared in numerous commercials. McKeon also appeared on the soap operas The Secret Storm and Another World. The McKeons moved to Los Angeles in 1975, when Philip won the role of Tommy Hyatt and began appearing on the television series Alice with Linda Lavin.
In 1979, McKeon was discovered by a casting director for The Facts of Life on the basis of her performance in a Hallmark greeting cards advertisement, in which she was able to cry on cue.
She was cast as tomboy Jo Polniaczek in the fall of 1980 during the show's second season when four of the first season's cast, including Molly Ringwald, left the show. This is her most famous role and she portrayed the character throughout the series until the show was canceled in 1988. McKeon also provided the voice for many ABC Weekend Special cartoon characters, including the voice for Scruffy.
Following The Facts of Life, McKeon was courted by NBC executives for the title role in the TV sitcom adaptation of the 1988 film Working Girl; the role, played by Melanie Griffith in the movie, instead went to then unknown Sandra Bullock for the TV series. In 1994, both McKeon and Courteney Cox auditioned for the role of Monica Geller on Friends. The role went to the latter. When asked in interviews about the auditions, McKeon said, "I have no hard feelings. The role went to the right person. Courteney was brilliant. Now, I can't see anybody playing the role, not even myself." In 1995, she starred in her own series, Can't Hurry Love, which lasted one season. In 1998, she starred in a sitcom with Jean Smart titled Style & Substance. McKeon portrayed Inspector Jinny Exstead on the Lifetime police drama The Division from 2001 to 2004, with her pregnancy incorporated into the storyline of the last year of the series. From 2009 to 2010, McKeon appeared in a recurring role in the Disney Channel Original Series Sonny with a Chance, as Connie Munroe, the mother of Demi Lovato's title character.
McKeon also starred in numerous made-for-TV movies throughout the 1980s and 1990s, including A Cry for Help: The Tracey Thurman Story, in which she portrayed the title role of Tracey Thurman, and The Wrong Woman, portraying a woman framed for killing her boss. In 2003, McKeon starred in the film Comfort and Joy.
While McKeon was on The Facts of Life, she and her parents, all devout Catholics, were granted a private audience with Pope John Paul II.
McKeon lives in Austin, Texas. She married Marc Andrus on June 8, 2003, and they have two daughters, Aurora and Harlow.
Her older brother is actor Philip McKeon.
|Film and Television|
|1977||Starsky & Hutch||Vikki Mayer||Episode: "The Crying Child"|
|1978||Return to Fantasy Island||Ann||TV film|
|Alice||Girl Orphan||Episode: "Who Ordered the Hot Turkey?"|
|A Question of Love||Susan Moreland||TV film|
|1979||ABC Weekend Specials||Dolly (voice)||Episode: "The Puppy's Great Adventure"|
|The Love Boat||Penny Barrett||Episode: "The Brotherhood of the Sea"|
|1980||Stone||Jill Stone||Regular role (9 episodes)|
|ABC Weekend Specials||Dolly (voice)||Episode: "The Puppy's Amazing Rescue"|
|ABC Weekend Specials||Amelia Daley (voice)||Episode: "The Trouble with Miss Switch" (Parts 1 & 2)|
|ABC Weekend Specials||Scruffy (voice)||Episode: "Scruffy" (Parts 1, 2 & 3)|
|Thundarr the Barbarian||Tye (voice)||Episode: "Harvest of Doom"|
|ABC Afterschool Specials||Lucy Twining||Episode: "Schoolboy Father"|
|1980-88||The Facts of Life||Jo Polniaczek||Main role (189 episodes)|
|1981||ABC Weekend Specials||Dolly (voice)||Episode: "The Puppy Saves the Circus"|
|ABC Afterschool Specials||Nancy Parks||Episode: "Please Don't Hit Me, Mom"|
|Thundarr the Barbarian||Tye (voice)||Episode: "Last Train to Doomsday"|
|Alice||Kimberly||Episode: "Alice's Halloween Surprise"|
|1982||ABC Weekend Specials||Amelia Daley (voice)||Episode: "Miss Switch to the Rescue" (Parts 1 & 2)|
|The Puppy's New Adventures||Dolly (voice)||Regular role (13 episodes)|
|The Facts of Life Goes to Paris||Jo Polniaczek||TV film|
|The Puppy's Further Adventures||Dolly (voice)||Regular role (8 episodes)|
|High School U.S.A.||Beth Franklin||TV film|
|1985||Poison Ivy||Rhonda Malone||TV film|
|This Child Is Mine||Kimberly Downs||TV film|
|1986||Firefighter||Cindy Fralick||TV film|
|1987||The Facts of Life Down Under||Jo Polniaczek||TV film|
|Strange Voices||Nicole Glover||TV film|
|1989||A Cry for Help: The Tracey Thurman Story||Tracey Thurman||TV film|
|1990||The Hitchhiker||Dawn Wilder||Episode: "New Dawn"|
|1991||The Lightning Incident||Martha||TV film|
|1992||Baby Snatcher||Karen Williams||TV film|
|Where the Day Takes You||Vikki||Feature film|
|1993||Love, Honor & Obey: The Last Mafia Marriage||Rosalie Profaci Bonanno||TV film|
|1994||Teresa's Tattoo||Sara||Feature film|
|1995||A Mother's Gift||Margaret Deal||TV film|
|The Wrong Woman||Melanie||Feature film|
|1995-96||Can't Hurry Love||Annie O'Donnell||Main role (19 episodes)|
|1997||Just Write||Bride||Feature film|
|1998||Style & Substance||Jane Sokol||Main role (13 episodes)|
|1999||In My Sister's Shadow||Joan Connor||TV film|
|Touched by an Angel||Rachel Waters||Episode: "The Last Day of the Rest of Your Life"|
|2001-04||The Division||Inspector Jinny Exstead||Main role (88 episodes)|
|2003||Comfort and Joy||Jane Berry||TV film|
|2004||Category 6: Day of Destruction||Amy Harkin||TV miniseries|
|2006||Wild Hearts||Emily||TV film|
|2007||Without a Trace||Gail Sweeney||Episode: "Absalom"|
|2009-10||Sonny with a Chance||Connie Munroe||Recurring role (5 episodes)|
|2011||Love Begins||Millie||TV film|
Marco Island Film Festival
TV Land Awards
Young Artist Awards