Groundlings

by rosie3884 | created - 19 Jul 2016 | updated - 25 Jul 2016 | Public

Members of The Groundlings Theatre in Los Angeles

1. Kristen Wiig

Actress | Bridesmaids

Kristen Carroll Wiig was born on August 22, 1973 in Canandaigua, New York, to Laurie J. (Johnston), an artist, and Jon J. Wiig, a lake marina manager. She is of Norwegian (from her paternal grandfather), Irish, English, and Scottish descent. The family moved to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, before ...

2. Mitch Silpa

Actor | Bridesmaids

Mitch also is known for his impersonation of magician David Blaine in the famous six part Youtube series David Blaine: Street Magic (2006), where he finds the same two guys and tortures them with his street magic, always beginning the video with, "All right, these guys. Hey, fellas. I'm taping a ...

3. Will Ferrell

Producer | Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

John William Ferrell was born in Irvine, California, to Betty Kay (Overman), a teacher, and Roy Lee Ferrell, Jr., a musician. His parents were originally from Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina.

A graduate of the University of Southern California, Ferrell became interested in performing while a student ...

4. Maya Rudolph

Actress | Bridesmaids

Maya Rudolph was born on July 27, 1972 in Gainesville, Florida, to Richard Rudolph, a music producer, and soul singer Minnie Riperton. Her mother was African-American and her father is Ashkenazi Jewish (from a family from Lithuania, Russia, Germany, and Hungary). In 1973, Maya, her parents, and her...

5. Paul Reubens

Actor | Pee-wee's Playhouse

Paul Reubens was born Paul Rubenfeld on August 27, 1952 in Peekskill, New York, to Judy (Rosen), a teacher, and Milton Rubenfeld, a car salesman who had flown for the air forces of the U.S., U.K., and Israel, becoming one of the latter country's pioneering pilots. Paul grew up in Sarasota, Florida,...

6. Ryan Gaul

Actor | Identity Thief

Ryan Gaul is an actor, known for Identity Thief (2013), Killing Gunther (2017) and Father Figures (2017).

7. Melissa McCarthy

Actress | The Heat

Melissa McCarthy was born in Plainfield, Illinois, to Sandra and Michael McCarthy, and was raised on her family's corn and soybean farm. She began her performing career as a stand-up comedian in New York where she appeared at the famous clubs, Stand Up New York and The Improv. She worked on her ...

8. Chris Kattan

Actor | A Night at the Roxbury

Christopher Lee Kattan was born in Sherman Oaks, California, to model Hajni Joslyn and actor Kip King. Chris moved to Mt. Baldy when he turned five, and resided there until the age of fifteen, when he moved to Bainbridge Island, Washington for high school.

After he graduated from high school, Chris ...

9. Karen Maruyama

Actress | The American President

Karen Maruyama was born on May 29, 1958 in the USA. She is an actress and director, known for The American President (1995), The Bucket List (2007) and The Campaign (2012).

10. Kathy Griffin

Actress | Suddenly Susan

Kathy Griffin was raised in the near-west Chicago suburbs, in an Irish-American family. She has three older brothers and an older sister. When her parents retired to California, Kathy moved west with them after graduating from Oak Park River Forest High School and began trying to break into show ...

11. Cheryl Hines

Actress | Curb Your Enthusiasm

Cheryl Ruth Hines was born on September 21, 1965 in Miami Beach, Florida, to Rosemary (Graham) and James Hines, and grew up in Tallahassee, Florida. She went to West Virginia University, Florida State University and graduated from the University of Central Florida. She studied theater and ...

12. Ana Gasteyer

Actress | Mean Girls

Ana Gasteyer is best known for her incomparable work on Saturday Night Live. During her six-year stint, she created some of the most famous SNL characters including middle school music teacher Bobbie Moughan-Culp, NPR radio host Margaret Jo, Lilith Fair poetess Cinder Calhoun, as well as spot-on ...

13. Taran Killam

Actor | Killing Gunther

Taran Killam was born on April 1, 1982 in Culver City, California, USA as Taran Hourie Killam. He is an actor, known for Saturday Night Live (1975), The Heat (2013) and 12 Years a Slave (2013). He has been married to Cobie Smulders, since September 8, 2012. They have two children.

