Katherine Helmond

Katherine Helmond

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1929-07-05 · Deathday: 2019-02-23 (89 years old) · Gender: Female · Place of Birth: Galveston, Texas, USA

45 Movies · 29 TV shows

Also Known As: Katherine Marie Helmond

Biography

Katherine Marie Helmond (July 5, 1929 – February 23, 2019) was an American actress. Over her five decades of television acting, she was known for her starring role as ditzy matriarch Jessica Tate on the sitcom Soap (1977–1981) and her co-starring role as feisty mother Mona Robinson on Who's the Boss? (1984–1992). Helmond also appeared in a 1993 episode of The Upper Hand, the British version of Who's the Boss?. She also played Doris Sherman on Coach and Lois Whelan (the mother of Debra Barone) on Everybody Loves Raymond. She also appeared as a guest on several talk and variety shows.Helmond had supporting roles in films such as Alfred Hitchcock's Family Plot (1976), Terry Gilliam's Brazil (1985) and Garry Marshall's Overboard (1987). She also voiced Lizzie in the Cars film franchise by Disney/Pixar between 2006 and 2017.

Personal Life

In 1957, Helmond married George N. Martin. After their divorce in 1962, she married her second husband, David Christian; they remained married until her death, residing in Los Angeles, New York City, Long Island and London. She and her husband had a history as students of Zen.

Early Life

Helmond was born on July 5, 1929, in Galveston, Texas, the only child of Joseph P. Helmond and Thelma (née Malone). She was raised by her mother and grandmother, both devout Catholics. She attended a Catholic primary school and appeared in school plays.For a semester she attended Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina, and appeared in its film (Unusual Films Production) Wine of Morning.

Movies & TV shows

2017.

1 Movie
Cars 3

Cars 3

6.08
2017
Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves. He will need the help of an eager young race technician with her ow...

2014.

1 Movie
The Radiator Springs 500½

The Radiator Springs 500½

5.63
2014
A 'leisurely drive' planned in honor of Radiator Springs town founder, Stanley, turns precarious as Baja pros descend on the town and challenge Lightning McQueen to an off-road race. The townsfolk, le...

2012.

1 Movie
Time Travel Mater

Time Travel Mater

6.64
2012
When a clock lands on Mater's engine, he travels back in time to 1909 where he meets Stanley, an ambitious young car on his way to California. Stanley was persuaded to build Radiator Springs. Stanley ...

2011.

2 Movies
Cars 2

Cars 2

6.07
2011
The World Grand Prix race will feature a car race. As the road to the championship becomes rocky, Mater gets caught up in an intriguing adventure of his own.
Collaborator

Collaborator

2011
A playwright whose marriage and career are in a free fall has a run-in with his former neighbor, a right-wing ex-con.

2010.

1 Movie
Cars Toon Mater's Tall Tales

Cars Toon Mater's Tall Tales

2010
The tow truck travels from country to country as he retells his stories.

2008.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
True Blood

True Blood

6.27
2008
Alan Ball is the creator and producer of True Blood. It is based on The Southern Vampire Mysteries series of novels by Charlaine Harris, detailing the co-existence of vampire and humans in Bon Temps, ...
What Is Brazil?

What Is Brazil?

2008
What is this film called?

2007.

1 Movie
A Grandpa for Christmas

A Grandpa for Christmas

2007
An old-time movie star is in a relationship with his daughter and granddaughter.

2006.

2 Movies
Mater and the Ghostlight

Mater and the Ghostlight

5.75
2006
While in Radiator Springs, the rusty tow truck from Cars, played a prank on his fellow townsfolk. The Sheriff tells the story of the Ghostlight at Flo's V8 Café, and as everyone races home, Mater is l...
Cars

Cars

6.37
2006
A hotshot race car driven to succeed is detoured in the sleepy Route 66 town of Radiator Springs when he discovers that life is about the journey, not the finish line. On his way to the big Piston Cup...

2004.

1 TV show
TV
The Tony Danza Show

The Tony Danza Show

2004
The Tony Danza Show was a daytime variety talk show that aired on September 13, 2004.

2003.

