Jane Carr

Actor
This 'very British' actor, who can twirl comedy with her wide-eyes closed, is best known to American audiences as the warm and loving Louise Mercer, the singles support group leader on Judd Hirsch's series, "Dear John" ... Read more »
Born: 08/12/1950 in Essex, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (59)

Fish Hooks 2010 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Voice

How I Met Your Mother 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Phineas and Ferb 1988 - 1992, 2006 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Closer 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Five-Year Engagement 2012 (Movie)

Grandma Katherine (Actor)

Beverly Hills 90210 1988 - 2002, 2006 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Boy Meets World 1988 - 1994, 1997 - 1998, 2000 - 2001, 2006 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Clueless 1988 - 1995, 1997 - 2002, 2006 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dear John 1988 - 1992, 2006 - 2007, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

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Dharma & Greg 1988 - 1995, 1997 - 1998, 2000 - 2002, 2006 - 2011 (Tv Show)

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Ellen 1988 - 1995, 1997 - 1998, 2000 - 2001, 2006 - 2011 (Tv Show)

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Getting Personal 1988 - 1992, 1997 - 1998, 2000 - 2001, 2006 - 2011 (Tv Show)

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Mad About You 1988 - 1995, 1997 - 1998, 2000 - 2001, 2006 - 2011 (Tv Show)

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The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy 1988 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Voice

Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place 1988 - 1995, 1997 - 2002, 2006 - 2011 (Tv Show)

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Two and a Half Men 2011 (Tv Show)

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Wings 1988 - 2002, 2006 - 2011 (Tv Show)

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Wizards of Waverly Place 2011 (Tv Show)

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Yes, Dear 1988 - 1992, 2000 - 2001, 2006 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hannah Montana: The Movie 2009 (Movie)

Lucinda (Actor)

Billy and Mandy's Big Boogey Adventure 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Voice

Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties 2006 (Movie)

Mrs. Whitney (Actor)

Eve 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Family Guy 2005 (Tv Show)

Voice

Gilmore Girls 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Numb3rs 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Book of Days (PAX) 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Finding Nemo 2003 (Movie)

Additional Voice (Actor)

Monk 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Enterprise 2002 (Tv Show)

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Family Affair 2002 (Tv Show)

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Treasure Planet 2002 (Movie)

Additional Voice (Actor)

Becker 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Curb Your Enthusiasm 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

An American Daughter 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Austin Powers: the Spy Who Shagged Me 1999 (Movie)

Woman (Actor)

Babylon 5 1993 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Blue Streak 1999 (Movie)

Museum Official (Actor)

Thanks 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Friends 1998 (Tv Show)

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George & Leo 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Neil Simon's "London Suite" 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Sabrina, the Teenage Witch 1997 (Tv Show)

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Fantastic Four 1994 - 1996 (TV Show)

Voice

The Crew 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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The Mommies 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

National Lampoon's Comedy Playoffs 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

To Sir, With Love 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Something For Everyone 1970 (Movie)

Lotte von Ornstein (Actor)

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie 1969 (Movie)

Mary McGregor (Actor)

Bless This House (TV Show)

Actor

Class Cruise (TV Show)

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Dad, the Angel & Me (TV Show)

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Here Come the Munsters (TV Show)

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Menu For Murder (TV Show)

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You Lucky Dog (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

This 'very British' actor, who can twirl comedy with her wide-eyes closed, is best known to American audiences as the warm and loving Louise Mercer, the singles support group leader on Judd Hirsch's series, "Dear John" (NBC, 1988-92). Jane Carr may also be remembered by cinephiles as Mary McGregor, the schoolgirl inspired by her schoolteacher to join the Fascist cause and dies in the process in "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" (1969), a role she originated on the London stage, and as Angela Lansbury's ugly-duckling daughter in the dark comedy "Something for Everyone" (1970).

The petite, dark-haired, pudgy Carr began acting in theatre when she was just past the schoolgirl age she was portraying, making her debut at the age of 15 in the Sheffield Playhouse production of "The Spider's Web". It was not until 1986 that she ventured to the US when she played several key roles (Fanny Squeers, Miss Snevelilli, and Peg Sliderskew) in the heralded revival production of "The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby" which played Broadway and toured the US. Carr remained in Los Angeles when the troupe returned to England and began acting in TV projects, returning to the L.A. stage in a 1995 production of "She Stoops to Conquer", for which she won a Los Angeles Critics Award.

Prior to her TV work in America, Carr had made appearances on British productions, including the famed series "Upstairs, Downstairs", and acted with Lord Laurence Olivier and Joan Plowright in the BBC production of "What Mad Pursuit". Her first American TV-movie was the less high-brow "Return of the Shaggy Dog" (ABC, 1987) for Disney and after her sitcom success, she found a niche doing voices for animated series, including "The Fantastic Four".

Relationships

Mark Arnott

Husband
married in May 1987

Dashel Arnott

Son
born in February 1989

Patrick Carr

Father

Gwendoline Carr

Mother

EDUCATION

Arts Educational School

Corona Stage School

Milestones

1996

Earned raves for L.A. stage appearance in "Lettice and Lovage"

1994

Provided voices for animated series, "Fantastic Four"

1986

Made Broadway debut in "The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby"

1979

Served as president, Interim Theatre for the Deaf

1968

Reprised role of Mary McGregor in film version of "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie"

1965

Made London stage debut in "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" as Mary McGregor

1964

Made stage debut in "The Spider's Web"

1958

First screen appearance as an extra

Played regular role of Louise Mercer on the NBC sitcom "Dear John"

Bonus Trivia

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Not to be confused with the British actress Jane Carr (1909-1957) who appeared in features from the 1930s through the 1950s.

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