Debra Jo Rupp

Actor
Petite and relentlessly perky actress Debra Jo Rupp became one of the most familiar faces on television with roles that capitalized on her matronly, yet frequently madcap, persona. After garnering strong notices in ... Read more »
Born: 02/24/1951 in Glendale, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (47)

Lucky 13 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Better With You 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Congratulations 2011 (Movie)

Nancy Riley (Actor)

Kickin' It Old Skool 2007 (Movie)

Sylvia Schumacher (Actor)

Blossom 1990 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Civil Wars 1990 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Davis Rules 1990 - 1991, 1993 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Diagnosis Murder 1990 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Empty Nest 1990 - 2006 (Tv Show)

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Evening Shade 1990 - 2006 (Tv Show)

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Hearts Afire 1990 - 2006 (Tv Show)

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High Incident 1990 - 2006 (Tv Show)

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Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Phenom 1993 - 1994, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

That '70s Show 1993 - 2006 (Tv Show)

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The Jeff Foxworthy Show 1990 - 1991, 1993 - 2006 (Tv Show)

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Touched By an Angel 1990 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Spymate 2005 (Movie)

Edith (Actor)

The 2005 Teen Choice Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Disney's Teacher's Pet 2004 (Movie)

Voice of Mrs Helperman (Actor)

Garfield 2004 (Movie)

Voice of Mom Rat (Actor)

The Act 2003 (Movie)

Rosy Marconi (Actor)

Disney's Teacher's Pet 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Voice

That '70s Show Special 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

To Have & to Hold 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Clockwatchers 1998 (Movie)

Barbara (Actor)

Senseless 1998 (Movie)

Denise Witherspoon (Actor)

Crisis Center 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Reasons of the Heart 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

If Not For You 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Seinfeld 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sgt. Bilko 1996 (Movie)

Mrs Hall (Actor)

The Invaders 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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The Office 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Great Scott! 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Partners 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Death Becomes Her 1992 (Movie)

Psychiatric Patient (Actor)

Big 1988 (Movie)

Miss Patterson (Actor)

From the Earth to the Moon (TV Show)

Actor

MacShayne: Winner Takes All (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Petite and relentlessly perky actress Debra Jo Rupp became one of the most familiar faces on television with roles that capitalized on her matronly, yet frequently madcap, persona. After garnering strong notices in several performances on and off-Broadway in the late-1980s, she began racking up steady appearances on series such as "Kate & Allie" (CBS, 1984-89), as well as in major feature films, including the Tom Hanks comedy "Big" (1988). Although regular cast work on a successful series initially eluded her, Rupp gained recognition with memorable recurring roles on hit comedies such as "Seinfeld" (NBC, 1990-98) and "Friends" (NBC, 1994-2004). She at last found a stable home on a long-running series when she joined the ensemble cast of the comedy "That '70s Show" (Fox, 1998-2006). Surrounded by a talented cast of veteran actors and fresh faces, Rupp played the standard sitcom mom with a wonderfully manic twist in a show that lovingly looked back at a kinder, gentler decade. The actress maintained her profile on TV and film after "That '70s Show" finished its run, although her regular role on the sitcom "Better with You" (ABC, 2010-11) failed to become the next hit series she had hoped for. Whether she was playing an inept talent manager, the "older woman" in a May/December romance, or the high-strung mother of a promiscuous 1970s-era teen, Rupp brought undeniable energy and impeccable comic timing to every character she inhabited.

Milestones

2004

Voiced Mrs Helperman in "Disney's Teacher's Pet: The Movie"

1998

Played Eric Foreman's overprotective mother Kitty in a regular co-starring role on "That '70s Show" (Fox)

1998

Appeared in the Penelope Spheeris comedy "Senseless"

1997

Featured in the office-set independent film "Clockwatchers", featuring Lisa Kudrow

1996

Played the wife of Dan Aykroyd's oblivious character in "Sgt. Bilko"

1995

Played Jerry's manager on "Seinfeld"

1995

Had a recurring role on the ABC sitcom "The Jeff Foxworthy Show"

1995

Was a regular on the short-lived CBS sitcoms "The Office" and "If Not for You"

1995

Appeared on the Hollywood stage in "Broken Bones", a one-act play presented as part of "Act One '95 Evening B"

1994

Acted in two "NBC Friday Night Mystery" movies, "MacShayne: Winner Takes All" and "MacShayne: Final Roll of the Dice"

1993

Had a recurring role as Sister Mary Incarnata on the ABC sitcom "Phenom"

1992

Was featured in the fact-based TV-movie "A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story"

1991

Had a recurring role on the ABC comedy series "Davis Rules"

1990

Starred as Mae in the Broadway revival of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof", starring Kathleen Turner

1989

Had supporting role in the TV-movie "Mothers, Daughters and Lovers"

1988

Made feature debut in Penny Marshall's "Big"

1988

Appeared in episodes of "The Equalizer" (CBS) and "The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd" (NBC)

1987

Guest starred on "Kate & Allie" (CBS) and "Spenser: For Hire" (ABC)

Moved to New York City

Raised in Boxford, Massachusetts

Appeared in the Los Angeles stage production "A Girl's Guide to Chaos"

Had a recurring role on the popular sitcom "Friends" as Alice, the sister-in-law of Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) and the mother of the triplets Phoebe carried

Appeared on "All My Children" (ABC)

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