Rusty Schwimmer

Actor
A versatile character actress, Rusty Schwimmer has appeared in both serious dramas and silly comedies, her heavyset shape and fiery red hair easily setting her apart from her peers. After starting out on the Chicago ... Read more »
Born: 08/24/1962

Filmography

Actor (69)

Beautiful Dreamer 2014 (Movie)

Jeannie (Actor)

Perfect Sisters 2014 (Movie)

Aunt Martha (Actor)

Longmire 2012 (Tv Show)

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The Sessions 2012 (Movie)

Joan (Actor)

Bones 2010 (Tv Show)

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Numb3rs 2009 (Tv Show)

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The Informant! 2009 (Movie)

Liz Taylor (Actor)

Criminal Minds 2007 (Tv Show)

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Desperate Housewives 2007 (Tv Show)

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Heroes 2007 (Tv Show)

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Private Practice 2007 (Tv Show)

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State of Mind 2007 (Tv Show)

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The Hawk is Dying 2007 (Movie)

Precious (Actor)

Shark 2006 (Tv Show)

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Without A Trace 2006 (Tv Show)

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North Country 2005 (Movie)

Big Betty (Actor)

Boston Legal 2004 (Tv Show)

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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2004 (Tv Show)

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LAX 2004 (Tv Show)

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Mozart and the Whale 2004 (Movie)

Gracie (Actor)

Gilmore Girls 2003 (Tv Show)

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My Big Fat Greek Life 2003 (Tv Show)

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Runaway Jury 2003 (Movie)

Millie Dupree (Actor)

The Guardian 2001 - 2003 (Tv Show)

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Arli$$ 2002 (Tv Show)

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Ally McBeal 1990 - 1995, 1997 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Chicago Hope 1990 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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In the Heat of the Night 1990 - 1995, 1997 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Judging Amy 1990 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Ladies Man 1998 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Married... With Children 1990 - 1991, 1994 - 1995, 1998 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Parker Lewis 1990 - 1991, 1994 - 1995, 1998 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Picket Fences 1990 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air 1994 - 1995, 1998 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Ally 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Chicken Soup For the Soul 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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The Perfect Storm 2000 (Movie)

Irene 'Big Red' Johnson (Actor)

The X-Files 2000 (Tv Show)

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Edtv 1999 (Movie)

Alice (Actor)

John, John in the Sky 1999 (Movie)

Zeola (Actor)

Providence 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)

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Heartless 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Amistad 1997 (Movie)

Mrs Pendelton (Actor)

Gridlock'd 1997 (Movie)

Nurse (Actor)

The Louie Show 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Twister 1996 (Movie)

Mother (Actor)

A Little Princess 1995 (Movie)

Amelia Minchin (Actor)

ER 1995 (Tv Show)

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In the Groove 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Jason Goes To Hell: The Final Friday 1993 (Movie)

Joey B (Actor)

Ned Blessing: The Story of My Life and Times 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Candyman 1992 (Movie)

Policewoman (Actor)

Stephen King's Sleepwalkers 1992 (Movie)

Housewife (Actor)

Highlander II: the Quickening 1991 (Movie)

Drunk in Cafe (Actor)

Addicted to His Love 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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Memories of Me 1988 (Movie)

Strawberry (Actor)

The Dirk Diggler Story 1987 (Movie)

Candy Kane (Actor)

Broken Trail (TV Show)

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Darkness Before Dawn (TV Show)

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Down, Out & Dangerous (TV Show)

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Getting Up and Going Home (TV Show)

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If These Walls Could Talk (TV Show)

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Los Locos (TV Show)

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North Shore Fish (TV Show)

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Prison of Secrets (TV Show)

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Running Against Time (TV Show)

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T Bone N Weasel (TV Show)

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Biography

A versatile character actress, Rusty Schwimmer has appeared in both serious dramas and silly comedies, her heavyset shape and fiery red hair easily setting her apart from her peers. After starting out on the Chicago stage, she ventured to Hollywood, where she landed roles in various television series during the early '90s. Interestingly, along with appearing on such programs as the comedy "Parker Lewis" and the drama "Life Goes On", one of her earliest roles was a character named Candy Kane in a 30-minute short film entitled "The Dirk Diggler Story", directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. This short, which was shot in 1988, would later be expanded into Anderson's 1997 feature "Boogie Nights". Schwimmer's television work led to more movie roles throughout the '90s and '00s: She played Amelia Minchin in the 1995 adaptation of "A Little Princess", as well as a number of likeable, sympathetic, and/or working-class women; examples include Irene "Big Red" Johnson, a fisherwoman in "The Perfect Storm", and a miner named Big Betty who puts up with sexual harassment in the drama "North Country". During the '00s, she was also a regular guest star on the crime series "The Guardian", playing Barbara Ludzinski. In 2009, Schwimmer landed a recurring role on the daytime soap "Days of Our Lives" and a starring role in the comedic drama "The Informant!".

EDUCATION

New Trier High School

Winnetka , Illinois

Milestones

2005

Appeared opposite Charlize Theron in "North Country," a drama about women employees getting sexually harassed at a Minnesota mine

2002

Cast as a biker's old lady on the first season of "Six Feet Under" (HBO)

2002

Reunited with actor John Hawkes in the comedy "Buttleman "

2001

Had a recurring role as Barbara Ludzinski on the CBS drama "The Guardian"

2000

Gained critical notice starring in "John John In the Sky"

2000

First pairing with actor John Hawkes in Wolfgang Petersen's "The Perfect Storm"

1997

Cast in Steven Spielberg's fact-based story, "Amistad," of the 1839 revolt by Africans on the slaveship Amistad

1996

Portrayed a stolid churchgoer in the segment '1996' of "If These Walls Could Talk"

1996

Had a pivotal role in "Twister" directed by Jan de Bont

1995

Co-starred in Alfonso Cuarón's "A Little Princess"

1993

Guest-starred on "Picket Fences" (CBS) and "In the Heat of the Night" (NBC)

1992

Cast in a small role opposite best friend Virginia Madsen in Clive Barker's "Candyman"

1988

First feature film appearance in "Memories of Me" starring Billy Crystal and Alan King

Raised in Illinois

Bonus Trivia

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attended high school with best friend, actress Virginia Madsen

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