Catherine Keener

Actress, Casting agent
Oscar and Golden Globe-nominated actress Catherine Keener was a solid force in American independent cinema, where she built up a following in films from directors like Tom DiCillo and Nicole Holofcener during the 1990s ... Read more »
Born: 03/23/1959 in Miami, Florida, USA


Actor (62)

November Criminals 2015 (Movie)


Show Me a Hero 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)


Begin Again 2014 (Movie)

Miriam (Actor)

Maladies 2014 (Movie)

Catherine (Actor)

The Greens Are Gone 2014 (Movie)

Nancy Green (Actor)

War Story 2014 (Movie)

Lee (Actor)

Captain Phillips 2013 (Movie)

Andrea Phillips (Actor)

Enough Said 2013 (Movie)

Marianne (Actor)

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa 2013 (Movie)

Ellie (Actor)

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa .5 2013 (Movie)


The Croods 2013 (Movie)

Ugga (Voice)

The Elephant Song 2013 (Movie)

Nurse Susan Peterson (Actor)

A Late Quartet 2012 (Movie)

Juliette Gelbart (Actor)

Peace, Love and Misunderstanding 2012 (Movie)

Diane (Actor)

The Oranges 2012 (Movie)

Paige Walling (Actor)

Trust 2011 (Movie)

Lynn Cameron (Actor)

Cyrus 2010 (Movie)

Jamie (Actor)

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief 2010 (Movie)

Sally Jackson (Actor)

Please Give 2010 (Movie)

Kate (Actor)

The Soloist 2009 (Movie)

Mary Weston (Actor)

Where the Wild Things Are 2009 (Movie)

Mom (Actor)

Genova 2008 (Movie)

Chilly Barbara (Actor)

Hamlet 2 2008 (Movie)

Brie Marshcz (Actor)

Synecdoche, New York 2008 (Movie)

Adele Lack (Actor)

What Just Happened? 2008 (Movie)

Lou Tarnow (Actor)

Into the Wild 2007 (Movie)

Jan Burres (Actor)

Friends With Money 2006 (Movie)

Christine (Actor)

The 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)


Capote 2005 (Movie)

Nelle Harper Lee (Actor)

The 40-Year-Old Virgin 2005 (Movie)

Trish (Actor)

The Ballad of Jack and Rose 2005 (Movie)

Kathleen (Actor)

The Interpreter 2005 (Movie)

Dot Woods (Actor)

Death to Smoochy 2002 (Movie)

Nora Wells (Actor)

Full Frontal 2002 (Movie)

Lee (Actor)

Lovely & Amazing 2002 (Movie)

Michelle Marks (Actor)

Reel Comedy: Death to Smoochy 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)


S1M0NE 2002 (Movie)

Elaine Christian (Actor)

The 2000 MTV Movie Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)


8mm 1999 (Movie)

Amy Welles (Actor)

Being John Malkovich 1999 (Movie)

Maxine (Actor)

Simpatico 1999 (Movie)

Cecilia Ponz (Actor)

Out of Sight 1998 (Movie)

Adele (Actor)

The Real Blonde 1998 (Movie)

Mary (Actor)

Your Friends & Neighbors 1998 (Movie)

Terri (Actor)

Box of Moonlight 1997 (Movie)

Floatie Dupre (Actor)

Boys 1996 (Movie)

Jilly (Actor)

Walking & Talking 1996 (Movie)

Amelia (Actor)

Living in Oblivion 1995 (Movie)

Nicole (Actor)

The Destiny of Marty Fine 1994 (Movie)

Lena (Actor)

Scene Six, Take One 1993 (Movie)

Nicole (Actor)

Johnny Suede 1992 (Movie)

Yvonne (Actor)

Seinfeld 1992 (Tv Show)


The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag 1992 (Movie)

Suzanne (Actor)

Switch 1991 (Movie)

Steve's Secretary (Actor)

Backtrack 1990 (Movie)

Trucker's Girl (Actor)

Curse of the Corn People 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)


Survival Quest 1989 (Movie)

Cheryl (Actor)

Ohara 1986 - 1988 (TV Show)


About Last Night 1986 (Movie)

Cocktail Waitress (Actor)

The Alan King Show 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)


An American Crime (TV Show)


If These Walls Could Talk (TV Show)

Producer (2)

War Story 2014 (Movie)


Where the Wild Things Are 2009 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)


Oscar and Golden Globe-nominated actress Catherine Keener was a solid force in American independent cinema, where she built up a following in films from directors like Tom DiCillo and Nicole Holofcener during the 1990s. The effortless, naturalistic acting style that landed her roles as wry, likable bohemians and stern, archly observed professionals found wider audiences the following decade with diverse offerings like Spike Jonze's "Being John Malkovich" (2000), Judd Apatow's monster summer comedy "40-Year-Old Virgin" (2005), and the gripping period literary drama "Capote" (2005). For an actress with a dedication to interesting, well-developed female characters, Keener managed to beat the odds and maintain a steady presence in movie theaters as the go-to actress for vanity-free portraits of real women with relatable quirks and foibles.


