Laurie Metcalf

Laurie Metcalf

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1955-06-16 (66 years old) · Gender: Female · Place of Birth: Carbondale, Illinois, USA

46 Movies · 26 TV shows

Also Known As: Laura Elizabeth Metcalf · Laura Elizabeth "Laurie" Metcalf

Biography

Laura Elizabeth Metcalf (born June 16, 1955) is an American actress. Over the course of her four-decade career, she has been the recipient of numerous acting awards and nominations. She has won three Primetime Emmy Awards, two Tony Awards, and has been nominated for an Academy Award and British Academy Film Award.Metcalf began her career with the Steppenwolf Theatre Company and frequently works in Chicago theater. For her stage performances and work on Broadway, Metcalf has received six Tony Award nominations, winning Best Actress in a Play in 2017 for her performance in A Doll's House, Part 2 and Best Featured Actress in a Play for the 2018 revival of Edward Albee's Three Tall Women.She gained national attention for her performance as Jackie Harris on the sitcom Roseanne (1988–1997, 2018) and its spinoff The Conners (2018–present) for which she won three Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (1992–1994). She is an 11-time Emmy Award nominee, and her other television credits include 3rd Rock from the Sun, The Norm Show, Frasier, Desperate Housewives and The Big Bang Theory. She played a leading role in the HBO comedy series Getting On (2013–2015), for which she received critical acclaim and a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, and starred in an episode of Horace and Pete (2016), earning a nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series.Metcalf has starred in numerous films and is known for her critically acclaimed performance in Greta Gerwig's comedy-drama film Lady Bird, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a SAG Award, and a BAFTA Award. Since 1995, she has voiced Mrs. Davis, the mother of Andy, in the Toy Story franchise.

Personal Life

In 1983, Metcalf married Jeff Perry, co-founding member of Steppenwolf Theatre Company. They had a daughter, Zoe Perry, in 1983. They divorced in 1986.Metcalf later began a relationship with Matt Roth, the Roseanne co-star who played her abusive boyfriend Fisher. By November 1993, they had a son, Will, and eventually married. They also worked together on occasion, including in the 1994 feature film thriller Blink and the 1998 drama Chicago Cab; they also appeared together in an episode of Desperate Housewives. Their daughter, Mae Akins, was born in 2005 via surrogate. They had a second son, Donovan, whom they fostered at six years old in 2006 and permanently adopted. On November 26, 2008, Metcalf and Roth separated. In September 2011, Roth filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences. In May 2014, the divorce was finalized.Metcalf has described herself as a workaholic and stated that she is hard on herself during rehearsals. She has said that she prefers theatre over other acting media as it is where she feels most comfortable.She has also appeared in commercials for Plan USA, a humanitarian organization that helps children in need around the world.

Early Life

Metcalf was born in Carbondale, Illinois, the eldest of three children. She, her brother James and her sister Linda were raised in Edwardsville, Illinois, which she has said "isn't anywhere near a theatre." Her father, James, was the budget director at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville at the time of his sudden death in 1984. Her mother, Libby, was a librarian. Her great-aunt was the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Zoë Akins. She is an alumna of Illinois State University, class of 1976.Metcalf, who worked as a secretary while in college, said she enjoyed seeing a pile of paper in the to-do box on one side of her desk move over to the completed side by the end of the day. She was often so focused on her work she missed lunch. She originally majored in German, thinking she could work as an interpreter, and then in anthropology before accepting that majoring in theatre was her true passion. She has said that theatre work also involves interpreting and studying human behavior. She has described herself as hideously shy, and yet she found the courage to audition for a few plays in high school and was "hooked". She initially did not choose acting as a career because it was unlikely to lead to regular work.

Movies & TV shows

2021.

1 TV show
TV
Q-Force

Q-Force

2021
A handsome secret agent and his team are on an adventure.

2020.

1 Movie
Barbecue

Barbecue

2020
The O’Mallerys have gathered in their local park to share some barbecue and rousing straight talk while they await their youngest sister’s arrival. What appears to be a festive occasion is actually so...

2019.

2 Movies
Toy Story 4

Toy Story 4

6.31
2019
Woody has always been confident about his place in the world and that his priority is taking care of his kid, whether that's Andy or Bonnie. When Bonnie adds a reluctant new toy called "Forky" to her ...
Unraveling the Mystery: A Big Bang Farewell

Unraveling the Mystery: A Big Bang Farewell

2019
Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco share backstage secrets and personal memories, reveal their favorite moments playing their roles and remember some of the most memorable stories, while visiting the icon...

