Margaret Whitton

Margaret Whitton

Highest Rated: 83% Major League (1989)

Lowest Rated: 5% Major League II (1994)

Birthday: Nov 30, 1950

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Best-known for her scene-stealing villainous turn in "Major League" (1989), actress Margaret Whitton also made a memorable impression in "The Secret of My Success" (1987), "Ironweed" (1987) and "Man Without a Face" (1993) before moving into directing on both the stage and screen. Born in Fort Maine, MD to a nurse mother and Army colonel father, Whitton spent some of her early childhood in Japan before moving with her family to New Jersey and then Fort Lauderdale. She made her on-screen debut in an episode of soap opera "The Doctors" (NBC, 1963-82) but spent much of her early career treading the boards, eventually making it onto Broadway in 1982's "Steaming." Later that year, she appeared in parody anthology "National Lampoon's Movie Madness" (1982) and played Terry Jean Moore's lawyer in biopic "Love Child" (1982), while her first recurring TV role arrived courtesy of thirtysomething dramedy "Hometown" (CBS, 1985). After appearing opposite Robin Williams and Kurt Russell in high school football comedy "The Best of Times" (1986) and playing Kim Basinger's best friend Molly in erotic drama "9 ½ Weeks" (1986), Whitton turned in two brilliantly vampish performances, first as Michael J Fox's aunt-by-marriage Vera in "The Secret of My Success" (1987) and then as Gay Nineties temptress Katrina in "Ironweed" (1987). But it was as the scheming Las Vegas showgirl-turned-Cleveland Indians owner Rachel Phelps in family comedy "Major League" (1989) and its 1994 sequel which proved to be lifelong baseball fan Whitton's defining role. After playing Fred Savage's mother in children's fantasy "Little Monsters" (1989) Whitton returned to the small screen to star alongside Christopher Cazenove as divorced travel show host Louisa Phillips in "A Fine Romance" (ABC, 1989), and Teri Garr as the world-class scientist Genevieve in sibling rivalry sitcom "Good & Evil" (ABC, 1991), both of which only lasted one season. Roles in TV movie "The Summer My Father Grew Up" (1991) and dysfunctional comedy "Big Girls Don't Cry...They Get Even" (1992) followed, as did a stint in another failed sitcom, "Cutters" (CBS, 1993). But Whitton got her career back on track with a measured turn as Nick Stahl's resilient mother in Mel Gibson's directorial debut, "The Man Without a Face" (1993), and also impressed as tough-talking attorney Leslie Abramson in the true crime tale "Menendez: A Killing in Beverly Hills" (1994). Whitton's performance as juror Jane Lyle in legal thriller "Trial by Jury" (1994) proved to be her last appearance in front of the camera as she returned to her first love, the theater, as a director, working on a Public Theater production of "Two Tricks" and two dramas by Irish playwright Marina Carr. After serving as producer on "Been Rich All My Life" (2006), a documentary about veteran tap dancing group Silver Belles, Whitton made her film directing debut with romantic comedy "A Bird of the Air" (2011), following it up a year later with a portrait of legendary casting director Marion Dougherty in "Casting By" (2012). Following a brief battle with cancer, Whitton died aged 67 in 2016.

Highest rated movies

Major League
The Man Without a Face
Nine 1/2 Weeks
The Secret of My Success
Little Monsters
The Best of Times
Trial by Jury




30% 57% A Bird of the Air Director,
$10.2K 2011
8% 28% Trial by Jury Jane Lyle (Character) $6.8M 1994
5% 45% Major League II Rachel Phelps (Character) $29.4M 1994
65% 64% The Man Without a Face Catherine Palin (Character) $23.1M 1993
No Score Yet 60% Big Girls Don't Cry... They Get Even Melinda (Character) $270.4K 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Summer My Father Grew Up Naomi (Character) - 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kojak: None So Blind Michele Hogarth (Character) - 1990
44% 62% Little Monsters Holly Stevenson (Character) $542.9K 1989
83% 84% Major League Rachel Phelps (Character) $49.8M 1989
51% 58% The Secret of My Success Vera Prescott (Character) $65.3M 1987
58% 59% Ironweed Katrina Dougherty (Character) $6.9M 1987
61% 56% Nine 1/2 Weeks Molly (Character) - 1986
31% 42% The Best of Times Darla (Character) $5.8M 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Love Child Jacki Steinberg (Character) - 1982


No Score Yet No Score Yet Cutters Adrienne St. John (Character) 1993
29% No Score Yet Good & Evil Genevieve (Character) 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Spenser: For Hire Unknown (Character) 1986 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Johnny Carson Guest 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hometown Barbara Donnelly (Character) 1985
71% 91% Miami Vice Unknown (Guest Star) 1984