Allison Janney

Highest Rated: 99% Finding Nemo (2003)
Lowest Rated: 0% Days and Nights (2014)
Birthday: Nov 19, 1960
Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio, USA
One of the most talented -- and often underappreciated -- character actresses of the late 1990s, Allison Janney first began courting critical attention with roles in such acclaimed films as Big Night (1996) and American Beauty (1998). Able to play characters ranging from a name-dropping Manhattan socialite to a withdrawn, abused wife, the 6'0" Janney infuses all of her portrayals with equal parts poignancy and unforced gusto.A product of Dayton, Ohio, where she was born November 19, 1959, Janney was raised as the daughter of a homemaker and the president of a real estate firm. She aspired to be a champion figure skater from a young age, but any hopes of pursuing a skating career were halted by a freak accident that badly damaged Janney's leg when she was in her mid-teens. As a student at Kenyon College, she became interested in acting, and got her first break when she successfully auditioned for a play being directed by Kenyon alum Paul Newman. After impressing Newman, a racing enthusiast, with both her acting skills and her love of fast cars, Janney went on to impress his wife, Joanne Woodward, who directed her in a number of off-off-Broadway plays during the early 1980s.Although she enjoyed early stage success, Janney had difficulty starting her career, something that was hindered by her height: one disparaging casting agent went so far as to tell her that the only roles she was suitable for were lesbians and aliens. Thankfully, the actress pressed on in the face of such idiocy, waitressing and scooping ice cream to support herself during dry spells. Her luck began to change for the better in the late 1990s, when she started garnering luminous reviews for her work both on Broadway -- where she earned a Tony nomination for her role in 1998's A View from the Bridge -- and onscreen in such films as Big Night (1996) and Mike Nichols' Primary Colors (1998). In the former film, she appeared as the quiet, capable love interest of Tony Shalhoub's struggling Italian chef, while the latter featured the actress in the minor but poignant role of a painfully-awkward schoolteacher who is seduced by John Travolta's libidinous Presidential candidate. Janney, who had been appearing on television and in films since the early '90s, went on to do reliably excellent work in a variety of films that ranged from The Object of My Affection (1998), in which she played the supercilious, name-dropping wife of a high-powered literary agent (Alan Alda); to Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999), which featured her as a beehived, chain-smoking trailer park resident; to American Beauty (1999), in which she gave a quietly powerful portrayal of the abused wife of a tyrannical ex-Marine (Chris Cooper). Janney's talents have also been put on ample display on the small screen: in 1999, she joined the cast of the acclaimed NBC White House drama The West Wing, originating the role of tough press secretary C.J. Cregg.In addition to continuing her work on The West Wing, Janney played a supporting role in the award winning psychological drama The Hours (2002), and voiced Peach the Starfish in Pixar's wildly successful Finding Nemo (2003). The actress' would play the neighbor of protagonist Jim Winters (Anthony LaPaglia) in 2004's drama Winter Solstice, and continued to play small, yet meaty roles throughout the coming years (among them include On Our Very Own and Hairspray), she earned mainstream attention and critical praise for her role as the parent of a pregnant teen (Ellen Page) in Juno. Ironically, in light of her Juno success, Janney was also critically recognized for her performance as an emotionally detached mother in Sam Mendes' bittersweet comedy Away We Go (2009).

