Maura Tierney

Actress, Producer
Mixing a weary vulnerability with intelligence and strength, Maura Tierney became known to audiences for her Emmy-nominated role as nurse-turned doctor Abby Lockhart on "ER" (NBC, 1994-2009). A series regular on the ... Read more »
Born: 02/03/1965 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Filmography

Actor (42)

The Affair 2014 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

Stand Up to Cancer 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Nature Calls 2012 (Movie)

Janine (Actor)

Stand Up to Cancer 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

The Whole Truth 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

ER 1994 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Baby Mama 2008 (Movie)

Caroline (Actor)

Celebrity Poker Showdown 1994 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Finding Amanda 2008 (Movie)

Lorraine Mendon (Actor)

King of the Hill 1994 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Voice

Newsradio 1994 - 1999, 2001 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Semi-Pro 2008 (Movie)

Lynn (Actor)

The 2007 Primetime Creative Arts Emmys 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The Go-Getter 2008 (Movie)

Hal's Pets (Actor)

Diggers 2007 (Movie)

Gina (Actor)

Christmas in Rockefeller Center 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Danny Roane: First Time Director 2005 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Welcome to Mooseport 2004 (Movie)

Sally Mannis (Actor)

ER 200: A Dateline Special 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Insomnia 2002 (Movie)

Rachel Clement (Actor)

Scotland, PA 2002 (Movie)

Pat McBeth (Actor)

Sammy 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

Forces of Nature 1999 (Movie)

Bridget (Actor)

Instinct 1999 (Movie)

Lyn Powell (Actor)

Primary Colors 1998 (Movie)

Daisy (Actor)

Liar Liar 1997 (Movie)

Audrey Reede (Actor)

Mercy 1996 (Movie)

Simonett (Actor)

Primal Fear 1996 (Movie)

Naomi Chance (Actor)

704 Hauser Street 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Fly By Night 1994 (Movie)

Denise (Actor)

The Temp 1993 (Movie)

Sharon Derns (Actor)

The Linguini Incident 1992 (Movie)

(Actor)

White Sands 1992 (Movie)

Noreen (Actor)

Dead Women in Lingerie 1990 (Movie)

Molly Field (Actor)

Flying Blind 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Van Dyke Show 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Crossing the Mob (TV Show)

Actor

Melvin Goes to Dinner (TV Show)

Actor

Out of Darkness (TV Show)

Actor

Oxygen (TV Show)

Actor

Poliwood (TV Show)

Actor

Student Exchange (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Mixing a weary vulnerability with intelligence and strength, Maura Tierney became known to audiences for her Emmy-nominated role as nurse-turned doctor Abby Lockhart on "ER" (NBC, 1994-2009). A series regular on the series "NewsRadio" (NBC, 1995-99) for five seasons, the wry Tierney provided strong support in the films "Liar Liar" (1996) with Jim Carrey and "Forces of Nature" (1999) with Ben Affleck, as well as essayed several acclaimed stage roles. The actress made headlines in 2010 when she had to drop out of the series "Parenthood" (NBC, 2010- ) when she announced that she was undergoing treatment for breast cancer. Always a compelling presence, the actress was a welcome addition to any project, and fans and critics hoped to see a healthy Tierney back at the top of her game.

Relationships

Billy Morrissette Actor

Husband
Met on the set of a TV series that never aired Married Feb. 1, 1993 Divorced July 2006

Joseph Tierney

Father
Boston politician who served on the Boston City Council for 15 years

Pat Tierney

Mother

EDUCATION

Circle in the Square Theater School

New York , New York

New York University

New York , New York
Left with only six credits left to graduate

Notre Dame Academy

Hingham , Massachusetts

Milestones

2010

Joined Rob Morrow for the ABC legal drama "The Whole Truth"

2010

Co-starred with Frances McDormand in the bicoastal production of "North Atlantic"

2009

Cast to star in NBC's drama, "Parenthood," but had to drop out due to her cancer treatments; Lauren Graham replaced her

2009

Joined the cast of "Rescue Me" (FX) as a love interest for Denis Leary's character

2008

Co-starred with Matthew Broderick in the comedy, "Finding Amanda"

2008

Played Tina Fey's sister in the comedy, "Baby Mama"

2006

Joined the cast of Neil LaBute's off-Broadway play "Some Girl(s)"

2004

Co-starred with Ray Romano and Gene Hackman in "Welcome to Mooseport"

2002

Played a supporting role in the Christopher Nolan-directed, "Insomnia"

2001

Cast in "Scotland, Pa.," in a role written specifically for her by writer/director and then-husband Billy Morrissette

2000

Joined the cast of NBC's "ER" as nurse Abby Lockhart; earned an Emmy nomination in 2001

1999

Cast in a supporting role as Ben Affleck's fiancee in "Forces of Nature"

1999

Executive produced and co-starred with Adrien Brody in the film, "Oxygen"

1998

Had supporting role in Mike Nichols' "Primary Colors"

1996

Played Jim Carrey's ex-wife in the comedy, "Liar, Liar"

1995

Played obsessive overachiever, Lisa Miller on the NBC sitcom, "NewsRadio"

1994

Cast as Cherlyn Markowitz on the short-lived CBS series, "704 Hauser"

1990

Feature debut, "Dead Women in Lingerie"

1988

Made series debut as regular in CBS' "The Van Dyke Show"

1987

Made TV debut in ABC's "Student Exchange"

Began acting as a teenager; participated in a high school drama festival sponsored by The Boston Globe

Bonus Trivia

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About her often being cast as girlfriends or spurned wives: "That's the job I get. I don't know, I think in life I'm kind of this facilitator-type person. On ['NewsRadio'], I was a straight-man type. And I think a lot of other roles I play are to facilitate something else. It would be more fun to play characters that are just there for themselves and not serving the plot." - Tierney to Time Out New York, Feb. 3-10, 2000

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On July 13, 2009, Tierney revealed that she will be having surgery to remove a breast tumor; she was later diagnosed with breast cancer.

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