Melissa McCarthy

Actress
Emmy-winning actress Melissa McCarthy brought a sugar-buzz sweetness to her turns as likable if occasionally over-excitable young women on series like "Gilmore Girls" (The WB/The CW, 2001-07), "Samantha Who?" (ABC ... Read more »
Born: 08/25/1970 in Plainfield, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (43)

Ghostbusters (Reboot) 2016 (Movie)

Patty (Actor)

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

Mike and Molly 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Spy 2015 (Movie)

Susan Cooper (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2002 - 2003, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

St. Vincent 2014 (Movie)

Maggie (Actor)

Tammy 2014 (Movie)

Tammy (Actor)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2011, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Conan 2011, 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Identity Thief 2013 (Movie)

Diana (Actor)

The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 85th Annual Academy Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Hangover Part III 2013 (Movie)

Cassie (Actor)

The Heat 2013 (Movie)

Mullins (Actor)

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

Presenter

The 69th Annual Golden Globes Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

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

Presenter

This Is 40 2012 (Movie)

Catherine (Actor)

Bridesmaids 2011 (Movie)

Megan (Actor)

Saturday Night Live 2011 (Tv Show)

Host

Life As We Know It 2010 (Movie)

Deedee (Actor)

Private Practice 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Back-Up Plan 2010 (Movie)

Carol (Actor)

Big Love 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Pretty Ugly People 2009 (Movie)

Becky (Actor)

Rita Rocks 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Samantha Who? 2007 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Just Add Water 2008 (Movie)

Selma (Actor)

Gilmore Girls 2000 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The Nines 2007 (Movie)

Margaret/Melissa/Mary (Actor)

Curb Your Enthusiasm 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Life of David Gale 2003 (Movie)

Goth Girl/Nico (Actor)

Pumpkin 2002 (Movie)

Cici Pinkus (Actor)

White Oleander 2002 (Movie)

Paramedic (Actor)

Charlie's Angels 2000 (Movie)

Doris (Actor)

D.C. 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Disney's The Kid 2000 (Movie)

Sky King Waitress (Actor)

Drowning Mona 2000 (Movie)

Shirley (Actor)

Go 1999 (Movie)

Sandra (Actor)
Producer (1)

Tammy 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

Emmy-winning actress Melissa McCarthy brought a sugar-buzz sweetness to her turns as likable if occasionally over-excitable young women on series like "Gilmore Girls" (The WB/The CW, 2001-07), "Samantha Who?" (ABC, 2007-09) and "Mike and Molly" (CBS, 2010- ). A veteran stand-up and improvisational comic, she burst onto the scene as Sookie St. James, best friend to Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham) on "Gilmore," and played variants of the role in subsequent series and feature films like "The Back-Up Plan" (2010) and "Life as We Know It" (2010). Her starring turn on "Molly" as a an overweight teacher who finds herself in a relationship with a similarly rotund policeman (Billy Gardell) was a fine showcase for her talents, and signaled the launch of her career as leading lady. Meanwhile, she continued to shine in a number of high-profile supporting roles, particularly in the hit female-driven comedy from Judd Apatow, "Bridesmaids" (2011), in which she displayed her exceptional gifts for physical comedy and demonstrated that when it came to scene-stealing, she had few comedic peers. That film, for which she was nominated her for an Oscar, made her one of the most successful movie comedians of her generation, leading to hits including further collaborations with "Bridesmaids" director Paul Feig.

Relationships

Ben Falcone Actor

Husband
Married Oct. 8, 2005 in Los Angeles, CA

Vivian Falcone

Daughter
Born May 5, 2007; father, Ben Falcone

Georgette Falcone

Daughter
Born March 22, 2010; father, Ben Falcone

Jenny McCarthy Actor

Cousin

EDUCATION

The Actors Studio

New York , New York

Joliet Catholic Academy

Joliet , Illinois
Formerly St. Francis Academy

Milestones

2015

Reunited with writer/director Paul Feig for action comedy "Spy."

2014

Co-starred opposite Bill Murray in the comedy-drama "St. Vincent."

2014

Starred in "Tammy," her first collaboration with husband Ben Falcone.

2013

Cast opposite Jason Bateman in "Identity Thief"

2013

Starred in "The Heat" with Sandra Bullock

2013

Appeared in "The Hangover Part III"

2012

Featured opposite Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann in "This Is 40," directed by Judd Apatow

2011

Co-starred with Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph in comedy blockbuster "Bridesmaids"

2010

Starred on CBS sitcom "Mike & Molly"

2010

Co-starred in the romantic comedy "The Back-Up Plan" with Jennifer Lopez

2007

Cast in supporting role alongside Christina Applegate on ABC sitcom "Samantha Who?"

2007

Made writing and directing debut with short film "Polk Valley"; also played the main character

2007

Played lead role in John August directed "The Nines" with Hope Davis and Ryan Reynolds

2003

Landed a small role in "The Life of David Gale"

2002

Played Ben Affleck's office buddy in the romantic comedy "The Third Wheel"

2000

Appeared in "The Kid," starring Bruce Willis

2000

Made series debut as a regular, playing Lorelai's best friend Sookie on The WB's "Gilmore Girls"

1999

Had a small role in Doug Liman's ensemble feature "Go"

1998

Starred in John August's independent short film "God"

1997

Made first TV appearance with a bit part on her cousin's MTV sketch comedy program "The Jenny McCarthy Show"

Became a member of the Los Angeles-based Groundlings improvisational comedy troupe

Bonus Trivia

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Started as a standup comedian in New York before joining Los Angeles improv troupe The Groundlings.

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Got her breakout role as Sookie St. James in "Gilmore Girls" when Alex Borstein dropped out of the series due to pregnancy and obligations to the animated series "Family Guy." Sookie's boyfriend and eventual husband was played by Borstein's real-life husband Jackson Douglas.

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"Once I started to figure out what was happening, everything just got really noisy. It was like a train. I got shaky and I thought I was going to knock myself out." – McCarthy on her 2011 Emmy nomination for Lead Actress in a Comedy, quoted in TV Guide, August 2011

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"Melissa is one of the only people out there who can get the laughs that make people choke. I definitely do not know anyone funnier." – "Bridesmaids" producer Judd Apatow on McCarthy, quoted in Rolling Stone, Sept. 15, 2011

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"Her performance blew me away. I couldn't even laugh because I didn't want to miss anything." – Michelle Williams on McCarthy's acting in "Bridesmaids," quoted in People magazine, Feb. 20, 2012

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To celebrate retiring "The Daily Show" host Jon Stewart on her final appearance on his show in June 2015, she wore a dress covered with silkscreened photos of the host, which she designed and sewed herself.

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An avid seamstress throughout her adult life, McCarthy launched her own fashion line, Melissa McCarthy Seven7, in 2015. "People don’t stop at size 12. I feel like there’s a big thing missing where you can’t dress to your mood above a certain number. It’s an odd thing that you can’t go shopping with your friends because your store is upstairs hidden by the tire section. 'We’ll put you gals over there because we don’t want to see you, and you probably don’t want to be seen.' There is just this weird thing about how we perceive women in this country. I would love to be a part of breaking that down." -- More, June 2015

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