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      Jessica Walter

      Jessica Walter

      Highest Rated: 100% Grand Prix (1966)

      Lowest Rated: 11% Ghost in the Machine (1993)

      Birthday: Jan 31, 1941

      Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA

      A formidable screen presence, Jessica Walter worked steadily on television but made her first impression on critics as the frigid gossip Libby in Sidney Lumet's "The Group" (1966). She delivered on her promise as a woman romantically obsessed with Clint Eastwood in the influential thriller "Play Misty for Me" (1971). She won an Emmy for playing "Amy Prentiss" (NBC, 1974-75), a groundbreaking female police chief and earned another nomination for recurring as the ex-wife of "Trapper John, M.D." (CBS, 1979-1986). She played a bored housewife in Garry Marshall's "The Flamingo Kid" (1984), the campily named "Kay Mart" in the cult hit "Tapeheads" (1988), and the college president facing off against Jeremy Piven in "PCU" (1994). On television, she played a series of family matriarchs: the voice of Fran on "Dinosaurs" (ABC, 1991-94); the brilliantly boozy and manipulative Lucille Bluth on the much beloved "Arrested Development" (Fox, 2003-06); the alcoholic grandmother on "90210" (The CW, 2008-13); and the voice of the superspy matriarch Malory Archer on the animated cult fave "Archer" (FX, 2009- ). As filming began on an "Arrested Development" revival, Walter was tapped alongside George Segal to return to live-action sitcoms to play the parents of a young man who "Retired at 35" (TV Land, 2011-12), followed by a similar role opposite Jaime Pressley on "Jennifer Falls" (TV Land 2014). An impressively arch comedic force who only improved with age, Jessica Walter enjoyed an amazingly long career trajectory, proving that true talent was the most invaluable asset an actor of any age could have. Jessica Walter died at her home in Manhattan on March 24, 2021. She was 80.

      Highest rated movies

      Keep the Change poster Keep the Change Grand Prix poster
      Grand Prix
      Lilith poster
      Lilith
      The Flamingo Kid poster
      The Flamingo Kid
      Play Misty for Me poster Play Misty for Me Slums of Beverly Hills poster
      Slums of Beverly Hills
      Dummy poster
      Dummy
      The Group poster
      The Group

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      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      62% 67% The Mimic Estelle (Character) - 2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rediscovering Christmas Mrs. Barrington (Character) - 2019
      100% 82% Keep the Change Carrie (Character) $202.0K 2017
      No Score Yet 27% Undercover Grandpa Maddie (Character) - 2016
      No Score Yet 33% Bending the Rules Lena (Character) - 2012
      No Score Yet 53% I Do (But I Don't) Gennifer (Character) - 2004
      70% 74% Dummy Fern (Character) $71.3K 2003
      No Score Yet 21% Grownups Mrs. Epstein (Character) - 2002
      81% 68% Slums of Beverly Hills Doris Zimmerman (Character) $5.5M 1998
      No Score Yet 73% Mother Knows Best Joan (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Doomsday Rock Secretary (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Temptress Dr. Phyllis Evergreen (Character) - 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Leave of Absence Bess (Character) - 1994
      44% 75% P.C.U. President Garcia-Thompson (Character) $4.3M 1994
      11% 23% Ghost in the Machine Elaine (Character) $4.6M 1993
      60% 46% Tapeheads Kay Mart (Character) $129.0K 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Aaron's Way Connie Lo Verde (Character) - 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Jenny's Song Peggy Shields (Character) - 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Killer in the Mirror Francesca DeLorca (Character) - 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Execution Gertrude Simon (Character) - 1985
      85% 55% The Flamingo Kid Phyllis Brody (Character) - 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Thursday's Child Roz Richardson (Character) - 1983
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bare Essence: The Final Chapter Ava Marshall (Character) - 1983
      No Score Yet 23% Going Ape! Fiona (Character) - 1981
      No Score Yet 62% Miracle on Ice Pat Brooks (Character) - 1981
      No Score Yet 80% Scruples Maggie (Character) - 1981
      No Score Yet No Score Yet She's Dressed to Kill Irene Barton (Character) - 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Someone's Killing the World's Greatest Models Irene Barton (Character) - 1979
      No Score Yet 17% Golden Girl Unknown (Character) - 1979
      No Score Yet 54% Dr. Strange Morgan LeFay (Character) $1.0M 1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Secrets of Three Hungry Wives Christina Wood (Character) - 1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Dangerous Love Louise Carmino (Character) - 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Black Market Baby Louise Carmino (Character) - 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Having Babies Sally McNamara (Character) - 1976
      No Score Yet 56% Victory at Entebbe Nomi Haroun (Character) - 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Amy Prentiss: Profile in Evil Amy Prentiss (Character) - 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hurricane Louise Damon (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Amy Prentiss, AKA: The Chief Amy Prentiss (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Amy Prentiss: Baptism of Fire Amy Prentiss (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Amy Prentiss: The Desperate World of Jane Doe Amy Prentiss (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Two Million Clams of Cap'n Jack Erica Osburn (Character) - 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Cash and Carry Caper Joyce Harrison (Character) - 1973
      No Score Yet 37% Home for the Holidays Frederica Morgan (Character) - 1972
      85% 72% Play Misty for Me Evelyn (Character) - 1971
      No Score Yet 33% They Call It Murder Jane Antrim (Character) - 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Showdown Rita Mason,Allie Chambers (Character) - 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Women in Chains Dee Dee (Character) - 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Number One Julie Catlan (Character) - 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Immortal Janet Braddock (Character) - 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Three's a Crowd Jessica Carson (Character) - 1969
      33% 34% Bye Bye Braverman Inez Braverman (Character) - 1968
      67% 58% The Group Libby (Character) - 1966
      100% 88% Grand Prix Pat (Character) - 1966
      86% 63% Lilith Laura (Character) - 1964