Benicio Del Toro Actor

Rumored to have dated 2008 No longer together

Jim Keener


Evelyn Keener


Clyde Mulroney Actor

Born June 21, 1999; father, Dermot Mulroney

Dermot Mulroney Actor

Met in 1987 while filming "Survival Quest" (1989) Married Nov. 17, 1990 Also co-starred in "Living in Oblivion" (1995) and "Lovely and Amazing" (2002) Divorced Dec. 17, 2007


Wheaton College

Norton , Massachusetts 1983
A women's college; enrolled in a theater course, but only because she couldn't get into a photography class

Immaculate Conception Catholic School

Hialeah , Florida

New York University

New York , New York
Participated in a summer-long intensive filmmaking class while on hiatus from Wheaton

Wheaton College

Norton , Massachusetts 1983
A women's college; enrolled in a theater course, but only because she couldn't get into a photography class

Monsignor Edward Pace High School

Hialeah , Florida



Voiced the matriarch of a prehistoric family in DreamWorks animated comedy "The Croods"


Co-starred with Jane Fonda in comedy-drama "Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding"


Played the mother of a young girl targeted by an online sexual predator in "Trust"


Co-starred with Jonah Hill and Marisa Tomei in comedy "Cyrus"


Cast as Sally Jackson, the title character's mother in film adaptation "Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief"


Fourth collaboration with director Nicole Holofcener, "Please Give"


Played a Los Angeles Times editor in "The Soloist"


Played the mother in Spike Jonze's live-action adaptation of Maurice Sendak's children's book "Where the Wild Things Are"


Co-starred in Charlie Kaufman's directorial debut "Synecdoche, New York"


Played Jan Burres in Sean Penn's adaptation of non-fiction book "Into the Wild"


Portrayed Gertrude Baniszewski, the seemingly ordinary housewife who imprisoned and tortured a beautiful teenager in Tommy O'Haver's "An American Crime" (Showtime)


Co-starred with Joan Cusack, Jennifer Aniston, and Frances McDormand in Nicole Holofcener's "Friends with Money"


Portrayed writer Harper Lee opposite Philip Seymour Hoffman in biopic drama "Capote"


Co-starred with Daniel Day-Lewis in "The Ballad of Jack and Rose"


Cast as Steve Carell's love interest in Judd Apatow's "40-Year-Old Virgin"


Appeared in Steven Soderbergh's ensemble film "Full Frontal"


Co-starred with Edward Norton in off-Broadway revival of "Burn This"


Starred in critically acclaimed "Lovely and Amazing," the second feature by writer and director Nicole Holofcener


Played Nick Nolte's girlfriend in Matthew Warchus' screen adaptation of Sam Shepard's stage play "Simpatico"


Earned critical praise as Maxine, the bitchy co-worker of John Cusack in Spike Jonze's "Being John Malkovich"


Made cameo as George Clooney's former mistress in "Out of Sight"


Played Ben Stiller's significant other who flirts with lesbianism in Neil LaBute's "Your Friends & Neighbors"


Fifth film with DiCillo, "The Real Blonde"


Starred opposite Anne Heche in Nicole Holofcener's feature directorial debut "Walking and Talking"


Appeared in "If These Walls Could Talk" (HBO), as Demi Moore's judgmental sister-in-law


Re-teamed with DiCillo for "Box of Moonlight"


Played first feature lead in Tom DiCillo's "Living in Oblivion," a feature length version of "Scene Six, Take One"


Re-teamed with DiCillo for 17-minute comedy short "Scene Six, Take One"


Appeared as an artist on "The Letter" episode of "Seinfeld" (NBC)


First film with writer/director Tom DiCillo, "Johnny Suede" opposite Brad Pitt


TV movie debut, "Curse of the Corn People" (CBS)


First film with future husband Dermot Mulroney, "Survival Quest"


Series debut as regular, "Ohara" (ABC)


TV debut, "The Alan King Show" (CBS)


Cast by Eisenstadt in film debut "About Last Night"

Enrolled in a theater course her sophomore year at Wheaton College

After college, moved to NYC to work as an intern at Hughes-Moss casting agency

Moved to Los Angeles and worked as an assistant to casting director Gail Eisenstadt

Bonus Trivia


"I met my husband, Dermot [Mulroney], on a movie set for something called 'Survival Quest' (1989). One day I started drowning. I'm getting carried down the river and Dermot jumped in to save me. He was the only one out of a hundred crew guys who inconvenienced himself. Anyway, we were carried two miles down the river together. Dermot and I fell in love even though we were both with other people at the time." – Keener quoted in the Chicago Sun-Times, Aug. 16, 1998


"I don't do a lot of press and stuff like that, only because – ugh, let's face it, who wants to? I'm not in big movies, but the movies that I am in now all have big stars in them, so they have to do more press than I do. That's part of my grand plan. It's a much more preferable life for me. You want your private life to remain private. And I'm guarded anyway. I've told you too much already!" – Keener to The Miami Herald, Oct. 31, 1999


"... the way I decide whether or not to do a job is I meet the director first, and if I think, Oh, I could hang out with this person for a couple of months, I'll begin to consider it. And then there are the other people in the project – their work or their personalities. And finally, of course, there's the material." – Keener to Interview magazine, November 2005


"One director said I just wasn't sexy. It was hard, really hard. I left town for two months with my tail between my legs. But you have to kind of go, Okay, maybe I'm not their idea of [sexy], but hell, I can have sex!" – Keener to Entertainment Weekly, April 21, 2006