Kathy Najimy

Actor, Director, Playwright
A dark-haired, vivacious comic character actress with stage experience, Kathy Najimy began her film career playing small, outlandish roles such as a crazed video store customer in Terry Gilliam's "The Fisher King" ... Read more »
Born: 02/06/1957 in San Diego, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (95)

A Christmas Melody 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

The $100,000 Pyramid 2016 (Tv Show)

Herself

Unforgettable 2015 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

Veep 2014 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

Younger 2015 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

Descendants 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside Amy Schumer 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Herself

Kingdom Come 2014 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Celebrity Poker Showdown 1995 - 1996, 2002 - 2005, 2009 - 2010, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Chicago Hope 1995 - 1996, 2002 - 2003, 2009 - 2010, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Clueless 1995 - 1998, 2002 - 2005, 2009 - 2010, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Early Edition 1994 - 1998, 2002 - 2005, 2009 - 2010, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ellen 1994 - 1998, 2002 - 2005, 2009 - 2010, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

For Your Love 1995 - 1998, 2002 - 2005, 2009 - 2010, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Rachael Vs. Guy Celebrity Cook-Off 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Contestant

RuPaul's Drag Race 2009 - 2010, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Star Search 2002 - 2003, 2009 - 2010, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Big C 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Twisted 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas 2013 (Movie)

Kim (Actor)

Why We Laugh: Funny Women 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Deck the Halls 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Stars In Shorts 2012 (Movie)

Sid's Mother (Actor)

The Guilt Trip 2012 (Movie)

Gayle (Actor)

BearCity 2 2011 (Movie)

(Actor)

Franklin & Bash 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mr. Sunshine 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ugly Betty 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ace of Cakes 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Desperate Housewives 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

King of the Hill 1996 - 2009 (TV Show)

Voice

Privileged 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

WALL-E 2008 (Movie)

Voice of Mary (Actor)

Numb3rs 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bam Bam and Celeste 2006 (Movie)

Gypsy Fortune Teller (Actor)

Game Show Marathon 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Say Uncle 2006 (Movie)

Maggie Butler (Actor)

Getting Played 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

Boomer Nation 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Scream Team 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Adventures From the Book of Virtues 1996 - 2002 (TV Show)

Voice

Hollywood Unleashed 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Tracey Ullman's Visible Panty Lines 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Equality Rocks 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Rat Race 2001 (Movie)

Bev Pear (Actor)

The Wedding Planner 2001 (Movie)

Geri (Actor)

Attention Shoppers 2000 (Movie)

(Actor)

CinderElmo 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Disney's Hercules 1998 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

He's Having a Baby 2000 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Intimate Portrait: Kathy Najimy 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Snowden's Christmas 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

The College of Comedy With Alan King, Part II 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Veronica's Closet 1997 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebrity Weddings: In Style 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Happy Hour 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Storytime 1993 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Bride of Chucky 1998 (Movie)

Motel Maid (Actor)

Hope Floats 1998 (Movie)

Toni Post (Actor)

The 19th Annual CableACE Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 24th Annual People's Choice Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Performer

The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story 1998 (Movie)

Voice of Chil (Actor)

Cats Don't Dance 1997 (Movie)

of Tillie (Voice)

Duckman 1993 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Nevada 1997 (Movie)

Ruth (Actor)

Women Without Implants 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Zack & Reba 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

Comic Relief VII 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Let's Make Sure Everybody Eats '95 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Lifetime Applauds: The Fight Against Breast Cancer 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Performer

In Search of Dr. Seuss 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Jeffrey 1995 (Movie)

(Actor)

Kathy and Mo: The Dark Side 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 67th Annual Academy Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

It's Pat 1994 (Movie)

Tippy (Actor)

Out There 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

She Tv 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Hocus Pocus 1993 (Movie)

Mary Sanderson (Actor)

London Underground 1990 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit 1993 (Movie)

Sister Mary Patrick (Actor)

Sister Act 1992 (Movie)

Mary Patrick (Actor)

The Kathy & Mo Show: Parallel Lives 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

This Is My Life 1992 (Movie)

Angela (Actor)

Soapdish 1991 (Movie)

Tawny Miller (Actor)

The Fisher King 1991 (Movie)

Crazed Video Customer (Actor)

The Hard Way 1991 (Movie)

Lang's Girl Friday (Actor)

What's Up, Dr. Ruth? 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

How to Fall in Love (TV Show)

