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Janeane Garofalo

Highest Rated:   97% Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)
Lowest Rated:   0% General Education (2012)
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Birthplace:   Newton, New Jersey, USA
Actress, comedian, and paragon of cynicism Janeane Garofalo was born on September 28, 1964, in Newton, NJ. During high school, her family relocated to Houston, TX, where the trauma of the move prompted her famously insecure, self-loathing persona to begin blossoming in full. While studying history at Providence College, Garofalo entered a comedy talent search sponsored by the Showtime cable network, winning the title of "Funniest Person in Rhode Island." Dreaming of earning a slot on the writing staff of the Late Night With David Letterman program, she became a professional standup upon graduating college but struggled for a number of years, working briefly as a bike messenger in Boston. Upon moving to the Los Angeles area, Garofalo met actor/comedian Ben Stiller, who in 1992 invited her to join the cast of his short-lived but acclaimed Fox television sketch comedy program The Ben Stiller Show. A stint on Garry Shandling's breakthrough HBO series The Larry Sanders Show (for which she was nominated for an Emmy award in 1996) soon followed, and in 1994 Garofalo reunited with Stiller in the film comedy Reality Bites, a role which earned her the much-despised tag of "Generation X comedian." That fall, she joined the cast of Saturday Night Live but exited before the conclusion of the season, publicly disheartened by the show's increasing drop-off in quality.After signing on as a correspondent on Michael Moore's news magazine TV Nation and hosting Comedy Product, a standup showcase on the Comedy Central cable network, Garofalo began work on her breakthrough role, co-starring with Uma Thurman in the 1996 romantic comedy hit The Truth About Cats and Dogs. That same year, she also co-starred with Bill Murray in Larger Than Life, and appeared briefly in The Cable Guy and Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy. Garofalo's prolific output continued in 1997; in addition to starring roles in two comedies, Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion and The Matchmaker, she was featured prominently in James Mangold's Cop Land and Paul Schrader's Touch, she hosted the MTV series Indie Outing, and she remained a fixture of the emerging alternative comedy circuit. In 1998, Garofalo's career continued to thrive, with starring and supporting roles in a number of films. Some of her more notable work included Clay Pigeons, a black comedy with Vince Vaughn and Joaquin Phoenix; Permanent Midnight, which marked another collaboration with Stiller; and the animated Kiki's Delivery Service, which featured Garofalo as the voice of a new age artist and mystic. She also acted against type as one half of a revoltingly cheerful couple in Bruce McCulloch's comedy Dog Park. The following year, Garofalo appeared in no less than five films, with a supporting part in the ensemble piece 200 Cigarettes, a starring role as an unconventional action heroine called the Bowler in Mystery Men (which also featured Stiller), and prominent turns in Kevin Smith's eagerly awaited Dogma, Hampton Fancher's psychological thriller The Minus Man, and the satirical comedy Can't Stop Dancing, in which she acted alongside fellow comedienne Margaret Cho.In 2001, Garofolo took on the role of Catherine Connolly in The Laramie Project, HBO's docudrama chronicling the aftermath of the death of Matthew Shepard, and filmmaker David Wain's comedy Wet Hot American Summer. The actress joined the cast of Pixar's Ratatouille in 2007 to voice the role of Colette, a talented French chef, and appeared on television shows including Two and a Half Men, 24, and Criminal Minds.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
67% Little Boxes
  • Helena
2017
55% Speech & Debate
  • Marie
2017
No Score Yet Submission
  • Actor
2017
80% The American Side
  • Agent Barry
2016
44% 3rd Street Blackout
  • June Sherman
2016
No Score Yet Sticky: l'amore fai da te
  • Actor
2016
No Score Yet Hurricane Of Fun: The Making Of Wet Hot
  • Actor
2015
40% A Little Game
  • Sarah Kuftinec
2014
38% Misery Loves Comedy
  • Actor
$5.8k 2014
53% The Muslims Are Coming
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Satan, Hold My Hand
  • Actor
2013
0% General Education
  • Gale Collins
2012
20% Mighty Fine
  • Natalie Fine (Adult)
2012
No Score Yet Why We Laugh: Funny Women
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Bad Parents
  • Kathy
2012
67% Barbershop Punk
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet I Am Comic
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Janeane Garofalo: If You Will - Live in Seattle
  • Actor
2010
29% Love Hurts
  • Hannah Rosenbloom
2009
No Score Yet Labor Pains
  • Claire
2009
No Score Yet A Bad Situationist
  • Actor
2009
33% The Guitar
  • Dr. Murray
2008
No Score Yet Girl's Best Friend
  • Actor
2008
50% Then She Found Me
  • Herself
$3.8M 2007
96% Ratatouille
  • Colette
$112.5M 2007
37% The Ten
  • Nuclear Power Plant Shift Supervisor Beth Soden
$0.6M 2007
No Score Yet Not Just the Best of the Larry Sanders Show
  • Actor
2007
60% Al Franken: God Spoke
  • Actor
2006
20% The Wild
  • Bridget
$37.4M 2006
No Score Yet When Stand Up Stood Out
  • Actor
2005
56% Fuck (F*ck)
  • Actor
2005
27% Stay
  • Dr. Beth Levy
$3.4M 2005
No Score Yet Nadine in Date Land
  • Nadine Barnes
2005
22% Jiminy Glick in Lalawood
  • Dee Dee
$26.2k 2005
55% Duane Hopwood
  • Linda
2005
No Score Yet Dangerous Living
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Superchunk - Crowding Up Your Visual Field
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Funny Ladies
  • Actor
2004
34% Wonderland
  • Joy Miller
2003
No Score Yet Beyond the Ashes
  • Liz
2003
No Score Yet Manhood
  • Jill
2003
No Score Yet Nobody Knows Anything
  • Patty
2003
No Score Yet Dangerous Living: Coming Out in the Developing World
  • Narrator
2003
No Score Yet Ash Tuesday
  • Actor
2003
48% Big Trouble
  • Monica Romero
2002
82% Gigantic
  • Actor
2002
47% Martin & Orloff
  • Hairdresser
2002
92% The Laramie Project
  • Catherine Connolly
2002
60% The Independent
  • Paloma Fineman
2001
89% The Search for John Gissing
  • Linda Barnes
2001
32% Wet Hot American Summer
  • Beth
2001
43% The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle
  • Minnie Mogul
$0.5M 2000
51% Titan A.E.
  • Stith
2000
51% Steal This Movie
  • Anita Hoffman
2000
42% What Planet Are You From?
  • Nervous Woman (uncredited)
2000
No Score Yet Let Me In - I Hear Laughter: A Tribute to the Friars Club
  • Actor
2000
67% Dogma
  • Liz
1999
60% The Minus Man
  • Ferrin
1999
60% Mystery Men
  • The Bowler
1999
28% 200 Cigarettes
  • Ellie
1999
40% Kids in the Hall 'Brain Candy'
  • Woman At Party
1999
No Score Yet The Bumblebee Flies Anyway
  • Dr. Harriman / Handyman
1999
63% Clay Pigeons
  • Agent Dale Shelby
1998
58% Permanent Midnight
  • Jana
1998
36% Dog Park
  • Jeri
1998
29% Half Baked
  • "I'm
1998
No Score Yet Thick As Thieves
  • Anne
1998
No Score Yet Denis Leary: Lock 'N Load
  • Actor
1997
No Score Yet Sweethearts
  • Actor
1997
52% The Matchmaker
  • Marcy Tizard
1997
73% Cop Land
  • Dep. Cindy Betts
1997
70% Romy and Michele's High School Reunion
  • Heather
1997
33% Touch
  • Kathy Worthington
1997
No Score Yet Sweethearts
  • Jasmine
  • Producer
1997
11% Larger Than Life
  • Mo
1996
54% The Cable Guy
  • Medieval Waitress
1996
84% The Truth About Cats & Dogs
  • Dr. Abby Barnes
1996
24% Now and Then
  • Wiladene
1995
No Score Yet Coldblooded
  • Honey
1995
No Score Yet Cold Blooded
  • Actor
1995
No Score Yet I Shot a Man in Vegas
  • Gale
1995
19% Bye Bye, Love
  • Lucille
1994
65% Reality Bites
  • Vickie Miner
1993
58% Late for Dinner
  • Counter Girl
1991
97% Kiki's Delivery Service
  • Ursula
1989

