Katherine Helmond

Actor, Director, Acting teacher
Most noted for playing outspoken, bawdy or endearingly ditzy matriarchs, actress Katherine Helmond enjoyed a career lengthier and more diverse than her beloved television roles might have suggested. After more than a ... Read more »
Born: 07/05/1929 in Galveston, Texas, USA

Filmography

Actor (74)

Collaborator 2012 (Movie)

Irene Longfellow (Actor)

Cars 2 2011 (Movie)

Lizzie (Voice)

Harry's Law 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

True Blood 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Melissa & Joey 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Glades 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cars 2006 (Movie)

Voice of Lizzie (Actor)

Everybody Loves Raymond 1998 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Mr. Saint Nick 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Living in Fear 2000 (Movie)

Mrs. Ford (Actor)

Strong Medicine 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Providence 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Coach 1994 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Fast Forward 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas 1998 (Movie)

Desk Clerk at Mint Hotel (Actor)

Sex and the Silver Screen 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Spy Within 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

Wax Cracks Hollywood 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Amore! 1993 (Movie)

(Actor)

Inside Monkey Zetterland 1993 (Movie)

Honor Zetterland (Actor)

Deceptions: A Mother's Secret 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Who's the Boss? 1984 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

When Will I Be Loved? 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The 47th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Performer

Lady in White 1988 (Movie)

Amanda Harper (Actor)

Sea World's All-Star, Lone Star Celebration 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Faerie Tale Theatre 1982 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Overboard 1987 (Movie)

Edith Mintz (Actor)

Shadey 1987 (Movie)

Lady Constance Landau (Actor)

The Love Boat: The Shipshape Cruise 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Benson 1979 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Texas 150: A Celebration Special 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Brazil 1985 (Movie)

Mrs Ida Lowry (Actor)

Not in Front of the Kids 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Side By Side 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

For Lovers Only 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Fit For a King 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Scout's Honor 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Soap 1977 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Time Bandits 1981 (Movie)

Mrs Ogre (Actor)

Pearl 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

The Pat Boone and Family Easter Special 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Baby Blue Marine 1976 (Movie)

Mrs Hudkins (Actor)

Family Plot 1976 (Movie)

Mrs Maloney (Actor)

James Dean 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

People Like Us 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

ABC's Matinee Today 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

The Hindenburg 1974 (Movie)

Mrs Mildred Breslau (Actor)

Believe in Me 1971 (Movie)

Saleslady (Actor)

The Hospital 1971 (Movie)

Marilyn Mead (Actor)

A Grandpa For Christmas (TV Show)

Actor

Cage Without a Key (TV Show)

Actor

Christmas Snow (TV Show)

Actor

Dr. Max (TV Show)

Actor

Getting Married (TV Show)

Actor

Grass Roots (TV Show)

Actor

Larry (TV Show)

Actor

Little Ladies of the Night (TV Show)

Actor

Locusts (TV Show)

Actor

Ms. Scrooge (TV Show)

Actor

Save the Dog! (TV Show)

Actor

The Family Nobody Wanted (TV Show)

Actor

The Legend of Lizzie Borden (TV Show)

Actor

The Perfect Nanny (TV Show)

Actor

The Perfect Tribute (TV Show)

Actor

Wanted: The Sundance Woman (TV Show)

Actor

World War III (TV Show)

Actor
Director (1)

Shortstories (10/08/88) 1988 - 1989, 1994 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Director

Biography

Most noted for playing outspoken, bawdy or endearingly ditzy matriarchs, actress Katherine Helmond enjoyed a career lengthier and more diverse than her beloved television roles might have suggested. After more than a decade of scattered parts in film and on television, the classically trained stage actress earned a 1973 Tony Award for her performance in Eugene O'Neill's "The Great God Brown." Following her work on TV movies like "The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman" (CBS, 1974) and "The Legend of Lizzie Borden" (ABC, 1975), Helmond landed her breakout role as the spacey Jessica Tate on the envelope-pushing sitcom "Soap" (ABC, 1977-1981), earning the actress her first Golden Globe in 1980. Tapping into her inner "grotesque," Helmond collaborated with filmmaker Terry Gilliam for a pair of horrifyingly hilarious appearances in "Time Bandits" (1981) and "Brazil" (1985). Offbeat mothers seemed to be her bread and butter, and she successfully modulated her Jessica character for roles on "Who's The Boss" (ABC, 1984-1992) and "Everybody Loves Raymond" (CBS, 1996-2005). Continuing to work well into her eighties, she lent her talents to such diverse projects as the animated Disney-Pixar blockbuster "Cars" (2006) and the gore and sex soaked vampire soap opera "True Blood" (HBO, 2008-14). Whether playing a delightfully addled socialite, a plastic surgery addict in the dystopian future, or a sexually voracious grandmother, Helmond brought her uniquely manic and seemingly inexhaustible energy to each and every role.

Relationships

Patrick Joseph Helmond

Father

David Christian

Husband
met summer of 1962 at Hampton Playhouse, New Hampshire fellow Texan

Thelma Helmond

Mother

Jo Helmond

Sister
born on May 16, 1932

EDUCATION

American Film Institute Directing Workshop for Women

Los Angeles , California 1983

Center For Advanced Film Studies, American Film Institute

1982

Milestones

1995

Joined cast of ABC sitcom "Coach" in a recurring role

1988

First feature in a starring role, "Lady in White"

1984

Debut as director, "The Bankrupt" (date approximate)

1983

Accepted into AFI's Directing Workshop for Women

1981

Leading role in British made feature, "Time Bandits"

1978

Debut in a miniseries, "Pearl"

1977

Debut as star of TV sitcom, "Soap"

1976

Starring role in a TV-movie, "Wanted: The Sundance Woman"

1974

Debut in a TV-movie, "Locusts"

1973

TV debut in anthology series pilot, "ABC's Matinee Today"

1970

Feature debut, "Believe in Me"

Formed production company with husband, Taur-Can, Inc.

Moved to Northeast and joined several repertory companies including APA Theater, Trinity Rep, Hartford Stage and Phoenix Rep

Began acting in high school and local theaters in her hometown

Intial professional stage work with Houston Playhouse and Margo Jones Theatre in Dallas

Regular role on a TV series, "Who's The Boss?"

First performance in a play, "Stage Door"

Opened summer stock theater in the Catskills in the 1950s

Debut as TV sitcom director, "Who's The Boss?"

Taught acting at American Musical and Dramatic Academy, Brown University and Carnegie-Mellon University

Born and raised in Galveston, Texas

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