Teri Garr

Teri Garr

Highest Rated: 100% Close Encounters Of The Third Kind: 40th Anniversary Release (2017)

Lowest Rated: 0% The Sting II (1983)

Birthday: Dec 11, 1947

Birthplace: Not Available

Teri Garr found early visibility with a mixture of dramatic and comic roles before maturing, so to speak, into her persona as a smart comedienne typecast as an eccentric ditz. Her warm, fluffy presence and great sense of timing made her a Hollywood mainstay, still finding regular work into her fifties, with her intelligence forever providing depth to a panoply of sweetly goofy supporting roles.The progeny of old-school, low-level industry types -- vaudevillian Eddie Garr and wardrobe mistress Phyllis Garr -- the actress was born as Terry Garr on December 11, 1949. She had launched into a professional dance career by age 13, working with the San Francisco ballet and joining a touring company of West Side Story. Her toes soon tapped her into the movies, providing her steady work during the 1960s in such films as The TAMI Show, What a Way to Go, and John Goldfarb Please Come Home, with her first actual appearance coming in the Elvis Presley vehicle Fun in Acapulco (1963). Her tiny speaking role in the 1968 Monkees movie Head brought her enough attention to land her work as a featured player in a handful of early-'70s television variety shows: The Ken Berry "Wow" Show, The Burns and Schreiber Comedy Hour, and The Sony and Cher Comedy Hour.Francis Ford Coppola gave Garr her first major film role with 1974's The Conversation, where she played Amy, the girlfriend of Gene Hackman's surveillance man Harry Caul. With her next part, however, she proved herself impossible to pin down, going the opposite direction to play the riotously accented maidservant Inga in Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein (1974). From here she began a string of playing mothers and wives in high-profile films, few of which allowed her to dabble in her sillier side: Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), Oh, God! (1977), and The Black Stallion (1979). It wasn't until Tootsie in 1981 that she received full recognition for her talents and started to become identified with her knack for playing charmingly sweet airheads. She received her one and only Oscar nomination as Sandy, the neurotic soap actress.Tootsie proved an early career peak for Garr; although she continued to get a decent amount of prominent film work (Mr. Mom, Miracles, Mom and Dad Save the World, Dumb and Dumber), she never again made the same forceful impression, keeping her plate full but slipping into the background. Garr became ubiquitous as a TV movie actress, ushering in a slightly more earnest period of her career, as well as a drop in prestige. With such projects as Stranger in the Family (1991), Deliver Them From Evil: The Taking of Alta View (1992), and Fugitive Nights: Danger in the Desert (1993), she could be counted on to tackle the hot-button topic of the week on network TV.Although the '90s provided her few meaty movie roles, she did indeed thrive in television, including countless sitcom guest spots, as well as vocal work on the animated series Batman Beyond. Her most widely seen guest appearance was as the estranged birth mother of Phoebe Buffay (Lisa Kudrow) on NBC's Friends. In addition to it being an uncanny case of casting by physical resemblance, Garr's character provided the perfect explanation for the source of Phoebe's wackiness. Garr also seemed to symbolically pass the torch to Kudrow, her heir apparent in lovable flightiness.She continued to work steadily in a number of projects including Dick, Ghost World, and Unaccompanied Minors. She's fought a number of health issues including a nearly fatal brain aneurysm in 2006, and being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1999.

