Jayne Houdyshell

Stage actress Jayne Houdyshell worked steadily in theater productions throughout America before vaulting to fame as the formidable mother in Lisa Kron's drama "Well," which led to starring roles in "Fish in the Dark" ... Read more »
Born: 09/23/1953 in Topeka, Kansas, USA

Filmography

Actor (21)

American Odyssey 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Elementary 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2002, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lucky Stiff 2015 (Movie)

Harry's Landlady (Actor)

Neon Joe, Werewolf Hunter 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Blue Bloods 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Romeo and Juliet 2014 (Movie)

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Morning Glory 2010 (Movie)

Stage Manager (Actor)

Running Wilde 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Bounty Hunter 2010 (Movie)

Landlady (Actor)

Everybody's Fine 2009 (Movie)

Alice (Actor)

Conviction (NBC) 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Trust the Man 2006 (Movie)

Sex Addicts Leader (Actor)

Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Things that Hang from Trees 2005 (Movie)

Pam Dupont (Actor)

Garden State 2004 (Movie)

Mrs Lubin (Actor)

Road 2004 (Movie)

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Maid in Manhattan 2002 (Movie)

Carmen (Actor)

Law & Order 1997, 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Third Watch 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Loving Leah (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Stage actress Jayne Houdyshell worked steadily in theater productions throughout America before vaulting to fame as the formidable mother in Lisa Kron's drama "Well," which led to starring roles in "Fish in the Dark" and "The Humans," among other plays. Born in Topkea, Kansas on September 25, 1953, she fell in love with acting as a high school student and pursued her theatrical training during a single year at a liberal arts college in her home state. Houdyshell then honed her focus on acting at the Academy of Dramatic Art at Oakland University in Michigan, from which she graduated with honors before performing in regional theaters throughout the United States. By the 1980s, she had relocated to New York and appeared in productions by some of the most prestigious theater companies in the United States, including the Steppenwolf Theater, Yale Repertory Theater and American Conservatory Theater. Houdyshell made her screen debut in a 1999 episode of "Third Watch" (NBC, 1999-2005), and subsequently logged minor roles in features like "Maid in Manhattan" (2002) and "Garden State" (2004), as well as numerous episodic series. Her breakout year came in 2004 with her turn as playwright Lisa Kron's semi-invalid but mentally sharp mother in the Off-Broadway debut of the drama "Well." Houdyshell won an Obie and Theater World Award for her performance, and followed the play to Broadway in 2006, where she received a Tony nomination. Her success in "Well" led to appearances in several major Broadway productions, including "Wicked" in 2006 and "Follies" in 2011, for which she received her second Tony nomination. Her screen appearances also grew in stature, and included a recurring role as a judge on "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC, 1999- ) and the Nurse - a role she had played in a 2013 Broadway production - in Don Roy King's adaptation of "Romeo and Juliet" (2014). Her high-profile theater run continued the following year with a co-starring role opposite Larry David in his comedy "Fish in the Dark" (2015) and the Pulitzer Prize-nominated "The Humans" (2016), for which she received her third Tony nomination, as well as nods from the Drama League Awards, Outer Critics Circle, New York Drama Critics Circle and Lucille Lortel Awards.

EDUCATION

Oakland University

Milestones

2016

Landed third Tony nod for "The Humans"

2011

Scored second Tony nomination for revival of "Follies"

2006

Landed star-making role as playwright Lisa Kron's mother in "Well"

1999

Made TV debut on NBC procedural "Third Watch"

Bonus Trivia

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After performing in regional theater, she decided to move to New York in 1980 to try her hand at Broadway, but did not take up permanent residence there until 2000 at the age of 46.

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At the age of 20, she briefly married her leading man in a regional production of "Damn Yankees." The marriage ended soon after and she remained unattached since then.

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