Debra Monk

Debra Monk

Highest Rated: 90% The Bridges of Madison County (1995)

Lowest Rated: 2% One for the Money (2012)

Birthday: Feb 27, 1949

Birthplace: Middletown, Ohio, USA

Debra Monk was an American Broadway and screen actress who was best known for her recurring TV roles on "NYPD Blue" (ABC, 1993-2005), "Mozart in the Jungle" (Amazon, 2014-18), and "Dietland" (AMC, 2018). Born in Ohio and raised in Silver Spring, Maryland, Monk always knew she wanted to be an actress. After earning her Bachelor's degree from Frostburg State University in Maryland, she went on to study theater at the prestigious fine arts program at Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas. Upon earning her MFA from SMU, Monk set out to become an actress. She relocated to New York and worked a myriad of odd jobs, including waitressing and as a rockabilly singer, while appearing in various Off Broadway plays by night. Unhappy with the lack of progress in her career, Monk and a few friends decided to write their own musical. "Pump Boys and Dinettes," which was co-written by and starring Monk, debuted Off Broadway in 1981. The musical was an immediate success and the following year it premiered on Broadway to rave reviews, thus giving Monk's fledgling career the break it needed. Over the next several years Monk would go on to appear in numerous Broadway plays, even winning a 1993 Tony Award for her role in "Redwood Curtain." With her stage acting career on the rise, Monk also began gravitating towards film and television work by the early 90s. Some of her more notable film roles of the 1990s include "Quiz Show" (1994), "The First Wives Club" (1996), "The Devil's Advocate" (1997), and "Bulworth" (1998). Additionally, Monk also began appearing regularly on TV, beginning with her recurring role as Katie Sipowicz on "NYPD Blue." By the 2010s she began nabbing regular work on TV shows like "Grey's Anatomy" (ABC, 2005- ), "Damages" (FX, 2007-2012) and "Mozart in the Jungle." In 2018 Monk began appearing as Mrs. Kettle on the AMC comedy-drama series "Dietland." The series, which was adapted from the bestselling novel by Sarai Walker, premiered on the network in June of 2018 but ran for only a single season.

Highest rated movies

The Bridges of Madison County
The Great Buck Howard
The Devil's Advocate
Extreme Measures
The Producers
This Is Where I Leave You




54% 54% Demolition Davis' Mom (Character) $1.8M 2015
44% 60% This Is Where I Leave You Linda Callen (Character) $34.3M 2014
31% 51% The Brass Teapot Trudy (Character) $6.6K 2012
2% 42% One for the Money Mrs. Plum (Character) $26.4M 2012
No Score Yet 79% Good Luck Charlie, It's Christmas! Petunia (Character) - 2011
38% 45% Love and Other Impossible Pursuits Laura (Character) $20.6K 2009
71% 49% The Great Buck Howard Doreen (Character) $748.4K 2008
51% 63% The Producers Lick Me-Bite Me (Character) $19.4M 2005
43% 69% Palindromes Mama Sunshine (Character) $553.4K 2004
40% 59% The Music Man Mrs. Paroo (Character) - 2003
38% 50% Milwaukee, Minnesota Edna Burroughs (Character) $17.4K 2003
No Score Yet 73% Eloise at Christmastime Maggie (Character) - 2003
No Score Yet 69% Eloise at the Plaza Maggie (Character) - 2003
No Score Yet 71% Briar Patch Officer Avon (Character) - 2003
42% 82% Center Stage Nancy Cummings (Character) $17.2M 2000
63% 79% The Devil's Advocate Pam Garrety (Character) $61.0M 1997
No Score Yet 50% Ellen Foster Aunt Nadine (Character) - 1997
15% 63% Mrs. Winterbourne Lieutenant Ambrose (Character) $8.8M 1996
56% 41% Extreme Measures Dr. Judith Gruszynski (Character) $17.4M 1996
19% 67% Bed of Roses Lewis' Mom (Character) $19.0M 1996
90% 87% The Bridges of Madison County Madge (Character) $70.5M 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Redwood Curtain Geneva (Character) - 1995


No Score Yet 55% New Amsterdam Chairwoman Karen Brantley (Guest Star) 2019-2022
54% 62% Instinct Judge Gillespie (Guest Star) 2019
No Score Yet 59% Bull Sandy Harper (Guest Star) 2019
No Score Yet 63% NCIS: New Orleans Unknown (Guest Star) 2017
32% 69% Crowded Unknown (Guest Star) 2016
93% 91% The Good Wife Tracy Mintz (Guest Star) 2016
96% 86% Difficult People Unknown (Guest Star) 2015
No Score Yet 79% Madam Secretary Mary Lou Boris (Guest Star) 2015
94% 90% Mozart in the Jungle Betty (Character) 2014
38% 87% Reckless Unknown (Guest Star) 2014
No Score Yet 79% Hot in Cleveland Loretta (Guest Star) 2014
89% 75% Girls Dr. Sterns (Guest Star) 2014
96% 93% White Collar Unknown (Guest Star) 2012
84% 75% Grey's Anatomy Unknown (Guest Star) 2006-2009 2011
79% 83% Brothers & Sisters Alexandra Kirby (Guest Star) 2010
No Score Yet 87% Ghost Whisperer Unknown (Guest Star) 2009
70% 71% Glee Mrs. Schuester (Guest Star) 2009
83% 85% The Closer Mary Summers (Guest Star) 2009
No Score Yet 84% Law & Order: Criminal Intent Warden Pellis (Guest Star) 2007
72% 88% Desperate Housewives Marcella (Guest Star) 2006
No Score Yet 96% Law & Order Unknown (Guest Star) 1994 2002 2005
95% 94% Frasier Nurse Karen (Guest Star) 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kristin Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
83% 83% NYPD Blue Katie Sipowicz (Guest Star) 1996 1998-2001
0% No Score Yet Dellaventura Unknown (Guest Star) 1998