Jane Kaczmarek

Actor
Jane Kaczmarek had already had a long and fruitful acting career comprised of roles on stage and screen, but it was her role as harried mother Lois on the hit sitcom "Malcolm in the Middle" (Fox, 2000-06) that finally ... Read more »
Born: 12/20/1955 in Greendale, Wisconsin, USA

Filmography

Actor (73)

Playing House 2013 - 2015 (TV Show)

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The McCarthys 2015 (Tv Show)

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Lost on Purpose 2014 (Movie)

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Us & Them 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

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Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2013 (Tv Show)

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The Middle 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

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Whitney 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

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Wilfred 2011 (Tv Show)

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Head Case 2006 - 2009 (TV Show)

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Raising the Bar 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

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Help Me Help You 2006 (Tv Show)

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Malcolm in the Middle 1999 - 2006 (TV Show)

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The 2006 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

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The 2004 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

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The Simpsons 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Voice

John Ritter Remembered 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

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TV Guide's Greatest Moments 2003 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

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The 10th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

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The 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

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The 56th Annual Writers Guild Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Host

Intimate Portrait: Jane Kaczmarek 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

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Tracey Ullman in The Trailer tales 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

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America: A Tribute to Heroes 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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The 53rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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The Jenifer Estess Story 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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7th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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The 15th Annual American Comedy Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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The 2001 TV Guide Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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The 3rd Annual Family Television Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Cybill 1994 - 2000 (Tv Show)

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Felicity 1994 - 2000 (Tv Show)

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L.A. Law 1993 - 2000 (Tv Show)

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Party of Five 1994 - 2000 (Tv Show)

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Picket Fences 1994 - 2000 (Tv Show)

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Touched By an Angel 1994 - 2000 (Tv Show)

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Wisconsin: An American Portrait 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

Pleasantville 1998 (Movie)

David's Mom (Actor)

Frasier 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

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The Practice 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

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Educating Mom 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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The Chamber 1996 (Movie)

Dr Anne Biddows (Actor)

Wildly Available 1996 (Movie)

Rita (Actor)

Boys Will Be Boys 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Big Wave Dave's 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Spooner 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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All's Fair 1989 (Movie)

Linda (Actor)

D.O.A. 1988 (Movie)

Gail Cornell (Actor)

Journey Into Genius 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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St. Elsewhere 1982 - 1988 (TV Show)

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Vice Versa 1988 (Movie)

Robyn (Actor)

Hill Street Blues 1980 - 1987 (TV Show)

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I'll Take Manhattan 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Hometown 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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The Heavenly Kid 1985 (Movie)

Emily (Actor)

Door to Door 1984 (Movie)

Katharine Holloway (Actor)

Falling in Love 1984 (Movie)

Ann Raftis (Actor)

Flight 90: Disaster on the Potomac 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

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The Paper Chase: The Second Year 1982 - 1984 (TV Show)

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For Lovers Only 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

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Uncommon Valor 1983 (Movie)

Mrs Wilkes (Actor)

Apollo 11 (TV Show)

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Equal Justice (TV Show)

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Reviving Ophelia (TV Show)

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Something About Amelia (TV Show)

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The Christmas Gift (TV Show)

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The Last Leaf (TV Show)

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The List (TV Show)

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The Right of the People (TV Show)

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The Three Kings (TV Show)

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Without Warning (TV Show)

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Biography

Jane Kaczmarek had already had a long and fruitful acting career comprised of roles on stage and screen, but it was her role as harried mother Lois on the hit sitcom "Malcolm in the Middle" (Fox, 2000-06) that finally placed her firmly in the spotlight. The wife of fellow actor Bradley Whitford of "West Wing" fame since 1993, this attractive and versatile brunette routinely turned in noteworthy performances. Kaczmarek had about her an air of determined self-possession that she molded around her characters, regardless of whether she was playing rich, snooty socialites or underprivileged scrappers. One obvious result of Kaczmarek's extreme dedication was her exceptionally realistic portrayals of older women who were either accomplished or embittered with their lives.

