Molly Shannon

Actor, Comedian, Assistant talent coordinator
Molly Shannon, the kooky comedienne with the twinkling blue eyes and elfin grin started out as a mid-season replacement on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ). By the time she left in 2001 to pursue a film career ... Read more »
Born: 09/15/1964 in Shaker Heights, Ohio, USA

Filmography

Actor (101)

Hotel Transylvania 2 2015 (Movie)

Wanda (Voice)

Larry Gaye: Renegade Male Flight Attendant 2015 (Movie)

Emily McCoy (Actor)

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl 2015 (Movie)

Denise Kushner (Actor)

Mulaney 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Millers 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Benched 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Conan 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Hollywood Game Night 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Life After Beth 2014 (Movie)

Geenie Slocum (Actor)

Raising Hope 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The (Dead Mothers) Club 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

The Spoils Of Babylon 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bob's Burgers 2013 (Tv Show)

Voice

Enlightened 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Getting On 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Happily Divorced 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jessie 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Scary Movie 5 2013 (Movie)

Heather Daltry (Actor)

Super Fun Night 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Middle 2011, 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Casa De Mi Padre 2012 (Movie)

Sheila (Actor)

Hotel Transylvania 2012 (Movie)

Wanda (Voice)

The Five-Year Engagement 2012 (Movie)

Onion Chef (Actor)

Trust Me 2012 (Movie)

Janice (Actor)

Up All Night 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Web Therapy 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bad Teacher 2011 (Movie)

Melody (Garrett's Mom) (Actor)

The Women of SNL 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Glee 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

In Living Color 1992 - 2002, 2005 - 2006, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Neighbors From Hell 1996 - 2001, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Voice

Primetime Glick 1994 - 2002, 2005 - 2006, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Saturday Night Live 1994 - 2001, 2005 - 2006, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sister, Sister 1993 - 2002, 2005 - 2006, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The John Larroquette Show 1993 - 2002, 2005 - 2006, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Showbiz Show with David Spade 1995 - 2001, 2005 - 2006, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Single Guy 1993 - 2002, 2005 - 2006, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Kath & Kim 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

What Goes Up 2009 (Movie)

Penelope Little (Actor)

Igor 2008 (Movie)

Voice of Eva (Actor)

30 Rock 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Evan Almighty 2007 (Movie)

Eve Adams (Actor)

Gray Matters 2007 (Movie)

Carrie (Actor)

Pushing Daisies 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Wedding Weekend 2007 (Movie)

Trish (Actor)

Year of the Dog 2007 (Movie)

Peggy (Actor)

Celebrity Autobiography: In their Own Words 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Little Man 2006 (Movie)

Soccer Mom (Actor)

Marie Antoinette 2006 (Movie)

Aunt Victoire (Actor)

Scary Movie 4 2006 (Movie)

Marilyn (Actor)

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby 2006 (Movie)

Mrs Dennit (Actor)

American Dad 2005 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Twelve Days of Christmas Eve 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Cracking Up 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Peter Cottontail: The Movie 2004 (Movie)

Jackie Frost (Voice)

Scrubs 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Will & Grace 1999 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

American Splendor 2003 (Movie)

Stage Actor Joyce (Actor)

Ed 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Good Boy! 2003 (Movie)

Mrs Baker (Actor)

My Boss's Daughter 2003 (Movie)

Audrey Bennett (Actor)

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

Actor

The Music Man 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebrity Adventures 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Christmas in Rockefeller Center 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Sex and the City 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

TV Tales 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Santa Clause 2 2002 (Movie)

Tracy (Actor)

Osmosis Jones 2001 (Movie)

Mrs Boyd (Actor)

Saturday Night Live Primetime Extra 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

Serendipity 2001 (Movie)

Eve (Actor)

The 2001 TV Guide Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Wet Hot American Summer 2001 (Movie)

Gail (Actor)

Dinner & Driving 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas 2000 (Movie)

Betty Lou Who (Actor)

E! Rack-n-Roll: Behind the Scenes 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

My Five Wives 2000 (Movie)

Barbara Van Dyke (Actor)

VH1 Divas 2000: A Tribute to Diana Ross 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Analyze This 1999 (Movie)

Caroline (Actor)

Canned Ham: A Night at the Roxbury 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Never Been Kissed 1999 (Movie)

Anita (Actor)

Superstar 1999 (Movie)

Mary Katherine Gallagher (Actor)

VH1 Divas Live '99 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

A Night At the Roxbury 1998 (Movie)

Emily Sanderson (Actor)

American Comedy Honors 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Happiness 1998 (Movie)

Nancy (Actor)

Seinfeld 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

These Friends of Mine 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Phantom of the Opera 1989 (Movie)

Meg--New York (Actor)

More Of Me (TV Show)

Actor

The Amazing Screw-On Head (TV Show)

Voice
Music (1)

Superstar 1999 (Movie)

("Out Here On My Own") (Song Performer)
Writer (1)

Superstar 1999 (Movie)

from character (Characters as Source Material)

