Jane Adams

Actor, Teacher
Jane Adams began her career on the New York stage, where she won a Tony Award before going on to carve out a career as a well-known independent film player and occasional character actress in mainstream Hollywood fare ... Read more »
Born: 04/01/1965 in Washington, Washington D.C., USA

Filmography

Actor (53)

Always Shine 2016 (Movie)

Summer (Actor)

Atlanta 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

Digging for Fire 2015 (Movie)

Woman On Beach (Actor)

Poltergeist 2015 (Movie)

Dr. Brooke Powell (Actor)

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Wherever You Are 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Axe Cop 2013 (Tv Show)

Voice

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

All the Light in the Sky 2011 (Movie)

Marie (Actor)

Hung 2008 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Restless 2011 (Movie)

Mabel (Actor)

Silver Bullets 2011 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Lie 2011 (Movie)

Dr. Ellen Bentel (Actor)

Calvin Marshall 2010 (Movie)

June Marshall (Actor)

Lifelines 2009 (Movie)

Nancy Bernstein (Actor)

Alexander the Last 2008 (Movie)

Director (Actor)

In Plain Sight 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Sensation of Sight 2008 (Movie)

Alice (Actor)

The Wackness 2008 (Movie)

Eleanor (Actor)

House 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Brave One 2007 (Movie)

Nicole (Actor)

Last Holiday 2006 (Movie)

Rochelle (Actor)

Little Children 2006 (Movie)

Sheila (Actor)

Robert B. Parker's Stone Cold 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind 2004 (Movie)

Carrie (Actor)

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

White-Faced Woman (Actor)

Citizen Baines 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Orange County 2002 (Movie)

Mona (Actor)

Night Visions 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Songcatcher 2001 (Movie)

Elna Penleric (Actor)

The Anniversary Party 2001 (Movie)

Clair Forsyth (Actor)

Frasier 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Rebels With A Cause 2000 (Movie)

(Actor)

Wonder Boys 2000 (Movie)

Oola (Actor)

A Fish in the Bathtub 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

Mumford 1999 (Movie)

Dr Phyllis Sheeler (Actor)

Day at the Beach 1998 (Movie)

Marie (Actor)

Happiness 1998 (Movie)

Joy Jordan (Actor)

Liberty! The American Revolution 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Music From Another Room 1998 (Movie)

Irene (Actor)

Relativity 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Kansas City 1996 (Movie)

Nettie Bolt (Actor)

Father of the Bride Part II 1995 (Movie)

Dr Megan Eisenberg (Actor)

Notes For My Daughter 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

I Love Trouble 1994 (Movie)

Evans (Actor)

Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle 1994 (Movie)

Ruth Hale (Actor)

Dead Drunk: The Kevin Tunell Story 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Light Sleeper 1992 (Movie)

Randi (Actor)

Vital Signs 1990 (Movie)

Suzanne Maloney (Actor)

Taking a Stand 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

A Texas Funeral (TV Show)

Actor

Rising Son (TV Show)

Actor

Twin Peaks (Tv Show)

Actor
Writer (2)

All the Light in the Sky 2011 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Alexander the Last 2008 (Movie)

Material (Source Material)

Biography

Jane Adams began her career on the New York stage, where she won a Tony Award before going on to carve out a career as a well-known independent film player and occasional character actress in mainstream Hollywood fare. Her waifish appearance led to her casting as wilting flowers and neurotic artistic types in the films "Songcatcher" (2000), "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" (2004) and "The Anniversary Party" (2001), while her leading role on the HBO series "Hung" (HBO, 2009-11) and her run on the sitcom "Frasier" (NBC, 1993-2004) showcased her way with independent-minded "smart chicks." Throughout her career, Adams maintained an alignment with critically acclaimed filmmakers from Michel Gondry to Robert Altman to Neil Jordan, and continually offered high caliber performances that nicely balanced emotional depth with a relatable immediacy.

Relationships

Jonathan Adams Song

Brother

William Adams

Father

Janice Adams

Mother

EDUCATION

Cornish College of the Arts

Seattle , Washington

University of Washington

Seattle , Washington

The Juilliard School

New York , New York 1989

Milestones

2009

Cast as Tanya Skagle, a wannabe pimp, in the HBO comedy series "Hung"; earned a Golden Globe nomination in 2009 for Best Supporting Actress

2007

Co-starred with Jodie Foster in the crime drama, "The Brave One"

2006

Had a small role in Todd Field's "Little Children"

2004

Played a close friend of Jim Carrey's in the Michel Gondry directed, "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind"; co-scripted by Gondry and Charlie Kaufman

2001

Cast as a neurotic actress in "The Anniversary Party"

2000

Appeared in the Sundance screened "Songcatcher" as the schoolteacher sister of the lead character

1999

Played the recurring role of Dr. Mel Karnofsky, who became Niles's second wife on the hit sitcom "Frasier" (NBC)

1998

Starred in the controversial feature "Happiness," directed by Todd Solondz

1996

Debuted as a series regular on the ABC drama, "Relativity"

1996

Was an ensemble cast member of "Kansas City," directed by Robert Altman

1995

Played a doctor in "Father of the Bride Part II," alongside Steve Martin and Diane Keaton

1994

Won acclaim (and a Tony Award) for her co-starring role in the Broadway production of "An Inspector Calls"

1991

Broadway debut, "I Hate Hamlet"

1990

Film debut, "Vital Signs"

1989

Played Marty, Alex Keaton's love interest, in the NBC series "Family Ties"

1989

Made TV debut in the ABC Afterschool Special, "Taking a Stand"

Raised in Wheaton, IL, and in Seattle, WA

Bonus Trivia

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On her decision to attend the University of Washington and study political science before concentrating on an acting career, Jane Adams told the London Evening Standard (April 19, 1999): "I wanted to be a normal person. It scared me - the whole idea of being an actor for the rest of my life. I thought, 'Please, let me just be one of the masses.'"

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Playwright Paul Rudnick, in whose 1981 Broadway play "I Hate Hamlet" Adams appeared, described the actress as "one of those magnificient waifs who can make fragility seem magical and demented at the same time." - From The New York Times, Oct. 11, 1998

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