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Jane Kaczmarek



Down to earth midwesterner Jane Kaczmarek established herself as a multi-talented supporting actress in movies and TV before Malcolm in the Middle turned her into a bona fide TV star in 2000. Born in Milwaukee on December 22nd, 1955, Kaczmarek considered a teaching career, but majored in theater at the University of Wisconsin instead. After earning her M.F.A. at the Yale Drama School, Kaczmarek headed to New York to hit the stage. Moving from theater into TV and film in the early '80s, Kaczmarek revealed her aptitude for both comedy, in such TV movies as Door to Door (1984), and drama, with recurring guest parts on St. Elsewhere in 1983 and Hill Street Blues in 1984, as well as a small role in the ground-breaking TV film There's Something About Amelia (1984). As a testament to her acting chops, Kaczmarek earned her first starring film role as Robert De Niro's wronged wife in the De Niro/Meryl Streep romance Falling in Love (1984). Kaczmarek was back to comedy with the ill-received fantasy The Heavenly Kid (1985) and the Judge Reinhold age-switch romp Vice Versa (1988). After she married fellow actor Bradley Whitford in 1992, Kaczmarek starred in the TV movie Without Warning (1994) and nabbed multi-episode guest-starring parts in several TV series, including Party of Five and Cybill in 1996. Following a small role as Tobey Maguire and Reese Witherspoon's mother in the reflexive fantasy Pleasantville (1998), Kaczmarek was ready to settle down to raise her family. When the producers of Malcolm in the Middle came calling, however, Kaczmarek signed on, figuring it wouldn't last. Instead, Malcolm's absurd, unsentimental take on sitcom family life became a spring 2000 hit, earning Kaczmarek Emmy, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors' Guild nominations for her performance as the no-nonsense mother of a genius and his incorrigible brothers. Malcolm in the Middle enjoyed a long run from 2000 to 2006. In 2010, Kaczmarek she starred as the mother of a 16-year-old girl in an abusive relationship for the Lifetime Original Movie Reviving Ophelia.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Boat Builder
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet Lost On Purpose
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Reviving Ophelia
  • Marie Jones
2010
No Score Yet Wheels On the Bus
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet America: A Tribute to Heroes
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet Jenifer (The Jenifer Estess Story)
  • Valerie
2001
84% Pleasantville
  • David's Mom
1998
No Score Yet Apollo 11
  • Jan Armstrong
1996
12% The Chamber
  • Dr. Anne Biddows
1996
No Score Yet Wildly Available
  • Rita
1996
No Score Yet Without Warning
  • Dr. Caroline Jaffe
1994
No Score Yet All's Fair
  • Linda
1988
61% D.O.A.
  • Gail Cornell
1988
43% Vice Versa
  • Robyn Seymour
1988
No Score Yet I'll Take Manhattan
  • Actor
1987
No Score Yet The Christmas Gift
  • Susan
1986
25% The Heavenly Kid
  • Emily
1985
60% Falling in Love
  • Ann Raftis
1984
No Score Yet Door to Door
  • Katharine Holloway
1984
56% Uncommon Valor
  • Mrs. Wilkes
1983

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Janet Rudman
57% The McCarthys
2014-2015
  • Eileen
No Score Yet Frasier
1993-2004
  • Maureen
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • DA Pam James
No Score Yet Phineas and Ferb
2007-2014
  • Voice
No Score Yet Malcolm in the Middle
2000-2006
  • Lois Wilkerson Lois
82% The Big Bang Theory
2007
  • Dr. Gallo
88% Playing House
2014-2015
  • Gwen Crawford
75% Wilfred
2011-2014
  • Beth
No Score Yet The Middle
2009
  • Mrs. Armwood
No Score Yet Us & Them
2014
  • Pam
75% Salem Rogers
2015
  • Actor
21% Whitney
2011-2013
  • Candi
50% Cooper Barrett's Guide to Surviving Life
2016
  • Cindy Barrett

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