Catherine O'Hara

Actor, Screenwriter, Director
Known for her offbeat film and television performances, Catherine O'Hara established herself as a talented comedic actor who could ably handle dramatic roles as well. The Canadian actress eschewed college in favor of ... Read more »
Born: 03/03/1954 in Toronto, Ontario, CA

Filmography

Actor (92)

Schitt's Creek 2014 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

Edwurd Fudwupper Fibbled Big 2014 (Movie)

(Voice)

Inside Comedy 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

A.C.O.D. 2013 (Movie)

Melissa (Actor)

The Right Kind of Wrong 2013 (Movie)

Tess (Actor)

30 Rock 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Face Off 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Frankenweenie 2012 (Movie)

Mrs. Frankenstein / Weird Girl / Gym Teacher (Voice)

The 84th Annual Academy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

A Monster in Paris 2011 (Movie)

(Voice)

Celebrity Poker Showdown 1980 - 1981, 2004 - 2005, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Glenn Martin, DDS 1980 - 1981, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Voice

Killers 2010 (Movie)

Mrs. Kornfeldt (Actor)

Primetime Glick 1980 - 1981, 2000 - 2002, 2004 - 2005, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Away We Go 2009 (Movie)

Gloria (Actor)

Curb Your Enthusiasm 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Where the Wild Things Are 2009 (Movie)

Judith (Actor)

Penelope 2008 (Movie)

Jessica Wilhern (Actor)

Comic Relief 2006 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

For Your Consideration 2006 (Movie)

Marilyn Hack (Actor)

Game 6 2006 (Movie)

Lillian Rogan (Actor)

Monster House 2006 (Movie)

Voice of Mom (Actor)

Over the Hedge 2006 (Movie)

Voice of Penny (Actor)

Brother Bear 2 2005 (Movie)

Kata (Voice)

Chicken Little 2005 (Movie)

Tina/Alien Mom (Voice)

Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events 2004 (Movie)

Justice Strauss (Actor)

Surviving Christmas 2004 (Movie)

Christine Valco (Actor)

The 76th Annual Academy Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

A Mighty Wind 2003 (Movie)

Mickey Crabbe (Actor)

Searching for Debra Winger 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Six Feet Under 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bram & Alice 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Orange County 2002 (Movie)

Cindy Beugler (Actor)

The Outer Limits 1994 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The 15th Annual American Comedy Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Best in Show 2000 (Movie)

Cookie Fleck (Actor)

Speaking of Sex 2000 (Movie)

Connie Barker (Actor)

Bartok the Magnificent 1999 (Movie)

Ludmilla (Actor)

Late Last Night 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Life Before This 1999 (Movie)

Sheena (Actor)

Home Fries 1998 (Movie)

Mrs. Lever (Actor)

Last of the High Kings 1998 (Movie)

Cathleen (Actor)

Pippi Longstocking 1997 (Movie)

of Mrs Prysselius (Voice)

Waiting for Guffman 1997 (Movie)

Sheila Albertson (Actor)

Tall Tale: The Unbelievable Adventures of Pecos Bill 1995 (Movie)

Calamity Jane (Actor)

The Martin Short Show 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Voice

A Simple Twist of Fate 1994 (Movie)

Mrs Simon (Actor)

The Hidden Room 1991 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Paper 1994 (Movie)

Susan (Actor)

Women Aloud 1991 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Wyatt Earp 1994 (Movie)

Allie Earp (Actor)

The Ninth Annual Soap Opera Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas 1993 (Movie)

of Sally (Voice)

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York 1992 (Movie)

Kate McCallister (Actor)

There Goes the Neighborhood 1992 (Movie)

Jessie (Actor)

Morton & Hayes 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Movie Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Betsy's Wedding 1990 (Movie)

Gloria Henner (Actor)

Dick Tracy 1990 (Movie)

Texie Garcia (Actor)

Home Alone 1990 (Movie)

Kate (Actor)

Little Vegas 1990 (Movie)

Lexie (Actor)

The Dave Thomas Comedy Show (06/18/90) 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Andrea Martin: Together Again 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

I, Martin Short, Goes Hollywood 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Second City's 15th Anniversary Special 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Best of SCTV 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Beetlejuice 1988 (Movie)

Delia (Actor)

Comic Relief II 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Get a Job 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

George Burns Comedy Week 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Heartburn 1986 (Movie)

Betty (Actor)

Late Night Film Festival 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

After Hours 1985 (Movie)

Gail (Actor)

SCTV Network 1977 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

From Cleveland 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Rock & Rule 1981 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Steve Allen Comedy Hour 1980 - 1981 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nothing Personal 1980 (Movie)

Janet Samson (Actor)

The Newcomers 1971 (Movie)

Cathy (Actor)

Dream On (TV Show)

Actor

Finn McCoul (TV Show)

Narrator

Hope (TV Show)

Actor

Really Weird Tales (TV Show)

Actor

Temple Grandin (TV Show)

Actor

The Last Polka (TV Show)

Actor

The Wool Cap (TV Show)

Actor
Music (3)

In Time 2011 (Movie)

(Vocals)

