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Ellen Albertini Dow



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT 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
75% Wedding Crashers
  • Grandma Mary Cleary
2005
No Score Yet Annie's Point
  • Louise Tette
2005
12% Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights
  • See's Candies Box
2002
No Score Yet Longshot (Jack of All Trades)
  • Mrs. Fleisher
2002
57% Road Trip
  • Grandma Manilow
2000
23% Ready to Rumble
  • Mrs. MacKenzie
2000
22% Patch Adams
  • Aggie
1998
67% 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
1992
22% 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
62% Tough Guys
  • Old Lady
1986
No Score Yet American Drive-In
  • Allison
1985

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
  • Riblet Mrs. Ribley
No Score Yet Star Trek: The Next Generation
1987-1994
  • Felisa Howard
No Score Yet Scrubs
2001-2010
  • Betty
No Score Yet Beauty and the Beast
1987-1990
  • Actor
No Score Yet Cold Case
2003-2010
  • Audrey Abruzzi
No Score Yet Six Feet Under
2001-2005
  • Roberta
No Score Yet American Dad (target for inaccurate feed data)
2005
  • Voice
No Score Yet Will & Grace
1998-2006
  • Sylvia
93% New Girl
2011
  • Old Aunt Ruthie
No Score Yet Seinfeld
1989-1998
  • Momma

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