Alison LaPlaca

Actor
With comic timing and pliability most actors crave, brunette Alison LaPlaca seemingly bounced from sitcom to sitcom for more than a decade. While not all the series in which she appeared were successful, she was adored ... Read more »
Born: 12/15/1959 in New Jersey, USA

Filmography

Actor (29)

Mom 2014 (Tv Show)

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Up All Night 2012 (Tv Show)

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Man Up! 2011 (Tv Show)

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'Til Death 2008, 2010 (Tv Show)

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Lie to Me 2009 (Tv Show)

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Without A Trace 2009 (Tv Show)

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Boston Legal 2008 (Tv Show)

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Grey's Anatomy 2007 (Tv Show)

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The O.C. 2007 (Tv Show)

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Desperate Housewives 2006 (Tv Show)

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ER 2002 (Tv Show)

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Malcolm in the Middle 2000 (Tv Show)

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7th Heaven 1998 (Tv Show)

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Friends 1997 (Tv Show)

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Temporarily Yours 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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The John Larroquette Show 1994 - 1997 (Tv Show)

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An Affectionate Look at Fatherhood 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Tom 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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The Jackie Thomas Show 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Stat 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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Madhouse 1990 (Movie)

Claudia (Actor)

Open House 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Cheers 1985 (Tv Show)

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Diner 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

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Suzanne Pleshette Is Maggie Briggs 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

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Duet (TV Show)

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Listen to Your Heart (TV Show)

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Second Serve (TV Show)

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Biography

With comic timing and pliability most actors crave, brunette Alison LaPlaca seemingly bounced from sitcom to sitcom for more than a decade. While not all the series in which she appeared were successful, she was adored by the critics and audiences. LaPlaca's first TV work came soon after she moved to Hollywood, with a bit in the TV-movie "Listen to Your Heart" (CBS, 1983) followed by the role of assistant to "Suzanne Pleshette is Maggie Briggs" (CBS, 1984), a quick flop. In 1986, LaPlaca was cast as the astringent hyper-yuppie, Linda Phillips in the Fox sitcom "Duet". When the show was canceled, the network resurrected some of the characters in "Open House", with LaPlaca's real estate-selling Linda the first one cast. Yet, the show flopped again, and in 1991, LaPlaca found herself in "Stat", an ABC sitcom set at a trauma center. A year later, she was cast as Tom Arnold's assistant on the short-lived ABC sitcom "The Jackie Thomas Show". When Arnold tried a second sitcom, "Tom" (CBS, 1993), he brought along LaPlaca to play his wife, but that also failed. LaPlaca seemed to have found a secure job, as Catherine Merrick, nurse, neighbor, and on-again, off-again love interest to John Larroquette in "The John Larroquette Show" (NBC, 1994-96), but she left the series after only two seasons.

Relationships

JoAnne LaPlaca

Mother

Peter LaPlaca

Father
operates a saxophone manufacturing company

Laura LaPlaca

Sister
older

Wendy LaPlaca

Sister
older

Joe Lando Actor

Companion
high school sweethearts

Philip MacKenzie

Husband
appeared together on "Open House" born c. 1947

EDUCATION

Illinois Wesleyan University

Bloomington , Illinois 1982
graduated magna cum laude

Adlai E Stevenson High School

Chicago , Illinois
classmates included Joe Lando whom LaPlaca dated

Milestones

1993

Cast as Tom Arnold's wife in "Tom" (CBS)

1991

Starred in ABC sitcom "Stat"

1990

First co-starring feature role, "Madhouse"; also first teaming with John Larroquette

1989

Reprised chracter of Linda Phillips on short-lived Fox sitcom "Open House"; met future husband, co-star Philip Charles MacKenzie

1986

Played Linda Phillips on Fox sitcom "Duet"

1985

Feature film debut, bit, "Fletch"

1984

TV series debut, "Suzanne Pleshette is Maggie Briggs"

1983

Moved to L.A.

1983

TV movie debut, bit, "Listen to Your Heart" (CBS)

Appeared as Catherine on "The John Larroquette Show" (NBC)

Raised in Lincolnshire, IL, outside of Chicago

Played opposite Tom Arnold on "The Jackie Thomas Show" (ABC)

Born in New Jersey

Bonus Trivia

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On Catherine Merrick: "She's independent, fun, and intelligent and a peer to the leading man. It sounded like a dream job."--LaPlaca in USA TODAY, November 14, 1994

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