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Wet Hot American Summer:
2017
  • Beth
  • 2017
84% Wet Hot American Summer
2015
  • Beth Beth
  • 2017
  • 2015
No Score Yet Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce
2014
  • Lyla
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet @midnight With Chris Hardwick
2014
  • Panelist
  • 2016
No Score Yet Nightcap
2016
  • Actor
  • 2016
79% The Jim Gaffigan Show
2015-2016
  • Actor
  • 2015
No Score Yet Delocated
2009-2013
  • Susan Shapiro
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2010
No Score Yet Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell
2012-2013
  • Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet Ugly Americans
2010-2012
  • Voice
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret
2010-2016
  • Actor
  • 2012
  • 2010
44% Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
2011
  • Beth Griffin Beth Griffith
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Green Room With Paul Provenza
2010-2011
  • Guest
  • 2011
  • 2010
No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher
2003
  • Actor
  • Panelist
  • Appearing
  • 2011
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2003
No Score Yet John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show
2010-2013
  • Performer
  • 2010
88% 24
2001-2014
  • Janis Gold
  • 2010
  • 2009
No Score Yet Greek
2007-2011
  • Prof. Freeman
  • 2009
No Score Yet Two and a Half Men
2003-2015
  • Sharon
  • 2007
No Score Yet The West Wing
1999-2006
  • Louise `Lou' Thornton Louise Thornton
  • 2006
  • 2005
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2004
97% The Sopranos
1999-2007
  • Herself
  • 2000
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
  • 1998
No Score Yet Home Improvement
1991-1999
  • Tina
  • 1997
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Greta Heis
  • 1997
No Score Yet Seinfeld
1989-1998
  • Jeannie Jeannie Steinman
  • 1996
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Actor
  • Performer
  • 1995
  • 1994
No Score Yet The Ben Stiller Show
1992-1993
  • Actor
  • Performer
  • 1993
  • 1992
No Score Yet Gap Year
2017
  • Sam Bevan

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