Ari Meyers

Ari Meyers (born April 6, 1969) is an actress. She played the role of Emma Jane McArdle in the television series Kate & Allie (1984).

Early years

Meyers (birth name: Ariadne Meyer) was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico to Jewish American parents who were touring in the island. Her mother is actress Taro Meyer, who appeared in the television soap opera Another World. Shortly afterward, Meyer and her family returned to New York City where she was raised and where she received her primary and secondary education.[1][2]


In 1982, Meyers landed her first major role as the stepdaughter of Al Pacino in the movie Author! Author!.[3] The following year, she also landed the role of Emma Jane McArdle on the TV series Kate & Allie. Meanwhile, she also continued to take advanced courses in school.[1][2]

In 1988, Meyers left Kate & Allie and used her earnings to finish her studies at Yale University; from there she graduated with honors and a double major in Philosophy and Theatre Arts.[1][2]

After graduating, Meyers continued acting and was mostly cast as characters much younger than her actual age. Meyers has also lent her voice in the recording of numerous audio books, such as:

  • The Amy Fisher Story
  • The Wish (2000)
  • A Kitten's Tale (1995)

In 2003, Meyers appeared in the musical play Theophilus North (adopted from the 1973 novel) in New York City and in 2004 she participated in the play, Little Willy.[1][2]


Year Title Role Notes
1982 Author! Author! Debbie
1990 Shakma Kim
1990 Think Big Holly Sherwood
1991 Dutch Brock
1992 Dark Horse Allison Mills
1995 How to Make an American Quilt Duff Darling

Year Title Role Notes
1992, 1993 Evening Shade Aimee Thompson 2 Episodes:
"What a Night" (episode # 3.4, Oct '92)
"She What?!" (episode # 3.19, Mar '93)
1984–1988 Kate & Allie Emma McArdle series regular, 90 episodes
1984 License to Kill Amy Peterson TV movie
1984 American Playhouse Kim Episode: Haunted (episode # 3.1)
1985 Picking Up the Pieces Stacy Harding TV movie
1985 Kids Don't Tell Nicky Ryan TV movie
1988 Windmills of the Gods Beth Ashley TV Mini Series
1989 A Matter of Conscience Lisa
1990 Call Me Anna Patty Duke, as a youth TV movie
1991 Memories of Midnight Atana TV Mini Series
1992 In My Daughter's Name Carly Elias TV movie
1993 River of Rage: The Taking of Maggie Keene Nancy Hardgrave TV movie
1994 Confessions: Two Faces of Evil Lisa Darby TV movie
1995 Not Our Son Ruth Keller TV movie
1996 Family Blessings Janice Reston TV movie
1996 Home Song Chelsea Gardner TV movie
1996 Innocent Victims Stacey Carolwood (uncredited) TV movie
1997 Unwed Father Gina TV movie
1997 The Killing Secret Nicole Voss TV movie
2000 Diagnosis: Murder Amy Saroyan Episode: "Out of the Past: Part 1" (episode # 7.23)
2001 Pro Skater 3 voice - various Video game
2001–2003, 2007 Stanley Mrs. Griff (Mom), various others series regular (cartoon), 17 episodes

See also


  1. TV Guide Archived October 10, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  2. People
  3. Smith, Stacy Jenel (January 26, 1983). "New Role Helps Deborah Raff In Grow As Actress". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved May 19, 2011.
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