1 Movie
Beethoven's 5th

Beethoven's 5th

4.45
2003
When Sara takes Beethoven to spend summer vacation with wacky Uncle Freddie in an old mining town, the mischievous canine "digs up" the missing clue to a legendary hidden fortune. Everyone wants to be...

2002.

1 Movie
Mr. St. Nick

Mr. St. Nick

2002
The actor isKelsey Grammer. Nicholas, a Miami-based playboy philanthropist, is about to make his life complete by marrying the girl of his dreams, gorgeous TV weathercaster. The public is not aware of...

2000.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
Living in Fear

Living in Fear

2000
A man returning to his childhood home for the reading of a will is met with hostility. Do the townsfolk know more about him than his wife?
The Perfect Nanny

The Perfect Nanny

2000
After being released from a mental institution where she was recovering from a suicide attempt, she applied for a nanny position for a wealthy surgeon. James Lewis has two children. Even though anothe...
TV
Strong Medicine

Strong Medicine

5
2000
The lives of staff in a women's health clinic.

1999.

1 TV show
TV
Providence

Providence

4.75
1999
Providence is a television show.

1998.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
The Wild Thornberrys

The Wild Thornberrys

6.2
1998
The Wild Thornberrys was an American animated television series. It was aired in the United States on Nicktoons. The show returned to The '90s Are All That on March 21st. In the United Kingdom, the sh...
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

6.08
1998
Duke's attorney is with him. Gonzo drives a red convertible across the desert to Las Vegas with a suitcase full of drugs to cover a motorcycle race. The stoned duo trash their hotel room in fear of le...

1997.

1 Movie
Ms. Scrooge

Ms. Scrooge

1997
A Christmas Carol is a television movie. She doesn't have time for Christmas. On Christmas Eve, she is visited by the ghost of her dead partner and then by other spirits who remind her of her happy pa...

1996.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Everybody Loves Raymond

Everybody Loves Raymond

6.52
1996
Ray Barone is a successful sports writer who lives on Long Island with his family. That's good news. Frank and Marie, Ray's parents, live across the street and embrace the motto "Su Casa es Mi Casa", ...
The Flight of the Dove

The Flight of the Dove

1996
A spy trades sex for secrets. An explosives expert is haunted by his past. The sparks fly when these two meet.

1995.

1 TV show
TV
Liz: The Elizabeth Taylor Story

Liz: The Elizabeth Taylor Story

1995
There is a story about the life of Elizabeth Taylor.

1993.

1 Movie
Amore!

Amore!

1993
Saul Schwartz, a successful businessman, is tired of his life and wants to stop. He quits his job and goes to Hollywood to be a movie star after getting a divorce. He thought it was easy to become a m...

1992.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Batman: The Animated Series

Batman: The Animated Series

5.56
1992
Bruce Wayne is determined to avenge the murder of his parents by becoming the masked superhero "Batman".
Inside Monkey Zetterland

Inside Monkey Zetterland

1992
An out of work screen writer complains about being too gay and cool in an off beat comedy.

1991.

1 Movie
The Perfect Tribute

The Perfect Tribute

1991
During the height of the Civil War, a boy risked his life and limb in order to visit his wounded brother in a field hospital on the other side of the country. The president was helped by his accidenta...

1989.

1 TV show
TV
Coach

Coach

4.75
1989
The coach of Minnesota State University's Screaming Eagles football team tries to navigate his way through the sports world, fatherhood and family life without dropping the ball.

1988.

2 Movies
Save the Dog!

Save the Dog!

1988
Becky wants to become an actress. After an audition for a dog food ad she has best chances to get the part - but the day after her dog Petey becomes very ill. She has to come up with $700 until 5 pm f...
Lady in White

Lady in White

1988
On Halloween 1962, Frank was locked in a school closet and saw the ghost of a young girl and the man who murdered her. The lady in white lived in the old house that he was drawn to after he was follow...

1987.