14. Phil LaMarr

Actor | Pulp Fiction

A Los Angeles native, Phil is a graduate of Harvard-Westlake School, Yale University and The Groundlings Theater and is perhaps best known as one of the original cast members of MADtv (1995) and as Marvin in Pulp Fiction (1994).

In addition to numerous appearances on stages across the country, in ...

15. Jim Rash

Actor | The Way Way Back

Jim Rash was born on July 15, 1971 in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for The Way Way Back (2013), Community (2009) and The Descendants (2011).

16. Stephanie Courtney

Actress | The Heartbreak Kid

Stephanie Courtney is main company member of the famed Groundlings Theater in Los Angeles, regularly performing in their sketch and improv shows. She hails from Stony Point, New York. After graduating from the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City, she started doing stand up, which brought her to...

17. Wendi McLendon-Covey

Actress | Bridesmaids

Wendi McLendon-Covey is best known for her playing Beverly Goldberg on "The Goldbergs", Deputy Clementine Johnson on "Reno 911!", Liz the crazy cat lady on "Rules of Engagement", Lydia Mayhew on "Lovespring International", and Rita in "Bridesmaids." Wendi was in the Sunday Company at L.A.s famed ...

18. Michaela Watkins

Actress | Wanderlust

Michaela is currently a main company member of The Groundlings in Los Angeles.

Before moving to Los Angeles, Michaela pursued a life in regional theater.

She received her BFA from Boston University School For the Arts.

Her father is a math professor at Syracuse University, and her mother teaches Latin...

19. Jillian Bell

Actress | 22 Jump Street

Jillian Bell was raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. She began studying improv at the age of eight. She graduated from Bishop Gorman High School in 2002, and then moved to Los Angeles, where she became a member of the Groundlings. She auditioned for Saturday Night Live, and though she did not join the ...

20. Ben Falcone

Actor | Tammy

Ben Falcone was born on August 25, 1973 in Carbondale, Illinois, USA as Benjamin Scott Falcone. He is an actor and producer, known for Tammy (2014), Enough Said (2013) and Life of the Party (2018). He has been married to Melissa McCarthy since October 8, 2005. They have two children.

21. Jeremy Rowley

Actor | Epic Movie

Jeremy Rowley is an actor and writer, known for Epic Movie (2007), Coyote Ugly (2000) and Cougar Club (2007). He has been married to Danielle Morrow since January 2016. They have one child.

22. David Hoffman

Actor | There's... Johnny!

David Hoffman is an actor and writer, known for There's... Johnny! (2017), Beerfest: Thirst for Victory (2018) and I Live with Models (2015).

23. Charlotte Newhouse

Actress | Idiotsitter

Charlotte Newhouse is an actress and writer, known for Idiotsitter (2014), Community (2009) and Reno 911! (2003).

24. Rachael Harris

Actress | The Hangover

Rachael Harris was born in Worthington, Ohio, where she spend most of her early life. In 1986, she graduated from Worthington High School. She then attended Otterbein College, a liberal arts college located in Westerville, Ohio. She graduated in 1989, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts.

Harris joined the ...

25. Will Forte

Actor | Nebraska

Forte was age 32 before he came to the public's attention on Saturday Night Live (1975), but had been working in comedy since 1997.

Will Forte was born in Alameda County, California, and is the son of artist Patricia (Stivers) and financial broker Orville Willis Forte III (divorced). He has an older...

26. Jennifer Coolidge

Actress | A Cinderella Story

Jennifer Coolidge is a versatile character actress and experimental comedienne, best known for playing Stifler's mom in American Pie (1999).

She was born on August 28, 1961, in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, to Gretchen (Knauff) and Paul Constant Coolidge, a plastics manufacturer. Young Coolidge was ...

27. Chris Parnell

Actor | Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

Born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, Chris Parnell enrolled at Germantown High School where he took drama and auditioned for every play. In 1985, when he was a senior at Germantown, he was voted "Most Talented" by his classmates. Right after graduating high school, Chris attended North Carolina ...

28. Annie Mumolo

Actress | Bridesmaids

Currently a member of the famed comedy troupe The Groundlings. Annie performed her first comedy act in the seventh grade. She graduated from U.C. Berkeley with a degree in history. She received theater training at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, California before moving to Los Angeles. ...

