Jane Curtin

Actor, Writer
Projecting a deceptively straight-laced, girl-next-door appeal, comedienne Jane Curtin participated in some of television comedy's edgiest moments in a laudable career that spanned more than three decades. For the ... Read more »
Born: 09/05/1947 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Filmography

Actor (67)

3rd Rock From the Sun 1977 - 1980, 1995 - 2001, 2012 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dave's World 1977 - 1980, 1993 - 2001, 2012 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Saturday Night Live 1975 - 1980, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Librarians 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Unforgettable 1977 - 1980, 1997 - 1998, 2012 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Heat 2013 (Movie)

Mrs. Mullins (Actor)

I Don't Know How She Does It 2011 (Movie)

Marla Reddy (Actor)

Gary Unmarried 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

I Love You, Man 2009 (Movie)

Joyce Klaven (Actor)

Crumbs 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The Shaggy Dog 2006 (Movie)

Judge Claire Whittaker (Actor)

Brooklyn Lobster 2005 (Movie)

Maureen Giorgio (Actor)

Mouthing Off: 51 Greatest Smartasses 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

TV Tales 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Understanding 1994 - 2002 (TV Show)

Narrator

Catch A Falling Star 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Disney's Hercules 1998 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

50th Emmy Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Antz 1998 (Movie)

of Muffy (Voice)

Gilda Radner: The E! True Hollywood Story 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Christmas in Washington 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 11th Annual American Comedy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 54th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Mystery Dance 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Baseball Relief: An All-Star Comedy Salute 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Coneheads 1993 (Movie)

Prymaat Conehead (Actor)

A Comedy Salute to Michael Jordan 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Creative Spirit 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Penn & Teller: Don't Try This at Home! 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Retaining Laughter 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Life of Python 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Saturday Night Live 15th Anniversary 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

That's What Friends Are For 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 41st Annual Emmy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Jackie Gleason: The Great One 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Kate & Allie 1983 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Sesame Street, Special 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Suspicion 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

O.C. & Stiggs 1987 (Movie)

Elinore Schwab (Actor)

The 37th Annual Prime Time Emmy Awards 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The Flintstones 25th Anniversary Celebration 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Life's Most Embarrassing Moments 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Bedrooms 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

The Comedy Zone 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

The Coneheads 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Voice

Candida 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Divorce Wars 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

The Robert Klein Show 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

How to Beat the High Cost of Living 1980 (Movie)

Elaine Houghton (Actor)

Battle of the Network Stars VI 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Mr. Mike's Mondo Video 1979 (Movie)

(Actor)

Battle of the Network Stars IV 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Catch a Falling Star (Movie)

Fran (Actor)

Common Ground (TV Show)

Actor

Maybe Baby (TV Show)

Actor

Our Town (TV Show)

Actor

Suspicion (Movie)

Lina McLaidlaw (Actor)

Tad (TV Show)

Actor

Things We Did Last Summer (TV Show)

Actor

Working It Out (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Projecting a deceptively straight-laced, girl-next-door appeal, comedienne Jane Curtin participated in some of television comedy's edgiest moments in a laudable career that spanned more than three decades. For the latter half of the indulgent 1970s, she was a founding cast member and integral part of "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ), a show which would redefine television comedy. In the conservative 1980s, she represented a new breed of independent woman on the Emmy-winning sitcom, "Kate & Allie" (CBS, 1984-89). The dependably relevant Curtin also made her television mark on the 1990s when she lent her trademark "straight-man" genius to the offbeat sitcom, "Third Rock from the Sun" (NBC, 1996-2001). Alternating between artistically appealing projects and work-for-hire jobs, she returned to Broadway as an ensemble member of "Our Town," featuring Paul Newman in 2002, then signed on for a small guest spot on the successful TV-adventure franchise which began with "The Librarian: The Quest for the Spear" (TNT, 2004). Enduring the common plight of the "straight man" (or woman), Curtin was seldom given the full credit she was due, but her solid contributions to some of television's most memorable comic moments could not be denied.

Relationships

John Curtin

Father

Valerie Curtin Actor

Cousin
Born March 31, 1945

Mary Curtin

Mother

Patrick Lynch Actor

Husband
Married April 2, 1975

Tess Lynch

Daughter
Born 1983; father, Patrick Lynch

EDUCATION

Elizabeth Seton Junior College

1967

Northeastern University

Boston , Massachusetts 1967 - 1968
dropped out

Milestones

2011

Acted opposite Sarah Jessica Parker in "I Don't Know How She Does It"

2009

Played a supporting role in the comedy "I Love You, Man"

2008

Made her third appearance as the librarian Charlene in TNT production of "The Librarian: The Curse of the Judas Chalice"

2006

Reprised the role of Charlene in TNT's "The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines"

2006

Cast as the wacky matriarch of a disjointed family in ABC's "Crumbs"

2005

Co-starred with Danny Aiello in director Kevin Jordan's family-inspired drama "Brooklyn Lobster"

2004

Cast as the doleful library employee Charlene in the TNT TV-movie "The Librarian: Quest for the Spear," starring Noah Wyle

2002

Appeared in the Westport Country Playhouse summer production of "Our Town"

1996

Returned to series TV as co-star of "3rd Rock from the Sun" (NBC)

1995

Portrayed Mary Todd Lincoln in "Tad," a Family Channel TV-movie

1993

Recreated her SNL "Conehead" character for the feature film "Coneheads"

1990

Returned to series TV as star of NBC's short-lived "Working It Out"

1990

Starred as Alice McGoff in "Common Ground," a CBS miniseries (directed by Mike Newell) about the desegregation of Boston schools in the early 1970s

1989

Played Melissa Gardner in A R Gurney's "Love Letters" at NYC's Promenade theatre

1988

Acted opposite Dabney Coleman in NBC movie "Maybe Baby"

1988

Starred as Linda McLaidlaw in "American Playhouse" presentation of "Suspicion," a remake of the 1941 Hitchcock film

1984

Played Allie Lowell on the popular CBS sitcom "Kate & Allie"

1983

Reprised role of Prossie in the Entertainment Channel's production of "Candida"

1982

Made TV-movie debut in "Divorce Wars: A Love Story" (ABC)

1981

Made Broadway debut as Prossie in George Bernard Shaw's "Candida" with Joanne Woodward

1980

Cast in film acting debut in "How to Beat the High Cost of Living," which teamed her with Susan Saint James years before their "Kate & Allie" pairing; cast also included later co-star Dabney Coleman in a rare romantic lead

1975

Made TV debut as regular cast member of NBC's "Saturday Night Live"; was one of the original Not Ready for Prime Time Players

1968

Joined "The Proposition" comedy group

Wrote material for and performed with Off-Broadway musical revue "Pretzel"

Bonus Trivia

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Recalling the desegregation of Boston schools as one who grew up in the area, Curtin said: "We were afraid. Not of being hit on the head. But afraid of change. That's how Alice McGoff felt. I've gotten to know Alice – a delightful, small woman whose children are now all grown. her big concern was, 'Will I come off as a bigot?'" – quoted in PARADE magazine, March 25, 1990

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"It was simply the best job I ever had. Parts of the job were sheer joy; parts, a nightmare. On an excitement level, a 10. And oh, the adrenaline flow." – Curtin on "Saturday Night Live," quoted in PARADE magazine, March 10, 1996

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