1 Movie
Overboard

Overboard

5.5
1987
When Dean Proffitt builds a closet on her yacht, she refuses to pay him for it. Dean sees an opportunity to get even afterJoanna lost her memory.

1986.

1 Movie
Christmas Snow

Christmas Snow

1986
A Scrooge-like landlord is saved from an accident by a shop owner who is being evicted at Christmas.

1985.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
Shadey

Shadey

1985
A young man discovers that not only does he have the ability to read minds, but that if he holds a camera next to his head he can transmit the thoughts he sees onto film.
TV
Girls On Top

Girls On Top

1985
Girls On Top was a British sitcom that aired on ITV from 1985 to 1986. It was written by French, Saunders and Wax and had additional material from Ullman. The series was a ratings success despite a lo...
Brazil

Brazil

5.53
1985
The monotony of his day-to-day life is replaced by a recurring daydream of himself as a hero saving a damsel. Investigating a case that led to the wrongful arrest and eventual death of an innocent man...

1984.

1 TV show
TV
Who's the Boss?

Who's the Boss?

6.03
1984
A former professional baseball player and his daughter move into a New York advertising executive's house to be a father figure to her young son. Tony has a laid-back personality.

1983.

1 Movie
Jack and the Beanstalk

Jack and the Beanstalk

1983
Jack is trying to provide for himself and his mother. Will he ever find out how his father died?

1982.

2 Movies · 2 TV shows
For Lovers Only

For Lovers Only

1982
A man, his daughter, and son-in-law run a honeymoon resort.
TV
Faerie Tale Theatre

Faerie Tale Theatre

1982
A children's television anthology series retells popular fairy tales.
TV
World War III

World War III

8
1982
When starving mobs begin rioting in the streets of Moscow, the Soviets believe they have no choice but to force the United States to end the grain embargo.
Rosie: The Rosemary Clooney Story

Rosie: The Rosemary Clooney Story

1982
The story of Rosemary Clooney's rise to fame, her marriage and nervous breakdown.

1981.

1 Movie
Time Bandits

Time Bandits

6.2
1981
Kevin can't believe it when six dwarfs come out of his closet. The former employees of the Supreme Being have taken a map of all the holes in the fabric of time and are using it to steal treasures fro...

1980.

1 Movie
Scout's Honor

Scout's Honor

1980
The movie was directed by Henry Levin.

1979.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
Diary of a Teenage Hitchhiker

Diary of a Teenage Hitchhiker

1979
The girl is by the road. You've seen her standing. It's time to thumb out. Smiling. She is one of thousands like her all over America. You've heard about what happens when they get in the wrong car. T...
TV
Benson

Benson

5.79
1979
A person is at the governor's mansion.

1978.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Pearl

Pearl

1978
The events leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor are the subject of a mini-series.
Getting Married

Getting Married

1978
A man falls in love with a newscaster and tries to win her hand in marriage before she weds another man.

1977.

1 Movie · 3 TV shows
TV
Soap

Soap

4.75
1977
The antics of a wealthy family, the Tates, and a working-class family, the Campbells, in a fictional town of Connecticut.
TV
The Love Boat

The Love Boat

7.31
1977
The Love Boat is an American television series set on a cruise ship, which aired on the ABC Television Network from September 24, 1977, until May 24, 1986. The show starred Gavin MacLeod as the ship's...
TV
Meeting of Minds

Meeting of Minds

1977
Meeting of Minds is a television series, created by Steve Allen, which aired on PBS from 1977 to 1981. The show featured guests who played significant roles in world history. Guests would interact wi...
Little Ladies of the Night

Little Ladies of the Night

1977
The sister of a Los Angeles Police detective was murdered a few years ago. He and Officer Russ Garfield have been clearing the streets of prostitutes since his reform. There is a young runaway who has...

1976.

