Fast Facts

  • The second oldest in a family of eight children.
  • Studied acting at the Stella Adler Conservatory while attending NYU.
  • Made her TV-series debut in 1975 as Mary Ryan in the daytime soap Ryan's Hope.
  • Debuted on prime-time TV in an episode of Columbo as the Lieutenant's crimefighting wife, Kate; starred in the short-lived spin-off Mrs. Columbo.
  • Debuted on Broadway in a 1994 production of Black Comedy.
  • Was initially rejected for the role of Capt. Janeway on Star Trek: Voyager, but landed the part when Genevieve Bujold backed out after only two days; became the first woman to head a series in the Star Trek franchise.
  • An active supporter of the Alzheimer's Association; her mother, who died in 2006, endured a long battled with the disease.


  • 1980, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee
  • 2014, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2014, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 2014, Critics' Choice Television Awards — Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Winner


  • Alexander James Egan — Son
  • Joe Mulgrew — Brother
  • Laura — Sister
  • Sam Mulgrew — Brother
  • Ian Thomas Egan — Son
  • Joan Virginia Mulgrew — Mother
  • Tim Hagan — Husband
  • Marie — Stepdaughter
  • Danielle — Daughter
  • Jenny — Sister
  • Robert Harry Egan — Ex-husband
  • Thomas James Mulgrew — Father
  • Tom Mulgrew — Brother
  • Eleanor — Stepdaughter


  • Attended Clarke College, Dubuque, IA; New York University, New York, NY


  • Birth Name: Katherine Kiernan Mulgrew
  • Birth Place: Dubuque, IA
  • Birthday: April 29, 1955, Taurus
  • Profession: Actor
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