Mary Lynn Rajskub

Actor, Comedian, Writer
After receiving her start in performing arts and comedy theater, actress Mary Lynn Rajskub made a name for herself as one of the original members of the sketch comedy series, "Mr. Show" (HBO, 1995-99). Rajskub left the ... Read more »
Born: 06/22/1971 in Michigan, USA

Filmography

Actor (45)

Maron 2015 (Tv Show)

Herself

24: Live Another Day 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Conan 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Sex, Death and Bowling 2014 (Movie)

Kim Wells (Actor)

Mash Up 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

The Kings of Summer 2013 (Movie)

Captain Davis (Actor)

How to Be a Gentleman 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Safety Not Guaranteed 2012 (Movie)

Bridget (Actor)

24 2003 - 2007, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Newsradio 1997 - 2000, 2003 - 2007, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Talkshow With Spike Feresten 2005 - 2007, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

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

Actor

Veronica's Closet 1998 - 2000, 2003 - 2007, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Humble Pie 2009 (Movie)

Peggy (Actor)

Julie & Julia 2009 (Movie)

Sarah (Actor)

Sunshine Cleaning 2009 (Movie)

Lynn (Actor)

Mad TV 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Grilled 2007 (Movie)

Renee (Actor)

Firewall 2006 (Movie)

Janet Stone (Actor)

Gilmore Girls 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Little Miss Sunshine 2006 (Movie)

Pageant Assistant Pam (Actor)

Kelsey Grammer Presents: The Sketch Show 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Mysterious Skin 2005 (Movie)

Avalyn Friesen (Actor)

Helter Skelter 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde 2003 (Movie)

Reena Gulani (Actor)

Punch-Drunk Love 2002 (Movie)

Elizabeth (Actor)

Storytelling 2002 (Movie)

Melinda (Actor)

Sweet Home Alabama 2002 (Movie)

Dorothea (Actor)

The Test 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Anniversary Party 2001 (Movie)

Mary-Lynn (Actor)

The Downer Channel 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Dude, Where's My Car? 2000 (Movie)

Zelmina (Actor)

Road Trip 2000 (Movie)

Blind Brenda (Actor)

Shasta Mcnasty 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Magnolia 1999 (Movie)

Janet (Actor)

Man on the Moon 1999 (Movie)

Friday's Mary (Actor)

Mr. Show 1995 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1998 VH1 Fashion Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Army Show 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Secret Lives of Men 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Bury Me in Kern County 1998 (Movie)

Amanda (Actor)

Comics Come Home 3 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Truth About Cats and Dogs 1996 (Movie)

Female Radio Caller (Actor)

Helter Skelter (Movie)

Squeaky Fromme (Actor)

Biography

After receiving her start in performing arts and comedy theater, actress Mary Lynn Rajskub made a name for herself as one of the original members of the sketch comedy series, "Mr. Show" (HBO, 1995-99). Rajskub left the show following its debut season in order to replace friend Janeane Garofalo's character on "The Larry Sanders Show" (HBO, 1992-98), playing the show-within-a-show's eager-to-please and often inappropriate guest booker. Having proven herself a dynamic comedic player on the small screen, she made the transition to features with small roles in "Road Trip" (2000) and "Storytelling" (2001) before landing a more significant supporting role opposite Adam Sandler and Emma Watson in "Punch-Drunk Love" (2002). Though most of her career to that point had a comedic bent, Rajskub made the surprising jump to drama with a high-profile supporting turn as the unconventional CTU analyst Chl O'Brian - one of the few people trusted by Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) - on the hit action series, "24" (Fox, 2001-2010). Though she spent most of her time behind a computer terminal aiding Bauer in whatever manner she could, Rajskub earned a loyal following, including within the real-life Homeland Security department which named a research and development program, "Project CHL ," in homage to her character. Both during and after the successful run of "24," Rajskub was featured in several films including "Little Miss Sunshine" (2006), "Sunshine Cleaning" (2008) and "Julie & Julia" (2009), all of which demonstrated the range and versatility of the talented young actress.

Relationships

Jon Brion

Companion
Wrote the score for "Magnolia" (1999) together c. 1997 no longer together

Jon Brion Song

Ex-Companion

David Cross Actor

Companion
Previously dated no longer together

Valentine Rolph

Son
Born July 24, 2008 father, Matthew Rolph

Matthew Rolph Actor

Husband
Married August 1, 2009 at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas

Duncan Trussell Actor

Companion
Dated in 2004 no longer together

EDUCATION

San Francisco Art Institute

San Francisco , California

Milestones

2009

Co-starred with Amy Adams in Nora Ephron's "Julie & Julia"

2006

Featured in a supporting role alongside Harrison Ford in feature film "Firewall"

2003

Joined the thrid season of FOX's "24" as CTU tech analyst Chloe O'Brian

2003

Re-teamed with Witherspoon for "Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde"

2002

Featured alongside Reeese Witherspoon in the comedy "Sweet Home Alabama"

2002

Re-teamed with director, Paul Thomas Anderson for "Punch-Drunk Love"

2001

Featured in the ensemble "The Anniversary Party" directed by Jennifer Jason Leigh and Alan Cumming

2001

Cast as a regular on NBC's "The Downer Channel"; also wrote sketches

2000

Appeared as a blind girl in the film "Road Trip"

1999

Featured in a cameo role in Paul Thomas Anderson's "Magnolia"

1999

Appeared in the Andy Kaufman biopic "Man on the Moon" directed by Milos Foreman

1999

Had a recurring role on NBC's "Veronica's Closet"

1996

Performed in the one-woman show "The Littlest Angel"

1996

Played a scattered talent booker on HBO's "The Larry Sanders Show"

1996

First feature, voicing a female caller in "The Truth About Cats and Dogs"

1995

Became an original cast member of HBO's "Mr. Show"

Nominated for the 2010 Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actress: Action Adventure

Raised in suburban Michigan

Formed (with Karen Kilgariff) the Girls Guitar Club, a spoof on the sensitive female singer-songwriter

Worked extensively in performance art and comedic theater

Bonus Trivia

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Her surname, which is of Czech origin, is pronounced "rice-kub"

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