Relationships

Edward Kaczmarek

Father

Evelyn Kaczmarek

Mother

Bill Kaczmarek

Brother

Jim Kaczmarek

Brother

Mary Kaczmarek

Sister

Bradley Whitford

Husband
Married in 1993 announced in June 2009 they were filing for divorce after 16 years of marriage

Frances Whitford

Daughter
Born October 1997 father, Bradley Whitford

Mary Whitford

Daughter
Born Nobermber 25, 2002 father, Bradley Whitford

George Whitford

Son
Born December 23, 1999 father, Bradley Whitford

EDUCATION

Greendale High School

Greendale , Wisconsin 1974

Yale University

New Haven , Connecticut 1982
Enrolled in Yale's School of Drama

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Madison , Wisconsin

Milestones

2008

Cast on the TNT series "Raising the Bar" as Judge Trudy Kessler

2006

Co-starred with Ted Danson on the short-lived series "Help Me Help You" (ABC)

2001

Voiced Judge Constance Harm in several episodes of "The Simpsons" (FOX)

2000

Starred as Lois, mother of four outrageously mischievous sons, on the FOX sitcom "Malcolm in the Middle"; earned Emmy (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006), Golden Globe (2001, 2002, 2003) and SAG (2001, 2003) nominations for Best Actress

1999

Had a recurring role as the birth mother of Julie, on the college-set drama "Felicity" (WB)

1998

Played the real life mother of Tobey Maguire's character in "Pleasantville"

1998

Starred in the South Coast Repertory comedy production of "Dinner With Friends"

1997

Co-starred in the independent film "Wildly Available"

1996

Had a recurring role as a love interest to Martin Crane (John Mahoney) on "Frasier" (NBC)

1996

Reprised her "Kindertransport" role for a run at West Hollywood's Tiffany Theater

1996

Had a recurring role on "Cybill" (CBS) as Holly

1995

Appeared in three-episodes of the FOX drama "Party of Five"

1994

Acted in the Off-Broadway play "Kindertransport" as a Jewish woman who sends her daughter to England for safety during WWII

1993

Was a regular on the short-lived sitcom "Big Wave Dave's" (CBS)

1990

Played attorney Linda Bauer on the ABC legal drama "Equal Justice"

1988

Featured as the ex-wife of Dennis Quaid's doomed lead character in a remake of "D.O.A."

1988

Appeared in the role-reversal comedy "Vice Versa"

1987

Had a co-starring role in the marathon miniseries "I'll Take Manhattan" (CBS)

1986

Starred in the TV-movies "The Right of the People" (ABC) and "The Christmas Gift" (CBS)

1985

Appeared in the supernatural comedy "The Heavenly Kid"

1984

Played the wife of Robert De Niro's unfaithful husband in "Falling in Love"

1984

Featured in the ABC TV-movie "Something About Amelia"

1983

Played Nurse Sandy Burns in a three-episode recurring role on the NBC drama "St. Elsewhere"

1983

Co-starred as the wife of Fred Ward's Vietnam vet in the gripping drama "Uncommon Valor"

1982

First television role was that of Margie Spoletto on "For Lovers Only" (ABC)

Bonus Trivia

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Kaczmarek has reportedly suffered from migraines which have caused her to miss filming of episodes of "Malcolm in the Middle" on occasion. When she suffered an occurrence in spring 2002, there was speculation that the actress was using her sick leave as an attempt to negotiate a pay increase, a charge that was denied by her spokeswoman.

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Fellow actor and Wisconsinite Tony Shalhoub on Jane Kaczmarek: "She brings an amazing class and elegance to any role." - from the TV Guide, March 18, 2000

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"I've been playing middle-aged since I was 26." - Kaczmarek to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, March 27, 2000

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"When you're young, you have no perspective. Whenever you got a job, you felt like you were owed the job. Now I realize how lucky I am." - Kaczmarek quoted in the Daily News, April 10, 2000

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Kaczmarek underwent a hip replacement in April 2004, due to chronic arthritis.

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