2018.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
The Conners

The Conners

2018
The family isgrapples with parenthood, dating, an unexpected pregnancy, financial pressures, aging and in-laws in working-class America.
Realizing Lady Bird

Realizing Lady Bird

2018
The making of Lady Bird features many people.

2017.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
The Accidental Wolf

The Accidental Wolf

2017
There are two people in distress. As a fleeting moment becomes a lasting connection, one woman risks her life to prove the other never had one. She finds purpose in the hunt.
Lady Bird

Lady Bird

6.74
2017
Lady Bird McPherson, a strong willed, deeply opinionated, artistic 17 year old comes of age in Sacramento. As she prepares to head off to college, her relationship with her mother is under scrutiny.

2016.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
Starring Austin Pendleton

Starring Austin Pendleton

2016
A quirky and inspirational documentary film on the philosophical approach to the life and work of character actor, Austin Pendleton.
TV
Horace and Pete

Horace and Pete

6
2016
The owners of a dive bar in Brooklyn, Horace and Pete, along with bar regulars share their experiences and lives with each other while drinking or working at the bar.

2015.

1 TV show
TV
Supergirl

Supergirl

6.34
2015
Kara Zor-El, who was taken in by the Danvers family when she was 13, must learn to embrace her powers after previously hiding them. The Danvers teach her to be careful with her powers until she has to...

2014.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
Long Day's Journey Into Night

Long Day's Journey Into Night

2014
Long Day's Journey into Night focuses on one day in the life of the Tyrone family. Youngest son Edmund is ill, and the family are worried about mother Mary's nerves.
TV
The McCarthys

The McCarthys

2014
A multi-camera comedy about a close-knit, sports-crazed Boston family whose somewhat athletically challenged son, Ronny, is chosen by his father to be his assistant high school basketball coach, much ...

2013.

1 TV show
TV
Getting On

Getting On

6
2013
Set in a geriatric extended care wing of a down-at-the-heels hospital, Getting On follows put-upon nurses, anxious doctors and administrators as they struggle with the darkly comic, brutally honest an...

2010.

1 Movie
Toy Story 3

Toy Story 3

6.31
2010
Woody, Buzz, and the rest of Andy's toys have not been played with in a while. Andy was going to college when the gang were left at the day care center. Andy needs to get the toys back.

2009.

1 Movie

2008.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Easy Money

Easy Money

2008
The CW aired Easy Money from October 5, 2008 to August 16, 2009. The series was created by two people. Media Rights Capital is an independent producer of television programming. The Sunday night block...
Stop-Loss

Stop-Loss

2008
A veteran soldier returns from his tour of duty in Iraq only to find his life turned upside down when he is ordered to return to field duty by the Army.

2007.

3 Movies · 1 TV show
Inventing the Robinsons | The Making of Meet the Robinsons

Inventing the Robinsons | The Making of Meet the Robinsons

2007
Stephen Anderson is the director of Disney's Meet the Robinsons.
Meet the Robinsons

Meet the Robinsons

6.55
2007
Lewis was given up for adoption by his mother. Lewis was ready to give up on his quest when the Bowler Hat Guy stole the machine, but he was whisked to the future to find his mom.
TV
Raines

Raines

3.5
2007
Raines is a crime drama television series that ran from March 15, 2007 to April 27, 2007 on NBC in the United States. The show premiered as a mid-season replacement, as well as airing on CH in Canada,...
Georgia Rule

Georgia Rule

2007
Georgia Rule follows a teenager who is hauled off by her mother to spend the summer with her grandmother. Her journey will lead to revelations of buried family secrets and an understanding that the ti...

2006.

2 Movies
Steel City

Steel City

2006
After a tragic accident caused by the truck of the middle-aged Carl Lee where a woman dies with a crushed stern, he is arrested and sent to the county jail. PJ, who works washing dishes and cleaning t...
Beer League

Beer League

2006
Lange encourages his softball teammates to improve their game so they don't get kicked out of the league.

2005.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
Fun with Dick and Jane

Fun with Dick and Jane

5.53
2005
Dick and his wife, Jane, turned to crime in order to handle the massive debt they now face after Dick lost his job at Globodyne. Dick and Jane get good at robbing people and even enjoy it, but they ha...
TV
Grey's Anatomy

Grey's Anatomy

6.54
2005
The personal and professional lives of doctors are chronicled.
TV
American Dad!

American Dad!

6.34
2005
The series focuses on an eccentric motley crew that is the Smith family and their three housemates: Father, husband, and breadwinner Stan Smith; his better half housewife, Francine Smith; their colleg...

2004.

1 TV show
TV
Desperate Housewives

Desperate Housewives

6.71
2004
Mary Alice Young doesn't like to look down on her friends and family. It's a way of death. Mary Alice ended it all in her perfect house. She's taking us into the lives of her family, friends and neigh...

