Betty Thomas

Actor, Director, Producer
A former public school art teacher, actress Betty Thomas turned a side job as waitress at Chicago's Second City improv club into an acting career that brought her an Emmy on "Hill Street Blues" (NBC, 1981-87) as ... Read more »
Born: 07/27/1948 in St Louis, Missouri, USA

Filmography

Actor (25)

Just One Step: The Great Peace March 1989 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Troop Beverly Hills 1989 (Movie)

Velda Plendor (Actor)

Home Again 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Hill Street Blues 1980 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The Second City 25th Anniversary Special 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Yearbook: Class of 1967 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle of the Network Stars XIII 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle of the Network Stars XIV 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebrity Daredevils 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Circus of the Stars 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Homework 1982 (Movie)

(Actor)

Twilight Theater 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Used Cars 1980 (Movie)

Bunny (Actor)

Jackson County Jail 1976 (Movie)

Waitress (Actor)

The Fun Factory 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Tunnelvision 1976 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Last Affair 1975 (Movie)

(Actor)

Chesty Anderson - U.S. Navy 1974 (Movie)

(Actor)

Nashville Grab (TV Show)

Actor

No Greater Gift (TV Show)

Actor

Outside Chance (TV Show)

Actor

Prison For Children (TV Show)

Actor

When Your Lover Leaves (TV Show)

Actor
Director (16)

Untitled Betty Thomas Reality TV Spoof 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

John Tucker Must Die 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

The Loop 2006 (Tv Show)

Director

I Spy 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

28 Days 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

Dr. Dolittle 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Private Parts 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

The Brady Bunch Movie 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

Couples 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Director

Doogie Howser, M.D. 1989 - 1993 (Tv Show)

Director

Johnny Bago 1991 - 1993 (Tv Show)

Director

Arresting Behavior 1991 - 1992 (Tv Show)

Director

Only You 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

My Breast (TV Show)

Director

The Late Shift (TV Show)

Director
Producer (5)

Guess Who 2005 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Surviving Christmas 2004 (Movie)

(Producer)

I Spy 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

Late Last Night 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Producer

Can't Hardly Wait 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)
Physical Effects (1)

Blackout (Movie)

(Stunts)

Biography

A former public school art teacher, actress Betty Thomas turned a side job as waitress at Chicago's Second City improv club into an acting career that brought her an Emmy on "Hill Street Blues" (NBC, 1981-87) as dedicated officer Lucy Bates. Thomas later found even greater success as a director for television and features, including such top-grossing films as "The Brady Bunch Movie" (1995), "Private Parts" (1997) and "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel." If critics occasionally dismissed her movies as lightweight fluff, there was no denying that they brought audiences to theaters and drew sizable profits, which in turn made Thomas one of the most accomplished female directors in Hollywood.

EDUCATION

University of Ohio

Athens , Ohio

Milestones

2006

Directed "John Tucker Must Die" a comedy about three high school girls who seek revenge on their cheating ex

2004

Produced the comedy "Surviving Christmas" starring Ben Affleck

2002

Directed feature film adaptation of TV hit "I Spy," reteaming with Murphy who co-starred with Owen Wilson

2000

Helmed the rehab-set comedy-drama "28 Days", starring Sandra Bullock

1998

Signed to direct "Male Pattern Baldness" from a Joe Eszterhas script

1998

Directed the non-musical remake of "Dr. Dolittle", starring Eddie Murphy

1997

Directed Howard Stern in film adaptation of his memoirs "Private Parts"

1996

Helmed "The Late Shift" for HBO; earned Emmy nomination

1995

Directed feature, "The Brady Bunch Movie", reteaming with Long, who played the role created by Florence Henderson

1994

TV-movie directorial debut, "My Breast" (CBS); earned Emmy nomination

1992

Feature directorial debut, "Only You", a direct-to-video release

1991

Directed pilot and premiere episode of "Arresting Behavior" (ABC)

1989

Helmed premiere episode of the ABC series "Doogie Howser, M.D."

1989

Directed episodes of "Hooperman" (ABC)

1989

Acted opposite Shelley Long in the feature "Troop Beverly Hills"

1978

TV-movie acting debut, "Outside Chance" (CBS)

1976

TV debut as regular, "The Fun Factory" (NBC)

1976

Acted in four features, "Jackson County Jail", "Chesty Anderson--USN" (re-released in 1984), "Tunnelvision" and "The Last Affair"

Was a company Member of Second City

Played policewoman Lucy Bates on the NBC drama series "Hill Street Blues"; won 1985 Emmy as Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series; also received six additional nominations

Worked as a schoolteacher

Directed episodes of HBO sitcom "Dream On"; earned Emmy and CableACE Awards for the "For Pete's Sake" episode

Moved to Los Angeles

Began waiting tables at the Second City in Chicago

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