Katey Sagal

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Katey Sagal

Sagal at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2010
Born Catherine Louise Sagal
(1954-01-19) January 19, 1954[1]
Los Angeles, California
Alma mater California Institute of the Arts
  • Actress
  • singer-songwriter
Years active 1971–present
Spouse(s) Freddy Beckmeier
(m. 1977–1981; divorced)
Fred Lombardo
(m. 1986–1989; divorced)
Jack White
(m. 1993–2000; divorced)
Kurt Sutter
(m. 2004–present)
Children 3
Website www.kateysagal.net

Catherine Louise "Katey" Sagal (born January 19, 1954) is an American actress and singer-songwriter. She is best known for her role as Peggy Bundy, Al's sarcastic, lazy, bon bon-eating wife, on Married... with Children and for her role as Gemma Teller Morrow on the FX series Sons of Anarchy.[2] Sagal is also known for voicing the character Leela on the animated science-fiction series Futurama from 1999 to 2003, then from 2008 to 2013, as well as for starring on the show 8 Simple Rules in the role of Cate Hennessy. In the latter role, she worked with John Ritter until his death, leading to Sagal's taking over as the series lead for the remainder of the show's run.

From 2008-14, Sagal portrayed Gemma Teller Morrow across the entire run of Sons of Anarchy, for which she won a Golden Globe in 2011. Sagal has been married to Sons creator Kurt Sutter since 2004.

Early life

Sagal was born in Los Angeles to a show business family with five children,[3] including younger twin sisters, Jean and Liz Sagal, and brother, Joe Sagal, all three of whom are actors, and David Sagal, an attorney married to actress McNally Sagal. Sagal's mother, Sara Zwilling, was a singer who died of heart disease in 1975;[4] her father, Boris Sagal, was a Ukrainian-born director who died in 1981 in an accident on the set of the television movie World War III.[3] Sagal and her siblings grew up in Brentwood, Los Angeles.[3] Her godfather is prominent sitcom producer Norman Lear.[5] Both Katey and Norman also acknowledged when Norman received the 2016 Achievement in Television eXcellence award that she was not only his goddaughter, but that he was also the one who had introduced her parents.[6] Sagal's father was Jewish, and Sagal has described herself as "culturally Jewish" but with no "formal religious experience".[7][8]

Acting career

Sagal attended from California Institute of the Arts and began her acting career in Hollywood, appearing in several made-for-TV movies between 1971 and 1975, including a small role as a receptionist in the Columbo installment "Candidate for Crime" (directed by her father). Sagal's first major role was as a newspaper columnist in the series Mary (1985–86) starring Mary Tyler Moore.[9] This led to her being cast as Peggy Bundy on the sitcom Married... with Children (1987–1997); she portrayed the lower-class, sex-starved, free-spending wife of shoe salesman Al Bundy.[10] The series ran for ten years.[11] Sagal brought her own red bouffant wig to audition for the role, and with the producers' approval, the look transitioned into the show.

After the end of Married... with Children, several more television films followed; she also contributed to the children's cartoon Recess as the voice of Spinelli's mother. In 1998, Matt Groening cast her as the purple-haired mutant spaceship captain, Leela, in his science-fiction animated comedy Futurama. The show developed a cult following, but was cancelled after four seasons.[12] However, airings in syndication on Adult Swim[13] and Comedy Central[14] increased the show's popularity and led Comedy Central to commission a season of Futurama direct-to-DVD films, which the network later rebroadcast as 16 episodes, season five.[15] She reprised her role as Leela in these films, and in the sixth season that began airing June 24, 2010. The series ended in 2013.[16]

Sagal guest-starred as Edna Hyde, Steven Hyde's mother, in three episodes of That '70s Show. She starred in the short-lived NBC sitcom Tucker in 2000.[17]

She was cast as the wife of John Ritter in the sitcom 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter in 2002. Ritter had completed only three episodes of the second season before his death,[18] and the show was cancelled in 2005 after its third season.[19]

In 2005, she made four appearances on Lost as Helen Norwood. In 2007, she had a role in the season finale of The Winner as Glen Abbot's former, and Josh's current, teacher, with whom Glen has his first sexual experience. In 2008, she appeared in four episodes of the short-lived series Eli Stone.[20]

Sagal in March 2012

In January 2009, Sagal reunited with her TV son David Faustino (Bud Bundy from Married... with Children) for an episode of Faustino's show Star-ving.[21] In 2010, she appeared twice more on Lost. In 2009, she starred in the film House Broken with Danny DeVito. In 2010, she returned to the stage in Randy Newman's musical Harps & Angels.[22]

From 2008 to 2014, Sagal starred as Gemma Teller Morrow on the TV show Sons of Anarchy, created by her husband, Kurt Sutter.

