Jane Kaczmarek

Jane Kaczmarek

  • Highest Rated: 85% Pleasantville (1998)
  • Lowest Rated: 0% Wolves at the Door (2016)
  • Birthday: Dec 21, 1955
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Down to earth midwesterner Jane Kaczmarek established herself as a multi-talented supporting actress in movies and TV before Malcolm in the Middle turned her into a bona fide TV star in 2000. Born in Milwaukee on December 22nd, 1955, Kaczmarek considered a teaching career, but majored in theater at the University of Wisconsin instead. After earning her M.F.A. at the Yale Drama School, Kaczmarek headed to New York to hit the stage. Moving from theater into TV and film in the early '80s, Kaczmarek revealed her aptitude for both comedy, in such TV movies as Door to Door (1984), and drama, with recurring guest parts on St. Elsewhere in 1983 and Hill Street Blues in 1984, as well as a small role in the ground-breaking TV film There's Something About Amelia (1984). As a testament to her acting chops, Kaczmarek earned her first starring film role as Robert De Niro's wronged wife in the De Niro/Meryl Streep romance Falling in Love (1984). Kaczmarek was back to comedy with the ill-received fantasy The Heavenly Kid (1985) and the Judge Reinhold age-switch romp Vice Versa (1988). After she married fellow actor Bradley Whitford in 1992, Kaczmarek starred in the TV movie Without Warning (1994) and nabbed multi-episode guest-starring parts in several TV series, including Party of Five and Cybill in 1996. Following a small role as Tobey Maguire and Reese Witherspoon's mother in the reflexive fantasy Pleasantville (1998), Kaczmarek was ready to settle down to raise her family. When the producers of Malcolm in the Middle came calling, however, Kaczmarek signed on, figuring it wouldn't last. Instead, Malcolm's absurd, unsentimental take on sitcom family life became a spring 2000 hit, earning Kaczmarek Emmy, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors' Guild nominations for her performance as the no-nonsense mother of a genius and his incorrigible brothers. Malcolm in the Middle enjoyed a long run from 2000 to 2006. In 2010, Kaczmarek she starred as the mother of a 16-year-old girl in an abusive relationship for the Lifetime Original Movie Reviving Ophelia.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

0% Wolves at the Door Mary 2016
No Score Yet The Boat Builder Actor 2015
No Score Yet Lost On Purpose Actor 2012
No Score Yet Reviving Ophelia Marie Jones 2010
No Score Yet Wheels On the Bus Actor 2003
No Score Yet America: A Tribute to Heroes Actor 2001
No Score Yet Jenifer (The Jenifer Estess Story) Valerie 2001
No Score Yet The Last Leaf Actor 2001
85% Pleasantville David's Mom 1998
No Score Yet Apollo 11 Jan Armstrong 1996
12% The Chamber Dr. Anne Biddows 1996
No Score Yet Wildly Available Rita 1996
No Score Yet Without Warning Dr. Caroline Jaffe 1994
No Score Yet All's Fair Linda 1988
61% D.O.A. Gail Cornell 1988
43% Vice Versa Robyn Seymour 1988
No Score Yet The Christmas Gift Susan 1986
22% The Heavenly Kid Emily 1985
58% Falling in Love Ann Raftis 1984
No Score Yet Flight 90: Disaster on the Potomac Donna Olian 1984
No Score Yet Door to Door Katharine Holloway 1984
56% Uncommon Valor Mrs. Wilkes 1983

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

53% Carol's Second Act
2019
Phyllis
  • 2019
No Score Yet Tavis Smiley
2013-2018
Guest
  • 2017
86% Playing House
2014-2017
Gwen Crawford
  • 2017
  • 2015
  • 2014
50% Cooper Barrett's Guide to Surviving Life
2016
Cindy Barrett
  • 2016
81% The Big Bang Theory
2007
Dr. Gallo
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
Guest
  • 2016
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
75% Salem Rogers
2015
  • 2015
57% The McCarthys
2014-2015
Eileen
  • 2015
No Score Yet Phineas and Ferb
2007-2015
Voice
  • 2014
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
DA Pam James
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Middle
2009-2018
Mrs. Armwood
  • 2013
  • 2012
19% Whitney
2011-2013
Candi
  • 2012
  • 2011
82% Wilfred
2011-2014
Beth
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show
2008
Guest
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
No Score Yet The Bonnie Hunt Show
2008-2010
Guest
  • 2010
  • 2009
22% Raising the Bar
2008-2009
Judge Trudy Kessler
  • 2009
  • 2008
85% The Simpsons
1989
Voice
  • 2007
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
54% Help Me Help You
2006
Anne
  • 2006
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
Guest
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
No Score Yet Malcolm in the Middle
2000-2006
Lois Wilkerson Lois
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Guest
  • 2001
No Score Yet Felicity
1998-2002
Carole Anderson
  • 2000
  • 1999
No Score Yet Party of Five
1994-2000
Elaine
  • 1999
  • 1996
  • 1995
No Score Yet The Practice
1997-2004
Bourgue
  • 1997
94% Frasier
1993-2004
Guest Maureen
  • 1997
  • 1996
No Score Yet Touched by an Angel
1994-2003
Bonnie Bell
  • 1996
82% Picket Fences
1992-1996
Janice Neiman
  • 1995
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
Janet Rudman
  • 1994
50% Big Wave Dave's
1993
Karen
  • 1993
No Score Yet American Playhouse
1982-1996
Susan Glaspell
  • 1988
No Score Yet Remington Steele
1982-1987
Barbara
  • 1983
100% Equal Justice
1991
Linda Bauer
No Score Yet Us & Them
2013-2014
Pam

QUOTES FROM Jane Kaczmarek CHARACTERS

Marie Jones
He hit you!