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Ellen Albertini Dow

Highest Rated:   76% Wedding Crashers (2005)
Lowest Rated:   16% 54 (1998)
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Birthplace:   Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania, USA
Whenever a script called for a wacky old lady, character actor Ellen Albertini Dow was there to play the part. After a lifetime as a teacher, the Cornell graduate made her television debut on an episode of the Twilight Zone in 1985 when she was in her late sixties. She spent the rest of the '80s making TV guest appearances on family sitcoms (Mr. Belvedere, The Golden Girls, Family Matters, and Newhart, just to name a few). On the big screen, she appeared in innumerable supporting roles as a grandma, nun, or any random old lady, leading to choir parts in both Sister Act and Sister Act 2. She got to exploit her comedic shtick regularly in 1996 when she joined the cast of the Nickelodeon series Kenan & Kel in the role of Ethel Quagmire. If a cameo can be considered a breakthrough, she at least gained face recognition as the old lady, Rosie, who raps in The Wedding Singer by appearing in the film's commercial. She continued playing the sassy granny role as Disco Dottie in 54, Mrs. MacKenzie in Ready to Rumble, and Tom Green's grandma in Road Trip. In 2001, she returned to the small screen to play Grandma Harriet on the WB series Maybe It's Me. At the age of 84, she lent her voice to Adam Sandler's animated feature Eight Crazy Nights. In 2005, she played the foul-mouthed Grandma Cleary in the the box-office smash Wedding Crashers. Albertini Dow continued to work, mostly in TV guest appearances, including spots on My Name is Earl and New Girl, until 2013. She died in 2015, at age 101.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Not Another Not Another Movie
  • Rose
2009
No Score Yet The Invited
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Lonely Street
  • Lydia
2008
28% Fat Girls
  • Mildred
2006
76% Wedding Crashers
  • Grandma Mary Cleary
$209.3M 2005
No Score Yet Annie's Point
  • Louise Tette
2005
No Score Yet Longshot (Jack of All Trades)
  • Mrs. Fleisher
2002
57% Road Trip
  • Grandma Manilow
2000
23% Ready to Rumble
  • Mrs. MacKenzie
2000
23% Patch Adams
  • Aggie
1998
16% 54
  • Disco Dottie
1998
68% The Wedding Singer
  • Rosie
1998
No Score Yet Problem Child 3: Junior in Love
  • Lila
1995
24% Radioland Murders
  • Organist
1994
71% Sister Act
  • Choir Nun
$139.7M 1992
23% Memoirs of an Invisible Man
  • Mrs. Coulson
1992
No Score Yet Blood & Concrete: A Love Story
  • Old Lady
1991
No Score Yet Megaville
  • Mrs. Coulson
1991
No Score Yet Genuine Risk
  • Receptionist
1989
No Score Yet Going to the Chapel
  • Grandma Haldane
1988
No Score Yet Munchies
  • Little Old Lady
1987
No Score Yet Walk Like a Man
  • Organist
1987
57% Tough Guys
  • Old Lady
1986
No Score Yet American Drive-In
  • Allison
1985

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
94% New Girl
2011
  • Old Aunt Ruthie
  • 2013
No Score Yet American Dad (target for inaccurate feed data)
2005
  • Voice
  • 2009
  • 2005
No Score Yet Cold Case
2003-2010
  • Audrey Abruzzi
  • 2007
No Score Yet Las Vegas
2003-2008
  • Dottie Pierce
  • 2005
82% My Name Is Earl
2005-2009
  • Gertrude
  • 2005
83% Six Feet Under
2001-2005
  • Roberta
  • 2005
84% Scrubs
2001-2010
  • Betty
  • 2005
  • 2002
No Score Yet Will & Grace
1998
  • Sylvia
  • 2001
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
  • Riblet Mrs. Ribley
  • 1995
88% Seinfeld
1989-1998
  • Momma
  • 1995
No Score Yet Empty Nest
1988-1995
  • Mildred
  • 1994
89% Star Trek: The Next Generation
1987-1994
  • Felisa Howard
  • 1994
No Score Yet Quantum Leap
1989-1993
  • Grandma
  • 1993
No Score Yet The Wonder Years
1988-1993
  • Mrs. Tambora
  • 1992
No Score Yet Wings
1990-1997
  • Video Store Clerk
  • 1992
No Score Yet The Golden Girls
1985-1992
  • Sarah
  • 1991
  • 1989
No Score Yet Designing Women
1986-1993
  • Tight Lips
  • 1990
No Score Yet Family Matters
1989-1998
  • Mrs. Ferguson
  • 1990
No Score Yet Murphy Brown
1988
  • Aunt Belle
  • 1990
97% Moonlighting
1985-1989
  • Mrs. Baer
  • 1988
No Score Yet Webster
1983-1989
  • Mrs. Crane
  • 1988
No Score Yet Beauty and the Beast
1987-1990
  • Actor
  • 1987

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