Frances Bay

Frances Bay's diminutive stature and doddering appearance certainly have her typecast. But the actress's tireless work ethic kept her incredibly active since she first appeared on screen in 1978 -- at the tender age of ... Read more »
Born: 01/23/1919 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, CA

Filmography

Actor (73)

The Middle 2009 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Edmond 2006 (Movie)

Fortune Teller (Actor)

Bob Patterson 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Charmed 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Finder's Fee 2002 (Movie)

Mrs. Darmstetter (Actor)

Presidio Med 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

ER 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Operator 2001 (Movie)

Mrs Sloan (Actor)

The Wedding Planner 2001 (Movie)

Dottie (Actor)

Diagnosis Murder 1991 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Empty Nest 1991 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

L.A. Law 1991 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1991 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Commish 1991 - 1995, 1997 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Hughleys 1991 - 1995, 1997 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

The X-Files 1991 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Goodbye Lover 1999 (Movie)

Old Woman (Actor)

Inspector Gadget 1999 (Movie)

Thelma (Actor)

Quantum Leap 1991 - 1995, 1997 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sparkler 1999 (Movie)

Raspy (Actor)

C-16 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Clueless 1991 - 1995, 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Krippendorf's Tribe 1998 (Movie)

Edith Proxmire (Actor)

Players 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Style & Substance 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Changing Habits 1997 (Movie)

Midge (Actor)

Life With Roger 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Rossini's Ghost 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Social Studies 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Courthouse 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Happy Gilmore 1996 (Movie)

Grandma (Actor)

The Crew 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

By Way of the Stars 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Dave's World 1991 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

Down the Shore 1991 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

In the Mouth of Madness 1995 (Movie)

Mrs Pickman (Actor)

The Ben Stiller Show 1994 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

Phenom 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside Monkey Zetterland 1993 (Movie)

Grandma (Actor)

The Paperboy 1993 (Movie)

Mrs Rosemont (Actor)

Single White Female 1992 (Movie)

Elderly Neighbor (Actor)

The Neighbor 1992 (Movie)

Sylvia (Actor)

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me 1992 (Movie)

Mrs Tremond (Actor)

The Pit and the Pendulum 1991 (Movie)

Esmeralda (Actor)

Arachnophobia 1990 (Movie)

Evelyn Metcalf (Actor)

Critters 3 1990 (Movie)

Mrs Menges (Actor)

Wild At Heart 1990 (Movie)

Madam (Actor)

Monster Manor 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Cavanaughs 1986 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Karate Kid Part III 1989 (Movie)

Mrs Milo (Actor)

Big Top Pee-Wee 1988 (Movie)

Mrs Haynes (Actor)

Twins 1988 (Movie)

Mother Superior (Actor)

Blue Velvet 1986 (Movie)

Aunt Barbara (Actor)

Cheers 1986 (Tv Show)

Actor

Movers & Shakers 1985 (Movie)

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The Karate Kid 1984 (Movie)

Dog Lady (Actor)

Private School 1983 (Movie)

Birdie Fallmouth (Actor)

Wings 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Callie & Son 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Buddy Buddy 1981 (Movie)

Female Patient (Actor)

Honky Tonk Freeway 1981 (Movie)

Mrs Lewenowski (Actor)

The Big Hex of Little Lulu 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Topper 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Chilly Scenes of Winter 1979 (Movie)

Mrs Delillo (Actor)

Foul Play 1978 (Movie)

Mrs Russel (Actor)

Amos (TV Show)

Actor

Annie's Point (TV Show)

Actor

Convicted: A Mother's Story (TV Show)

Actor

Forever Love (TV Show)

Actor

Murder in Texas (TV Show)

Actor

Second Sight: A Love Story (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Frances Bay's diminutive stature and doddering appearance certainly have her typecast. But the actress's tireless work ethic kept her incredibly active since she first appeared on screen in 1978 -- at the tender age of 60. Her bit part as the elderly Mrs. Russel in the comedic mystery "Foul Play," starring Chevy Chase and Goldie Hawn, led to more bit parts as the old woman in everything from the legendary TV comedy series "The Jeffersons" to the big-screen classic coming-of-age story "The Karate Kid." She is probably most identifiable for her role in the 1996 comedy "Happy Gilmore," in which former hockey player (Adam Sandler) takes up professional golf to rescue the house owned by his grandmother (played by Bay) from seizure by the IRS. Devotees of the NBC sitcom "Seinfeld," however, will always remember her as Mrs. Choate, the woman Jerry refers to as an "old bag" as he steals her marble rye. She returned in two more episodes, including the series' conclusion, but this wasn't her first show finale; she had previously appeared in the closing acts of both "Happy Days" and "Who's the Boss?" Bay's own finale came in 2011 when, at the age of 92, she passed away from complications caused by pneumonia, just shortly after completing her finale role, Aunt Ginny on the family sitcom "The Middle."

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