Judy Greer

Judy Greer

Greer on July 14, 2014
Born Judith Therese Evans
(1975-07-20) July 20, 1975
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Nationality American
Alma mater DePaul University
Occupation Actress
Years active 1997–present
Spouse(s) Dean E. Johnsen (m. 2011)

Judy Greer (born Judith Therese Evans; July 20, 1975)[1][2][3] is an American actress and author, known for several television and film roles. On television, her best known roles include Kitty Sanchez on Arrested Development, Ingrid Nelson/Fatty Magoo on It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Trixie on Californication, and Cheryl Tunt on the animated comedy series Archer. In film, Greer is known for several supporting roles in romantic comedies, with appearances in What Women Want (2000), The Wedding Planner (2001), 13 Going on 30 (2004), 27 Dresses (2008) and Love and Other Drugs (2010). Her other film appearances include roles in The Descendants (2011), Carrie (2013) and Jurassic World (2015).

In 2011, Greer began hosting an online series of workout videos called Reluctantly Healthy, which was adapted into a series by Litton Entertainment in 2014 as part of their Saturday morning One Magnificent Morning block for The CW.[4] 2014 also saw the publication of her first book, I Don't Know What You Know Me From: Confessions of a Co-Star.[5]

Early life

Greer was born in Detroit, Michigan. Her mother, Mollie Ann (née Greer), is a hospital administrator and former nun, and her father, Rich Evans, is a mechanical engineer.[1][6] She was raised as a Catholic and grew up in Redford Township and Livonia.[7] Greer attended Churchill High School[8] and graduated from The Theatre School at DePaul University in 1997.[9]


Greer at the premiere of 27 Dresses, January 2008

Greer had a recurring role on the Fox comedy series Arrested Development (2003–2005, 2013), playing Kitty Sanchez in 10 episodes total and appearing in each of the series' three original seasons. In an August 2009 interview, Greer said that she is most recognized for this role.[10] She had supporting roles in Jawbreaker (1999), What Women Want (2000), The Wedding Planner (2001), Adaptation (2002), 13 Going on 30 (2004), The Village (2004), Elizabethtown (2005), 27 Dresses (2008), and Love Happens (2009). Greer has made guest appearances on Just Shoot Me! (2003), CSI: Miami (2005), My Name Is Earl (2006), It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2007, 2011), Californication (2007–2008, 2012), ER (2009), House (2009), Modern Family (2010), The Big Bang Theory (2010), How I Met Your Mother (2010) and Warren the Ape (2010). She took on a starring role in the ABC sitcom Miss Guided (2008), but it was canceled in its first season.[11] She also starred in the indie satire Visioneers (2008).

In April 2008, Greer appeared as a yoga instructor in the "Get a Mac" ad series featuring John Hodgman and Justin Long.[12] Greer starred in a CBS sitcom entitled Mad Love, which premiered in February 2011 as a mid-season replacement.[13] The show was canceled after the first season.[14]

Greer is also a voice actress, voicing the character of Cheryl on the animated comedy series Archer, a character which has been compared to her role on Arrested Development,[15] and the character of Wendy Park on the stop-motion animated sitcom Glenn Martin, DDS.[10] Greer has also portrayed two characters on Two and a Half Men; Bridget Schmidt the ex-wife of Walden Schmidt (Ashton Kutcher), Myra a love interest of Charlie Harper (Charlie Sheen), and the sister of Herb Melnick (Ryan Stiles).[16]

In November 2011, Greer was honored with the Independent Spirit John Cassavetes Award at the Denver Film Festival, where two films featuring Greer were in the festival's programming, including a red carpet screening of Alexander Payne's The Descendants and the Jay and Mark Duplass' Jeff, Who Lives at Home. She is the first actress to be honored with the award.[17] She played the gym teacher Miss Desjardin in the 2013 film adaptation, Carrie, alongside Chloë Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore, and played female chimp Cornelia in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014).[18] In 2014, Greer made her directorial debut, with a short film for AOL, Quiet Time.[19] Greer stars with Nat Faxon in the FX comedy series Married, which premiered in July 2014.[20] In 2015, Greer co-starred in the films Tomorrowland, Jurassic World and Ant-Man, among others.[21] She will reprise her role of the chimp Cornelia in War for the Planet of the Apes, scheduled for a 2017 release.[22]

Personal life

Greer is married to Dean E. Johnsen, an executive producer of Real Time with Bill Maher.[23]

During an interview, Greer stated that she is no longer a practicing Catholic.[24] In 2014, she told Glamour, "I had been wanting to try and learn how to meditate, and I did research on the different types of meditation. TM seemed the easiest, and I liked that it wasn't religious in any way."[19]



