Melissa McCarthy

Melissa McCarthy

Highest Rated: 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018)

Lowest Rated: 17% The Back-up Plan (2010)

Birthday: Aug 26, 1970

Birthplace: Plainfield, Illinois, USA

A fearless comic performer with a gift for jaw-dropping physical humor, Melissa McCarthy was a force of nature in such hit features as "Bridesmaids" (2010) and "The Heat" (2013), as well as a nuanced dramatic talent in "Can You Ever Forgive Me?" (2019). Born Melissa Ann McCarthy on August 26, 1970 in Plainfield, Illinois, she relocated to New York City at the age of 20 to try her hand at the city's comedy scene. After gaining experience as a stand-up, McCarthy headed west to Los Angeles, where she joined the acclaimed improvisational troupe the Groundlings. She made her first screen appearance in 1997 with a guest appearance opposite her cousin, actress Jenny McCarthy, on her eponymous comedy series (MTV, 1997), and logged minor roles in "Go" (1999) and other films and episodic series before earning her star-making turn as the anxious chef Sookie St. James on "Gilmore Girls" (The WB/CW, 2000-07). Her gift for physical comedy and ebullient presence made her a go-to for sidekicks on subsequent series like "Samantha Who?" (ABC, 2007-09) and features like "The Back-Up Plan" (2010) with Jennifer Lopez. While starring in the romantic sitcom "Mike & Molly" (CBS, 2010-16), McCarthy finally broke away from the "best friend" persona with an unfettered turn as a filter-free member of Maya Rudolph's wedding party in "Bridesmaids" (2010). In addition to the film's unexpected runaway success, McCarthy also enjoyed an Oscar nomination for her performance, as well as an Emmy win for "Mike & Molly." Now firmly established as a comedy star, McCarthy settled into a string of hit feature comedies that hinged on her talent for slow-building eruptions of chaos, including "Identity Thief" (2012), "The Heat" (2013), with Sandra Bullock, "Spy" (2015) and "The Boss" (2016), which she co-wrote and produced with her husband, actor/director Ben Falcone. She was also a popular guest on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ), hosting five times between 2011 and 2017 and earning an Emmy win in the latter year for, among other moments, an uproarious turn as White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer. She reteamed with "Bridesmaids" star/co-writer Kristen Wiig for Paul Feig's remake of "Ghostbusters" (2016), and logged time in two largely overlooked comedies - "Life of the Party" (2018), which she co-wrote with Falcone, and "The Happytime Murders" (2018), a raunchy comedy featuring puppets - before seguing into dramatic material for "Can You Ever Forgive Me?" (2019). McCarthy's turn as author turned celebrity forger Lee Israel earned not only critical praise but an Oscar nomination for Best Actress. The success of the film was followed by another flurry of activity, including more dramatic work in the crime drama "The Kitchen" (2019) and several comic collaborations with Falcone, including 2020's "Superintelligence."

Highest rated movies

Can You Ever Forgive Me? Spy Bridesmaids
St. Vincent
Ghostbusters
The Heat
The Nines
This Is 40

Photos

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Thor: Love and Thunder Actor Hela (Character) - 2022
21% 22% Thunder Force Producer - 2021
23% No Score Yet The Starling Lilly Maynard (Character) - 2021
31% 33% Superintelligence Carol (Character),
Producer
- 2020
24% 69% The Kitchen Kathy Brennan (Character) $12.2M 2019
88% 81% Love, Gilda Self $624.2K 2018
98% 81% Can You Ever Forgive Me? Lee Israel (Character) $8.8M 2018
23% 40% The Happytime Murders Detective Connie Edwards (Character),
Producer
$20.7M 2018
38% 40% Life of the Party Deanna (Character),
Screenwriter,
Producer,
Executive Producer
$52.8M 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cook Off! Unknown (Character) - 2017
25% 62% Cook Off! Amber Strang (Character) - 2017
22% 38% The Boss Michelle Darnell (Character),
Screenwriter,
Producer
$63.0M 2016
74% 49% Ghostbusters Abby Yates (Character) - 2016
No Score Yet 63% B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations Unknown (Voice) - 2015
95% 78% Spy Susan Cooper (Character) - 2015
24% 36% Tammy Tammy (Character),
Screenwriter,
Producer
$84.5M 2014
77% 78% St. Vincent Maggie (Character) $44.1M 2014
19% 53% Identity Thief Diana (Character) $134.5M 2013
20% 44% The Hangover Part III Cassie (Character) $112.2M 2013
66% 71% The Heat Shannon Mullins (Character) $159.6M 2013
51% 50% This Is 40 Catherine (Character) $67.5M 2012
90% 76% Bridesmaids Megan (Character) $169.1M 2011
17% 46% The Back-up Plan Carol (Character) $37.5M 2010
29% 61% Life as We Know It Deedee (Character) $53.4M 2010
No Score Yet 25% Pretty Ugly People Becky (Character) - 2008
65% 61% The Nines Margaret/Melissa/Mary (Character) $62.7K 2007
33% 32% The Third Wheel Marilyn (Character) - 2002
37% 56% Pumpkin Cici Pinkus (Character) $305.7K 2002

