Debra Monk

Actor, Singer, Playwright
An attractive, honey blonde actress and singer, Debra Monk first garnered attention in theatrical circles as one of the co-writers and co-stars of the cult musical "Pump Boys and Dinettes. " While working as a waitress ... Read more »
Born: 02/27/1949 in Middletown, Ohio, USA


Actor (50)

Madam Secretary 2015 (Tv Show)


Hot in Cleveland 2014 (Tv Show)


This is Where I Leave You 2014 (Movie)

Linda Callen (Actor)

One for the Money 2012 (Movie)

Mrs. Plum (Actor)

Damages 2007, 2009 - 2011 (Tv Show)


Grey's Anatomy 2006 - 2009, 2011 (Tv Show)


The Brass Teapot 2011 (Movie)

Trudy (Actor)

The Other Woman 2011 (Movie)

Laura (Actor)

The Ghost Whisperer 2009 (Tv Show)


The Great Buck Howard 2009 (Movie)

Doreen (Actor)

The Savages 2007 (Movie)

Nancy Lachman (Actor)

Desperate Housewives 2006 (Tv Show)


Dark Water 2005 (Movie)

Young Dahlia's Teacher (Actor)

Law & Order 1994, 2005 (Tv Show)


Milwaukee, Minnesota 2005 (Movie)

Edna Burroughs (Actor)

Palindromes 2005 (Movie)

Mama Sunshine (Actor)

The Producers 2005 (Movie)

Lick Me-Bite Me (Actor)

The Music Man 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)


Nero Wolfe 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)


Kristin 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)


NYPD Blue 1995 - 1996, 1998 - 2001 (Tv Show)


Center Stage 2000 (Movie)

Nancy (Actor)

My Favorite Broadway: The Leading Ladies 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)


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


Bulworth 1998 (Movie)

Helen (Actor)

Dellaventura 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)


In & Out 1997 (Movie)

Mrs Lester (Actor)

The 51st Annual Tony Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)


The Devil's Advocate 1997 (Movie)

Pam Gerrety (Actor)

Extreme Measures 1996 (Movie)

Dr Judith Gruszynski (Actor)

Mrs. Winterbourne 1996 (Movie)

Lieutenant Ambrose (Actor)

The First Wives Club 1996 (Movie)

Jilted Lover (Actor)

The Substance of Fire 1996 (Movie)

Martha Hackett (Actor)

A Tribute to Stephen Sondheim 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)


Reckless 1995 (Movie)

Skeptical Shrink (Actor)

The Bridges of Madison County 1995 (Movie)

Madge (Actor)

Quiz Show 1994 (Movie)

Kintner's Secretary (Actor)

Fearless 1993 (Movie)

Alison (Actor)

For Love Or Money 1993 (Movie)

Mrs Wegman (Actor)

Public Law 106: The Becky Bell Story 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)


The 47th Annual Tony Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)


Prelude to a Kiss 1992 (Movie)

Aunt Dorothy (Actor)

Women and Wallace 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)


Pumpboys and Dinettes on Television 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)


Ellen Foster (TV Show)


Eloise at Christmastime (TV Show)


Eloise at the Plaza (TV Show)


Loving (TV Show)


Redwood Curtain (TV Show)



