Wendie Jo Sperber

Actor
Character actress Wendie Jo Sperber enjoyed a long, lucrative career in Hollywood--though not a star, she was a familiar very face. Her specialty was exuberance and hysteria, typified by her flying leap from the moving ... Read more »
Born: 09/15/1958 in Northridge, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (41)

A Package For Me 2014 (Movie)

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My Dinner With Jimi 2014 (Movie)

Louella (Actor)

JAG 2003 (Tv Show)

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Sorority Boys 2002 (Movie)

Professor Bendler (Actor)

Chicken Soup For the Soul 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Designing Women 1988 - 1989, 1991 - 1995, 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)

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DiResta 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Home Improvement 1988 - 1989, 1991 - 1995, 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)

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Unhappily Ever After 1988 - 1989, 1991 - 1995, 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)

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Leaving L.A. 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Fortune Hunter 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Kirk 1991 - 1995 (Tv Show)

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Mr. Payback 1995 (Movie)

Woman with Kitten (Actor)

The Return of Hunter 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Love Affair 1994 (Movie)

Helen (Actor)

Mr. Write 1994 (Movie)

Roz (Actor)

Hearts Afire 1992 - 1993 (Tv Show)

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Parker Lewis 1991 - 1993 (Tv Show)

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Babes 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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Back to the Future III 1990 (Movie)

Linda McFly (Actor)

Partners in Life 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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The Image 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Delta Fever 1987 (Movie)

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Stewardess School 1986 (Movie)

Jolean (Actor)

Back to the Future 1985 (Movie)

Linda McFly (Actor)

Moving Violations 1985 (Movie)

Joan Pudillo (Actor)

Bachelor Party 1984 (Movie)

Dr Tina Gassko (Actor)

Private Benjamin 1980 - 1983 (TV Show)

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Bosom Buddies 1980 - 1982 (TV Show)

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The First Time 1981 (Movie)

Eileen (Actor)

The Stockard Channing Show 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

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Used Cars 1980 (Movie)

Nervous Nona (Actor)

1941 1979 (Movie)

Maxine (Actor)

Corvette Summer 1978 (Movie)

Kuchinsky (Actor)

I Wanna Hold Your Hand 1978 (Movie)

Rosie Petrofsky (Actor)

The Chevy Chase Show 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

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Desperate But Not Serious (TV Show)

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Dinky Hocker (TV Show)

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Women in Prison (TV Show)

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You Wish (TV Show)

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Biography

Character actress Wendie Jo Sperber enjoyed a long, lucrative career in Hollywood--though not a star, she was a familiar very face. Her specialty was exuberance and hysteria, typified by her flying leap from the moving car in "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" (1978)--the better for her star-struck 1960s teenager to try to snag tickets to see the Beatles on Ed Sullivan. It also was the first feature film for director Robert Zemeckis, who later cast Sperber in his 1980 comedy "Used Cars" and his 1985 blockbuster "Back to the Future" (Sperber also appeared in 1989's Back to the Future, Part III). Steven Spielberg, who executive produced "I Wanna Hold Your Hand," enlisted Sperber in his big-budget comedy "1941" (1979), one of his few major failures. Sperber's other credits include "Corvette Summer" (1978), "Moving Violations" (1985) and "Stewardess School" (1986).

On television, Sperber costarred in the ABC sitcom "Bosom Buddies (1980-82) in which Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari played two men who dressed as women in order to rent an apartment in an girls-only building; Sperber played their neighbor Amy--the only one with insider knowledge of their charade. Sperber's character was hopelessly in love with Scolari's character. She later appeared in Hanks' 1984 big-screen comedy "Bachelor Party," an early stop during his ascent to film superstardom.

Sperber's enjoyed steady supporting and character work, including a stint on the television version of the film "Private Benjamin" (1981) and finally a lead in the 1990 Fox sitcom "Babes," about three not-thin sisters. The show lasted just one season, and she had a season long stint on the John Ritter-Markie Post sitcom "Hearts Afire" in 1992-1993. Even after she was diagnosed with cancer in 1997, Sperber continued to amass credits--from a 1998 episode of "Murphy Brown" dealing with its title character's own chemotherapy woes, to a role as a college professor in the comedy "Sorority Boys" (2002) to a recurring role on Ritter's 2002-05 ABC sitcom "8 Simple Rules." Sperber founded a cancer support center, weSPARK, in 2001 in Sherman Oaks, California--"SPARK" stands for "Support, Prevention, Acceptance, Recovery and Knowledge." She lost her eight-year battle with cancer at age 46 in 2005.

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