Pamela Adlon

Pamela Fionna Adlon (/ˈædˌlɒn/, née Segall; born July 9, 1966) is an American actress, voice actress, screenwriter, producer, and director.[1] She voiced Bobby Hill on the animated comedy series King of the Hill (1997–2010), for which she won a Primetime Emmy Award, Ashley Spinelli on the animated comedy series Recess (1997–2003), and the title character from the Pajama Sam video game series. Adlon is also known for her roles on the comedy-drama series Californication (2007–2014) and Louie (2010–2015), on which she was also a writer and producer.[2] Her work on Louie garnered her four Primetime Emmy Award nominations.

Pamela Adlon
Adlon at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con.
Pamela Fionna Segall

(1966-07-09) July 9, 1966
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Upper West Side, Manhattan, New York, U.S.
  • Actress
  • voice actress
  • screenwriter
  • producer
  • director
Years active1982−present
Felix O. Adlon
(m. 1996; div. 2010)

Adlon has starred as Sam Fox on the FX comedy-drama series Better Things since 2016, which she also co-created, writes, produces and directs. The series won a Peabody Award, and she has been nominated twice for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.[3]

Early life

Adlon was born in Albany, New York. She is the daughter of Marina L. and Donald Maxwell "Don" Segall (1933–1994), who was a television comedy writer-producer, and author of comic books and science fiction pulp novels.[4][5][6] Her father produced The Dave Garroway Show, which became AM New York, and then The Today Show. He was a page at NBC with Gil Cates, and wrote erotic fiction under various pseudonyms, including Troy Conway.[6] Adlon's father was from Boston, Massachusetts, and her mother is English. Her father was born to a Jewish family, and her mother, originally an Anglican, converted to Judaism.[6][7] Adlon has said that her parents met at the USO in Paris.[1]

As a child, Adlon lived in the Carnegie House at 100 West 57th Street.[8][9] She has said that she and her family lived bi-coastally, moving between Los Angeles and New York because her father was a journeyman writer and producer for TV. She started performing at age nine; one of her father's friends had a radio studio, so she would do voice-over work there. While in Los Angeles, she did TV and film acting work.[1] She attended Sarah Lawrence College for a semester.[6] After moving to Laurel Canyon, Los Angeles, she shared a house with Anna Gunn.[10]


Adlon said voice-overs saved her career. As successful as her child-actress years had been, she struggled to find parts in her 20s.[4]

Adlon's best known role is playing Bobby Hill on the animated TV show King of the Hill, for which she won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance in 2002.[11] Though she is mostly known for voicing young boys, Adlon has voiced two girl characters (both of which have boylike qualities): Margaret "Moose" Pearson in Pepper Ann and Ashley Spinelli in Recess.

Notable live-action roles include Girl Joey in the 1984 teen film Bad Manners, Kelly Affinado on The Facts of Life, Marcy Runkle on Showtime's Californication, and Pamela on FX's Louie. (She is also a consulting producer for the show).[12] Adlon was nominated for an Annie Award for her role as Otto Osworth on Cartoon Network's Time Squad. In 2006–07, she played the voice of Andy in Cartoon Network's Squirrel Boy animated series.

Adlon's professional relationship with Louis C.K. started when she played his wife in the short-lived HBO sitcom Lucky Louie. She also starred as the friend of Louie (a fictional character based on himself, Louis C.K.) in his FX single-camera show, Louie. She appeared in every season but the third.[13] Adlon co-wrote seven episodes of Louie, and became a consulting producer on the show. She earned a total of 4 Primetime Emmy Award nominations for her work on Louie. She earned two nominations as a producer for Best Comedy Series, one nomination for co-writing, "Daddy's Girlfriend Part 1" in season 3 and the Guest Actress in a Comedy in Season 5.[14]

In 2015, FX gave a pilot order for Better Things, which is a comedy created by and starring Adlon. She plays an actress raising three daughters. The pilot was written by Adlon and Louis C.K., who also directed it.[15] It was picked up for a 10-episode series on August 7, 2015.[16][17] The show, which premiered on September 8, 2016, is semi-autobiographical.[18]

Adlon received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for Seasons 1 and 2 of Better Things.[19]

Adlon was represented by manager Dave Becky until November 2017, when she fired him following his involvement in the Louis C.K. sexual harassment scandal.[20]

Personal life

In 1996, Adlon married Felix O. Adlon, the son of German director Percy Adlon. They divorced in 2010 and he subsequently moved to Germany.[6] They have three daughters who are also actresses: Gideon Adlon, Odessa Adlon, and Valentine (Rocky) Adlon, to whom Adlon has said she is a single parent.[1]

Adlon splits her time between the Upper West Side of Manhattan and Los Angeles.[8]



