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Jennifer Garner

Highest Rated:   96% Catch Me If You Can (2002)
Lowest Rated:   7% Mr. Magoo (1997)
Birthplace:   Houston, Texas, USA
While landing a guest spot on a hit television series would be a welcome event for most up-and-coming actresses, Jennifer Garner's brief run on Felicity proved especially fortunate for her -- thanks to her appearance on the show, she met her future husband, and the producer who would cast her in the leading role of the successful action/adventure series Alias. Jennifer Garner was born in Houston, TX, in 1972; when she was very young, her family relocated to Charleston, WV, where she grew up. Garner was the second of three daughters, and early on developed an interest in ballet. After graduating from George Washington High School in Charleston, Garner attended Denison University in Granville, OH, where she became interested in drama, and eventually received a degree in theater. After college, Garner moved to New York and began auditioning for stage roles, landing her first part only a month after arriving in town in 1995 as an understudy in the Broadway production of A Month in the Country. Later that same year, Garner moved to Los Angeles and began working in television, making her screen debut in the made-for-TV movie Zoya. Over the next two years, Garner landed guest roles on several television shows, including Spin City and Law & Order, and small parts in several motion pictures, among them Deconstructing Harry, In Harm's Way, and Mr. Magoo. 1998 found Garner cast as the female lead on the short-lived Fox drama Significant Others, and while the show only aired for a little over a month, Garner fared much better with a showy recurring role on Felicity, where she played Hannah, the former girlfriend of Noel Crane, played by Scott Foley. Though Garner claims she had to go through five rounds of auditions before she was given the role, she certainly made an impression on co-star Foley; they soon began dating, and were married in the fall of 2000. Garner's work on Felicity helped win her a major supporting role on the television series Time of Your Life, a spin-off of Party of Five starring Jennifer Love Hewitt. The heavily promoted series was a ratings disappointment, but Garner received enthusiastic notices, and began winning film roles in high-profile projects such as Pearl Harbor and Dude, Where's My Car? In 2000, J.J. Abrams, who produced Felicity, was preparing a new series for ABC about a female spy living a triple life as a college student and supposed bank employee, who is also a double agent working for the CIA. Abrams remembered Garner's impressive performance as Hannah, and cast her as Sydney Bristow in Alias. The show quickly became a success when it premiered in 2001, earning respectable ratings, strong reviews, and a devoted fan following who tuned in each week to see Garner beat up bad guys and don an impressive collection of slinky outfits. That same year, Garner also appeared opposite her then-husband, Foley, in a supporting role in the independent drama Rennie's Landing. Riding high on the success of Alias with a Golden Globe Award in hand, Garner continued to grow as a big-screen presence. After a memorable appearance in Steven Spielberg's Catch Me If You Can, Garner displayed the butt-kicking skills she honed on Alias, appearing as Elektra in the 2003 comic-book adaptation Daredevil. The next year, she took on her first big-screen starring role, playing an adolescent girl who wakes up to suddenly find herself all grown up in the romantic comedy 13 Going on 30. Garner would star on Alias until it ended its run in 2006, and subsequently enjoyed her career as a movie star, appearing in such films as Juno, The Kingdom, The Invention of Lying, Arthur, and Butter. She took a supporting role in the drama Dallas Buyers Club in 2013, before returning to family fare with Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Amusement Park
  • Actor
No Score Yet Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda
  • Emily Spier
No Score Yet The Tribes of Palos Verdes
  • Actor
74% Wakefield
  • Diana Wakefield
13% Nine Lives
  • Lara
$19.7M 2016
43% Miracles from Heaven
  • Christy Beam
77% Danny Collins
  • Samantha Leigh Donnelly
$4.3M 2015
61% Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
  • Kelly Cooper
$56.8M 2014
32% Men, Women & Children
  • Patricia Beltmeyer
$0.6M 2014
60% Draft Day
  • Ali
$21.2M 2014
93% Dallas Buyers Club
  • Dr. Eve Sacks
$23.8M 2013
33% Butter
  • Producer
  • Laura
$71.4k 2012
34% The Odd Life of Timothy Green
  • Cindy Green
$51.9M 2012
25% Arthur
  • Susan
$29.2M 2011
18% Valentine's Day
  • Julia Fitzpatrick
$110.5M 2010
57% The Invention of Lying
  • Anna McDoogles
$18.5M 2009
26% The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past
  • Jenny Perotti
$55.2M 2009
No Score Yet Cyrano De Bergerac
  • Actor
94% Juno
  • Vanessa Loring
$143.4M 2007
51% The Kingdom
  • Janet Mayes
$47.5M 2007
21% Catch and Release
  • Gray Wheeler
$15.3M 2007
10% Elektra
  • Elektra
$24.1M 2005
No Score Yet The Animated Alias: Tribunal
  • Actor
64% 13 Going on 30
  • Jenna Rink
$54.6M 2004
44% Daredevil
  • Elektra
$102.5M 2003
No Score Yet Stealing Time
  • Kiley Bradshaw
96% Catch Me If You Can
  • Cheryl
$164.4M 2002
25% Pearl Harbor
  • Sandra
$197.8M 2001
18% Dude, Where's My Car?
  • Wanda
$45M 2000
No Score Yet 1999 (A Good Clean Break)
  • Actor
7% Mr. Magoo
  • Stacey Sampanahoditra
72% Deconstructing Harry
  • Woman in Elevator
82% Washington Square
  • Marian Almond
No Score Yet Rose Hill
  • Mary Rose Claiborne
No Score Yet The Player
  • Actor
No Score Yet Larry McMurtry's 'Dead Man's Walk'
  • Clara
No Score Yet Harvest of Fire
  • Sarah Troyer
No Score Yet Zoya (Danielle Steel's Zoya)
  • Sasha


33% Chelsea
  • Guest
  • 2017
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
  • Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet A Path Appears
  • Appearing
  • 2015
No Score Yet Conan
  • Guest
  • 2014
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
  • Guest
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
  • Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
  • Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
  • Guest
  • 2012
  • 2004
  • 2002
  • 2001
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
  • Guest
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Talk
  • Guest
  • 2011
No Score Yet Great Performances
  • Performer
  • Roxane
  • 2009
No Score Yet Alias
  • Sydney Bristow
  • Director
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
  • Guest
  • Host
  • 2003
No Score Yet The Simpsons
  • Voice
  • 2003
No Score Yet Law & Order
  • Jamie Jaime
  • 1996

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