Actor

If These Walls Could Talk 2 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Cyndi Lauper (TV Show)

Narrator

Jackie's Back! (TV Show)

Actor

The List (TV Show)

Actor

The Sissy Duckling (TV Show)

Voice

Biography

A dark-haired, vivacious comic character actress with stage experience, Kathy Najimy began her film career playing small, outlandish roles such as a crazed video store customer in Terry Gilliam's "The Fisher King" (1991) and the all-seeing costume mistress in daytime-TV satire "Soapdish" (1991). Her breakout came with her scene-stealing turn as the rotund, maniacally sunny-spirited Sister Mary Patrick in the unexpectedly popular "Sister Act" (1992). She followed this up with her role as the obsequious, ever-hungry Mary Sanderson, one of a trio of witches accidentally reincarnated, in the Disney comedy "Hocus Pocus" (1993) before recreating her religious role in the inevitable sequel, "Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit" (1993). For the sequel, she reportedly demanded and received a million-dollar paycheck. Oddly, other feature film roles did not follow and she was almost entirely off the big screen until Paul Rudnick's romantic comedy-drama "Jeffrey" (1995), in what amounted to a cameo, and "Nevada" (1997), a contemporary Western about a town seemingly populated only by women. Although she remained a steady presence as a character actress in both television and film, Najimy settled into working most often as a voice actress, most notably as suburban Texas wife and mother Peggy Hill on Mike Judge's long-running animated comedy "King of the Hill" (Fox 1997-2010) and in Pixar's ecological fable "WALL-E" (2008).

Relationships

John Boswell Sound Mixer

Companion
Dated for several years in the 1980s and 1990s No longer together

Dan Finnerty Actor

Husband
Married Aug. 8, 1998

Samia Finnerty

Daughter
Born Dec. 12, 1996; father, Dan Finnerty

Fred Najimy

Father
Lebanese immigrant

Samia Najimy

Mother
Lebanese immigrant

Thomas Najimy

Brother
Born 1954

Elaine Najimy

Sister
Born 1953

Ramona Najimy

Sister
Born 1950

Milestones

2012

Featured opposite Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen in "The Guilt Trip"

2011

Landed recurring role on ABC Family series "Make It or Break It"

2010

Guest starred on ABC's "Ugly Betty" as the orthodontist tasked with removing Betty’s (America Ferrera) trademark braces

2008

Lent voice to Pixar animated film "WALL-E"

2006

Joined cast of "Numbers" (CBS) in recurring role as Dr. Mildred Finch

2006

Starred in Peter Paige's feature directorial debut "Say Uncle"

2004

Returned to stage opposite Mo Gaffney in "Afterbirth: Kathy and Mo's Greatest Hits"

2001

Co-starred as part of an ensemble in the comedy "Rat Race"

2001

Played Jennifer Lopez's boss in "The Wedding Planner"

2000

Assumed lead role as Mae West in Broadway hit "Dirty Blonde"

1997

Played supporting role opposite Kirstie Alley on NBC's "Veronica's Closet"

1997

Provided voice of Peggy Hill for animated Fox series "King of the Hill"

1996

Played recurring role on CBS medical drama "Chicago Hope"

1995

Co-wrote and co-starred in HBO special "The Kathy and Mo Show: The Dark Side"

1993

First leading role in a film, "Hocus Pocus"

1993

Reprised role of Sister Mary Patrick in "Sister Act 2"

1992

Landed breathrough film role as joyful nun Sister Mary Patrick opposite Whoopi Goldberg in "Sister Act"

1991

Made film debut in "The Hard Way"

1991

TV debut, the HBO comedy special based on their off-Broadway show "The Kathy and Mo Show: Parallel Lives"

1988

Debuted "The Kathy and Mo Show" off-Broadway, co-written and co-starring Maureen 'Mo' Gaffney

Served as resident director of the New Image Teen Theater

Member of the feminist theater group Sisters On Stage; performed one-woman show "It's My Party"

Bonus Trivia

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Olive, Najimy's Lebanese-American character on "Veronica's Closet," was given the surname Massery in honor of her mother, Samira Massery

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In 2005, Najimy was chosen by Ms. magazine as Woman of the Year.

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Najimy signed the "We Had Abortions" petition, which appears in the October 2006 issue of Ms. magazine. The petition contained signatures of over 5,000 women declaring they had an abortion and were "unashamed of their decision."

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