Molly Cheek

Molly Cheek (born March 2, 1950) is an American actress. A Connecticut College graduate[1] she worked in ‘dinner-theater productions and summer stock’[2] before finding television and film work.

Molly Cheek
Born (1950-03-02) March 2, 1950
Years active1979–2012

Cheek is best known for her roles in the television sitcoms as Nancy Bancroft on It's Garry Shandling's Show (1986–1990), and as Nancy Henderson on Harry and the Hendersons (1991–1993).[3] She also had main roles in a number of short-lived television shows, and guest starred on St. Elsewhere, Diagnosis Murder, Family Ties, Murder, She Wrote, Once and Again, and Cold Case.

Cheek played the mother of main character Jim Levenstein in the 1999 film American Pie and in its sequels.[4] She also has appeared in films Purple People Eater (1988), April's Shower (2003), A Lot like Love (2005), Good Time Max (2007), and Drag Me to Hell (2009).



Year Title Role Notes
1988 Deadly Intruder Jessie
1988 Purple People Eater Mrs. Orfus
1993 Stepmonster Abby Dougherty Video
1998 Smoke Signals Penny Cicero
1999 American Pie Mrs. Levenstein
2001 American Pie 2 Mrs. Levenstein
2003 American Wedding Mrs. Levenstein
2003 April's Shower Franny
2005 A Lot like Love Christine
2007 Good Time Max Carol
2007 Cougar Club Mrs. Holmes
2009 Drag Me to Hell Trudy Dalton
2009 Where Do the Balloons Go? Mary Short
2009 Sick Chick Jen Short
2011 Low Fidelity Lynn


Year Title Role Notes
1979 Torn Between Two Lovers Sherry Sanders TV film
1979 Breaking Up Is Hard to Do Kate TV film
1980 The Yeagers Carrie Yeager "The Strong Survive", "The Neighbors"
1980 To Find My Son Julie TV film
1980 Mark, I Love You Jeanne TV film
1981 CHiPs Pam "11–99: Officer Needs Help"
1981 Dynasty Doris "Oil", "The Bordello"
1982 Chicago Story Megan Powers Main role
1982 St. Elsewhere Leslie Stevenson "Tweety and Ralph"
1983 The Powers of Matthew Star Marla Evans "Matthew Star D.O.A."
1984 Simon & Simon Shannon Trammel "Harm's Way"
1984 Finder of Lost Loves Margaret Keller "Portraits"
1984 Hardcastle and McCormick Cyndy Wenzek "Never My Love"
1985 Hardcastle and McCormick Diane Templeton "Games People Play"
1985 T. J. Hooker Lee Stockwell "Serial Murders"
1985 A Summer to Remember Trish TV film
1985 Family Ties Frances Wilder "The Old College Try"
1986–90 It's Garry Shandling's Show Nancy Bancroft TV series
1990 Beanpole Wanda Pinkerton TV pilot
1990 Murder, She Wrote Anne Stephenson "Trials and Tribulations"
1991 Good Sports Nina Logan "Pros and Ex-Cons"
1991–93 Harry and the Hendersons Nancy Henderson Main role
1993 Family Dog Bev Binsford Main role
1995 Ellen Sylvia "The Spa"
1995 Step by Step Coach Harris "Maid to Order"
1998 The Tony Danza Show Laura Taylor "Vision Quest"
1998 Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction Tom's Wife "The Gun"
1999 Once and Again Nancy "The Scarlet Letter Jacket"
1999 Locust Valley Mrs. Mancini TV film
2000 Diagnosis: Murder Anita Tashman "Jake's Women"
2000 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Mrs. Cavanaugh "Sabrina's Perfect Christmas"
2001 Go Fish Annie Troutner Main role
2003 Happy Family Diane Michaelson "Dinner with Friends"
2003 Judging Amy Cecile "The Wrong Man"
2003 Hope & Faith Molly "About a Book Club"
2004 Becker Donna "Subway Story"
2004 Married to the Kellys Patty Evans "The Contractor"
2004 Cold Case Gretchen Culliver "The Boy in the Box"
2006 Without a Trace Teri Lawson "911"
2007 General Hospital: Night Shift Marion Moore "Paternity Ward", "Bed, Bath and Be Gone"
2012 New Girl Marion "Menzies"


  1. Toni D'Amato, 'Ask Me About TV' Muscatine Journal 17 December 1987 p. 20
  2. Lane Crockett 'It’s Molly Cheek on Shandling' Port Huron Michigan Times Herald, 27 March 1988 p. 53
  3. "Molly Cheek Biography". Retrieved 13 November 2014.
  4. Queens of the bone age – Time Out Chicago Archived 2008-04-09 at the Wayback Machine

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