Title Year Role Notes
Grease 2 1982 Dolores Rebchuck
Bad Manners 1984 Girl Joey
Willy/Milly 1986 Willy/Milly Niceman
Say Anything... 1989 Rebecca
Kiki's Delivery Service Ket Voice
English dub Disney version
After Midnight Cheryl Segment: "Allison's Story"
The Gate II: Trespassers 1990 Liz
The Adventures of Ford Fairlane Pussycat
FernGully: The Last Rainforest 1992 Fairy #2 Voice
Bed of Roses 1996 Kim
Sgt. Bilko Sgt. Raquel Barbella
Father Frost Marphuska
Two Guys Talkin' About Girls Tracy Direct-to-video
Plump Fiction 1997 Vallory Cox
Princess Mononoke Rice Seller, Iron Town Woman, additional voices Voice
English dub
Eat Your Heart Out Samantha
Some Girl 1998 Jenn
Waiting for Woody Voice
Short film
Dirk and Betty 2000 Daisy
Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust Leila Voice
Gen¹³ Additional voices Voice
Recess: School's Out 2001 Ashley Spinelli Voice
The Trumpet of the Swan A.G. Skinner Voice
Net Worth
The Animatrix 2003 Jue, Manabu Voice
Segments: "Final Flight of the Osiris" & "Beyond"
Brother Bear Additional voices Voice
Teacher's Pet 2004 Trevor, Taylor, Tyler Voice
Lucky 13 2005 Brenda billed as Pamela Segall-Adlon
Tinker Bell 2008 Vidia Voice
Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure 2009 Vidia Voice
Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue 2010 Vidia Voice
Conception 2011 Tay
Secret of the Wings 2012 Vidia Voice
Dino Time Ernie Fitzpatrick Voice
9 Full Moons 2013 Rachel Stevens
I Know That Voice Herself Documentary
Pixie Hollow Bake Off Vidia Voice
Short film
The Pirate Fairy 2014 Vidia Voice
Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast Vidia Voice
First Girl I Loved 2016 Sharon
Best Fiends: Boot Camp[21] 2017 Hank Voice
Short film
Best Fiends: Visit Minutia[22]
I Love You, Daddy Maggie
All Square 2018 Debbie
Bumblebee Sally Watson
Best Fiends: Fort of Hard Knocks[23] Bandit Slug Voice
Short film
Best Fiends: The Immortal Cockroach 2019 Hank Voice
Short film
King of Staten Island 2020 Post-production


