Jane Lynch

Actress, Comedian, Writer
A scene-stealing character actress first known to fans of Christopher Guest films for her breakout role as dog trainer Christy Cummings in "Best in Show" (2000), Jane Lynch eventually went on to earn lead actor status ... Read more »
Born: 07/14/1960 in Dolton, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (150)

2016 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards 2016 - 2017 (TV Show)

Presenter

An All-Star Tribute to James Burrows 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Herself

Angel From Hell 1993 - 1996, 1998 - 2001, 2009 - 2010, 2012 - 2013, 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

Back to the Jurassic 2016 (Movie)

(Voice)

Conan 2011, 2013, 2015 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Guest

Hollywood Game Night 1993 - 1996, 1998 - 2001, 2009 - 2010, 2012 - 2016 (TV Show)

Host

People's Choice Awards 2016 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Host

Red Nose Day 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Herself

The 67th Primetime Emmy Awards 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Late Bloomer 2016 (Movie)

Caroline Chambers (Actor)

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert 2016 (Tv Show)

Guest

Girl Meets World 2015 (Tv Show)

Herself

Glee 2009 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

Portlandia 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

I Do & I Don't 2014 (Movie)

Nora Stelmack (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Murder Police 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Voice

Penguins: Waddle All the Way 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Narrator

The 2014 Independent Spirit Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Presenter

Two and a Half Men 2004, 2006 - 2008, 2010 - 2011, 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

3rd Rock From the Sun 1993 - 1996, 2000 - 2001, 2009 - 2010, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

A.C.O.D. 2013 (Movie)

Dr. Judith (Actor)

Abominable Christmas 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Voice

Afternoon Delight 2013 (Movie)

Lenore (Actor)

Birds of Paradise 2013 (Movie)

(Voice)

CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

Caroline in the City 1993 - 1996, 1998 - 2001, 2009 - 2010, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cybill 1993 - 1996, 1998 - 2001, 2009 - 2010, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dawson's Creek 1994 - 1996, 2000 - 2001, 2009 - 2010, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dharma & Greg 1993 - 1996, 1999 - 2001, 2009 - 2010, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Empty Nest 1993 - 1996, 2000 - 2001, 2009 - 2010, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Escape From Planet Earth 2013 (Movie)

Io (Voice)

In the House 1994 - 1995, 2009 - 2010, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

JAG 1993 - 1996, 1998 - 2001, 2009 - 2010, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Judging Amy 1993 - 1996, 1998 - 2001, 2009 - 2010, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Married... With Children 1993 - 1996, 1998 - 2001, 2009 - 2010, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Newsradio 1994 - 1996, 2009 - 2010, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Party of Five 1993 - 1996, 1999 - 2001, 2009 - 2010, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Phineas and Ferb 2011, 2013 (Tv Show)

Voice

Popular 1994 - 1996, 2000 - 2001, 2009 - 2010, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The John Larroquette Show 1994 - 1996, 2000 - 2001, 2009 - 2010, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Delhi Safari 2012 (Movie)

(Voice)

Dino Time 3D 2012 (Movie)

Sue (Voice)

Glee: Don't Stop Believing 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside Comedy 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Host

The 69th Annual Golden Globes Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Comedy Central Roast Of Roseanne 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

The Three Stooges 2012 (Movie)

Mother Superior (Actor)

Wreck-It Ralph 2012 (Movie)

Sergeant Calhoun (Voice)

2010 MTV Video Music Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

2011 Do Something Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Host

Nickelodeon's 24th Annual Kids' Choice Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

Paul 2011 (Movie)

Pat Stevens (Actor)

Real Time with Bill Maher 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Rio 2011 (Movie)

Alice (the other goose) (Voice)

Stand Up to Cancer 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

The Ninth Annual TV Land Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Simpsons 2011 (Tv Show)

Voice

Web Therapy 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Neighbors From Hell 2010 (Tv Show)

Voice

Saturday Night Live 2010 (Tv Show)

Host

Shrek Forever After 2010 (Movie)

Gretched (Voice)

Teen Choice 2010 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2010 Creative Arts Emmy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 2010 VH1 Do Something Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Host

The 8th Annual TV Land Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The Late Show With David Letterman 2010 (Tv Show)

Guest

iCarly 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Adventures of Power 2009 (Movie)

Joanie (Actor)

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs 2009 (Movie)

Diatryma Mom (Voice)

Julie & Julia 2009 (Movie)

Dorothy McWilliams (Actor)

Party Down 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Post Grad 2009 (Movie)

Carmella Malby (Actor)

Reno 911! 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The L Word 2005 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Toe Tactic 2009 (Movie)

Honey/Strumpet (Actor)

Weather Girl 2009 (Movie)

J D (Actor)

Criminal Minds 2006 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

My Name is Earl 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Psych 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Role Models 2008 (Movie)

Jean Sweeny (Actor)

Space Chimps 2008 (Movie)

Voice of Dr. Poole (Actor)

Sunshine Barry & the Disco Worms 2008 (Movie)

(Voice)

The Rocker 2008 (Movie)

Lisa (Actor)

Tru Loved 2008 (Movie)

Ms. Maple (Actor)

Alvin and the Chipmunks 2007 (Movie)

Gail (Actor)

Another Cinderella Story 2007 (Movie)

Dominique Blatt (Actor)

Boston Legal 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Campus Ladies 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Eye of the Dolphin 2007 (Movie)

Glinton (Actor)

Smiley Face 2007 (Movie)

Casting Director (Actor)

Spring Breakdown 2007 (Movie)

Senator 'Kay Bee' Hartmann (Actor)

The List 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Bam Bam and Celeste 2006 (Movie)

Darlene (Actor)

Desperate Housewives 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

For Your Consideration 2006 (Movie)