29. Kent Sublette

Writer | Saturday Night Live

Kent Sublette is known for his work on Saturday Night Live (1975), Tammy (2014) and Saturday Night Live: 40th Anniversary Special (2015).

30. Daniele Gaither

Actress | The Thundermans

Daniele Gaither was born on September 6, 1970 in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA. She is an actress, known for The Thundermans (2013), The Rerun Show (2002) and Greek (2007).

31. Jordan Black

Actor | Community

Jordan Black was born on November 9, 1970 in Kankakee, Illinois, USA as Gary Andre McCrory. He is an actor and writer, known for Community (2009), Halfway Home (2007) and Ballers (2015).

32. Greg Worswick

Actor | Why Him?

Greg Worswick is an actor and writer, known for Why Him? (2016), Sweet/Vicious (2016) and Newsreaders (2013).

33. Carrie Aizley

Actress | Best in Show

Carrie Aizley was born on August 16, 1964 in Brookline, Massachusetts, USA. She is an actress and writer, known for Best in Show (2000), Campus Ladies (2006) and For Your Consideration (2006). She has been married to Kevin since May 20, 2000. They have two children.

34. Tim Bagley

Actor | The Mask

Tim Bagley was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and grew up in Madison and Trempealeau, Wisconsin, and Niles, Michigan, with his parents, Carol and Elwyn, and four siblings, Anne, Patrick, Kit and Dan.

After High School Tim moved to southern California to perform with the singing group "The Young ...

35. Patty Guggenheim

Actress | Splitting Up Together

Patty Guggenheim is an actress and producer, known for Splitting Up Together (2018), Nobodies (2017) and Florida Girls (2019).

36. Heidi Gardner

Actress | Life of the Party

Heidi Gardner was born as Heidi Lynn Gardner. She is an actress and writer, known for Life of the Party (2018), Bratz (2015) and Saturday Night Live (1975).

37. Andrew Leeds

Actor | Office Christmas Party

Born on September 24, 1981 in Clearwater, Florida, Andrew Leeds started acting professionally at the age of 8. He first appeared on Broadway in the musical "Teddy & Alice" and soon after appeared as Gavroche in "Les Miserables." He next starred on Broadway in the musical "Falsettos" as Jason. He ...

38. Chris Eckert

Actor | Empty Space

Chris Eckert was born on February 22, 1986 in Alameda, California, USA as Christopher Caldwell Eckert. He is an actor and writer, known for Empty Space (2014), Go-Go Boy Interrupted (2014) and The 2017 CBS Diversity Sketch Comedy Showcase (2017).

39. Kiel Kennedy

Actor | Lazy Susan

Kiel Kennedy is a writer and actor, known for Lazy Susan (2019), Nobodies (2017) and Milton (2019).

40. Paul Reubens

Actor | Pee-wee's Playhouse

Paul Reubens was born Paul Rubenfeld on August 27, 1952 in Peekskill, New York, to Judy (Rosen), a teacher, and Milton Rubenfeld, a car salesman who had flown for the air forces of the U.S., U.K., and Israel, becoming one of the latter country's pioneering pilots. Paul grew up in Sarasota, Florida,...

41. Allison Dunbar

Actress | StartUp

Allison Dunbar is an actress, known for StartUp (2016), Quick Draw (2013) and 2 Broke Girls (2011).

42. Annie Sertich

Actress | Silicon Valley

Annie is a main company member of the famed Groundlings Theater in Los Angeles, California, where she writes, performs and directs regularly. Her one act play, 'How To Not Kill Yourself for 30 Days...and the Next 330' directed by Michaela Watkins, is enjoying sold out runs in LA and NY. Annie is ...

43. Michael Naughton

Actor | Superbad

Michael Naughton is an actor and writer, known for Superbad (2007), Elizabethtown (2005) and Little Fockers (2010).

44. Jon Lovitz

Actor | Happiness

Jon Lovitz was born on July 21, 1957 in Tarzana, California, USA as Jonathan Michael Lovitz. He is an actor, known for Happiness (1998), A League of Their Own (1992) and Loaded Weapon 1 (1993).



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