Greer at Comic-Con International in July 2010
Year Title Role Notes
1998 Stricken Cynthia
1998 Kissing a Fool Andrea
1999 The Reel Secretary Short film
1999 Jawbreaker Fern Mayo/Vylette
1999 Three Kings Cathy Daitch
1999 The Big Split Tracy
2000 What Planet Are You From? Rebecca
2000 Sunset Strip Younger Waitress
2000 The Specials Deadly Girl
2000 Desperate But Not Serious Molly
2000 What Women Want Erin the File Girl
2001 Audit Julie Leer Short film
2001 Without Charlie Vicky
2001 The Wedding Planner Penny
2002 Rules of Love Maisie Short film
2002 Adaptation Alice the Waitress
2003 The Hebrew Hammer Esther Bloomembergensteinenthal
2003 The Cat Returns Yuki (voice) English dub
2003 I Love Your Work Samantha
2004 13 Going on 30 Lucy Wyman
2004 The Village Kitty Walker
2004 The Last Shot Girl with Emily French at Movie Premiere
2004 LolliLove Judy
2005 Cursed Joanie
2005 The Amateurs Ellie
2005 The Great New Wonderful Allison Burbage Segment: "David and Allison's Story"
2005 In Memory of My Father Judy
2005 Elizabethtown Heather Baylor
2005 Full Disclosure Brinn Short film
2006 American Dreamz Accordo
2006 The TV Set Alice
2007 The Go-Getter Better Than Toast
2007 The Grand Sharon Andrews
2008 27 Dresses Casey
2008 Visioneers Michelle
2009 The Casting Director The Casting Agent Short film
2009 Wig Dr. Almay Short film
2009 Love Happens Marty
2010 Barry Munday Ginger Farley
2010 Marmaduke Debbie Winslow
2010 Henry's Crime Debbie Torne
2010 Peep World Laura
2010 Love & Other Drugs Cindy
2011 The Key Man Karen
2011 The Descendants Julie Speer
2011 Jeff, Who Lives at Home Linda
2012 Republicans, Get in My Vagina Woman #2 Video short
2012 Playing for Keeps Barb
2013 Carrie Miss Desjardin
2014 Jamie Marks Is Dead Lucy
2014 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Cornelia
2014 Men, Women & Children Joan Clint
2015 Grandma Olivia
2015 Addicted to Fresno Shannon
2015 Tomorrowland Jenny Newton
2015 Entourage Casting Director Cameo
2015 Jurassic World Karen Mitchell
2015 Ant-Man Maggie Lang
2016 All We Had Patti
2016 Ordinary World Christy
2017 Lemon Ramona Completed
2017 Wilson Completed
2017 War for the Planet of the Apes Cornelia In post-production
2017 Measure of a Man Lenore Marks In post-production
2017 Our Souls at Night In post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1997 Early Edition Cindy Episode: "Angels and Devils"
1998 Oh Baby Gail Episode: "The Hut"
1999 Maggie Winters Tawny Episode: "Girls Night Out"
1999–2000 Love & Money Puff Conklin 13 episodes
Family Guy Pregnant Dancer / Hope / Various voices 3 episodes
2003 Just Shoot Me! Bridget Episode: "Rivals in Romance"
Arrested Development Kitty Sanchez 10 episodes
2005 CSI: Miami Pamela Warren Episode: "Shootout"
2006 Love Monkey Brandy 'Bran' Lowenstein 8 episodes
2006 My Name Is Earl Maggie Lester, the Bearded Lady Episode: "Sticks & Stones"
Two and a Half Men Myra Melnick / Bridget Schmidt 13 episodes
2007, 2011 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Ingrid 'Fatty Magoo' Nelson 2 episodes
2007–2012 Californication Trixie 4 episodes
2008 Miss Guided Becky Freeley 7 episodes
2009 ER Tildie Mulligan Episode: "T-Minus-6"
2009 House Morgan West Episode: "Here Kitty"
2009 Maneater Joanne 'Gravy' Hardgrave 2 episodes
2009 WordGirl Desiree Dewey (voice) Episode: "Robo-Camping/The Stew, the Proud ..."
2009–2011 Glenn Martin, DDS Wendy Park (voice) 39 episodes
2009–present Archer Cheryl Tunt (voice) 85 episodes
2010 Modern Family Denise Episode: "Truth Be Told"
2010 The Big Bang Theory Dr. Elizabeth Plimpton Episode: "The Plimpton Stimulation"
2010 How I Met Your Mother Royce Episode: "The Wedding Bride"
2010 Warren the Ape Mrs. Hanson Episode: "Crash Course"
2011 Mad Love Connie Grabowski 13 episodes
2012 Dan Vs. Jennifer (voice) Episode: "Dan vs. The Neighbors"
2012 Royal Pains Miss Match-Maker Episode: "You Give Love a Bad Name"
2013 Robot Chicken Dorothy Gale / Jane Jetson (voices) Episode: "Robot Fight Accident"
2014–2015 Married Lina Bowman 23 episodes
2014 BoJack Horseman Pam (voice) Episode: "BoJack Hates The Troops"
2015 Masters of Sex Alice Logan Episode: "Party of Four"
2015 Comedy Bang! Bang! Herself Episode: "Judy Greer Wears A Navy Blouse And Strappy Sandals"
2015 Mom Michelle Episode: "Mozzarella Sticks and a Gay Piano Bar""
2016–present Ask the StoryBots Beep (voice) 6 episodes

