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Lee Garlington

Highest Rated:   86% Field of Dreams (1989)
Lowest Rated:   4% Some Kind of Beautiful (2015)
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Specializing in roles as cranky authority figures and unassuming mothers, longtime character actress Lee Garlington has the kind of familiar face that makes people wonder, "Where have I seen her before?" With numerous roles on some of the most popular television series of the past 20 years -- including Family Ties, Seinfeld, NYPD Blue, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and CSI -- most TV viewers probably have seen her face before, though wading through her exhaustive list of credits to find out where might be a daunting task. In addition to a busy television career, Garlington found a steady stream of work in features. Averaging about three films per year since her debut in the 1983 sequel Psycho II. The actress turned up again opposite Anthony Perkins three years later in Psycho III, and parts in Some Kind of Wonderful (1987), The Seventh Sign (1988), and Field of Dreams (1989) rounded out the decade. Though Garlington had a featured role in the 1989 Seinfeld pilot, her character was replaced by Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) when the series came to fruition the following year. Throughout the '90s, Garlington frequently alternated between the big and small screens, and though most of her TV appearances were only guest spots, she had a rare recurring role in the 1996 series Townies. Garlington became an increasingly familiar supporting player over the next few years in such features as Evolution (2001), American Pie 2 (2001), One Hour Photo (2002), The Sum of All Fears (2002), and The Hot Chick (2002). In 2003, the longtime actress once again returned to weekly television with a role on the popular evening drama Everwood.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Do You Take This Man
  • Actor
2017
76% Band Of Robbers
  • Lt. Polly
$15.3k 2016
No Score Yet Married by Christmas
  • Bitsy Tate
2016
4% Some Kind of Beautiful
  • Wendy
2015
No Score Yet Un héritage mortel
  • Ruth
2015
10% The Angriest Man in Brooklyn
  • Gummy
2014
No Score Yet The Extendables
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet A Buddy Story
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Prayers for Bobby
  • Psychologist
2009
No Score Yet Pulse 2: Afterlife
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet The Coverup
  • Beverly Thacker
2008
No Score Yet Forfeit
  • Sharon
2007
31% Stick It
  • Head Vault Judge
$26.9M 2006
84% Akeelah and the Bee
  • Regional Judge
$18.9M 2006
61% Something New
  • Mrs. Cahan
$11.5M 2006
41% A Lot Like Love
  • Stewardess
$21.9M 2005
No Score Yet Mortuary
  • Rita
2005
33% Mrs. Harris
  • Tarnower `Ex' No. 2
2005
6% Johnson Family Vacation
  • Betty Sue
$31.1M 2004
No Score Yet Guarding Eddy
  • Helen
2004
22% The Hot Chick
  • Vice Principal Bernard
2002
81% One Hour Photo
  • Waitress
$31.5M 2002
59% The Sum of All Fears
  • Mary Pat Foley
$118.5M 2002
No Score Yet Layover
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet Virtual Obsession
  • Joan Stevenson
2001
52% American Pie 2
  • Natalie's Mom
$144.1M 2001
42% Evolution
  • Reporter
$37.6M 2001
11% Boys and Girls
  • L.A. Flight Attendant
2000
No Score Yet If These Walls Could Talk 2
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet Forever Lulu
  • Linda Davis
2000
No Score Yet The Big Thing
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet Freak Talks About Sex (Blowin' Smoke)
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Can of Worms
  • Pamela Pillsbury
1999
No Score Yet Balloon Farm
  • Maggie
1999
No Score Yet Blood Money
  • Jimmy the Weasel
1999
No Score Yet Driven
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet Host
  • Actor
1998
27% Dante's Peak
  • Dr. Jane Fox
1997
No Score Yet Women Without Implants
  • Actor
1997
No Score Yet Verano de Terror
  • Winnie
1996
17% The Babysitter
  • Dolly Tucker
1995
No Score Yet Whose Daughter Is She? (Semi-Precious)
  • Annie
1995
No Score Yet See Jane Run
  • Carole Garson
1995
No Score Yet The Yarn Princess
  • Wanda
1994
No Score Yet Reflections in the Dark
  • Tina
1994
44% My Life
  • Carol Sandman
1993
29% Jack the Bear
  • Mrs. Festinger
1993
No Score Yet Love Matters
  • Nan
1993
No Score Yet River of Rage: The Taking of Maggie Keene
  • Janice
1993
No Score Yet Kiss of a Killer
  • Helaine
1993
81% Sneakers
  • Dr. Elena Rhyzkov
1992
No Score Yet Shame
  • Tina
1992
No Score Yet Posing: Inspired by Three Real Stories
  • Josette
1991
No Score Yet I Posed for Playboy
  • Josette
1991
10% Meet the Applegates
  • Nita Samson
1991
No Score Yet When You Remember Me
  • Joanne
1990
No Score Yet A Killing in a Small Town
  • Peggy Blankenship
1990
No Score Yet Last Flight Out
  • Jan
1990
No Score Yet Cold Sassy Tree
  • Actor
1989
86% Field of Dreams
  • Beulah, Angry PTA Mother
1989
14% Three Fugitives
  • Policewoman
1989
19% The Seventh Sign
  • Dr. Inness
1988
No Score Yet Student Exchange
  • Mrs. Whitcoms
1987
64% In the Mood (The Woo Woo Kid)
  • `Schlitz' Waitress
1987
80% Some Kind of Wonderful
  • Gym Instructor
1987
40% Hell Comes to Frogtown
  • Briefing Officer
1987
No Score Yet Murder Ordained
  • Actor
1987
58% Psycho III
  • Myrna
1986
18% Cobra
  • Nancy Stalk
1986
61% Psycho II
  • Myrna
1983

