Camryn Manheim

Actor, Improvisation teacher at NYU, Sign language interpreter
A full-figured, self-described "Amazon," Camryn Manheim stands at 5'10" and weighs upwards of 200 pounds, but without being self-deprecating has managed to turn this into a career asset. She scored a personal triumph ... Read more »
Born: 03/08/1961 in Caldwell, New Jersey, USA

Filmography

Actor (81)

Cop Car 2015 (Movie)

Bev (Actor)

Person of Interest 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Return to Sender 2015 (Movie)

Nancy (Actor)

Ally McBeal 1997 - 1998, 2000 - 2010, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Celebrity Blackjack 2001 - 2005, 2007 - 2010, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Celebrity Poker Showdown 2001 - 2010, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

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Chicago Hope 1992 - 1993, 1995 - 1998, 2000 - 2010, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Extant 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Fort McCoy 2014 (Movie)

Florie (Actor)

Gideon's Crossing 2000 - 2010, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Just Peck 2014 (Movie)

Ms. Wood (Actor)

Law & Order 1991 - 1994, 1996 - 1998, 2000 - 2010, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

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New York Undercover 1992 - 1998, 2000 - 2010, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Ghost Whisperer 2006 - 2010, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

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The Practice 1997 - 2004, 2007 - 2010, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

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Touched By an Angel 1996 - 1998, 2000 - 2010, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Wanda Sykes Presents HERLARIOUS 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Without Men 2014 (Movie)

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Criminal Minds 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Hot Flashes 2013 (Movie)

Roxie Rosales (Actor)

The Makeover 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Harry's Law 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Love Hurts 2009 (Movie)

Gloria (Actor)

Hannah Montana 2007 (Tv Show)

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Slipstream 2007 (Movie)

Barbara (Actor)

Lovespring International 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School 2006 (Movie)

Lisa Gobar (Actor)

An Unfinished Life 2005 (Movie)

Nina (Actor)

Dark Water 2005 (Movie)

Teacher (Actor)

How I Met Your Mother 2005 (Tv Show)

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My Crazy Life 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

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The L Word 2005 (Tv Show)

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ABC 50th Anniversary Celebration 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

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Jimmy Kimmel Live 2004 (Tv Show)

Guest

Strong Medicine 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

TV Land Moguls 2004 (Tv Show)

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Twisted 2004 (Movie)

Lisa (Actor)

Two and a Half Men 2004 (Tv Show)

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World Poker Tour: Hollywood Home Game 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

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Scary Movie 3 2003 (Movie)

Trooper Champlin (Actor)

Will & Grace 2000, 2003 (Tv Show)

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Intimate Portrait: LisaGay Hamilton 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Jenifer Estess Story 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Boston Public 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 52nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

100 Years of Women 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Family Guy 2000 (Tv Show)

Voice

Intimate Portrait: Marlee Matlin 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 51st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Loretta Claiborne Story 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Stars Come Out: The GLAAD Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Tic Code 2000 (Movie)

Mrs Swensrut (Actor)

What Planet Are You From? 2000 (Movie)

Alison (Actor)

Joe the King 1999 (Movie)

Mrs Basil (Actor)

Cracking Up 1998 (Movie)

Nurse Manheim (Actor)

David Searching 1998 (Movie)

Gwen (Actor)

East of A 1998 (Movie)

Agatha (Actor)

Happiness 1998 (Movie)

Kristina (Actor)

Mercury Rising 1998 (Movie)

Doctor London (Actor)

Wide Awake 1998 (Movie)

Sister Sophia (Actor)

Fools Gold 1997 (Movie)

Patricia (Actor)

Romy and Michele's High School Reunion 1997 (Movie)

Toby (Actor)

You Are Here 1997 (Movie)

Singles Registry Woman (Actor)

Eraser 1996 (Movie)

Nurse (Actor)

Notes For My Daughter 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Road to Wellville 1994 (Movie)

Virginia Cranehill (Actor)

Here and Now 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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The Bonfire of the Vanities 1990 (Movie)

Poe Picketer (Actor)

A Girl Thing (TV Show)

Actor

Backstrom (Tv Show)

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Deadly Whispers (TV Show)

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Jackie's Back! (TV Show)

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Jesse Stone: Thin Ice (TV Show)

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Kiss My Act (TV Show)

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Oh Baby (TV Show)

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Snow Wonder (TV Show)

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The 10th Kingdom (TV Show)

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The Laramie Project (TV Show)

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The Pregnancy Pact (TV Show)

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Biography

A full-figured, self-described "Amazon," Camryn Manheim stands at 5'10" and weighs upwards of 200 pounds, but without being self-deprecating has managed to turn this into a career asset. She scored a personal triumph with her one-person Off-Broadway hit "Wake Up, I'm Fat" which has led to a growing number of roles in all media. Manheim landed the regular role of the opinionated lawyer Ellenor Frutt on the ABC series "The Practice" (1997- ). Her best-recalled big screen roles were "The Road to Wellville" (1994), in which she appeared in the nude and spent most of the time explaining the ins and outs of the spa to Bridget Fonda, and "Romy and Michele's High School Reunion" (1997), in which she was Toby, the perennial organizer of events and object of Janeane Garofalo's barbs.