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Work Result Ref.
2004 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Villain 13 Going on 30 Nominated [25]
2011 Gotham Awards Best Ensemble The Descendants Nominated [26]
2011 Satellite Awards Best Actress in a Supporting Role The Descendants Nominated [27]
2011 Denver Film Critics Society Best Supporting Actress The Descendants Nominated
2011 Denver Film Festival John Cassavetes Award Won [28]
2012 Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture The Descendants Nominated
2012 Annie Awards Voice Acting in a Television Production Archer Nominated
2012 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Acting Ensemble The Descendants Nominated

Published works


  1. 1 2 Greer, Judy (2014). I Don't Know What You Know Me From: Confessions of a Co-Star. New York: Doubleday. ISBN 978-0-385-53788-9.
  2. Ahearn, Victoria (April 9, 2014). "Judy Greer laments rom-com decline while promoting new book". CTV News. Retrieved April 21, 2014.
  3. LeVasseur, Andrea. "Judy Greer; Alternate Name: Judy Evans Greer, Judith Laura Evans, Judy Evans, Judith Laura Evans". AllMovie / Rovi via The New York Times. Retrieved September 26, 2014.
  4. "Reluctantly Healthy Video". Yahoo!. Retrieved July 2012. Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  5. Luberecki, Beth (May 14, 2014). "Judy Greer dishes on her new book 'I Don't Know What You Know Me From'". The Washingtonpost. Retrieved July 14, 2014.
  6. Hoby, Hermione (December 27, 2012). "Judy Greer: 'I get flashed all the time. It's mostly men'". The Guardian.
  7. Henbest, Danielle. "Judy Greer - 13 Going on 30". DVD Talk. Retrieved October 12, 2011.
  8. Toby, Mekeisha (July 1, 2010). "Judy Greer is eager to work in Detroit". The Detroit News. Retrieved July 30, 2010.
  9. "Awards For Excellence In The Arts". The Theater School at DePaul University. Archived from the original on August 13, 2006. Retrieved July 30, 2010.
  10. 1 2 Goldman, Eric (August 14, 2009). "Judy Greer Gets Animated with Glenn Martin, DDS and Archer". IGN. Retrieved July 30, 2010.
  11. Seidman, Robert. "The Defenders, S#*! My Dad Says and Mad Love Cancelled by CBS" http://www.tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com. May 15, 2011
  12. Foresman, Chris (2008-04-02). "New Get a Mac ads feature some geek chic co-stars". Ars Technica. Retrieved 2013-01-17.
  13. Andreeva, Nellie (June 26, 2010). "Judy Greer Joins CBS' Comedy 'Mad Love,' Which Is Now A Go For A Midseason Run". Deadline.com. Retrieved June 28, 2010.
  14. "The Defenders Cancelled by CBS; $#*! My Dad Says Cancelled by CBS; Mad Love Cancelled by CBS - Ratings | TVbytheNumbers". Tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com. 2011-05-15. Retrieved 2013-01-17.
  15. Lasker, Jake (July 23, 2010). "SDCC 2010: ARCHER Interviews with Judy Greer, Chris Parnell, and Creator Adam Reed". Collider.com. Archived from the original on July 26, 2010. Retrieved July 30, 2010.
  16. "Greer to star on Two and a Half Men". September 2, 2011. Retrieved August 29, 2011.
  17. Cangialosi, Jason (November 4, 2011). "An Evening With Judy Greer at Starz Denver Film Festival". Yahoo! Movies News. Archived from the original on October 18, 2012. Retrieved November 8, 2011.
  18. "Exclusive: Judy Greer Joins Planet of the Apes -- Vulture". Vulture. Retrieved 28 April 2016.
  19. 1 2 Radloff, Jessica. "Judy Greer Has the Perfect Solution for Coping With Stress in Her New AOL Short". Retrieved 14 May 2014. Greer is adding director to her resume as she showcases why Transcendental Meditation has become such a huge part of her life.
  20. "FX Orders Judy Greer–Nat Faxon Series". vulture.com. 2014-01-24. Retrieved August 28, 2014.
  21. "Judy Greer Joins 'Jurassic World'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2014-04-03.
  22. Kit, Borys (October 20, 2015). "Judy Greer Returning to "Planet of the Apes" (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 21, 2015.
  23. Zach Johnson (December 19, 2011). "Actress Judy Greer Marries Dean Johnsen". usmagazine.com. Retrieved 2012-02-01.
  24. "Interviewly -Judy Greer April 2014 - reddit AMA". Interviewly. Retrieved 28 April 2016.
  25. "2004 Teen Choice Awards". Awards and Winners. Retrieved July 21, 2014.
  26. "And So It Begins, 'The Descendants' & 'Martha Marcy May Marlene' Lead Gotham Award Nominees". indiewire.com.
  27. "2011". Retrieved 28 April 2016.
  28. "Actor Judy Greer To Receive Cassavetes Award at 2011 Starz Denver Film Festival". Denver Film Festival. October 25, 2011.

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