Teri Garr

Actor, Dancer
While often cast as the ditzy pretty blonde in film and television, Teri Garr was no joke of an actress. She was one of Hollywood's most-recognized leading ladies who switched from dramatic to comedic roles without ... Read more »
Born: 12/11/1947 in Lakewood, Ohio, USA

Filmography

Actor (154)

Expired 2008 (Movie)

Mother Barney/Aunt Tilde (Actor)

Kabluey 2008 (Movie)

Suze (Actor)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2008 (Tv Show)

Guest

Unaccompanied Minors 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Greetings From Tucson 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Life With Bonnie 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Searching for Debra Winger 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Batman Beyond 1998 - 2002 (TV Show)

Voice

Dustin Hoffman: First in His Class 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Elvis Forever 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

I've Got a Secret 1999 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Criminal Instinct: A Colder Kind of Death 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Famous Homes & Hideaways 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Felicity 1993 - 1994, 1996 - 1997, 1999 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Life Without Dick 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

Lifetime Presents Disney's American Teacher Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Presenter

Star Trek 1967 - 1969, 1993 - 1994, 1996 - 1997, 1999 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Strong Medicine 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Teri Garr: Comic Appeal 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Downer Channel 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

15th Annual IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Presenter

AFI's 100 Years... 100 Laughs 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist 1994 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

Kill the Man 2000 (Movie)

Mrs Livingston (Actor)

King of the Hill 1993 - 1994, 1996 - 1997, 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Voice

Men Behaving Badly 1993 - 1994, 1996 - 1997, 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

National Memorial Day Concert (2000) 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Sonny Bono: The E! True Hollywood Story 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Dick 1999 (Movie)

Helen Lorenzo (Actor)

ER 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Penn & Teller's Sin City Spectacular 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Steve Martin: A Comic Life 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Storytime 1993 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Pet Shop 1997 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Barney's First Adventures 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Casper Meets Wendy 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Gene Hackman: Portrait of an Artist 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Murphy Brown 1988 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Definite Maybe 1998 (Movie)

Dionne Waters (Actor)

The Larry Sanders Show 1992 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Sky Is Falling 1998 (Movie)

Mona Hall (Actor)

The Weird Al Show 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

A Simple Wish 1997 (Movie)

Rena (Actor)

Changing Habits 1997 (Movie)

Connie (Actor)

Duckman 1993 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Friends 1993 - 1994, 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ronnie and Julie 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Sabrina, the Teenage Witch 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Double Jeopardy 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Great Drives 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Michael 1996 (Movie)

Judge Esther Newberg (Actor)

Adventures in Wonderland 1991 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Aliens For Breakfast 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

American Cinema 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebrity First Loves 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Legend of Prince Valiant 1991 - 1995 (TV Show)

Voice

The NFL at 75: An All-Star Celebration 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Women of the House 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Dumb & Dumber 1994 (Movie)

Helen Swanson (Actor)

Good Advice 1993 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Actor

Perfect Alibi 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

Prêt-à-Porter 1994 (Movie)

Louise Hamilton--Major Hamilton's Wife (Actor)

She Tv 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

50th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Presenter

Edna Time 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Save the Rabbits 1993 (Movie)

(Actor)

The 7th Annual American Comedy Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Performer

The Full Wax 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Whole Shebang 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Good & Evil 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Math... Who Needs It?! 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Mom and Dad Save the World 1992 (Movie)

Marge Nelson (Actor)

Stranger in the Family 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

TGIF Comedy Preview 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Player 1992 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

An American Saturday Night 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebration of Country 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Lovelaughs 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Best of Disney: 50 Years of Magic 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Movie Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Performer

The Trap 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Short Time 1990 (Movie)

Carolyn Simpson (Actor)

Waiting For the Light 1990 (Movie)

Kay Harris (Actor)

Jackie Gleason: The Great One 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Let It Ride 1989 (Movie)

Pam Trotter (Actor)

Out Cold 1989 (Movie)

Sunny Cannald (Actor)

David Letterman's Old-Fashioned Christmas 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Drive, She Said 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Full Moon in Blue Water 1988 (Movie)

Louise (Actor)

Memories Then & Now 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Teri Garr in Flapjack Floozie 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Faerie Tale Theatre 1982 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Fresno 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Martin Mull Live! From North Ridgeville 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Deja View 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Strangers 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Miracles 1986 (Movie)

Jean Briggs (Actor)

The 58th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Performer

After Hours 1985 (Movie)

Julie (Actor)

The Night of 100 Stars II 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

First Born 1984 (Movie)

Wendy (Actor)

Mr. Mom 1983 (Movie)

Caroline Butler (Actor)

The Black Stallion Returns 1983 (Movie)

Alec's Mother (Actor)

Prime Suspect 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Tootsie 1982 (Movie)

Sandy (Actor)

Honky Tonk Freeway 1981 (Movie)

Ericka Kramer (Actor)

One From the Heart 1981 (Movie)

Frannie (Actor)

The Escape Artist 1981 (Movie)

Arlene (Actor)

The Sting II 1981 (Movie)

Veronica (Actor)

The Black Stallion 1980 (Movie)

Alec's Mother (Actor)

Mr. Mike's Mondo Video 1979 (Movie)

(Actor)

Close Encounters of the Third Kind 1977 (Movie)

Ronnie Neary (Actor)

Oh, God! 1977 (Movie)

Robbie Landers (Actor)

Witches' Brew 1977 (Movie)

Margaret Lightman (Actor)

Law and Order 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

The Sonny Comedy Revue 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood 1975 (Movie)

Fluffy Peters (Actor)

The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour 1970 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Young Frankenstein 1974 (Movie)