Relationships

Gregory Hines Actor

Companion
reportedly dated in summer 1998

Jerry Manheim

Father

Sylvia Manheim

Mother

Milo Manheim

Son
born on March 6, 2001 Manheim refuses to identify the child's father

Karl Manheim

Brother
older

Lisa Manheim

Sister
older

EDUCATION

University of California at Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz , California 1984

New York University

New York , New York 1987

Cabrillo Junior College

Santa Cruz , California

Milestones

2005

Earned an Emmy and Golden Globe nomination for her portrayal of Gladys Presley in the CBS miniseries "Elvis"

2005

Cast in Lasse Hallström's "An Unfinished Life" with Robert Redford and Jennifer Lopez

2003

Cast in the comedy "Scary Movie 3" written by the Wayans brothers

2002

Cast in "The Laramie Project," the true story of an American town in the wake of the murder of Matthew Shepard

2001

Appeared in "A Girl Thing," which starred Kate Capshaw, Stockard Channing and Mia Farrow

2000

Played Snow White in the television mini series "The 10th Kingdom"

1998

Signed to pen a book tentatively titled "Wake Up, I'm Fat" (after her stage show); reportedly will receive in the neighborhood of $500,000

1997

Had small role in "Romy and Michele's High School Reunion"

1997

Played the regular supporting role of attorney Ellenor Frutt on "The Practice" (ABC)

1995

Made TV-movie debut in "Deadly Whispers" (CBS)

1994

Co-starred in "The Road to Wellville"

1993

Starred in one-person Off-Broadway show, "Wake Up, I'm Fat"

1991

Had early TV work guest-starring on "Law & Order" (NBC) for the first of four times

1990

Made screen debut with bit in "The Bonfire of the Vanities"

1987

Made New York stage debut in Tony Kushner's "Hydriotaphia"

1977

First professional "acting" work as a wench at the Renaissance Faire in Los Angeles

Raised in Peoria, Illinois, Michigan and Southern California

Bonus Trivia

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Manheim rides a motorcycle and has since finishing at NYU also worked and volunteered as a sign language interpreter for the hearing-impaired.

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She has 12 earrings in her right ear.

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"I'm fat . . . a sexy, confident woman who embraces herself and isn't afraid." --Camryn Manheim in PEOPLE, November 21, 1994

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"All the kids in California walked around in bathing suits; people went grocery shopping in bikinis. It was horrifying for me. I think gaining weight was a shield against that body-image stuff." --Manheim in PEOPLE, November 21, 1994

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"She can play anyone." --stage director Michael Mayer in PEOPLE, November 21, 1994

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"Someone has to dispel these myths that we [overweight people] are pathetic slobs. Yes, I'm fat. Yes, if there were a magic pill to make my body thin, I would take it. But I'm going to stop beating myself up, because what's inside that body is so worthwhile." --Manheim in PEOPLE, November 21, 1994

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"There was a certain lack of support for Camryn at NYU. So she was pretty insecure. But Camryn is phenomenally talented and was perfect for the lead, so I cast her, which sort of shocked her. She was worried she wouldn't be taken seriously as a grown-up woman with adult sexual desires. She had no reason to be nervous. She's quite beautiful, immensely passionate." --Playwright Tony Kushner in THE NEW YORK TIMES, October 23, 1994

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"I want to create my own type. I'm a five-foot-10 Amazon who isn't afraid to be naked or to kiss men or to be sexual anymore. I'm not pathetic, and I'm not self-deprecating. But I am still looking for a boyfriend, so I'd be really grateful if you could slip that in [the article] somewhere." --Manheim in THE NEW YORK TIMES, October 23, 1994

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"I have always felt like a misfit in Hollywood, Well, actually, like a misfit in life. To be included in this very elite club [the Emmys] was more than just an honor. It felt like the fighting and the struggles I've been through will finally see an end." --Manheim quoted in USA TODAY, August 25, 1998

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