In 2013, Sagal had a cameo on Glee as Nancy Abrams, Artie Abrams' mother. She co-starred in Pitch Perfect 2 (2015), as Hailee Steinfeld's character's mother.[23][24][25] She will next appear in the biography drama film Bleed for This, as mother of Vinny Pazienza.[26]

On September 9, 2014, Sagal received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on which most of the Married ... with Children cast including Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate, and David Faustino were present to celebrate the actor's recognition.[27]

She has a guest-starring role in Brooklyn 99 as Karen Peralta.

September 20, 2016, Sagal appeared as Susan, Penny's mother on "The Big Bang Theory"

Musical career

Sagal started her career in show business as a singer and songwriter. In 1973, she worked as a backing vocalist for various singers, including Bob Dylan and Tanya Tucker. In 1976, while a member of The Group With No Name, she contributed to the album Moon over Brooklyn (on which she was credited as "Katie Sagal"). She was a member of Bette Midler's backup group The Harlettes in 1978, and again from 1982–83.[28] She performed backing vocals on the self-titled Gene Simmons solo album, the Molly Hatchet album Take No Prisoners, and on Olivia Newton-John's 1985 single "Soul Kiss". She performed the song "It's the Time for Love" that appears in the movie Silent Rage featuring Chuck Norris, music and lyrics by Morgan Stoddard. Sagal also provided the vocals for "Loose Cannons", the theme song for the movie featuring Gene Hackman and Dan Aykroyd in 1990. The song featured her singing most of the song, while Aykroyd sang the chorus and did some background impersonations from the movie.

On April 19, 1994, she released her first solo album, Well.... On June 1, 2004, she released her second album, Room.[29] She has also contributed to the Sons of Anarchy soundtrack.[30]


In June 2016, the Human Rights Campaign released a video in tribute to the victims of the 2016 Orlando gay nightclub shooting; in the video, Sagal and others told the stories of the people killed there.[31][32]

Personal life

Sagal was married to musician Freddie Beckmeier from 1978 to 1981 and drummer Jack White from 1993 to 2000. In 2004, she married Kurt Sutter.

In 1991, while working on Married... with Children, Sagal learned that she was pregnant. This was unexpected, so the pregnancy was written into the storyline of the show. In October 1991, however, she had to have an emergency Caesarean section in her seventh month of pregnancy, ending in the stillbirth of a daughter. The pregnancy on the show was then regarded as a "dream", which was mentioned only briefly at the end of the episode "Al Bundy, Shoe Dick". Sagal and White eventually had two children — a daughter, Sarah Grace, in 1994 and a son, Jackson James, in 1996. The writers of Married... with Children deliberately did not write Sagal's two later pregnancies into the show due to the earlier stillbirth, opting instead to write off her absences in a subplot in which Peg is traveling the world to reunite her redneck parents. In scenes where Peg was shown, Sagal had her midsection obscured, such as in a taxicab or at a craps table in Las Vegas, and was often seen or heard talking to family members over the phone.[33]

One after effect of Sagal's having lost her stillborn daughter was that the tragedy inspired her to write the lyrics for "(You) Can't Hurry the Harvest". She recorded this selection on her debut album, Well..., which was released in April 1994.

Sagal and White divorced in 2000.[34]

Sagal married writer-producer Kurt Sutter in a private ceremony on October 2, 2004, at their home in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Los Feliz. They have a daughter, Esmé Louise, born in 2007 through a surrogate mother.[35]


Katey Sagal's star on Hollywood Walk of Fame


Year Title Role Notes
1987 Maid to Order Louise
1988 The Good Mother Ursula
1999 Smart House Pat
2000 Dropping Out Wendy
2001 Recess: School's Out Mrs. Flo Spinelli Voice
2002 Following Tildy Connie St. John Short film
2006 I'm Reed Fish Maureen
2007 Futurama: Bender's Big Score Leela Voice
2008 Futurama: The Beast with a Billion Backs Leela Voice
2008 Futurama: Bender's Game Leela/Leegola Voice
2009 Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder Leela Voice
2009 House Broken Mom
2010 Jack and the Beanstalk Jack's mother
2014 There's Always Woodstock Lee Ann
2015 Pitch Perfect 2 Katherine
2016 Bleed for This Louise Pazienza Completed


