Jessica Walter

Actor, Voice actor
A formidable screen presence, Jessica Walter worked steadily on television but made her first impression on critics as the frigid gossip Libby in Sidney Lumet's "The Group" (1966). She delivered on her promise as a ... Read more »
Born: 01/30/1941 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (92)

Archer 2009 - 2016 (TV Show)

Voice

Dr. Strange 2016 (Movie)

Morgan LeFay (Actor)

Bending the Rules 2014 (Movie)

Lena Gold (Actor)

Jennifer Falls 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Arrested Development 2003 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Retired at 35 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

The Big Bang Theory 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Gravity 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Make It or Break It 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Saving Grace 2007 - 2008, 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

90210 1964 - 1965, 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Coach 1964 - 1965, 1991 - 1992, 1994 - 1995, 2000 - 2001, 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jack & Jill 1964 - 1965, 1991 - 1992, 1994 - 1995, 1999 - 2001, 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jack's Place 1964 - 1965, 1991 - 1992, 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order 1964 - 1965, 1985 - 1987, 1991 - 1992, 1994 - 1995, 1999 - 2001, 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1964 - 1965, 1985 - 1987, 1991 - 1992, 1994 - 1995, 1999 - 2001, 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Henry Poole Is Here 2008 (Movie)

(Actor)

Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Rules of Engagement 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Wedding Bells 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Moving Image Salutes Ron Howard 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Unaccompanied Minors 2006 (Movie)

Cindi (Actor)

I Do (But I Don't) 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Dummy 2003 (Movie)

Fern Schoichet (Actor)

Touched By an Angel 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Grownups 2000 (Movie)

Mrs Epstein (Actor)

Babylon 5 1993 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Just Shoot Me 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Magic School Bus 1994 - 1998 (TV Show)

Voice

The Slums of Beverly Hills 1998 (Movie)

Doris (Actor)

Ninth Annual Genesis Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

PCU 1994 (Movie)

President Garcia-Thompson (Actor)

The Temptress 1994 (Movie)

Dr Phyllis Evergreen (Actor)

Clint Eastwood -- The Man From Malpaso 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Ghost in the Machine 1993 (Movie)

Elaine (Actor)

The Seventh Annual Genesis Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Dad's a Dog 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Jenny's Song 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Just a Regular Kid: An AIDS Story 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Tapeheads 1988 (Movie)

Kay Mart (Actor)

Wildfire 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Voice

Trapper John, M.D. 1979 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Day-to-Day Affairs 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The Execution 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

T.L.C. 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

The Flamingo Kid 1984 (Movie)

Phyllis Brody (Actor)

The Return of Marcus Welby, M.D. 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Spring Fever 1983 (Movie)

Celia Berryman (Actor)

Going Ape! 1981 (Movie)

Fiona (Actor)

Scruples 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Love of Life 1951 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Vampire 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Dr. Strange 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Arthur Hailey's "Wheels" 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

All That Glitters 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Amy Prentiss 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Hurricane 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Home For the Holidays 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Mission: Impossible 1966 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Women in Chains 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Play Misty for Me 1971 (Movie)

Evelyn (Actor)

The Immortal 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

The Immortal 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

Three's a Crowd 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

Number One 1969 (Movie)

Julie Catlan (Actor)

Bye Bye Braverman 1968 (Movie)

Inez Braverman (Actor)

Kiss Me, Kate 1967 - 1968 (TV Show)

Actor

Grand Prix 1966 (Movie)

Pat Stoddard (Actor)

The Group 1966 (Movie)

Libby MacAusland (Actor)

For the People 1964 - 1965 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lilith 1964 (Movie)

Laura (Actor)

Aaron's Way (TV Show)

Actor

Bare Essence (TV Show)

Actor

Black Market Baby (TV Show)

Actor

Doomsday Rock (TV Show)

Actor

Having Babies (TV Show)

Actor

Killer in the Mirror (TV Show)

Actor

Leave of Absence (TV Show)

Actor

Miracle on Ice (TV Show)

Actor

Mother Knows Best (TV Show)

Actor

Oh Baby (TV Show)

Actor

She's Dressed to Kill (TV Show)

Actor

The Round Table (TV Show)