Inga (Actor)

M*A*S*H 1973 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Burns and Schreiber Comedy Hour 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The Conversation 1973 (Movie)

Amy (Actor)

The Ken Berry Wow Show 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

The Moonshine War 1969 (Movie)

(Actor)

Head 1968 (Movie)

Testy True (Actor)

Maryjane 1968 (Movie)

Terri (Actor)

Banyon (TV Show)

Actor

Doctor Franken (TV Show)

Actor

Dream On (TV Show)

Actor

Half a Dozen Babies (TV Show)

Actor

Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme (TV Show)

Actor

Murder Live! (TV Show)

Actor

Nightscream (TV Show)

Actor

Pack of Lies (TV Show)

Actor

Paul Reiser: Out on a Whim (TV Show)

Actor

The Booth (TV Show)

Actor

To Catch a King (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

While often cast as the ditzy pretty blonde in film and television, Teri Garr was no joke of an actress. She was one of Hollywood's most-recognized leading ladies who switched from dramatic to comedic roles without missing a beat, starring in many memorable movies, including "Young Frankenstein" (1974), "Oh God!" (1977) and "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" (1977). Garr also earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in 1982 for playing the role of Dustin Hoffman's actress girlfriend in "Tootsie" (1982). At the age of 33, Garr was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), but she kept a positive attitude and healthy lifestyle that inspired many others who suffered from the disease.

Relationships

Roger Birnbaum Producer

Companion
Dated from 1979-1983

Eddie Garr Actor

Father

Edward Garr

Father
Career peaked when he briefly took over the lead role in the Broadway drama "Tobacco Road" died in 1956, when Teri was 11 years old

Phyllis Garr

Mother
Was an original Rockette worked as a Hollywood wardrobe mistress after husband's death died in 1999

Ed Garr

Brother
Older

Phillip Garr

Brother
Older

David Kipper Actor

Companion
Dated from 1983-1990

Molly O'Neil

Daughter
Adopted in December 1993 with then husband John O'Neil

John O'Neill

Husband
Married from 1993-1996

EDUCATION

California State University, Northridge

Northridge , California

California State University, Northridge

Northridge , California

Actors Studio

New York , New York
Studied under Charles Conrad and Lee Strasberg

North Hollywood High School

Hollywood , California

Milestones

2008

Reunited with close friend David Letterman when she made an appearance on his show, "Late Show with David Letterman" (CBS) to promote her new film "Kabluey"

2008

Co-starred with Lisa Kudrow in the film, "Kabluey"

2006

Featured in the festival screened, "Expired"

2002

Appeared as herself in the documentary film conceived and directed by Rosanna Arquette, "Searching for Debra Winger"

2001

Had a supporting role as a drunken psychic opposite Sarah Jessica Parker in "Life Without Dick"

2001

Played Thora Birch's father's perky girlfriend in Terry Zwigoff’s "Ghost World"

1999

Portrayed the lonely mother of a teenager in the satirical feature, "Dick"

1997

Played the estranged birth mother of Lisa Kudrow's character, Phoebe Buffay on NBC’s "Friends"

1994

Joined an ensemble cast in Robert Altman’s "Prêt-à-Porter"

1994

Cast opposite Delta Burke in the CBS sitcom, "Women of the House"

1991

Played the scheming femme fatale in the short-lived ABC sitcom, "Good and Evil"

1986

Made TV miniseries debut in CBS’s "Fresno"

1984

Fell for cocaine-dealing Peter Weller in Michael Apted’s "Firstborn"

1983

Co-starred with Michael Keaton in the comedy film "Mr. Mom"

1982

Played the female lead in Francis Ford Coppola’s "One from the Heart"

1982

Received an Academy Award nomination as Dustin Hoffman's forgotten on-again off-again girlfriend in "Tootsie"

1977

Cast as the bewildered wife of Richard Dreyfuss in Steven Spielberg’s "Close Encounters of the Third Kind"

1977

Played the long-suffering wife of reluctant prophet John Denver in "Oh God"

1974

Played Gene Hackman's wife in the eavesdropping drama The Conversation

1974

Played Gene Wilder's Bavarian lab assistant, Inga in Mel Brooks's "Young Frankenstein"

1972

Appeared in various role on the CBS variety show "The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour"

1968

Had a cameo appearance as a damsel in distress in The Monkees film "Head"

1968

Played a suspicious secretary on an episode of "Star Trek" (NBC)

1963

Cast as an extra in her film debut, "A Swingin' Affair"

1956

Moved with to the San Fernando Valley after father's death

Made professional dancing debut with the San Francisco Ballet

Spent childhood in New Jersey

Appeared in several Elvis Presley movies; usually cast in uncredited roles as a dancer

Bonus Trivia

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In November 2005, Garr was honored as the society’s Ambassador of the Year for her commitment to raising awareness for the MS cause. This honor had been given only four times since the society was founded.

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In October 2002, Garr made it public that she has multiple sclerosis. Garr told Larry King in 2002 that she'd had it for 19 years, but in 2005, while promoting her book, she said she's had it for 25 years. That sets the date of onset to sometime between 1980 and 1983.

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On Dec. 21, 2006, she suffered a brain aneurysm in her Los Angeles area home; her 13-year-old daughter called for help when she couldn't get her to wake up. Garr then underwent successful surgery following the aneurysm.

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Teri Garr's year of birth has varied in different sources, given as any year from 1944 to 1949, and sometimes as late as 1952. Most early biographies give 1944, while more recent ones give 1949. Garr mentions in her autobiography Speedbumps that she was 17 years old at the time of Viva Las Vegas's release in 1964, implying 1946 or 1947.

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