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Kathy Griffin

Highest Rated:   94% Pulp Fiction (1994)
Lowest Rated:   0% It's Pat (1994)
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Birthplace:   Oak Park, Illinois, USA
The acerbic, razor-tongued, take-no-prisoners comedian Kathy Griffin has built a career for herself -- as an actress and a standup performer -- around the schtick of being permanently under-respected by everyone (as the title of her TV series, My Life on the D List, suggests), and fighting back with her claws extended. Griffin is notorious for mercilessly skewering and taking potshots at worthy targets (particularly fellow celebrities and comedians) through her comedy, and has built a considerable career out of doing so.Born in Oak Park, IL, and raised in the Chicago area, to an electronics store manager father and a hospital administrator mother, Griffin reportedly wanted to become an actress from the age of five and frequently improvised elaborate stage and comedy acts for her family. Griffin attended Oak Park High School, and -- after graduation -- studied acting at the Lee Strasberg Institute in Southern California. In 1988, the then-28-year-old joined the now-infamous sketch comedy troupe the Groundlings, alongside such stars-to-be as Lisa Kudrow, Will Ferrell, and Julia Sweeney, where she evinced an extraordinary gift for improvisatory work. After the Groundlings, Griffin developed and honed a solo standup act, which -- as she later recalled -- opened numerous doors for her as an actress, including a turn as Lucy in the Bobcat Goldthwait vehicle Shakes the Clown (1992), a brief cameo in Pulp Fiction, and a small multi-episode role on Seinfeld. Griffin was particularly memorable in the latter, as Sally Weaver, the standup comedian whose act consists of trashing Jerry Seinfeld by revealing embarrassing details from his personal life. A cameo as herself in the SNL big-screen vehicle It's Pat (1994) reunited Griffin with fellow Groundling Sweeney. Beginning in 1996, Griffin parlayed her comic flair and small-screen experience into a standing role in the hit NBC sitcom Suddenly Susan, starring Brooke Shields; that program cast Griffin as Vicki Groener, magazine columnist Shields' not-so-subtly envious, über-saucy colleague. The program scored with viewers and ran for three seasons. Meanwhile, Griffin continued her big-screen roles, with turns in the 1995 omnibus picture Four Rooms (as Betty), the 1996 Ben Stiller-directed The Cable Guy (as Jim Carrey's mother), and Muppets from Space (1999), as an armed guard. Additional guest contributions on a myriad of sitcoms during the '90s and 2000s gave an added charge to the respective series casts.Griffin also starred in the aforementioned cable series Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D List, which began airing on the Bravo network in 2004. The comically charged reality show cast Griffin as herself, battling through the experiences of everyday life -- such as training a new puppy and teaching a class as The Learning Annex. Griffin would continue to find huge success as a stand-up, as well as a show host on her own aptly titled talkshow, Kathy, which was canceled after two seasons.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Moms Mabley: I Got Somethin' to Tell You
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Why We Laugh: Funny Women
  • Actor
2012
34% Hall Pass
  • Herself
$45.1M 2011
No Score Yet Kathy Griffin: Gurrl Down
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet I Am Comic
  • Actor
2010
91% Joan Rivers: A Piece Of Work
  • Actor
$3M 2010
58% Shrek Forever After
  • Dancing Witch/Wagon Witch #1
$238.4M 2010
No Score Yet Comedy Central Roast of Joan Rivers
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Kathy Griffin: Balls of Steel
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Kathy Griffin: She'll Cut a Bitch
  • Actor
  • Screenwriter
2009
80% Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet History of the Joke
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Comic Relief: The Greatest...and The Latest
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Bachelor Party Vegas
  • She-Elvis
2006
17% Lovewrecked
  • Belinda
2006
4% Dirty Love
  • Madame Belly
2005
No Score Yet Dinotopia: En Busca de la Piedra del Sol Escarlata
  • Rhoga
2005
No Score Yet Her Minor Thing
  • Maggie the Psycho-Attorney
2005
No Score Yet Kathy Griffin: Allegedly
  • Actor
2004
57% Enemies of Laughter
  • Cindy
2003
No Score Yet On Edge
  • Karen Katz
2002
71% Run Ronnie Run!
  • Herself
2002
No Score Yet A Diva's Christmas Carol
  • Ghost of Christmas Past
2000
No Score Yet Intern
  • Cornelia Crisp
2000
No Score Yet Lion of Oz and the Badge of Courage
  • Caroline
2000
No Score Yet Jackie's Back
  • Actor
1999
63% Muppets From Space
  • Female Armed Guard
1999
No Score Yet Dill Scallion
  • Tina
1999
No Score Yet Courting Courtney
  • Ona Miller
1998
No Score Yet Who's the Caboose?
  • Katty
1997
No Score Yet Trojan War
  • Cashier
1997
No Score Yet The Big Fall
  • Sally
1997
14% Four Rooms
  • Betty
1996
54% The Cable Guy
  • Cable Boy's Mother
1996
No Score Yet Electra
  • Actor
1995
94% Pulp Fiction
  • Herself
1994
0% It's Pat
  • Kathy
1994
No Score Yet Kathy Griffin - Allegedly
  • Actor
1993
38% Shakes the Clown
  • Lucy
1992
No Score Yet The Unborn
  • Connie
1991