2003.

1 TV show
TV
Charlie Lawrence

Charlie Lawrence

2003
There was a sitcom called Charlie Lawrence that aired from June 15 to June 22.

2002.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
TV
Monk

Monk

5.76
2002
Adrian Monk was once a rising star with the San Francisco Police Department, renowned for using unconventional means to solve the department's most baffling cases. He developed an extreme case of obse...
TV
Without a Trace

Without a Trace

7.14
2002
The FBI has a missing persons unit in New York City.
Treasure Planet

Treasure Planet

7.18
2002
When a space boy discovers a map to an intergalactic "loot of a thousand worlds," a cook named John Silver teaches him to battle supernovas and space storms. Jim realized that Silver was a pirate inte...

2000.

2 TV shows
TV
God, the Devil and Bob

God, the Devil and Bob

5
2000
God, the Devil and Bob is an animated sitcom which premiered on NBC on March 9, 2000 and ended on March 28, 2000, leaving nine episodes unaired. It was created by Matthew Carlson. It is currently broa...
TV
Malcolm in the Middle

Malcolm in the Middle

6.03
2000
A gifted teen is trying to survive with his family.

1999.

3 Movies · 1 TV show
TV
The Norm Show

The Norm Show

1999
The Norm Show ran on the ABC television network from 1999 to 2001.
Balloon Farm

Balloon Farm

1999
As soon as Harvey S. Potter is growing a crop of balloons. Potter is the best thing to happen to the area in a long time because the people of the town are enamored with him. The happiness doesn't las...
Runaway Bride

Runaway Bride

6.91
1999
Graham writes his text at the last minute. A drunken man in his favourite bar tells a story about a woman who always flees from her grooms in the last moment. The author of the column, who doesn't hav...
Toy Story 2

Toy Story 2

6.18
1999
Andy takes his toys with him to Cowboy Camp. Things went into high gear when Al's Toy Barn owner kidnapped Woody. Andy's toys mount a daring rescue mission, Buzz Lightyear meets his match, and Woody h...

1998.

3 Movies
The Long Island Incident

The Long Island Incident

1998
On December 7, 1993, a man opened fire in a crowded train on Long Island. The events that swell around Carolyn McCarthy, a woman whose husband is killed and her son is severely wounded in the massacre...
Bulworth

Bulworth

6.17
1998
A suicidally disillusioned liberal politician puts a contract out on himself and takes the opportunity to be bluntly honest with his voters by affecting the rhythms and speech of hip-hop music and cul...
Always Outnumbered

Always Outnumbered

1998
An ex-con is moving. Fight for a job. He touches the lives of many of his neighbors, including an older man dying of cancer, a young married couple whose husband is too proud to accept a lesser positi...

1997.

3 Movies · 2 TV shows
TV
Dharma & Greg

Dharma & Greg

6
1997
The sitcom is about a couple who got married on their first date despite being completely opposite of one another. The series is co-produced by Chuck Lorre Production, More-Medavoy Production, and 4 t...
Scream 2

Scream 2

5.6
1997
Two years after the terrifying events that occurred in Woodsboro, Sidney is now attending Windsor College in Cincinnati, and Gale Weathers' best selling book on Sidney's life has now been made into a ...
TV
King of the Hill

King of the Hill

6.33
1997
The life of Hank Hill, a propane salesman in Texas, is chronicled in an animated series. Hank has conservative views about God, family, and country, but his values and ethics are often challenged by t...
U Turn

U Turn

6
1997
When Bobby's car breaks down in the desert while on the run from some of the bookies who have already taken two of his fingers, he becomes trapped in the nearby small town where the people are strange...
Chicago Cab

Chicago Cab

1997
A day in the life of a Chicago cab driver is examined as he picks up fares from the good and bad parts of the city and emotionally connects to many of his passengers.

1996.

2 Movies
The Story Behind 'Toy Story'

The Story Behind 'Toy Story'

1996
Pixar's popularity of making animation movie production companies in the world today, especially in North America, was boosted by the documentary short Toy Story of why and how the feature length bloc...
Dear God

Dear God

6
1996
People are amazed when letters are written. The Post Office is upset.

1995.

2 Movies
Toy Story

Toy Story

6.28
1995
Andy's toys live happily in his room until Buzz Lightyear shows up. Woody is afraid of losing his place in Andy's heart. Buzz and Woody eventually learn to put aside their differences when circumstanc...
Leaving Las Vegas

Leaving Las Vegas

6
1995
Ben Sanderson, an alcoholic Hollywood screenwriter who lost everything because of his drinking, arrives in Las Vegas to drink himself to death. He formed an uneasy friendship with a woman there.