Title Year Role Notes
The Facts of Life 1983–84 Kelly Affinado
Night Court 1984 Andy, Stella Episode: "Bull Gets a Kid"
E/R 1984–85 Jenny Sheinfeld
The Redd Foxx Show 1986 Toni Rutledge
Wiseguy 1988 Tanya Medley
Star Trek: The Next Generation 1989 Oji Episode: "Who Watches The Watchers"
21 Jump Street Dori the Psychic
Down the Shore 1992 Miranda
Rugrats 1992–2002 Dean, Sticky, Wiseguy, Young Drew Pickles Voice
Jungle Cubs 1996-1998 Baloo Voice
Quack Pack 1996 Dewey Voice
Bobby's World 1996–98 Derek Generic Voice
Recess 1997–2001 Ashley Spinelli Voice
Pepper Ann 1997–2000 Moose Pearson, Sean, additional voices Voice
King of the Hill 1997–2009 Bobby Hill, Clark Peters, Chane Wassonasong Voice
101 Dalmatians: The Series 1997–98 Lucky Voice; 42 episodes
The Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot 1999–2003 Rusty Voice
Teacher's Pet 2000 Tyler, Tayler, Trevor Voice
The Wild Thornberrys 2001 Tano Voice
Episode: "Cheetahs Never Prosper"
The Oblongs Milo Francis Oblong, Jared Klimer, The Debbies Voice
Time Squad 2001–03 Otto Osworth Voice
Teamo Supremo 2002–04 Scooter Lad Voice
Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks 2003 Hector MacBadger Voice
What's New, Scooby-Doo? 2003 Billy Blather/Janey Voice
Episode: "High-Tech House of the Future"
All Grown Up! 2003–07 Sean Butler Voice
Bratz 2005 Roberta Voice
Danger Rangers 2005–06 Carl, Martin Voices
Lilo & Stitch: The Series 2006 Ashley Spinelli Voice
Episode: "Lax: Experiment #285"
Lucky Louie Kim
Squirrel Boy 2006–07 Andy Johnson Voice
El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera 2007-08 Tattoo, Marni Voice
Boston Legal 2007–08 Attorney Emma Path
Californication 2007–14 Marcy Runkle
WordGirl Eileen, aka The Birthday Girl Voice
The Drinky Crow Show 2008–09 Mademoiselle DeBoursay, Claire, additional voices Voice
Monk 2009 Sarah Longson Episode: "Mr. Monk On Wheels"
True Jackson, VP 2010 Babs Episode: "Little Buddies"
Ben 10: Alien Force Kevin's Mom Voice
Episode: "Vendetta"
Pound Puppies 2010–13 Gwen, various characters Voice
Phineas and Ferb Melanie Voice
Zevo-3 2010–11 Angel Voice
Louie 2010–11
Pamela Also writer and producer
The Mighty B! 2011 Murdock Episode: Gorilla's in the Misdt
Love Bites Colleen Rouscher Pilot episode
Mongo Wrestling Alliance Acid Alice Kleberkuh Voice
Eric Kaplan's Sketch World Various characters Voice
The Problem Solverz Sweetie Creamie, Danny Voice
Beavis and Butt-Head Additional voices Voice
Unsupervised One-Eyed Donnie Voice
Episode: "Field of Dreams... and Dogs"
Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness Fang Voice
Episode: "Challenge Day"
ThunderCats 2012 Pumyra, additional voices Voice
Parenthood Marlyse
Bob's Burgers 2012–present Olsen Benner, Kristi, Teenage Girl #1 Voice
Out There 2013 Joanie Novak, Henrietta Miller Voice
Uncle Grandpa Mary Voice
Episode: "Driver's Test"
Jake and the Never Land Pirates 2013–16 Vidia Voice
Sofia the First 2014 Rosey Voice
Rake Glenn Shepard
TripTank 2014–16 Donnie, Wanda, Tina, additional voices Voice
Stone Quackers 2015 Binky, Mean Cop, Hawk Voice
Teen Titans Go! 2015-16 Rose Wilson Voice
Episodes: "Cool School" and "Operation: Dude Rescue"
Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero 2015 Drab Lieutenant Voice
Episode: "It's a Colorful Life"
Playing House Pam Episode: "Celebrate Me Scones"
Guardians of the Galaxy Ma Raccoon, Sis Raccoon Voice
Episode: "We Are Family"
Adventure Time 2015–16 Gunther Voice
Mr. Pickles 2016 Mary Voice
Sanjay and Craig Chido Voice
Milo Murphy's Law 2016–present Brigette Murphy Voice
Better Things Sam Also creator
The Loud House Tabby Voice
The Big Bang Theory 2016–19 Halley Voice
Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures 2017 Elan / Ymojin Voice
Episode: "The Lost Crysals of Qalydon"
Jeff & Some Aliens Various characters (voice) Voice
Episode: "Jeff & Some Love Simulations"
Star vs. The Forces of Evil 2017-19 Additional Voices / Azniss Ponyhead / Shonda Ponyhead / Shinda Ponyhead / Pamanda Ponyhead / Teta Ponyhead Voice
6 episodes
Costume Quest 2019 Jackie Carver / Bakin' Guest #2 Voice
Episode: "Baking is Best with Friends/Danger Bike Man Rides Again"
Young Sheldon Mrs. Wolowitz Episode: "A Swedish Science Thing and the Equation for Toast"
Pete the Cat Mrs. Toad Episode: "I Once Was Lost & Snow Daze"
Rick and Morty[24] Vermigurber's Child Episode: "The Old Man and the Seat"

Video games

Title Year Role Notes
Pajama Sam series 1996–2000 Pajama Sam Voice
Fallout 1997 Nicole Voice
Grim Fandango 1998 Carla, Pugsy Voice
Arthur's Thinking Games[25] 1999 Arthur Read Voice
Arthur's Reading Games[25] 2000 Arthur Read Voice
Escape from Monkey Island 2000 Dainty Lady Figurehead Voice
Run Like Hell 2002 Jinx Voice
LeapFrog series 2002–03 Leap Voice for the 2002 Phonics Program Series and 2003's Fiesta in the House/Town books
Final Fantasy X-2 2003 Shinra Voice
Chicken Little 2005 Abby Mallard Voice; replacing Joan Cusack
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII 2013 Additional voices Voice

Awards and nominations

Peabody Awards

Year Nominated work Category Result Ref(s)
2016 Better Things Area of Excellence Won [26]

Primetime Emmy Awards

Year Nominated work Category Result Ref(s)
2002 King of the Hill: Bobby Goes Nuts Outstanding Voice-Over Performance Won [27]
2013 Louie Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for Daddy's Girlfriend, Part 1 Nominated
2014 Outstanding Comedy Series Nominated
2015 Nominated
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
2017 Better Things Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
2018 Nominated

Writers Guild of America Awards

Year Nominated work Category Result Ref(s)
2012 Louie Best Comedy Series Nominated [28]
2013 Won
2015 Won
2017 Better Things Best New Series Nominated


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Further reading


  1. Online version is titled "Pamela Adlon, the TV auteur hiding in plain sight".
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