Judy Greer

Judith Therese Evans (born July 20, 1975), known professionally as Judy Greer, is an American actress, voice actress, comedian and author. She is primarily known as a character actor, who has appeared in supporting roles in a variety of films.[1] She first rose to prominence in the early 2000s, appearing in the romantic comedies What Women Want (2000), 13 Going on 30 (2004), and 27 Dresses (2007). She has appeared in The Descendants (2011), Jurassic World (2015), Ant-Man (2015), Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018), Halloween (2018), and the Planet of the Apes reboot series (2014, 2017). She made her directorial debut with A Happening of Monumental Proportions (2017).

Judy Greer
Greer in 2014
Judith Therese Evans

(1975-07-20) July 20, 1975
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
EducationDePaul University (BFA)
OccupationActress, voice actress, author, comedian
Years active1997–present
Dean E. Johnsen (m. 2011)

On television, she is known for playing Kitty Sanchez in Arrested Development and Fatty Magoo in It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and for voicing Cheryl Tunt in the animated series Archer since 2009. She also stars in the Showtime series Kidding (2018–present).

Early life

Greer was born Judith Therese Evans on July 20, 1975[2][3] in Detroit, Michigan. Her mother, Mollie Ann (née Greer), is a hospital administrator, and her father, Rich Evans, is a mechanical engineer.[4][5] Her mother was once a nun, who had left the convent after eight years, being "kicked out" for wild behavior, including owning a red bathing suit.[6] Greer was raised Roman Catholic,[7] and grew up in Redford Township and Livonia.[8] She attended Churchill High School[8] where she was a part of the Creative and Performing Arts Program and graduated from the Theatre School at DePaul University in 1997 with a bachelor of fine arts degree.[9] She later adopted her mother's maiden name for her stage name, as several other actresses are named Judy or Judi Evans.


Greer made her film debut in the horror film Stricken (1998), in which she played a college student involved in a fatal prank.[10] This was followed by a small role in the Chicago-filmed drama Kissing a Fool (1998). She was then cast in her first major role as Fern Mayo, a nerdy teenager who uncovers her classmates' murder of their friend, in Darren Stein's black comedy Jawbreaker (1999).[11] The film went on to earn a cult following.[11] Greer followed this with small parts in the romantic comedy films What Women Want (2000)[12] and The Wedding Planner (2001), opposite Jennifer Lopez.[13] She was cast in a 2002 pilot for NBC alongside Stephen Colbert, Untitled Ken Finkleman Project (Imagine Entertainment), based on the Canadian show The Newsroom from Ken Finkleman. Colbert portrayed Finkleman and Greer played his sister.[6]

Greer had recurring role on the Fox comedy series Arrested Development (2003–2005, 2013, 2018), playing Kitty Sanchez in 10 episodes total and appearing in each of the series' three original seasons. In a 2009 interview, Greer said that she is most recognized for this role.[14] Greer also 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 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 cancelled in its first season.[15] 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.[16] Greer starred in a CBS sitcom entitled Mad Love, which premiered in February 2011 as a midseason replacement.[17] The show was cancelled after the first season.[18]

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,[19] and the character of Wendy Park on the stop-motion animated sitcom Glenn Martin, DDS.[14] Greer has also portrayed two characters on Two and a Half Men - Bridget Schmidt the ex-wife of Walden Schmidt (Ashton Kutcher) and Myra Melnick, a love interest of Charlie Harper (Charlie Sheen) and the sister of Herb Melnick (Ryan Stiles).[20]

In November 2011, Greer was honored with the Independent Spirit John Cassavetes Award at the Denver Film Festival, where two films featuring her were in the festival's programming, including a red-carpet screening of Alexander Payne's The Descendants and Jay and Mark Duplass' Jeff, Who Lives at Home. She is the first actress to be honored with the award.[21]

In late 2012, Greer made her Broadway debut playing Jenny in Dead Accounts, a short-lived new comedy by Theresa Rebeck also starring Katie Holmes, Norbert Leo Butz, Jayne Houdyshell, and Josh Hamilton.[22]

She played the gym teacher Miss Desjardin in the 2013 horror remake Carrie alongside Chloë Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore, and played female chimp Cornelia in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014).[23] In 2014, Greer made her directorial debut, with a short film for AOL, Quiet Time.[24] Greer starred with Nat Faxon in the FX comedy series Married, which premiered in July 2014.[25]

In 2015, Greer co-starred in the films Tomorrowland, Jurassic World, and Ant-Man, among others.[26] In 2016, she debuted in the lead voice role of Beep in the Netflix children's animated programs, Ask the StoryBots and StoryBots Super Songs. In 2017, she reprised her role as Cornelia in the film sequel War for the Planet of the Apes,[27] and in 2018, she again played her role as Maggie Lang, in the superhero film Ant-Man and the Wasp. She then co-starred as Karen, the daughter of Laurie Strode, in the 2018 horror sequel film Halloween.

Greer voices the titular character, Luna, in the animated television series Let's Go Luna!, which premiered on November 21, 2018.

