Maya Rudolph

Actress, Comedienne, Music supervisor
Maya Rudolph emerged as a face in the crowd on television's most popular sketch-comedy show to become a respected and sought-after actress in her own right. After landing early minor roles on various television series ... Read more »
Born: 07/26/1972 in Gainesville, Florida, USA

Filmography

Actor (57)

Comedy Bang! Bang! 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Strange Magic 2015 (Movie)

Griselda (Voice)

The Nest 2015 (Movie)

(Actor)

Big Hero 6 2014 (Movie)

Cass (Voice)

Inherent Vice 2014 (Movie)

Petunia Leeway (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Mr. Pig 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Portlandia 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Greens Are Gone 2014 (Movie)

Joanne (Actor)

The Maya Rudolph Show 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Herself

The Nut Job 2014 (Movie)

Precious (Voice)

Grown Ups 2 2013 (Movie)

Deanna McKenzie (Actor)

Hollywood Game Night 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Way, Way Back 2013 (Movie)

Caitlyn (Actor)

Turbo 2013 (Movie)

Burn (Voice)

Up All Night 2011 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Conan 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Friends With Kids 2012 (Movie)

Leslie (Actor)

Saturday Night Live 1999 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Host

The 17th Annual Critics' Choice Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Performer

The 84th Annual Academy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bridesmaids 2011 (Movie)

Lillian (Actor)

The Women of SNL 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

The Zookeeper 2011 (Movie)

Mollie the Giraffe (Voice)

Grown Ups 2010 (Movie)

Deanne McKenzie (Actor)

MacGruber 2010 (Movie)

Casey (Actor)

Away We Go 2009 (Movie)

Verona (Actor)

Bollywood Hero 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Kath & Kim 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Black List: Volume Two 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The Late Show With David Letterman 2009 (Tv Show)

Guest

Chicago Hope 1996 - 1997, 1999 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

City of Angels 1999 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Showbiz Show with David Spade 2003 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Shrek the Third 2007 (Movie)

Voice of Rapunzel (Actor)

The Simpsons 2007 (Tv Show)

Voice

A Prairie Home Companion 2006 (Movie)

Molly (Actor)

Campus Ladies 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Idiocracy 2006 (Movie)

Rita (Actor)

50 First Dates 2004 (Movie)

Stacy (Actor)

Duplex 2003 (Movie)

Tara (Actor)

Night of Too Many Stars 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Saturday Night Live: Mothers' Day Special 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Chuck and Buck 2000 (Movie)

Jamila (Actor)

Duets 2000 (Movie)

Omaha Karaoke Hostess (Actor)

The Devil's Child 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

As Good As It Gets 1997 (Movie)

Policewoman (Actor)

Gattaca 1997 (Movie)

Delivery Nurse (Actor)

Family Guy (Tv Show)

Voice
Music (4)

Strange Magic 2015 (Movie)

("Love Is Strange") (Song Performer)

Duets 2000 (Movie)

("Hit Me With Your Best Shot") (Song Performer)

Duets 2000 (Movie)

(Music Supervisor)

The Pest 1997 (Movie)

("Oye Querido") (Song Performer)

Biography

Maya Rudolph emerged as a face in the crowd on television's most popular sketch-comedy show to become a respected and sought-after actress in her own right. After landing early minor roles on various television series and in the occasional high-profile film like "As Good as It Gets" (1997), Rudolph's big break came in 2000 when she joined the regular cast of "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ). During her seven years on the show, she established herself as one of the most memorable female performers in its history with her wildly diverse characters and commanding vocal ability. Rudolph continued to pursue a feature film career in the off-season as well, with turns in projects like Adam Sandler's "50 First Dates" (2004), writer-director Mike Judge's "Idiocracy" (2006) and the DreamWorks animated smash "Shrek the Third" (2007). Post-"SNL," Rudolph garnered rave reviews and newfound respect as an actress for her starring role as an expectant mother alongside John Krasinski in Sam Mendes' low-key dramedy "Away We Go" (2009). She went on to enjoy not only critical acclaim, but box office success alongside former "SNL" cohort Kirsten Wiig in the breakout comedy smash "Bridesmaids" (2011) while simultaneously returning to weekly TV with a co-starring role on "Up All Night" (NBC, 2011- ). Rudolph's seemingly limitless versatility, combined with the invaluable comedic training in Studio 8H had positioned her as one of the most welcome presences in both film and television.