A Mighty Wind 2003 (Movie)

("One More Time") (Song)

Best in Show 2000 (Movie)

("God Oves a Terrier" "Terrier Style") (Song Performer)

Biography

Known for her offbeat film and television performances, Catherine O'Hara established herself as a talented comedic actor who could ably handle dramatic roles as well. The Canadian actress eschewed college in favor of Toronto's Second City improvisational comedy troupe where she quickly replaced Gilda Radner after the latter jumped ship to "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ). O'Hara more than filled Radner's shoes, stealing scenes from such accomplished comedians as Martin Short, Eugene Levy and John Candy. Hot off of "SCTV" fame, she began a long and steady career in film with her debut in the Martin Scorsese feature, "After Hours" (1985), followed by a turn in the Mike Nichols feature, "Heartburn" (1986). In 1987 she played a supporting role in the horror-comedy feature, "Beetlejuice," and three years later she appeared in the blockbuster feature comedy, "Home Alone" (1990). She would later join the cast of Christopher Guest's ensemble feature comedy, "Waiting for Guffman" (1996), beginning an artistic relationship that would result in several more films with the Guest troupe of actors, including many of her former "SCTV" castmates. Though she had once received her big chance as understudy to the legendary Radner, O'Hara's undeniable comedic gifts and a talent for picking consistently solid film and TV projects ensured her career was no joke some 30 years on.

Relationships

Mary Margaret O'Hara Actor

Sister

Bo Welch Production Designer

Husband
Married April 25, 1992

Luke Welch

Son
Born 1997; father, Bo Welch

Matthew Welch

Son
Born 1994; father, Bo Welch

EDUCATION

Burnhamthorpe Collegiate

Etobicoke , Ontario

Milestones

2012

Reunited with director Tim Burton to voice Mrs. Frankenstein and other characters in animated film "Frankenweenie"

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries ("Temple Grandin")

2010

Co-starred opposite Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigl in the action/comedy "Killers"

2010

Nominated for the 2010 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie ("Temple Grandin")

2010

Cast opposite Claire Danes in biographical drama "Temple Grandin" (HBO); earned an Emmy (2010) nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie

2009

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

2008

Cast opposite Christina Ricci in "Penelope"; produced by and co-starred Reese Witherspoon

2006

Reunited with Guest in his comedy "For Your Consideration"; earned an Independent Spirit Award Nomination for Best Female Lead

2005

Voiced Tina (Alien Mom) in the animated feature "Chicken Little"

2004

Cast in the TNT special "The Wool Cap," which starred William H. Macy and Don Rickles

2004

Cast in "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events," based on the children's books by Daniel Handler

2003

Reteamed with Michael McKean and Eugene Levy in the comedy "A Mighty Wind," written and directed by Christopher Guest

2002

Cast as a tipsy mom in "Orange County"

2000

Reteamed with Guest, Willard, and fellow "SCTV" veteran Eugene Levy for "Best in Show"

1999

Featured in the independent comedy "Late Last Night" (aired on Starz! in lieu of theatrical release)

1999

Acted in the Canadian independent feature "Life Before This"

1998

Played a conniving, somewhat delusional woman who gets her two sons (Jake Busey, Luke Wilson) to scare her cheating husband to death in the quirky comedy "Home Fries"

1997

Portrayed the dance teacher coping with a drinking problem in TNT movie "Hope," directed by Goldie Hawn

1996

Co-starred with Fred Willard as a husband-wife pair of small town travel agents in Christopher Guest's "Waiting for Guffman"

1996

Had leading role as Irish matriarch in "Last of the High Kings"

1995

Played Calamity Jane in "Tall Tale: The Unbelievable Adventures of Pecos Bill"

1994

Featured in Ron Howard's "The Paper" and Lawrence Kasdan's "Wyatt Earp"

1993

Voiced characters in "Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas"

1992

Reprised role of Mrs. MacAllister in "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York"

1991

Directed an episode of HBO's "Dream On" entitled "And Your Little Dog, Too"

1990

Played Kevin MacAllister's mother in "Home Alone"

1990

Played supporting roles in "Dick Tracy" and "Betsey's Wedding"

1988

Co-starred in Tim Burton's "Beetlejuice"

1988

Provided character voice on the animated "The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley" (NBC)

1986

Appeared in "Heartburn" with Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson

1985

First substantial feature supporting role, Martin Scorsese's "After Hours"

1980

Appeared on NBC's "Steve Allen Comedy Hour"

1979

Film debut, "Nothing Personal"

1976

Co-created (also co-wrote and co-starred) "Second City Television"; left in 1981

1975

Appeared on the Canadian children's show "Comining Up Rosie"

1974

Made professional acting debut as a member of Second City in Toronto

1973

Hired as a waitress at Second City

Appeared in commercials and on TV in Canada

Bonus Trivia

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O'Hara displaying her trademark sense of humor, fielding the predictable "Do you have a dog?" question at a press engagement for "Best in Show": "My husband is allergic to airborne saliva, but we do have a lovely painting of a dog." – quoted in the Toronto Sun, Sept. 10, 2000

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