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Major Crimes
2012
  • Actor
  • 2015
No Score Yet Mistresses
2013-2016
  • Eleanor
  • 2014
21% Stalker
2014-2015
  • Kindrick
  • 2014
88% Suburgatory
2011-2014
  • Dorothy
  • 2014
0% Dads
2013-2014
  • Janet
  • 2013
No Score Yet Private Practice
2007-2013
  • Stella Peterson
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Mentalist
2008-2015
  • Betty Fulford
  • 2012
70% The Killing
2011-2014
  • Ruth Yitanes
  • 2011
89% FlashForward
2009-2010
  • Carline
  • 2010
No Score Yet Lie to Me
2009-2011
  • Mrs. Walker
  • 2010
79% Nip/Tuck
2003-2010
  • Briggitte Reinholt
  • 2009
83% Saving Grace
2007-2010
  • Sally Ann
  • 2009
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
2000-2015
  • Mrs. Frommer Mrs. Briggs Kathy Frommer
  • 2009
  • 2003
No Score Yet Boston Legal
2004-2008
  • Alisa McKenzie
  • 2007
No Score Yet Navy NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service
2003-2013
  • Guest
  • 2007
No Score Yet Two and a Half Men
2003-2015
  • Peggy
  • 2007
85% Big Love
2006-2011
  • Grace, Advertising Agency Exec
  • 2006
No Score Yet Everwood
2002-2006
  • Brenda Boxworth Brenda Baxworth
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003
70% Grey's Anatomy
2005
  • Farah Linden Farah
  • 2005
No Score Yet Cold Case
2003-2010
  • Carol Prosser
  • 2004
No Score Yet Desperate Housewives
2004-2012
  • Alberta Holstein
  • 2004
No Score Yet Will & Grace
1998-2006
  • Annette
  • 2004
No Score Yet The West Wing
1999-2006
  • Alana Waterman
  • 2003
No Score Yet Buffy the Vampire Slayer
1997-2003
  • Mrs. Harris
  • 2002
No Score Yet Grace Under Fire
1993-1998
  • Emily
  • 1997
  • 1995
No Score Yet Home Improvement
1991-1999
  • Joanie
  • 1993
No Score Yet Roseanne
1988-1997
  • Carol
  • 1991
  • 1989
No Score Yet Seinfeld
1989-1998
  • Claire
  • 1989

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