Biography

Although when off camera, Fischer is more charismatic — and more attractive — than the unassuming receptionist she portrays on The Office, this comic player does have one thing in common with her small-screen alter ego: administrative experience. An aspiring performer since childhood, her first acting class at age 5 was a family affair, as her mother was the teacher. After graduating college, she worked a host of administrative jobs in between gigs, popping up primarily on the small screen and in indie films such as The Specials, which was penned by her then-husband, writer/director James Gunn. With his support as a producer and actor, Fischer made her directorial debut with the 2004 mockumentary LolliLove. But her breakthrough came the next year, when she landed a spot on The Office as receptionist-turned-saleswoman Pam Beesly. Fischer easily transitioned to the big screen, with comedic turns in 2007's Blades of Glory and 2008's Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story. Off screen, she is involved with various animal rescue organizations, such as Kitten Rescue and Rescue Rover.

Fast Facts

  • Began acting at age 5 at a workshop taught by her mother, where Sean Gunn (Gilmore Girls) was also a young student. 
  • Served as a telephone psychic prior to acting, but quit after two days, not even picking up her paycheck.
  • Like her Pam character in The Office, worked as a secretary and as a receptionist (and can type 85 words per minute).
  • Wrote, directed and starred in the 2004 film LolliLove, about a hip Tinseltown couple that tries to help homeless people.
  • Made two movies back-to-back opposite John C. Reilly- Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007) and The Promotion (2008).
  • Fell down a flight of stairs in May 2007 and fractured her back in four places.
  • Her July 2010 wedding to Lee Kirk was officiated by good friend (and Survivor host) Jeff Probst.
  • Has a passion for animals and volunteered with animal rescue organizations Kitten Rescue and Rescue Rover.

Awards

  • 2009, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2010, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2011, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2012, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2007, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 2006, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 2008, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2007, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee

Relationships

  • Weston Lee Kirk — Son
  • Anne Fischer — Mother
  • James Gunn — Ex-husband
  • Emily — Sister
  • Isabel Ruby Lieberstein — Godchild
  • Lee Kirk — Husband
  • Harper Marie Kirk — Daughter
  • Jim Fischer — Father

College

  • Truman State University, Kirksville, Missouri, United States (BA in Theater)

Details

  • Birth Name: Regina Marie Fischer
  • Birth Place: Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States
  • Birthday: March 7, 1974, Pisces
  • Profession: Actor
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