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.
In 2018, McKeon was announced as one of the celebrities to compete on season 27 of Dancing with the Stars. She is partnered with professional dancer Valentin Chmerkovskiy. She was the third celebrity eliminated from the season on October 8.
While McKeon was on The Facts of Life, she and her parents were granted a private audience with Pope John Paul II.
McKeon lives in Austin, Texas. She and husband Marc Andrus have two daughters, Aurora and Harlow Andrus.
Her older brother is actor Philip McKeon.
|1977||Starsky & Hutch||Vikki Mayer||"The Crying Child"|
|1978||Return to Fantasy Island||Ann||TV film|
|1978||Alice||Girl Orphan||"Who Ordered the Hot Turkey?"|
|1978||A Question of Love||Susan Moreland||TV film|
|1979||The Love Boat||Penny Barrett||"Daddy's Pride"|
|1979||The Puppy's Great Adventure||Dolly (voice)||TV film|
|1980||Stone||Jill Stone||TV series (9 episodes)|
|1980||The Puppy's Amazing Rescue||Dolly (voice)||TV film|
|1980||The Trouble with Miss Switch||Amelia Daley (voice)||TV film|
|1980||Scruffy||Scruffy (voice)||TV film|
|1980||ABC Afterschool Special||Lucy Twining||"Schoolboy Father"|
|1980-81||Thundarr the Barbarian||Tye / Tai (voice)||"Harvest of Doom", "Last Train to Doomsday"|
|1980-88||The Facts of Life||Jo Polniaczek||TV series (189 episodes)|
|1981||ABC Afterschool Special||Nancy Parks||"Please Don't Hit Me, Mom"|
|1981||Alice||Kimberly||"Alice's Halloween Surprise"|
|1981||The Puppy Saves the Circus||Dolly (voice)||TV film|
|1982||Miss Switch to the Rescue||Amelia Daley (voice)||TV film|
|1982-83||The Scooby & Scrappy-Doo/Puppy Hour||Dolly (voice)||TV series (13 episodes)|
|1982||The Facts of Life Goes to Paris||Jo Polniaczek||TV film|
|1983-84||The Puppy's Further Adventures||Dolly (voice)||TV series (8 episodes)|
|1983||High School U.S.A.||Beth Franklin||TV film|
|1985||Poison Ivy||Rhonda Malone||TV film|
|1985||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|
|1987||Strange Voices||Nicole 'Nikki' Glover||TV film|
|1989||A Cry for Help: The Tracey Thurman Story||Tracey Thurman||TV film|
|1990||The Hitchhiker||Dawn Wilder||"New Dawn"|
|1991||Lightning Field||Martha Townsend||TV film|
|1991||Where the Day Takes You||Vikki||Feature film|
|1992||Baby Snatcher||Karen Williams||TV 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|
|1995-96||Can't Hurry Love||Annie O'Donnell||TV series (19 episodes)|
|1995||The Wrong Woman||Melanie Brooke||Feature film|
|1997||Just Write||Bride||Feature film|
|1998||Style & Substance||Jane Sokol||TV series (13 episodes)|
|1999||In My Sister's Shadow||Joan Connor||TV film|
|1999||Touched by an Angel||Rachel Waters||"The Last Day of the Rest of Your Life"|
|2001-04||The Division||Inspector Jinny Exstead||TV series (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||"Absalom"|
|2009-10||Sonny with a Chance||Connie Munroe||TV series (5 episodes)|
|2011||Love Begins||Millie||TV film|
|2018||Dancing with the Stars||Contestant (Season 27)||TV series (5 episodes)|
Marco Island Film Festival
TV Land Awards
Young Artist Awards