1994.

1 Movie
Blink

Blink

1994
Emma has been blind for 20 years and is in her 20s. A new type of eye operation partially restores her sight, but she is having problems because she doesn't remember what she saw until later. She is w...

1993.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
A Dangerous Woman

A Dangerous Woman

1993
Martha is living with her aunt. Martha's unusual trait is that she doesn't lie, a quality that leads to her getting fired from a dry-cleaning shop, thanks to the actions of the shifty Getso. Martha is...
Two Mikes Don't Make a Wright

Two Mikes Don't Make a Wright

1993
Michael Moore's "Pets or Meat" (1992), Dean Parisot and Steven Wright's "The Appointments of Dennis Jennings" (1988), and Mike Leigh's "A Sense of History" (1992) are all comic shorts.
TV
Frasier

Frasier

5.35
1993
Frasier moved back to Seattle to work as a radio psychiatrist after his policeman father was shot while on duty.

1992.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
The Jackie Thomas Show

The Jackie Thomas Show

1992
The ABC network aired the show from December 1992 to March 1993 The series received a lot of attention due to its creators Roseanne Arnold and her husband and Roseanne co- producer Tom Arnold. Tom Arn...
Mistress

Mistress

6
1992
An old movie script is read by a producer and the search for financial backers begins in a comedy about a screenwriter and a producer Each money source has a mistress that they want to use in the film...

1991.

1 Movie
JFK

JFK

5.92
1991
The assassination of President John F was investigated. Jim Garrison is the district attorney of New Orleans.

1990.

2 Movies
Pacific Heights

Pacific Heights

6
1990
A couple is working hard to make their dream house a reality. One of their tenants has a plan.
Internal Affairs

Internal Affairs

6
1990
A young man is with the Internal Affairs Department of the Los Angeles police. He and partner Amy Wallace will soon be looking at the activities of cop Dennis Peck who has financial holdings that star...

1989.

1 Movie
Uncle Buck

Uncle Buck

5.73
1989
After a family emergency, Buck Russell took care of his nephew and nieces. The tension with his niece, Chanice, and everyone else who crosses his path is caused by his freewheeling attitude.

1988.

3 Movies · 1 TV show
The Appointments of Dennis Jennings

The Appointments of Dennis Jennings

1988
Dennis is sleepwalking through life. He is a waiter and has a girlfriend. The doctor is less interested in what he has to say than he is in releasing his feelings of isolation. After finding his docto...
TV
Roseanne

Roseanne

5.63
1988
In the fictional town of Lanford, Illinois, a working-class family struggles to make ends meet.
Candy Mountain

Candy Mountain

1988
A mediocre musician is looking for the world's greatest guitar maker.
Stars & Bars

Stars & Bars

1988
A British art expert leaves New York to buy a long-lost Renoir from a Georgia eccentric.

1987.

1 Movie
Making Mr. Right

Making Mr. Right

1987
A scientist builds a robot that looks like him, so he can go on a long term space mission. An eccentric woman is hired to "educate" the robot on human behavior since the scientist is unable to program...

1985.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
Desperately Seeking Susan

Desperately Seeking Susan

1
1985
Roberta reads messages to and from Susan in the personals section of the newspaper and is fascinated by her. An ad with the headline " Desperately Seeking Susan" proposes a rendezvous. In a series of ...
TV
The Equalizer

The Equalizer

7.33
1985
Robert McCall is a former agent of a secret government agency who is now running his own private crime fighting operation where he fashions himself as "The Equalizer." It is a service for victims of t...
The Execution of Raymond Graham

The Execution of Raymond Graham

1985
Raymond Graham has been on Death Row for five years, waiting to be executed for the murder of a store clerk. Graham is waiting for the fatal injection after giving up on any further legal delays. Grah...

1978.

1 Movie
A Wedding

A Wedding

1978
Muffin's wedding is going to be a big event. The elderly priest isn't too sure of the ceremony, only the families show up as the Corelli Italian connection is suspect, security guards watch the gifts ...

1975.

1 TV show
TV
Saturday Night Live

Saturday Night Live

6.36
1975
A late-night live television sketch comedy and variety show created by Lorne Michaels. The show's comedy sketches, which parody contemporary culture and politics, are performed by a large and varying ...

1953.

1 TV show
TV
The Oscars

The Oscars

1953
The film industry is honored at an annual American awards ceremony. The Academy Award of Merit is better known as the Oscar and is given to the various category winners.

Unknown Year.

1 Movie
Untitled Ray Romano Directorial Debut

Untitled Ray Romano Directorial Debut

A simple, blue-collar life in Queens is surrounded by big personalities of their Italian-American family.
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