Sagal at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2010
Catherine Louise Sagal|
January 19, 1954
Los Angeles, California
|Alma mater||California Institute of the Arts|
(m. 1977–1981; divorced)
(m. 1986–1989; divorced)
(m. 1993–2000; divorced)
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. 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.
Sagal was born in Los Angeles to a show business family with five children, 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; 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. Sagal and her siblings grew up in Brentwood, Los Angeles. Her godfather is prominent sitcom producer Norman Lear. 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. Sagal's father was Jewish, and Sagal has described herself as "culturally Jewish" but with no "formal religious experience".
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. 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. The series ran for ten years. 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. However, airings in syndication on Adult Swim and Comedy Central 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. 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.
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, and the show was cancelled in 2005 after its third season.
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.
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. 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.
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. She will next appear in the biography drama film Bleed for This, as mother of Vinny Pazienza.
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.
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"
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. 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
|1987||Maid to Order||Louise|
|1988||The Good Mother||Ursula|
|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|
|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|
|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"|
|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||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|
|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"|
|1976||Moon Over Brooklyn
|1994||Well...||Billboard Top Heatseekers – 33|
|2009||Sons of Anarchy: Shelter – EP
||Top Independent Albums — 33
Top Soundtracks — 23
Awards and nominations
- "Katey Sagal Biography". The Biography Channel. 2007. Retrieved 2009-04-29.
- "Katey Sagal: No Longer Just Known as Peg Bundy".
- Cathcart, Rebecca. "Out From Under All That Big Hair", The New York Times, November 7, 2008, p. 2 of online version
- Season 8 Episode 3, Who Do You Think You Are TLC's Who Do You Think You Are, Retrieved 2016-05-01.
- Katey Sagal on Wise Guys, Lost and More!. TV Guide.com. Retrieved on 2015-12-30.
- "Katey Sagal: Mother of Anarchy on Her Own Family - InterfaithFamily".
- Katey Sagal Biography. Indigoosesilk.com. Retrieved on 2011-03-04.
- Brooks, Tim; Marsh, Earle F. " 'Mary' (Situation Comedy) December 11, 1985-April 8, 1989" The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present, Random House Publishing Group, 2009, ISBN 0307483207, p. 861
- Spillman, Susan. "As a Laugh-Getter, Katey Sagal Is Cleaning Up in Tv's Dirtiest Show, 'Married...with Children'" people.com, June 22, 1987
- Brooks, Tim; Marsh, Earle F. Married... with Children The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present, Random House Publishing Group, 2009, ISBN 0307483207, p. 857
- "Futurama". 28 March 1999 – via IMDb.
- "Adult Swim". Pressroom. Archived from the original on 2008-01-02. Retrieved 2008-06-03.
- Dempsey, John (October 27, 2005). ""Futurama" in Comedy Central's future via big deal". Variety. Retrieved 2005-10-27.
- Wallenstein, Andrew (June 22, 2006). ""Futurama" gets new life on Comedy Central". Reuters. Archived from the original on 2006-11-06. Retrieved 2006-10-08.
- Salem, Rob. "Futurama cast members ink new deal with Fox". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2009-05-08.
- King, Susan. "'Tucker' Tries to Adapt to All the Changes" Los Angeles Times, October 2, 2000
- McFarland, Melanie. "Cast of Ritter's sitcom handles his death with grace and sincerity" Seattle Post-Inteligencer, November 10, 2003
- "Last Episode" tvseriesfinale.com, accessed September 26, 2016
- Chance, Norman. " Eli Stone Comedy, Drama, 2008" Who Was Who on TV, Volume 1, Xlibris Corporation, 2010, ISBN 1456821296, p. 423
- "Star-ving May Leave You Hungry". New TeeVee Station. Retrieved 2009-02-20.
- Randy Newman's Harps and Angels Opens with Katey Sagal, Michael McKean, Adriane Lenox
- Ray, Amber. "Katey Sagal joins 'Pitch Perfect 2' | Inside Movies | EW.com". Insidemovies.ew.com. Retrieved 2014-05-15.
- "Katey Sagal 'Pitch Perfect 2': 'Sons of Anarchy' Star Joins Cast". Variety. Retrieved 2014-05-15.
- "'Sons of Anarchy' Star Katey Sagal Joins Anna Kendrick in 'Pitch Perfect 2'". TheWrap. Retrieved 2014-05-15.
- Mike Fleming Jr (September 17, 2014). "'Sons Of Anarchy's Katey Sagal Mothers Vinny Pazienza In Fight Pic 'Bleed For This'". Deadline. Retrieved 18 September 2014.
- Debra Birnbaum. "Katey Sagal Receives Her Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame". Variety. Retrieved 19 September 2014.
- "The Staggering Harlettes". Retrieved June 11, 2011.
- "Room". Valley Entertainment. Retrieved 28 June 2010.
- "Sons of Anarchy: Shelter – EP by Various Artists". iTunes. Retrieved April 16, 2011.
- "49 Celebrities Honor 49 Victims of Orlando Tragedy | Human Rights Campaign". Hrc.org. Retrieved 2016-06-30.
- Rothaus, Steve (June 12, 2016). "Pulse Orlando shooting scene a popular LGBT club where employees, patrons 'like family'". The Miami Herald. Retrieved June 15, 2016.
- E! True Hollywood Story Married... with Children
- "Actress Katey Sagal Seeks Divorce" apnewsarchive.com, August 29, 2000
- Silverman, Stephen M. (2004-10-05) Married: Actress Katey Sagal Weds Writer – Marriage, Katey Sagal. People.com. Retrieved on 2011-03-04.
- Twitter / MrRPMurphy: So thrilled to announce my
- Andreeva, Nellie (31 October 2014). "'Bad Judge' & 'A to Z' Cancelled By NBC, Will Finish Original 13-Episode Orders".
- "Moon Over Brooklyn > Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-03-31.
- The Katey Sagal Picture Pages. Superiorpics.com. Retrieved on 2011-03-04.
- Well... – Katey Sagal. AllMusic (1994-04-19). Retrieved on 2011-03-04.
- "Sons of Anarchy: Shelter – Original Soundtrack". AllMusic. 2009-11-24. Retrieved 2012-03-31.
- "Actress Katey Sagal has classic tunes 'Covered' in new album". Retrieved 1 November 2013.
- Chicago TV News: TV reviews, TV previews, TV interviews, TV schedule, celebrity interviews – redeye.chicagotribune.com. Chicagonow.com. Retrieved on 2011-03-04.
- R.W. in Film Awards, TV Show Awards (2011-02-19). "Prism Awards 2011: Nominations: THE FIGHTER, BLACK SWAN, WINTER's BONE". Film-Book.com. Retrieved 2012-03-31.
- In Full: Critics' Choice Television Awards – Nominees digitalspy
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