Alex Borstein

Alex Borstein

Highest Rated: 93% Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005)

Lowest Rated: 9% Catwoman (2004)

Birthday: Feb 15, 1971

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA

A petite, dark-haired actress with an extensive background in improvisational and sketch comedy, Alex Borstein was best known for her work on the often outrageous sketch comedy series "Mad TV" (Fox, 1997-2009). An Illinois native, Borstein moved to Los Angeles with her family in 1980, going on to attend San Francsico State University and join the Los Angeles-based comedy troupe ACME Comedy Theater. While performing with the group at the Big Stinkin' International Improv and Sketch Festival in Austin, Texas, she was discovered by a "Mad TV" casting agent. Borstein began her work on the show in 1997 and soon became an audience favorite with memorable characterizations like that of obnoxious and indecipherable nail salon worker Ms. Swan. She proved a versatile and valuable member of the "Mad TV" team as a writer in addition to doing solid celebrity impersonations that ranged from Chelsea Clinton to Regis Philbin. She would remain with the series through the 2001-2002 season. Following a brief cameo in the feature "Coyote Ugly" (2000) Borstein had a recurring role on The WB's family drama "Gilmore Girls" (2000-07), playing Drella, a prickly harp player whose biting comments are in contrast to her beautiful music, throughout the first season, and she returned to the show in 2003 as a new character, Miss Celine. Borstein was initially cast as hyperactive chef Sookie, the role that proved Melissa McCarthy's breakout, but bowed out when she became pregnant with her first child with husband Jackson Douglas, who continued in his recurring role as Jackson, Sookie's produce man and eventual husband. Borstein's unique talent with voices made for a successful career in animation. A writer for such animated series as "Casper" (Fox) and "Pinky and the Brain" (The WB) earlier in her career, she took on voice work, portraying the character of Lois Griffin on Fox's "Family Guy" beginning in 1999. Here she brought life to the surprisingly calm, long-suffering wife of the boorish title character and mother of two trying teens and a maticidal infant. Beginning in the second season, Borstein would additionally contribute to the series as a staff writer. The comedienne also lauched a successful side career as a character actress in a variety of high profile films, including "Bad Boy" (2002), "Showtime" (2002), "The Lizzie Maguire Movie" (2003) and "Bad Santa" (2003). She had her most visible role as Halle Berry's man-crazy gal pal Sally in 2004's "Catwoman," providing a much-needed comic spark to her scenes in the otherwise dismal adventure. Borstein played a supporting role in George Clooney's period piece political drama "Good Night, and Good Luck" (2006), followed shortly by a part in the Marlon Wayans comedy "Littleman" (2006) and the Scott Frank thriller "The Lookout" (2007). After a supporting role in the Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigl action comedy "Killers" (2007), Borstein co-starred in "For Christ's Sake" (2010), written and directed by her husband Jackson Douglas. As her defining role as Lois Griffin continued, Borstein also appeared in small roles on Seth MacFarlane's first two films, "Ted" (2012) and "Eight Million Ways To Die in the West" (2014), and appeared in several vocie roles on castmate Seth Green's stop-motion animated series "Robot Chicken" (Adult Swim 2005- ). Following recurring roles on the cable comedies "Shameless" (Showtime 2011- ) and "Workaholics" (Comedy Central 2011-17), Borstein landed a starring role on the dark hospital comedy "Getting On" (HBO 2013-15).

Highest rated movies

Good Night, and Good Luck.
The Bad Guys
The Lookout
Bad Santa Ted
Family Guy Presents: It's a Trap
The Lizzie McGuire Movie
A Million Ways to Die in the West

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
87% 93% The Bad Guys Police Chief Misty Luggins (Voice),
Unknown (Character)
$57.4M 2022
43% 39% Extinct Mali (Voice) - 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bombardier Blood Executive Producer - 2019
18% 36% Love the Coopers Angie (Character) $26.3M 2015
33% 41% A Million Ways to Die in the West Millie (Character) $42.6M 2014
89% 72% ParaNorman Mrs. Henscher (Voice) - 2012
69% 73% Ted John's Mom (Character) $218.6M 2012
60% 61% Family Guy Presents: It's a Trap Unknown (Character) - 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet For Christ's Sake Mrs. Marcus (Character) - 2010
No Score Yet 76% Family Guy Presents: Something Something Something Dark Side Unknown (Character) - 2009
No Score Yet 82% Family Guy - Blue Harvest Unknown (Character) - 2008
87% 74% The Lookout Miss Lange (Character) $4.6M 2007
12% 55% Little Man Janet (Character) $58.3M 2006
93% 83% Good Night, and Good Luck. Natalie (Character) $31.5M 2005
No Score Yet 81% Family Guy Presents Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story Unknown (Character) - 2005
9% 18% Catwoman Sally (Character) $40.2M 2004
78% 75% Bad Santa Milwaukee Mom (Character) $60.1M 2003
40% 49% The Lizzie McGuire Movie Miss Ungermeyer (Character) $42.7M 2003
No Score Yet 26% Dawg Darcy Smits (Character) - 2002

TV

Credit
No Score Yet 64% Family Guy Lois Griffin / Pearl Burton (Voice),
Lois Griffin / Ellen DeGeneres (Character)
1999-2003 2005-2022
89% 83% The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Susie Myerson (Character) 2017-2019 2022
No Score Yet 44% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2022
No Score Yet 48% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today Guest 2018
43% 0% MADtv Guest 2016
39% 85% Bordertown Janice/Becky Buckwald (Voice) 2016
87% 94% Getting On Nurse Dawn (Character) 2013-2015
No Score Yet 86% Life in Pieces Lynette (Guest Star) 2015
No Score Yet 87% At Midnight With Chris Hardwick Guest 2015
84% 86% Masters of Sex Unknown (Guest Star) 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Doctors Guest 2014
82% 81% Shameless Lou Deckner (Guest Star),
Writer
2011-2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Larry King Now Guest 2013
No Score Yet 63% The Cleveland Show Tyne Daly (Guest Voice) 2009-2013
100% 96% Bunheads Sweetie Cramer (Guest Star) 2013
No Score Yet 91% Robot Chicken Unknown (Guest Voice) 2005-2009 2012
No Score Yet 79% Hot in Cleveland Preshi (Guest Star) 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet Inside the Actors Studio Guest 2009
No Score Yet 43% MADtv Unknown (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star)
1996-2002 2005 2007 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Slacker Cats Unknown (Voice) 2009
No Score Yet 90% American Dad! Unknown (Guest Voice) 2006
85% 86% Gilmore Girls Drella (Guest Star) 2000 2003 2005
79% 94% Friends Bitter Woman on Stage (Guest Star) 2003
95% 94% Frasier Evelyn (Guest Star) 2003