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Debra Jo Rupp

Highest Rated:   97% Big (1988)
Lowest Rated:   2% Kickin' It Old Skool (2007)
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A prolific television actress who has also found success on the big screen, Debra Jo Rupp has endeared herself to audiences nationwide as the lovable mother on the retro television sitcom That '70s Show, a fact that may have never been had her parents been successful in dissuading her from a career in front of the cameras. Born in Glendale, CA, and raised in Massachusetts, Rupp knew early on that she longed for a life in the limelight, though her parents sent her to the University of Rochester in New York specifically because they didn't have a drama department. Despite their best efforts, a mere month after she was enrolled Rupp received a letter stating that the school would indeed be adding drama to the course listings and fate seemed to be working in her favor. After graduating in 1974, her professors advised her to seek out work in New York, and it wasn't long before she was shining under the bright lights of Broadway and making her film debut in the 1988 Tom Hanks comedy Big. Numerous television roles were quick to follow, and in addition to such small-screen efforts as The Odd Couple: Together Again (1993) and The Invaders (1995) Rupp's feature career continued to gain momentum with roles in Death Becomes Her (1992) and Sgt. Bilko (1996). Fans of The Jeff Foxworthy Show cold catch a glimpse of Rupp during the show's first season, and bit parts in Clockwatchers (1997) and Senseless (1998) only scratched the surface of her comedic talents. Though Rupp would later appear in the acclaimed HBO production From the Earth to the Moon (1998), it was her role as the effervescent mother in That '70s Show that truly tapped into her abilities as a comedic actress and served as the true launching point of her career. Voice work in the television series Teacher's Pet followed soon thereafter, and though the series would quickly be canceled, a feature-film version was quickly put into production due to the series' loyal fan base. By the dawn of the new millennium, Rupp was cast in a feature role in the comedy Lucky 13 (2000). In 2003 she would appear in the family film Spymate. Other television work has included recurring roles on such small-screen gems as Seinfeld and Friends.Over the next several years, Rupp would remain active in films like She's Out of My League, and on TV shows like Better with You.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The Opposite Sex
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Spooky Buddies
  • Actor
2011
58% She's Out of My League
  • Mrs. Kettner
$28.8M 2010
No Score Yet Jackson
  • Actor
2008
2% Kickin' It Old Skool
  • Sylvia Schumacher
$4.5M 2007
No Score Yet Air Buddies
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Act
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Lucky 13
  • Mrs. Baker
2004
76% Teacher's Pet
  • Mrs. Helperman
$6.3M 2004
17% Spymate
  • Edith
2004
83% Clockwatchers
  • Barbara
1998
6% Senseless
  • Fertility Clinic Attendant
1998
32% Sgt. Bilko
  • Mrs. Hall
1996
No Score Yet In The Line Of Duty: Ambush In Waco
  • Dorrie
1993
50% Death Becomes Her
  • Psychiatric Patient
1992
No Score Yet A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story
  • Actor
1992
No Score Yet A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story
  • Alice
1992
97% Big
  • Miss Patterson
1988

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
95% Elementary
2012
  • Sheriff Malick
  • 2017
No Score Yet NCIS: Los Angeles
2009
  • Ginger O'Boyle
  • 2017
No Score Yet Hart of Dixie
2011-2015
  • Actor
  • 2013
62% Better with You
2010-2011
  • Vicky
  • 2011
  • 2010
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Debra Hartnell
  • 2006
No Score Yet Robot Chicken
2005-2016
  • Voice
  • 2005
No Score Yet Seinfeld
1989-1998
  • Katie
  • 1996
  • 1995
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
  • Dibble Mrs. Dibble
  • 1995

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