Highest Rated Movies



100% Close Encounters Of The Third Kind: 40th Anniversary Release Ronnie Neary $3.1M 2017
59% Expired Mother Barney/Aunt Tilde 2008
84% Kabluey Suze 2007
29% Unaccompanied Minors Actor $16.7M 2006
No Score Yet Aloha, Scooby-Doo! Mayor Molly Quinn 2005
80% Searching for Debra Winger Actor 2002
No Score Yet Taste of Jupiter Actor 2002
No Score Yet Criminal Instinct - A Colder Kind of Death Actor 2002
92% Ghost World Maxine $4.7M 2001
No Score Yet Life Without Dick Madame Hugonaut 2001
No Score Yet The Wandering Soul Murders Actor 2001
No Score Yet A Colder Kind of Death Tess Malone 2001
90% Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker Mary McGinnis 2000
57% Fun in Acapulco Actor 2000
No Score Yet Batman Beyond: The Movie Actor 1999
71% Dick Helen Lorenzo 1999
No Score Yet Half a Dozen Babies (Life's Little Struggles) Lee Dilley 1999
No Score Yet Kill the Man Mrs. Livingston 1999
17% Casper Meets Wendy Fanny 1998
25% A Simple Wish Rena 1997
No Score Yet Ronnie & Julie Elizabeth Monroe 1997
No Score Yet Nightscream Julie Ordwell 1997
No Score Yet Changing Habits Connie 1997
No Score Yet No Money Down Actor 1997
No Score Yet Murder Live! Joanna McGrath 1997
37% Michael Judge Esther Newberg 1996
No Score Yet Perfect Alibi Laney Tolbert 1995
24% Ready to Wear (Prêt-à-Porter) Louise Hamilton, Major Hamilton's Wife 1994
67% Dumb and Dumber Helen Swanson 1994
No Score Yet A Woman's View of Pro Football Actor 1993
9% Mom and Dad Save the World Marge Nelson 1992
98% The Player Herself 1992
No Score Yet Deliver Them from Evil: The Taking of Alta View Susan Woolley 1992
No Score Yet Stranger in the Family Randi Thomspon 1991
No Score Yet Waiting for the Light Kay Harris 1990
20% Short Time Carolyn Simpson 1990
No Score Yet A Perfect Little Murder Marsha Pegler 1990
No Score Yet Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme Jill (of Jack and Jill) 1990
30% Let It Ride Pam 1989
No Score Yet Out Cold Sunny 1989
27% Full Moon in Blue Water Louise Taylor 1988
No Score Yet Paul Reiser: Out On a Whim Actor 1988
No Score Yet Martin Mull Live from North Ridgeville, Ohio Actor 1988
No Score Yet Pack of Lies Helen 1987
No Score Yet Miracles Jean Briggs 1986
89% After Hours Julie $10.7M 1985
36% Firstborn Wendy 1984
No Score Yet To Catch a King Hannah Winter 1984
82% Mr. Mom Carolyn 1983
20% The Black Stallion Returns Alec's Mother 1983
0% The Sting II Countess Veronique 1983
90% Tootsie Sandy 1982
No Score Yet The Escape Artist Arlene 1982
33% Wrong Is Right Actor 1982
52% One From the Heart Frannie 1982
No Score Yet Prime Suspect Amy McCleary 1982
No Score Yet Honky Tonk Freeway Ericka 1981
89% The Black Stallion Alec's Mother 1979
95% Close Encounters of the Third Kind Ronnie Neary 1977
72% Oh, God! Bobbie Landers 1977
No Score Yet Once Upon a Brothers Grimm Princess 1977
20% Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood Fluffy Peters 1976
No Score Yet Law and Order Actor 1976
94% Young Frankenstein Inga 1974
98% The Conversation Amy 1974
No Score Yet The Moonshine War Tourist's Wife 1970
No Score Yet Changes Waitress 1969
75% Head Testy True 1968
No Score Yet Speedway Actor 1968
No Score Yet Maryjane Terri 1968
No Score Yet Clambake Actor 1967
No Score Yet John Goldfarb, Please Come Home Actor 1965
33% Pajama Party Dancer buried in sand 1964
25% What a Way to Go! Actor 1964
No Score Yet Kissin' Cousins Actor 1964
56% Roustabout Actor 1964


No Score Yet The Bonnie Hunt Show
Guest 2008
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Minerva Grahame-Bishop 2005
25% Greetings from Tucson
Helen 2003
75% Life with Bonnie
Mrs. Portinbody 2003
No Score Yet MADtv
Guest 2002
No Score Yet Felicity
Dr. Edna Zwick 2001
No Score Yet King of the Hill
Voice 2000
100% Batman Beyond
Mary McGinnis 1999
No Score Yet Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist
Voice 1999
No Score Yet ER
Celinda Celinda Randlett 1999
80% The Weird Al Show
94% Frasier
Guest 1995
38% Women of the House
Sissy Emerson 1995
No Score Yet Murphy Brown
Herself 1993
100% The Larry Sanders Show
Herself 1993
82% Tales from the Crypt
Guest 1991
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
Host Guest 1985
No Score Yet The Odd Couple
Insurance Agent 1974
No Score Yet The Bob Newhart Show
Miss Brennan 1974
No Score Yet M*A*S*H
Lt. Suzanne Marquette 1973
No Score Yet It Takes a Thief
Maggie 1969
No Score Yet The Andy Griffith Show
Customer 1968
80% Star Trek
Roberta 1968
29% Good & Evil
Denise Sandler
No Score Yet Good Advice


Julie says: Hey, Paul... Do you like my hair-do?

Paul Hackett says: Yes... Yes I do.

Julie says: Then why don't you touch it?

Paul Hackett says: Er... I don't wanna mess it up.

Julie says: You won't.

Inga says: Hello. Do you want to go for a roll in the hay?

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein says: Err...

Inga says: (singing) Roll, a roll, a roll in the hay!

Inga says: [singing] Roll, a roll, a roll in the hay!

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein says: Wow. What Knockers!

Inga says: Why thank you, Doctor.

Franny says: i hate weekends

Franny says: I hate weekends.

Sandy says: I'm responsible for my own orgasms.

Sandy says: A guy named Les is sending you candy?

Inga says: Dr. Fronkensteen are you alright?

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein says: MY NAME IS FRANKENSTEIN!

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein says: My name is FRANKENSTEIN!

Testy True says: Quick! Suck it before the venom reaches my heart.

Himself says: Mike: What heart?!

Mike says: What heart?!