Year Title Role Notes
1971 The Failing of Raymond Girl patient Credited as "Catherine Louise Sagal"; TV film
1972 The Bold Ones: The New Doctors Young nurse Credited as "Katie Sagal"
1973 Columbo Secretary Episode: "Candidate for Crime"
1974 Larry Cashier TV film
1975 The Dream Makers Unemployment manager TV film
1985–1986 Mary Jo Tucker 3 episodes
1987–1997 Married... with Children Peggy Bundy 250 episodes
1990 Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme Mary Quite Contrary TV film
1990 Tales from the Crypt Ms. Kilbasser Episode: "For Cryin' Out Loud"
1990 The Earth Day Special Peggy Bundy
1991 She Says She's Innocent Susan Essex TV film
1995 Trail of Tears Annie Cook TV film
1995 Nachtshow Episode: "February 10th, 1995"
1995 Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man Duckman's mother Episode: "The Germ Turns"
1996 Space Cases Ma (voice) Episode: "Mother Knows Best"
1997–2001 Recess Flo Spinelli 3 episodes
1998 Rugrats Additional Voices 1 episode
1998 Chance of a Lifetime Irene Dunbar TV film
1998 Mr. Headmistress Harriet Magnum TV film
1999 No Higher Love Ellen Young TV film
1999 Smart House Pat TV film
1999 That '70s Show Edna Hyde 3 episodes


Futurama Leela (voice only) 136 episodes
2000 Tucker Claire Wennick 13 episodes
2001 The Geena Davis Show Ashley Episode: "Girls' Night Out"
2002 Imagine That Barb Thompson 2 Episodes
2002–2005 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter Cate S. Hennessy 76 episodes
2004 When Angels Come to Town Jo TV film
2004–2006 Higglytown Heroes Monica the Police Officer 3 episodes
2005 Three Wise Guys Shirley Crown TV film
2005 Campus Confidential Naomi Jacobs TV film
2005 Ghost Whisperer Francie Lewis Episode: "Undead Comic"
2005–2007 The Shield Nancy Gilroy 2 episodes
2005–2010 Lost Helen Norwood 4 episodes
2006 Boston Legal Barbara Little 5 episodes
2006 The Search for the Funniest Mom in America Host Reality series
2007 The Winner Lydia Berko Episode: "Hot for Teacher"
2008 Eli Stone Marci Klein 2 episodes
2008 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Annabelle Bundt/Natasha Steele Episode: "Two and a Half Deaths"
2008–2014 Sons of Anarchy Gemma Teller Morrow 91 episodes
2010 Chadam Sandy (voice) Web series
2013 Glee[36] Nancy Abrams Episode: "Wonder-ful"
2013–present Super Duper Rocket Chrystal Findlee (voice)
2014–2015 Regular Show Mordecai's Mom (voice) 2 episodes
2014 A to Z Narrator (voice) 13 episodes[37]
2014 The Simpsons Leela (voice only) Episode: "Simpsorama"
2015 The Bastard Executioner Annora of the Alders 10 episodes
2016 Brooklyn Nine-Nine Karen Peralta Episode: "Karen Peralta"
2016 The Big Bang Theory Susan, Penny's mother Episode: "The Conjugal Conjecture"
2016 This is Us Lanie Schultz Episode: "The Big Three"



Year Title Chart positions
1976 Moon Over Brooklyn[38]
1994 Well... Billboard Top Heatseekers – 33[40]
2004 Room
2009 Sons of Anarchy: Shelter – EP Top Independent Albums — 33[41]

Top Soundtracks — 23

2013 Covered[42]

Awards and nominations

Katey Sagal at the 41st Emmy Awards in 1989
Year Award Category Film or series Result
1989 American Comedy Awards Funniest Female Performer in a TV Series Married... with Children Nominated
1991 Golden Globe Award Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy Married... with Children Nominated
1992 Golden Globe Award Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy Married... with Children Nominated
1993 Golden Globe Award Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy Married... with Children Nominated
1993 American Comedy Awards Funniest Female Performer in a TV Series Married... with Children Nominated
1994 Golden Globe Award Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy Married... with Children Nominated
2005 Prism Awards Performance in a Comedy Series 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter Won
2009 TV Land Awards Innovation Award
(Shared with: Christina Applegate, David Faustino, Ted McGinley, Ed O'Neill)
Married... with Children Won
2010 Television Critics Association Awards Individual Achievement in Drama Sons of Anarchy Nominated
2010 Ewwy Award Best Actress in a Drama Series Sons of Anarchy Nominated
2010 Satellite Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama Sons of Anarchy Nominated
2011 Golden Globe Award[43] Best Actress – Television Series Drama Sons of Anarchy Won
2011 Prism Awards[44] Best Actress – Television Series Drama Sons of Anarchy Nominated
2011 Critics' Choice Television Award[45] Best Actress in a Drama Series Sons of Anarchy Nominated
2011 Satellite Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama Sons of Anarchy Nominated
2012 Critics' Choice Television Award Best Actress in Drama Series Sons of Anarchy Nominated
2013 Prism Awards Female Performance in a Drama Series Multi-Episode Storyline Sons of Anarchy Won
2014 Hollywood Walk of Fame Star on the Walk of Fame Won



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