Cindy Martin (Actor)

Ghost Writer 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

Lovespring International 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Surviving Eden 2006 (Movie)

Maude Silver (Actor)

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby 2006 (Movie)

Lucy Bobby (Actor)

20th Independent Spirit Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Blind Justice 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Fifty Pills 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

Rodney 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 40-Year-Old Virgin 2005 (Movie)

Paula (Actor)

The Californians 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Virgin of Juarez 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

Weeds 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Father of the Pride 2004 (Tv Show)

Voice

Las Vegas 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

NYPD Blue 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sleepover 2004 (Movie)

Gabby (Actor)

A Mighty Wind 2003 (Movie)

Laurie Bohner (Actor)

Arli$$ 1996 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

MDs 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Spider-Man 2003 (Tv Show)

Voice

7th Heaven 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Collateral Damage 2002 (Movie)

Agent Russo (Actor)

Family Guy 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Voice

Felicity 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Big Time 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Titus 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Boston Public 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Family Law 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

The King of Queens 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Weber Show 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The West Wing 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

The X-Files 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Best in Show 2000 (Movie)

Christy Cummings (Actor)

Gilmore Girls 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

What Planet Are You From? 2000 (Movie)

Doreen (Actor)

Bakersfield P.D. 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Joe's Life 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Fatal Instinct 1993 (Movie)

Prison Reporter (Actor)

The Fugitive 1993 (Movie)

Doctor Kathy Wahlund (Actor)

Straight Talk 1992 (Movie)

Gladys (Actor)

Vice Versa 1988 (Movie)

Ms Lindstrom (Actor)

Anger Management (Tv Show)

Actor

Mr. Troop Mom (TV Show)

Actor

The Real O'Neals (Tv Show)

Herself

Biography

A scene-stealing character actress first known to fans of Christopher Guest films for her breakout role as dog trainer Christy Cummings in "Best in Show" (2000), Jane Lynch eventually went on to earn lead actor status in a variety of projects. Lynch's talent for playing confident and normal characters with a suggestion of something slightly twisted beneath the surface made her a perfect fit for mainstream comedies like "The 40-Year Old Virgin" (2005) and "Talladega Nights" (2006) - both of which established her persona. Her prolific film work and dizzying schedule as a TV guest star led to recurring roles on "Two and a Half Men" (CBS, 2003-15), "The L Word" (Showtime, 2005-09), and eventually starring status on "Glee" (Fox, 2009-2015), the high school theater send-up that showcased Lynch's talent for putting her offbeat spin on typically buttoned-up characters. In fact, it was her turn as the high school gym teacher and arch-nemesis Sue Sylvester on "Glee" that catapulted the always funny Lynch into a household name. Meanwhile, Lynch became the unofficial spokesperson for LGBT rights when she married her longtime partner, Lara Embry, in 2010. (The couple divorced in 2014.) Whether on television or the silver screen - or even as host of the Emmy Awards - Lynch always elevated the material with her biting wit and unending comic talent.

Relationships

Lara Embry

Wife
Announced plans to wed long-term partner sometime in 2010 Couple married on May 31, 2010 in Sunderland, MA

EDUCATION

Cornell

Ithaca , New York

Milestones

2015

Starred in comedy-drama series "Angel From Hell"

2013

Hosted summer game show "Hollywood Game Night" on NBC

2012

Appeared in the big screen remake of "The Three Stooges," directed by the Farrelly brothers

2011

Named host of the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards

2011

Released her memoir Happy Accidents

2010

Cast in a guest-starring role on Nickelodeon's "iCarly," as the mother of Sam (played by Jennette McCurdy), the title character's best friend

2009

Played Julia Child's (played by Meryl Streep) sister in Nora Ephron's "Julie & Julia"

2009

Cast as cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester on Fox's high-school musical series "Glee"

2008

Co-starred with Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott in the comedy feature "Role Models"

2006

Played a coked-up producer of a reality TV show in the mockumentary "Surviving Eden"

2006

Cast opposite Will Ferrell in the comedy "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby"

2006

Reunited with Guest to play a TV host in "For Your Consideration"

2005

Played a lesbian lawyer on the Showtime series "The L Word"

2004

Appeared in the teen comedy "Sleepover"

2004

Had a recurring role as Dr. Linda Freeman on CBS' "Two and a Half Men"

2003

Appeared in Guest's comedic take on folk music "A Mighty Wind" as porn actress turned singer Laurie Bohner

2002

Starred as a sarcastic nurse on the ABC medical comedy "MDs"

2002

Played a government agent in the action movie "Collateral Damage"

2002

Cast as a 1940s-style receptionist in the TNT movie "The Big Time"

2000

Landed breakthrough film role as Christy Cummings, the butch personal dog handler to trophy wife Sheri Ann Cabot (Jennifer Coolidge) in Christopher Guest's "Best in Show"

1993

Cast in a small role opposite Harrison Ford in "The Fugitive"

1992

Appeared in the Lifetime movie "In the Best Interest of the Children"

1991

Played Carol Brady in "The Real Live Brady Bunch" at Chicago's Annoyance Theatre

1989

Wrote and starred in the award-winning play "Oh Sister, My Sister"; also kicked off the Lesbians in Theater program at the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center in 2004

1988

Made her film debut with a small role in the body-switching comedy "Vice Versa"

Guest-starred on several TV sitcoms such as, "Married... with Children" (Fox), "NewsRadio" (NBC) and "Frasier" (NBC)

Toured with The Second City comedy troupe

Bonus Trivia

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Lynch was open about her lesbianism, often cracking jokes about her romantic life in interviews.

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Lynch's time in Chicago was split between stage acting and improv comedy: she worked with both the Steppenwolf Theatre Company and The Second City.

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