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
100% Martha & Snoop's Potluck Dinner Party
2016
  • Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
2014
  • Appearing
  • 2016
No Score Yet Tavis Smiley
2013
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher
2003
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2009
  • 2008
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet RuPaul's Drag Race
2009
  • Judge
  • 2015
  • 2010
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
  • Appearing
  • 2014
No Score Yet Big Brother
2014
  • Guest
  • 2014
35% Kirstie
2013-2014
  • Herself
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
2005-2014
  • Guest
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2011
No Score Yet Brand X with Russell Brand
2012-2013
  • Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet American Dad (target for inaccurate feed data)
2005
  • Voice
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2013
  • 2011
No Score Yet Inside Comedy
2012-2015
  • Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011
  • Appearing
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Suzanne Show
2012-2013
  • Guest
  • 2012
21% Whitney
2011-2013
  • Lindsay
  • 2012
No Score Yet Dave's Old Porn
2011-2012
  • Guest
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet America's Next Top Model
2003
  • Judge
  • 2011
No Score Yet Drop Dead Diva
2009-2014
  • Jenna
  • 2011
70% Glee
2009-2015
  • Tammy Jean Albertson
  • 2011
No Score Yet Same Name
2011
  • Appearing
  • 2011
73% The Defenders
2010-2011
  • Sally Kavalleri
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Green Room With Paul Provenza
2010-2011
  • Guest
  • 2011
  • 2010
No Score Yet The Marriage Ref
2010-2011
  • Panelist
  • 2011
  • 2010
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
  • 2010
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Babs Duffy
  • 2010
No Score Yet The Apprentice
2004
  • Appearing
  • Actor
  • 2010
No Score Yet Last Comic Standing
2003-2015
  • Judge
  • Performer
  • 2010
  • 2006
No Score Yet MADtv
1995-2009
  • Guest
  • Host
  • 2009
  • 2007
  • 2003
No Score Yet Whose Line Is It Anyway?
1998
  • Performer
  • Guest
  • Actor
  • 2003
  • 2002
No Score Yet America's Funniest Home Videos
1990
  • Panelist
  • 2002
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
  • 2001
98% Curb Your Enthusiasm
2000-2011
  • Herself Guest
  • 2000
No Score Yet Lass es, Larry!
2000
  • Actor
  • 2000
No Score Yet The X-Files
1993-2016
  • Lulu Pfeiffer/Betty Templeton
  • 2000
No Score Yet Seinfeld
1989-1998
  • Sally Weaver
  • 1998
  • 1996
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
  • Dolores Minky
  • 1995
No Score Yet The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
1990-1996
  • Susan Klein Ms. Klein
  • 1992
  • 1990

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