      TV

      Credit
      90% 86% Archer Malory Archer (Voice) 2010-2021
      No Score Yet 79% American Housewife Margaret (Guest Star) 2021
      86% 75% Good Girls Judith (Guest Star) 2020
      75% 85% Arrested Development Lucille Bluth (Character) 2003-2006 2013 2018-2019
      No Score Yet 59% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2019
      No Score Yet 83% NCIS Judith McKnight (Guest Star) 2015 2017
      No Score Yet 66% The Odd Couple Unknown (Guest Star) 2016
      No Score Yet 78% Star vs. the Forces of Evil Miss Heinous (Guest Star) 2015
      56% 43% Jennifer Falls Maggie Doyle (Character) 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Inside the Actors Studio Guest 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen Guest 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Retired at 35 Elaine Robbins (Character) 2011-2012
      81% 83% The Big Bang Theory Mrs. Latham (Guest Star) 2011
      No Score Yet 98% Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated Jason's Mom (Guest Voice) 2010
      No Score Yet 38% 90210 Tabitha Wilson (Character) 2008-2009
      13% No Score Yet Happy Hour Unknown (Guest Star) 2008
      76% 74% Saving Grace Unknown (Guest Star) 2007-2008
      37% No Score Yet The Wedding Bells Unknown (Guest Star) 2007
      No Score Yet 79% Rules of Engagement Constance (Guest Star) 2007
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Touched by an Angel Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Oh Baby Unknown (Character) 1998-2000
      No Score Yet 33% Just Shoot Me Eve Gallo (Guest Star) 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Poltergeist: The Legacy Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet You Wish Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
      No Score Yet 96% Law & Order Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Coach Unknown (Guest Star) 1994
      No Score Yet 66% Murder, She Wrote Unknown (Guest Star) 1985 1991 1994
      91% 70% Dinosaurs Fran Sinclair (Voice) 1991-1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Aaron's Way Connie Lo Verde (Character) 1988
      No Score Yet 95% Magnum, P.I. Unknown (Guest Star) 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hotel Unknown (Guest Star) 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Trapper John, M.D. Melanie Townsend McIntyre (Character) 1979-1982 1984-1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Joanie Loves Chachi Unknown (Guest Star) 1982
      100% 78% Wonder Woman Unknown (Guest Star) 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Streets of San Francisco Glen Williams / Glen Conway (Guest Star) 1973 1976
      No Score Yet 100% The Carol Burnett Show Guest 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet McCloud Unknown (Guest Star) 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Barnaby Jones Unknown (Guest Star) 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tattletales Guest 1974
      No Score Yet 75% Columbo Margaret Nicholson (Guest Star) 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mannix Althea Blake (Guest Star) 1970 1972-1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Banacek Unknown (Guest Star) 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cannon Jane Butler (Guest Star) 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Sixth Sense Unknown (Guest Star) 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Alias Smith and Jones Unknown (Guest Star) 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Name of the Game Unknown (Guest Star) 1968 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Love, American Style Mrs. Kramer (Character) 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mission: Impossible Unknown (Guest Star) 1970
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fugitive Pat Haynes (Guest Star) 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Flipper Unknown (Guest Star) 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ben Casey Flora Farr (Guest Star) 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Hour Unknown (Character) 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet East Side/West Side Unknown (Guest Star) 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Gibbsville Unknown (Guest Star)