An attractive, honey blonde actress and singer, Debra Monk first garnered attention in theatrical circles as one of the co-writers and co-stars of the cult musical "Pump Boys and Dinettes. " While working as a waitress in NYC, the Maryland native began keeping a journal and together with Mark Hardwick, Cass Morgan, Jim Wann, John Foley and John Schimmel formed a band out of which grew the stage show about sisters who operate a roadside diner and the grease monkeys next-door. Featuring a country-pop score, "Pump Boys and Dinettes" moved from off-off-Broadway to off-Broadway to Broadway, where it received a Tony nomination as the Best Musical of 1982 and was filmed for NBC as "Pump Boys and Dinettes on Television" (1983). As sometimes can happen when an actor becomes closely identified with a role, Monk was perceived in NYC theater circles as a rockabilly singer. Intent on proving her capabilities, she decamped to the Actors Theatre of Louisville where she spent three seasons performing in dramatic and comic roles. Returning to NYC, she and Hardwick (along with Mary Murfitt and Mike Carver) co-wrote and appeared in "Oil City Symphony," a 1987 Off-Broadway musical about a reunion concert of four Midwestern musicians. While Monk could easily have fallen prey to being pigeonholed yet again, she had already become established as a powerful stage actress. Director Norman Rene tapped her to play a housewife in Craig Lucas' superb fable "Prelude to a Kiss" (1990) before she created the flaky Sara Jane Moore, a woman who set out to kill US President Gerald Ford, in the dark Stephen Sondheim musical "Assassins" (1990-91). In 1993, Monk won a Tony Award for her featured turn as the sardonic aunt of an Amerasian girl seeking information on her parents in the Pacific Northwest in Lanford Wilson's "Redwood Curtain." The following year, she displayed her versatility as the spinster schoolteacher in a Broadway revival of "Picnic," for which she netted her second Tony nomination. A third nod came for her brassy burlesque performer (and the showstopping "Everybody's Girl") in the Kander & Ebb musical "Steel Pier" (1997).


John Miller

Married Divorced


Southern Methodist University

Dallas , Texas

Frostburg State College

Frostburg , Maryland
studied to be a teacher



Co-starred with David Hyde Pierce in the Broadway musical, "Curtains"; earned a Tony nomination


Played the Little Old Lady Investor in "The Producers," the film based on the Tony-winning musical by Mel Brooks


Starred opposite Troy Garity in "Milwaukee, Minnesota"


Appeared in the New York Shakespeare Festival's staging of "The Seagull" in Central Park; directed by Mike Nichols (July-August)


Returned to the New York stage as star of a revival of Arthur Laurents' "The Time of the Cuckoo"


Played an overbearing stage mother in "Center Stage"


Appeared as the senator's secretary in "Bulworth"


Garnered a third Tony nomination as the brassy burlesque singer participating in a dance marathon in "Steel Pier"; performed the showstopping "Everybody's Girl"


Co-starred as one of the title character's nasty aunts in "Ellen Foster" (CBS)


Played Christian Slater's mother in "Bed of Roses"


Cast as the former wife of Andy Sipowicz (Dennis Franz) on "NYPD Blue"


Offered a stinging turn as Joanne in the Roundabout Theater revival of the George Furth-Stephen Sondheim musical "Company"; delivered a fine interpretation of the song "The Ladies Who Lunch"


Recreated her award-winning role as a lumber company owner in "Redwood Curtain" (ABC)


Played a formidable analyst in the Woody Allen one-act "Central Park West", performed under the umbrella title of "Death Defying Acts"


Earned second Tony nomination as the spinster Rosemary Snyder in "Picnic"


Feature film debut as Aunt Dorothy in the film version of "Prelude to a Kiss"


Co-starred in the stage play "Prelude to a Kiss"


TV debut recreating Prudie in "Pump Boys and Dinettes on Television" (NBC)


Breakthrough stage role as Prudie Cupp in "Pump Boys and Dinettes"; also co-wrote; show transferred to Broadway in 1982


Was member of the acting company at the Colonnades Theatre Laboratory in NYC

Spent one season with the Arena Stage in Washington, DC

Reprised role as Katie Sipowicz on "NYPD Blue"; received an Emmy Award

While working as a waitress, began keeping diary; later used her experiences as basis for stage musical "Pump Boys and Dinettes"

Co-wrote and co-starred in "Oil City Symphony"

Played Sarah Jane Moore, one of the women who attempted to shoot US President Gerald Ford, in the controversial Stephen Sondheim musical "Assassins"

Was guest artist at the Actors Theatre of Louisville in Kentucky

Appeared as the sardonic aunt of a piano prodigy in Lanford Wilson's "Redwood Curtain"; won Tony Award

After completing graduate studies at Southern Methodist University, moved to NYC

Raised in Maryland


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