Relationships

Paul Thomas Anderson Director

Companion
Began dating 2001

Lucille Anderson

Daughter
Born Nov. 6, 2009; father, Paul Thomas Anderson

Pearl Anderson

Daughter
Born Oct. 15, 2005; father, Paul Thomas Anderson

Jack Anderson

Son
Born July 3, 2011; father, Paul Thomas Anderson

Minnie Riperton Song

Mother
Born Nov. 8, 1947; best known for her five-octave range and her 1975 hit "Lovin' You," which was written for Maya when she was a baby Died of breast cancer on July 12, 1979

Richard Rudolph Song

Father
Co-wrote many of Minnie Riperton's songs including her 1975 hit "Loving You" Worked together as music supervisors in "Duets" (2000)

EDUCATION

Saint Augustine by the Sea School

Santa Monica , California
Met childhood friend, actress Gwyneth Paltrow

Crossroads School

Santa Monica , California

University of California, Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz , California 1995
Graduated with a degree in photography from Porter College

Milestones

2013

Featured in "The Way Way Back," "Grown Ups 2" and "Turbo" within weeks of each other during the summer-movie season

2012

Cast in the ensemble comedy "Friends with Kids," written and directed by co-star Jennifer Westfeldt

2011

Played the bride-to-be in the comedy hit "Bridesmaids"

2011

Cast as a high maintenance daytime talk show host on NBC comedy series "Up All Night"; co-starred with Christina Applegate and Will Arnett

2010

Appeared in the ensemble comedy "Grown Ups," about five friends who reunite for a Fourth of July holiday weekend; film starred Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, and Rob Schneider

2009

Co-starred with John Krasinski in the Sam Mendes-directed indie "Away We Go"

2008

Had a recurring role as Athena Scooberman in NBC's "Kath & Kim"

2007

Voiced Rapunzel in the animated film "Shrek the Third"

2006

Landed first prominent film role in Robert Altman's "A Prairie Home Companion"

2006

Co-starred with Luke Wilson in the Mike Judge sci-fi comedy "Idiocracy"

2004

Played a small role in "50 First Dates," starring Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler

2001

Became a regular "Saturday Night Live" cast member

2000

Reunited with her childhood friend Gwyneth Paltrow in the karaoke comedy "Duets"; her father Richard Rudolph served as the movie's music supervisor

2000

Played the recurring role of Nurse Grace Patterson on the short-lived CBS series "City of Angels"

2000

Joined "Saturday Night Live" (NBC) as a featured performer

2000

Had a supporting role in Mike White's "Chuck & Buck"

1997

Played a policewoman in James L. Brooks' acclaimed feature "As Good As It Gets"

1996

Made acting debut on six episodes of "Chicago Hope" (CBS) as Nurse Leah Martine

1995

Joined former Weezer bassist Matt Sharp in the band The Rentals; played keyboard and sang vocals

Joined the famous The Groundlings improv troupe in Los Angeles

Formed the nine-piece funk band Super Sauce with classmates; played synthesizer and sang vocals

Bonus Trivia

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Rudolph performed "Together In Pooping" and "Little Roundworm" with Triumph the Insult Comic Dog (Robert Smigel) on his album Come Poop With Me.

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Rudolph juggled many creative interests as a child: "I wanted to make movies, I wanted to sing in a band, and make clothes on the side." – from Entertainment Weekly, June 19, 2009

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