Ruth Buzzi

Ruth Buzzi

Highest Rated: 78% The North Avenue Irregulars (1979)

Lowest Rated: 0% The Villain (1979)

Birthday: Jul 24, 1936

Birthplace: Westerly, Rhode Island, USA

Though most of Ruth Buzzi's official biographies list her birthplace as Westerly, RI, she herself was fond of claiming that she was born in Wequetequock, CT, perhaps because it sounded funnier. Whatever the case, Buzzi was the daughter of an immigrant Italian stone sculptor who specialized in cemetery monuments. After attending dancing school, 17-year-old Buzzi studied for an acting career at the Pasadena Playhouse. A well-established West Coast character actress by 1959, Buzzi came to Broadway to appear in the short-lived revue Misguided Tour; it was here that she created the first of her many memorable "alter egos," half-witted magician's assistant Shakuntula. It was while playing the woebegone Agnes Gooch in a 1961 stock-company production of Auntie Mame that Buzzi developed the character that would reach full maturity as the whining schlumper Gladys Ormphby. In 1965, she joined the cast of the CBS TV variety series The Entertainers, and that same year provided the voice of Granny Goodwich on the Linus the Lionhearted cartoon weekly. She went to make recurring appearances on That Girl and the 1967 Steve Allen Comedy Hour; and in January of 1968, she began a seven-year hitch on the immensely popular Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In. Together with Laugh-In co-star Arte Johnson, Buzzi provided the voice for her cartoon likeness in the 1977 Saturday morning animated series Baggy Pants and the Nitwits. Under the aegis of Sid and Marty Krofft, Buzzi starred on the weekend kiddie shows Far Out Space Nuts (1975) and The Krofft Supershow (1976). On the big screen, Ruth Buzzi has been seen in such Disney fare as Freaky Friday (1977), The North Avenue Irregulars (1978), and The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again (1979).

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Still Laugh-in: The Stars Celebrate Actor 2019
No Score Yet According to Dom Actor 2009
No Score Yet Fallen Angels Perril 2007
No Score Yet Bongee Bear and the Kingdom of Rhythm Actor 2006
No Score Yet Saturday Morning with Sid and Marty Krofft Actor 2005
No Score Yet Anne Murray in Jamaica Actor 2005
No Score Yet Dixie Lanes Actor 2005
No Score Yet Dixie Lanes Betty 2004
No Score Yet Goodnight, We Love You: The Life and Legend of Phyllis Diller Actor 2004
No Score Yet Berenstain Bears - Bears Get a Babysitter Actor 2004
No Score Yet Berenstain Bears - Fun Lessons To Learn Actor 2003
No Score Yet Berenstain Bears - Bears Team Up! Actor 2003
No Score Yet Berenstain Bears - Adventure and Fun For Everyone Actor 2003
77% The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland Ruthie 1999
No Score Yet Boys Will Be Boys Mrs. Rudnick 1997
No Score Yet Troublemakers Maw 1994
No Score Yet Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In: 25th Anniversary Reunion Actor 1993
No Score Yet Wishful Thinking Jody 1992
No Score Yet Hollywood on Horses Actor 1989
No Score Yet Diggin' Up Business Widow Knockerby 1989
No Score Yet My Mom's a Werewolf Madame Gypsy 1988
No Score Yet Up Your Alley Marilyn 1988
No Score Yet Milroy, Santa's Misfit Mutt Actor 1987
No Score Yet Bad Guys Petal McGurk 1986
No Score Yet Surf II Chuck's mother 1984
No Score Yet The Miss Casino Comedy Show Actor 1984
No Score Yet The Being Virginia Lane 1983
No Score Yet Chu Chu and the Philly Flash Consuelo 1981
No Score Yet Scavenger Hunt Actor 1979
No Score Yet Skatetown U.S.A. Elvira 1979
0% The Villain Damsel in Distress 1979
No Score Yet The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again Tough Kate 1979
78% The North Avenue Irregulars Dr. Rheems 1979
No Score Yet Record City Actor 1978
No Score Yet Once Upon a Brothers Grimm Princess 1977
70% Freaky Friday Opposing Coach 1976


No Score Yet Sesame Street
Ruthie 2020
No Score Yet Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In
Performer 2018
No Score Yet Rocket Power
Voice 2003
No Score Yet Diagnosis Murder
Liz Summers 1999
No Score Yet The Jamie Foxx Show
Judge Jackson 1998
No Score Yet Saved by the Bell
Screech's mother 1991
No Score Yet Trapper John, M.D.
Laura Morley 1982
100% The Muppet Show
Guest 1976
No Score Yet The Flip Wilson Show
Guest 1973
No Score Yet The Monkees


Ruthie says: Oh, this is so delicate.