TV

Credit
61% 67% Nine Perfect Strangers Francis (Character),
Executive Producer
2021
No Score Yet 43% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2016 2018 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen Guest 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet Good Morning America Guest 2012-2015 2018 2021
No Score Yet 56% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Guest 2015-2016 2020-2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet Access Hollywood Guest 2016 2019 2021
No Score Yet 100% The Graham Norton Show Guest 2015-2016 2018 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet Entertainment Tonight Guest 2016 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dish Nation Guest 2018 2020-2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet etalk Guest 2015-2016 2018-2019 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet Daily Pop Guest 2021
No Score Yet 10% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest,
Host
2013-2019 2021
No Score Yet 0% The Ellen DeGeneres Show Guest,
Host
2011-2021
No Score Yet 50% The Kelly Clarkson Show Guest 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today Guest 2013-2014 2016 2018 2020
No Score Yet 33% The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2016 2018-2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today With Hoda & Jenna Guest 2019-2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Little Big Shots Executive Producer,
Host
2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ellen's Greatest Night of Giveaways Guest 2019
No Score Yet 87% Finding Your Roots Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ellen's Game of Games Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet CBS News Sunday Morning Guest 2014 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Variety Studio: Actors on Actors Guest 2019
No Score Yet 56% The Daily Show With Trevor Noah Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet ET Canada Guest 2016-2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet E! News Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Jess Cagle Interview Guest 2018
73% 63% Nobodies Melissa McCarthy (Guest Star),
Executive Producer
2017-2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sunday Today With Willie Geist Guest 2018
No Score Yet 66% The Chew Guest 2018
No Score Yet 100% Desus & Mero Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sister Circle Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Extra Guest 2017-2018
No Score Yet 44% Saturday Night Live Unknown (Guest Star),
Host
2011 2013-2014 2016-2017
41% 61% Chelsea Guest 2016-2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today With Kathie Lee & Hoda Guest 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Entertainment Studios.TV Guest 2015-2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet LIVE with Kelly Guest 2016
No Score Yet 87% Conan Guest 2011 2013 2016
No Score Yet 58% Mike & Molly Molly Flynn (Character),
Director
2010-2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Insider Guest 2013 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Live! With Kelly and Michael Guest 2013-2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cityline Guest 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet CBS This Morning Guest 2014-2015
No Score Yet 100% The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Guest 2013-2015
No Score Yet 37% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2015
No Score Yet 75% Late Show With David Letterman Guest 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Guest 2011 2013-2014
No Score Yet 75% The Tonight Show With Jay Leno Guest 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Larry King Now Guest 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Made in Hollywood Guest 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Conversation With Amanda de Cadenet Guest 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet Anderson Guest 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Better Show Guest 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Live With Regis and Kelly Guest 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Early Show Guest 2011
No Score Yet 0% The Talk Guest 2010
51% 81% Private Practice Lynn McDonald (Guest Star) 2010
77% No Score Yet Samantha Who? Dena (Character) 2007-2009
85% 85% Gilmore Girls Sookie St. James (Character) 2000-2007
No Score Yet 96% Kim Possible Unknown (Guest Voice) 2002