Workout videos

In 2011, Greer began hosting an online series of workout videos called Reluctantly Healthy, adapted by Litton Entertainment in 2014 as part of their Saturday morning One Magnificent Morning block for The CW.[28] Also in 2014, she released her first autobiographical collection of essays, titled I Don't Know What You Know Me From: Confessions of a Co-Star.[29]

Personal life

Greer is married to Dean E. Johnsen, an executive producer of Real Time with Bill Maher.[30] She is a stepmother to Johnsen's two children from his previous marriage.[31] The couple resides in Los Angeles.[7]

Greer grew up Catholic, although at the age of 10, she convinced her parents to let her go to a Presbyterian church, claiming that she thought she would be closer to God there. The real reason was that she thought the boys were cuter at that church.[6] During a 2014 interview, Greer stated that she is no longer a practicing Catholic.[32]

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."[24]



Year Title Role Notes
1998 Stricken Cynthia
Kissing a Fool Andrea
1999 The Reel Secretary Short film
Jawbreaker Fern Mayo / Vylette
Three Kings Cathy Daitch
The Big Split Tracy
2000 What Planet Are You From? Rebecca
Sunset Strip Younger Waitress
The Specials Deadly Girl
Desperate But Not Serious Molly
What Women Want Erin the File Girl
2001 Audit Julie Leer Short film
Without Charlie Vicky
The Wedding Planner Penny
2002 Rules of Love Maisie Short film
Adaptation Alice the Waitress
2003 The Hebrew Hammer Esther Bloomembergensteinenthal
The Cat Returns Yuki (voice) English dub
I Love Your Work Samantha
2004 13 Going on 30 Lucy Wyman
The Village Kitty Walker
The Last Shot Girl with Emily French at Movie Premiere Uncredited
LolliLove Judy
2005 Cursed Joanie
The Amateurs Ellie
The Great New Wonderful Allison Burbage Segment: "David and Allison's Story"
In Memory of My Father Judy
Elizabethtown Heather Baylor
Full Disclosure Brinn Short film
2006 American Dreamz Accordo
The TV Set Alice
2007 The Go-Getter Better Than Toast
The Grand Sharon Andrews
2008 27 Dresses Casey
Visioneers Michelle
2009 The Casting Director The Casting Agent Short film
Wig Dr. Almay Short film
Love Happens Marty
2010 Barry Munday Ginger Farley
Marmaduke Debbie Winslow
Henry's Crime Debbie Torne
Peep World Laura
Love & Other Drugs Cindy
2011 The Key Man Karen
The Descendants Julie Speer
Jeff, Who Lives at Home Linda
2012 Republicans, Get in My Vagina Woman #2 Short film
Playing for Keeps Barb
2013 Carrie Miss Desjardin
2014 Jamie Marks Is Dead Lucy
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Cornelia Motion capture
Men, Women & Children Joan Clint
2015 Grandma Olivia
Addicted to Fresno Shannon
Tomorrowland Jenny Newton
Entourage Casting Director
Jurassic World Karen Mitchell
Ant-Man Maggie Lang
2016 All We Had Patti
Ordinary World Christy
2017 Lemon Ramona
Wilson Shelly
A Happening of Monumental Proportions[33] N/A Director
War for the Planet of the Apes Cornelia Motion capture
Our Souls at Night Holly Waters
Adventures in Public School Claire Heap
Pottersville Parker
2018 The 15:17 to Paris Joyce Eskel
Measure of a Man Lenore Marks
Ant-Man and the Wasp Maggie Lang
Halloween Karen Nelson
Driven Ellen Hoffman
2019 Buffaloed Kathy Dahl
Where'd You Go, Bernadette Dr. Kurtz
Playing with Fire Dr. Amy Hicks
2020 Halloween Kills Karen Nelson


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
2002–2019 Family Guy Various Voices 5 episodes
2003 Just Shoot Me! Bridget Episode: "Rivals in Romance"
2013, 2018
Arrested Development Kitty Sanchez 13 episodes
2005 CSI: Miami Pamela Warren Episode: "Shootout"
2006 Love Monkey Brandy "Bran" Lowenstein 8 episodes
My Name Is Earl Maggie Lester Episode: "Sticks & Stones"
Two and a Half Men Myra Melnick / Bridget Schmidt/Danielle 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"
House Morgan West Episode: "Here Kitty"
Maneater Joanne "Gravy" Hardgrave 2 episodes
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) 101 episodes
2010 Modern Family Denise Episode: "Truth Be Told"
The Big Bang Theory Dr. Elizabeth Plimpton Episode: "The Plimpton Stimulation"
How I Met Your Mother Royce Episode: "The Wedding Bride"
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"
Royal Pains Veronica Sullivan 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"
2015–2016 Masters of Sex Alice Logan 2 episodes
2015 Comedy Bang! Bang! Herself Episode: "Judy Greer Wears a Navy Blouse and Strappy Sandals"
Mom Michelle Episode: "Mozzarella Sticks and a Gay Piano Bar"
2016–2018 Ask the StoryBots Beep (voice) 13 episodes
2016 StoryBots Super Songs Beep (voice) 5 episodes
2017 Portlandia Shawna Episode: "Separation Anxiety"
Animals. Ali (voice) Episode: "Humans"
2017–2018 American Dad! Stacey, Christmas Shop Owner, Waitress (voices) 4 episodes
2017 Casual Judy 8 episodes
I'm Sorry Maureen 3 episodes
Lady Dynamite Em Bezzler Episode: "Hypnopup"
Easy Gretchen Episode: "Prodigal Daughter"
Do You Want To See a Dead Body? Herself Episode: "A Body and a Breakup"
A StoryBots Christmas Beep (voice) Television special
2018–present Kidding Jill Piccirillo 20 episodes
2018–present Let's Go Luna! Luna (voice) 16 episodes
2018 Room 104 Darla Andrews Episode: "Swipe Right"

Published works

  • 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.

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Work Result Ref.
2004 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Villain 13 Going on 30 Nominated [34]
2011 Gotham Awards Best Ensemble Performance The Descendants Nominated [35]
2011 Satellite Awards Best Actress in a Supporting Role The Descendants Nominated [36]
2011 Denver Film Festival John Cassavetes Award N/A Won [37]
2012 Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture The Descendants Nominated [38]
2012 Annie Awards Voice Acting in a Television Production Archer Nominated [39]
2012 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Acting Ensemble The Descendants Nominated [40]


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