4 Movies · 2 TV shows
Family Plot

Family Plot

1976
A spiritualist is asked to locate a missing heir, whom she pursues with her cab driver boyfriend.
TV
The Bionic Woman

The Bionic Woman

6.67
1976
After recovering from her near fatal bout of rejection, the first female cyborg is assigned to spy missions of her own.
TV
Spencer's Pilots

Spencer's Pilots

1976
Spencer's Pilots is an American adventure series that aired on CBS from September 17 to November 19, 1976. The series stars Gene Evans as Spencer Parish, the owner of Spencer Aviation.
Baby Blue Marine

Baby Blue Marine

1976
A would-be Marine is sent home after failing basic training. He was mugged by a Marine Raider who left him to hitch-hike home. He is a hero in a small Colorado town.
Wanted: The Sundance Woman

Wanted: The Sundance Woman

1976
In this adventure of the fugitive who is alone and desperate after the deaths of two of his friends, he seeks help from Pancho Villa in exchange for guns and ammunition.
James Dean

James Dean

1976
The story of James Dean is dramatized. The film's writer, William Bast, had roomed with Dean when he was trying to break into films as an actor.

1975.

4 Movies · 1 TV show
The Family Nobody Wanted

The Family Nobody Wanted

1975
A minister and his wife take in poor and troubled children that nobody else wants, and soon they find themselves with a family of more than a dozen kids.
The First 36 Hours of Dr. Durant

The First 36 Hours of Dr. Durant

1975
A young doctor fresh out of medical school takes a job at a big-city hospital, and on his first day finds himself making life-and-death decisions.
TV
Joe Forrester

Joe Forrester

1975
Lloyd Bridges is the star of Joe Forrester.
The Hindenburg

The Hindenburg

6
1975
George C is the author of this highly speculative historical thriller. Scott, a former hero pilot who is now working for military intelligence, is assigned to the great Hindenburg airship as its chief...
The Legend of Lizzie Borden

The Legend of Lizzie Borden

1975
A dramatization of the famous 1893 Massachusetts trial of the woman accused of murdering her father and stepmother with an ax.

1974.

3 Movies · 1 TV show
Locusts

Locusts

1974
The inhabitants of a Midwestern town must find a way to destroy or divert a swarm of Locusts before they destroy the area's valuable crops.
Larry

Larry

1974
A man who has been confined from early childhood to a dubiously run home for the mentally challenged is transferred to a state mental hospital when the home is shut down. The man was wrongly confined ...
TV
Harry O

Harry O

1974
Harry O, sometimes spelled Harry-O, is an American crime drama series that aired for two seasons on ABC from 1974 to 1976. The series starred David Janssen and was executive produced by Jerry Thorpe. ...
The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman

The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman

1974
As the civil rights movement reached Louisiana, a New York journalist traveled to interview a woman who had just turned 100. Before slavery ended, she tells him about her earliest memories. In between...

1973.

1 TV show
TV
Adam's Rib

Adam's Rib

1973
Adam's Rib was broadcast on ABC-TV from September 14 to December 28, 1973. It had 13 episodes and was produced by MGM Television. The 1949 motion picture was the basis of the series.

1972.

2 TV shows
TV
The Bob Newhart Show

The Bob Newhart Show

4.9
1972
The first 142 episodes of The Bob Newhart Show were aired on CBS. Bob Newhart plays a psychologist who has to deal with his patients. A live audience watched the show.
TV
The Rookies

The Rookies

1972
The rookies was an American crime drama series that aired on ABC from 1972 to 1976. It follows the exploits of three rookies who are working for a fake police department.

1969.

1 TV show
TV
Medical Center

Medical Center

6.17
1969
Medical Center aired on CBS from 1969 to 1976. MGM Television produced it.

1967.

1 TV show
TV
Mannix

Mannix

6.38
1967
Mannix ran on CBS from 1967 to 1975. The title character, Joe Mannix, is a private investigator. He is played by a man. Desilu Production's last series was Mannix.

1955.

1 TV show
TV
Gunsmoke

Gunsmoke

6
1955
Gunsmoke is a Western drama series created by Norman MacDonnell and John Meston. The settlement of the American West took place in Dodge City, Kansas. William Conrad is on radio and James Arness is on...
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