Biography

Molly Shannon, the kooky comedienne with the twinkling blue eyes and elfin grin started out as a mid-season replacement on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ). By the time she left in 2001 to pursue a film career, Shannon had become the longest running female cast member on a program famously male-dominated for decades. With impeccable comedic timing and little regard for her personal safety - like Gilda Radner years before her - Shannon impressed producers and writers with a chutzpa that matched her talent, performing her own stunts with reckless abandon and creating some of the show's most memorable characters, including Mary Katherine Gallagher, a spastic, arm-pit sniffing, underpants-exposing, sexually overripe Catholic school girl who was an exaggerated version of Shannon's own dorky childhood self. After leaving the safety of 30 Rock, Shannon segued easily into big screen comedies like "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby" (2006) and "Evan Almighty" (2007), as well as surprised critics with her touching lead turn in the dark comedy, "Year of the Dog" (2007). But the intimacy of television proved to be the perfect medium for capturing Shannon's barely contained crazy, so she returned to the small screen for the Americanized version of an Australian staple, the outlandish sitcom "Kath & Kim" (NBC, 2008- ). With success on both the big and small screens in a variety of different types of roles, this funny girl proved she had staying power beyond her initial "SNL" characterizations.

Relationships

Mary Beatty

Sister
Born c. 1963 Survived the car crash that killed her mother and sister

Neal Brennan Director

Companion
Dated 1998 No longer together

Stella Chesnut

Daughter
Born Sept. 28, 2003; father, Fritz Chesnut

Nolan Chesnut

Son
Born March 15, 2005; father, Fritz Chesnut

Fritz Chestnut

Husband
Met 2001 at a party she attended while on a blind date Married May 29, 2004 in Santa Barbara, CA

Fran Schulte

Cousin
Died at 25 in the same automobile accident that killed Molly's mother and sister

James Shannon

Father
Born c. 1929 Survived car accident with a crushed leg; raised Shannon and her sister Mary, both fellow survivors

Peg Shannon

Mother
Born c. 1935 Died in 1969 car crash when Molly was four years old

Katie Shannon

Sister
Died at age three in the same car crash that killed her mother and cousin

Jimmy Whalen

Companion
No longer together

EDUCATION

New York University

New York , New York
Attended NYU's Tisch School of the Arts

Hawken School

Gates Mills , Ohio

Circle in the Square Theatre School

New York , New York

Milestones

2012

Played minor role in "The Five-Year Engagement"

2012

Voiced a werewolf in animated feature "Hotel Transylvania"

2012

Appeared in Will Ferrell's Spanish-language comedy "Casa de mi Padre"

2010

Made Broadway debut in the hit revival of "Promises, Promises"

2009

Co-starred in the independent comedy "What Goes Up"

2008

Landed lead on short-lived U.S. version of the hit Australian sitcom "Kath & Kim" (NBC)

2007

Played the lead in Mike White's dramedy "Year of the Dog"

2007

Cast opposite Heather Graham in the indie feature "Gray Matters"

2006

Portrayed lady of the court, Anne Victoire opposite Kirsten Dunst in Sofia Coppola's "Marie-Antoinette"

2004

Co-starred with Christopher McDonald and Jason Schwartzman on short-lived Fox comedy "Cracking Up"

2003

Cast in the ABC adaptation of "The Music Man," starring Matthew Broderick

2001

Left "SNL" to pursue other career opportunities (February 17)

2001

Played Kate Beckinsale's best friend in the romantic comedy "Serendipity"

2000

Cast in featured role in the Ron Howard-directed "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas"

1999

Portrayed Drew Barrymore's best friend in "Never Been Kissed"

1999

Brought her breakout "SNL" character Mary Katherine Gallagher to the big screen in "Superstar"

1999

Landed recurring guest role on NBC's "Will & Grace" as loony neighbor Val Bassett, Grace Adler's nemesis

1998

Acted with Will Ferrell and Chris Kattan in "SNL" skit-turned feature "A Night at the Roxbury"; played Ferrell's girlfriend

1998

Cast in small role as a co-worker of Jane Adams in Todd Solondz's "Happiness"

1995

Joined the cast of the NBC variety show "Saturday Night Live" as a regular performer

1994

Made guest appearances on "The John Larroquette Show" (NBC) and "Ellen" (ABC)

1992

Worked as assistant talent coordinator for of the Fox comedy-variety series "In Living Color"; also appeared on episodes

1991

Appeared as Judy Swain on an episode of the ABC series "Twin Peaks"

1989

Made feature debut in small role in "The Phantom of the Opera" opposite Robert Englund

Briefly worked in TV research for Orion Television

Co-wrote and co-starred with comic Rob Muir in the LA production "The Rob and Molly Show"

Bonus Trivia

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"We have stunt people who won't do what I do." – Shannon to Detour magazine, October 1998

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"When I started doing these falls, I didn't have any cushioning. Then the producers upped the ante, saying things like, 'Tonight you go through a wall.' So I started wearing padding." – Shannon quoted in Biography magazine, November 1998

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