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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet The Addams Family Actor 2019
No Score Yet Troupe Zero Actor 2019
73% Troop Zero Miss Massey 2019
18% A Happening of Monumental Proportions Actor 2018
89% I, Tonya LaVona Golden $29M 2018
80% Sun Dogs Actor 2017
45% The Girl on the Train Detective Riley $75.4M 2016
65% Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Dr. Golan $87.3M 2016
85% Tallulah Margo 2016
94% Finding Dory Peach $486.3M 2016
55% Minions Madge Nelson $278M 2015
95% Spy Elaine Crocker $90M 2015
72% The DUFF Dottie $30.8M 2015
66% The Rewrite Professor Weldon $0.4M 2015
0% Days and Nights Elizabeth $6.5K 2014
80% Get On Up Kathy $22.9M 2014
24% Tammy Deb $51.1M 2014
52% Trust Me Meg 2014
66% Bad Words Dr. Bernice Deagan 2014
80% Mr. Peabody & Sherman Ms. Grunion $101.8M 2014
13% Brightest Star The Astronomer 2014
No Score Yet Letters to Jackie: Remembering President Kennedy Actor 2013
38% Touchy Feely Bronwyn $36.5K 2013
84% The Way Way Back Betty $21.6M 2013
28% Struck by Lightning Sheryl $0.2M 2013
32% The Oranges Cathy $0.3M 2012
70% Liberal Arts Professor Judith Fairfield $0.4M 2012
0% A Thousand Words Samantha Davis $18.5M 2012
73% Margaret Monica Patterson $47K 2011
76% The Help Charlotte Phelan $169.8M 2011
69% Life During Wartime Trish $0.3M 2010
68% Away We Go Lily $9.5M 2009
No Score Yet Pretty Ugly People Suzanna 2008
94% Juno Bren MacGuff $143.4M 2007
91% Hairspray Prudy Pingleton $118.9M 2007
75% Over the Hedge Gladys $155.1M 2006
37% The Chumscrubber Mrs. Stiffle 2005
No Score Yet Our Very Own Joan Whirfield 2005
60% Winter Solstice Molly Ripkin $0.3M 2005
52% Strangers with Candy Alice $2M 2005
No Score Yet Piccadilly Jim Eugenia Crocker 2005
No Score Yet Happy Birthday Oscar Wilde Actor 2004
27% How to Deal Lydia Martin $14.2M 2003
99% Finding Nemo Peach $380.6M 2003
80% The Hours Sally Lester $41.5M 2002
No Score Yet Rooftop Kisses Actor 2002
No Score Yet A Girl Thing Kathy McCormack 2001
83% Nurse Betty Lyla 2000
No Score Yet Auto Motives Actor 2000
88% American Beauty Barbara Fitts 1999
46% Drop Dead Gorgeous Loretta 1999
62% The Impostors Maxi 1999
68% 10 Things I Hate About You Ms. Perky 1999
41% Celebrity Evelyn Issacs 1998
No Score Yet David y Lisa Alix 1998
36% Six Days, Seven Nights Marjorie 1998
54% The Object of My Affection Constance Miller 1998
81% Primary Colors Miss Walsh 1998
84% The Ice Storm Dot Halford 1997
No Score Yet Julian Po Lilah 1997
No Score Yet Path to Paradise: World Trade Center Bombing Assistant D.A. 1997
77% Private Parts Dee Dee 1997
No Score Yet Jamás Causaré Daño Dr. Melanie Abbasac 1997
28% The Associate Sandy 1996
96% Big Night Ann 1996
88% Walking and Talking Amelia's Neighbor 1996
7% Faithful Saleslady 1996
No Score Yet Dead Funny Jennifer 1995
No Score Yet Heading Home Linda Polanski 1995
59% Miracle on 34th Street The Woman 1994
60% Wolf Young Business Person 1994
15% The Cowboy Way Lady Cop 1994
No Score Yet Blind Spot Doreen 1993

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
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86% Mom
2013
Bonnie
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
100% DuckTales
2017
Voice
  • 2018
No Score Yet Variety Studio: Actors on Actors
2015
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  • 2018
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
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  • 2018
  • 2015
No Score Yet Conan
2010
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  • 2018
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
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  • 2018
  • 2015
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  • 2013
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
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  • 2018
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  • 2014
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  • 2012
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No Score Yet Hollywood Medium With Tyler Henry
2016
Appearing Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet Tavis Smiley
2013-2018
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  • 2017
No Score Yet The View
1997
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  • 2017
No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen
2009
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  • 2017
No Score Yet The Chew
2011-2018
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  • 2017
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
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  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
41% Chelsea
2016-2017
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  • 2016
No Score Yet Comedy Bang! Bang!
2012-2016
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  • 2016
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011-2018
Appearing
  • 2016
85% The Simpsons
1989
Voice
  • 2016
No Score Yet Close Up With the Hollywood Reporter
2015
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  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
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  • 2015
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
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  • 2015
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No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
2005-2014
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  • 2015
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71% Family Guy
1999
Voice
  • 2015
  • 2010
No Score Yet Chelsea Lately
2007-2014
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  • 2014
No Score Yet Hollywood Game Night
2013
Appearing
  • 2014
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
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  • 2014
No Score Yet Web Therapy
2011-2014
Client
  • 2014
84% Masters of Sex
2013-2016
Margaret Scully
  • 2014
  • 2013
93% Veep
2012
Janet Ryland
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
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  • 2013
  • 2001
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55% The Big C
2010-2013
Rita
  • 2012
47% Mr. Sunshine
2011
Crystal
  • 2011
No Score Yet In Plain Sight
2008-2012
  • 2010
90% Lost
2004-2010
Woman
  • 2010
No Score Yet Phineas and Ferb
2007-2015
Voice
  • 2008
83% Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip
2006-2007
Herself
  • 2007
63% Two and a Half Men
2003-2015
Beverly
  • 2007
75% The West Wing
1999-2006
C.J. Cregg Claudia Jean "C.J." Cregg
  • 2006
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  • 2003
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70% Weeds
2005-2012
Attorney
  • 2005
No Score Yet King of the Hill
1997-2010
Voice
  • 2003
94% Frasier
1993-2004
Guest Susanna
  • 2002
  • 2001
91% Homicide: Life on the Street
1993-1999
Det. Cutler
  • 1999
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
Nora Ann Madsen
  • 1994
  • 1992
No Score Yet Mom
Bonnie

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