With a lithe frame and attractively exaggerated features, Greer has contorted her looks and personality to fit a variety of roles, from wallflowers (Jawbreaker
) to vixens (Three Kings
) and bitches (13 Going on 30
) to ditzes (The Wedding Planner
). After studying ballet growing up, Greer switched to acting in college and began landing film and TV roles soon after graduation. A natural comedian, she initially made her mark in funny features, but proved adept at the occasional serious role as well, such as M. Night Shyamalan's The Village
. Alternating between small turns in A-list films---including a memorable appearance as a stuck-up waitress in Adaptation
---and bigger parts in indies like The Hebrew Hammer
, Greer was amazingly prolific, and still managed to squeeze in recurring roles on the cult sitcom Arrested Development
and the short-lived dramedy Love Monkey
. In 2008, Greer landed her own series, Miss Guided
, in which she played a former high school geek who returns to her alma mater as a guidance counselor. Despite critical acclaim, that sitcom last only a few episodes, but Greer has stayed visible on TV with guest-starring roles on a variety of prime-time series, including ER
and Modern Family
.Judy Greer Fast Facts:
- Landed her first film role, 1998 romantic comedy Kissing a Fool, just days after graduating from college.
- Made her TV debut on an episode of the fantasy-drama Early Edition.
- First roommate in Los Angeles was college classmate Sean Gunn, who went on to play the town eccentric Kirk on Gilmore Girls.
- Took acting lessons from Jeffrey Tambor, and several months later, was cast as his mistress on the cult sitcom Arrested Development.
- Has lent her distinctive voice to the animated series Archer and Glenn Martin, DDS.
- Judy Greer Relationships:
- Dean E. Johnsen - Husband
- Judy Greer Awards:
- 2011 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture - Nominee
- DePaul University, The Theatre School, Chicago, IL (BFA in Acting, 1997)