Actor

The Showdown (Movie)

(Actor)

They Call It Murder (TV Show)

Actor

Three's a Crowd (TV Show)

Actor

Thursday's Child (TV Show)

Actor

Victory at Entebbe (TV Show)

Actor

Wild and Wooly (TV Show)

Actor

You Wish (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A formidable screen presence, Jessica Walter worked steadily on television but made her first impression on critics as the frigid gossip Libby in Sidney Lumet's "The Group" (1966). She delivered on her promise as a woman romantically obsessed with Clint Eastwood in the influential thriller "Play Misty for Me" (1971). She won an Emmy for playing "Amy Prentiss" (NBC, 1974-75), a groundbreaking female police chief and earned another nomination for recurring as the ex-wife of "Trapper John, M.D." (CBS, 1979-1986). She played a bored housewife in Garry Marshall's "The Flamingo Kid" (1984), the campily named "Kay Mart" in the cult hit "Tapeheads" (1988), and the college president facing off against Jeremy Piven in "PCU" (1994). On television, she played a series of family matriarchs: the voice of Fran on "Dinosaurs" (ABC, 1991-94); the brilliantly boozy and manipulative Lucille Bluth on the much beloved "Arrested Development" (Fox, 2003-06); the alcoholic grandmother on "90210" (The CW, 2008- ); and the voice of the slinky, oversexed superspy Malory Archer on the animated cult fave "Archer" (FX, 2009- ). As fans cheered upon hearing that a new "Arrested Development" series was in production, Walter was tapped alongside George Segal to return to live-action sitcoms to play the parents of a young man who "Retired at 35" (TV Land, 2011- ). An impressively arch comedic force who only improved with age, Jessica Walter enjoyed an amazingly career trajectory, proving that true talent was the most invaluable asset an actor of any age could have.

Relationships

Ross Bowman Director

Husband
Married 1966 Divorced 1978

Brooke Bowman

Daughter
Born in 1971 father, Ross Bowman

Ron Leibman Actor

Husband
Married June 26, 1983

David Walter

Father
Played with the NBC Symphony Orchestra

Esther Walter

Mother

EDUCATION

The High School of Performing Arts

New York , New York 1958

Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre

New York , New York

Bucks County Playhouse

Bucks County , Pennsylvania

Milestones

2008

Cast as Tabitha Wilson on "90210" (CW) a spin-off of the 90s series "Beverly Hills, 90210"

2007

Appeared in three episodes of the TNT series "Saving Grace"

2003

Cast as Lucille Bluth, the boozy, controlling mother on the FOX sitcom "Arrested Development"; earned a Supporting Actress Emmy (2005) nomination

1998

Appeared in the comedy feature "Slums of Beverly Hills"

1998

Played Cynthia Stevenson's mother in the Lifetime sitcom "Oh Baby"

1997

Had short-term role on the ABC drama "One Life to Live"

1992

Cast on the short-lived series "The Rountable" (NBC)

1991

Provided the voice of the mother on "Dinosaurs" (ABC)

1988

Had regular role on "Aaron's Way" (NBC)

1988

Returned to Broadway in Neil Simon's "Rumors"

1984

Played a bored affluent housewife in "The Flamingo Kid"

1983

Was a member of an ensemble cast in "Bare Essence" (NBC)

1980

Had recurring role on "Trapper John, M.D." (CBS)

1978

Made miniseries debut in "Wheels" (NBC)

1977

Cast on the short-lived syndicated series "All That Glitters"

1974

Starred in the NBC series "Amy Prentiss"

1970

Had one of her best screen roles as a psychotic in Clint Eastwood's "Play Misty for Me"

1969

Returned to the stage in "The Women" for the Repertory Theatre of New Orleans

1968

Made TV-movie debut in "The Immortal" (ABC)

1966

Had a memorable screen role as Libby in "The Group"

1965

Played William Shatner's wife on the short-lived CBS series "For the People"

1964

Made feature film debut in "Lillith" starring Warren Beatty

1962

Joined the CBS soap opera "Love of Life" as a regular cast member

1961

Broadway debut as Liz in "Advise and Consent"

1958

Stage debut in a Bucks County Playhouse production of "Middle of the Night"

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