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Mulgrew in 2009
Katherine Kiernan Maria Mulgrew

April 29, 1955 (1955-04-29) (age 66)
Dubuque, Iowa, U.S.
Alma mater New York University
Occupation Actress
Years active 1975–present
Robert H. Egan
(m. 1982; div. 1995)

Tim Hagan
(m. 1999; div. 2014)
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Katherine Kiernan Maria Mulgrew (born April 29, 1955) is an American actress. She is known for the roles of Captain Kathryn Janeway on Star Trek: Voyager and Galina "Red" Reznikov on Orange Is the New Black. She first came to attention in the role of Mary Ryan on the daytime soap opera Ryan's Hope.

Mulgrew has won an Obie Award, and has received a Golden Globe Award and Primetime Emmy Award nomination. She is an active member of the Alzheimer's Association National Advisory Council and the voice of Cleveland's MetroHealth System.

Early life

Mulgrew was born in Dubuque, Iowa, into an Irish Catholic family, to Thomas James "T.J." Mulgrew II, a contractor, and Joan Virginia Mulgrew (née Kiernan), an artist and painter. She attended Wahlert High School in Dubuque.

At age 17, she was accepted at the Stella Adler Conservatory of Acting in New York, conjuncted with New York University in New York City. Mulgrew left NYU after one year. During this time, to earn money while in New York, Mulgrew was employed as a waitress.


Red Claw is a fictional character, an enemy of Batman, she is voiced by Kate Mulgrew

Her early career included portraying Mary Ryan for two years on the ABC soap Ryan's Hope (1975). She became a fan favorite and is still associated with the show long after its cancellation. While in Ryan's Hope she also played the role of Emily Webb in the American Shakespeare Theatre production of Our Town in Stratford, Connecticut. Mulgrew played a country singer in a November 1978 episode of Dallas. In 1979-80, she played Kate Columbo in Mrs. Columbo, a spin-off of the detective series Columbo, created specifically for her, which lasted 13 episodes.

Star Trek: Voyager

Kate Mulgrew with Voyager actresses Roxann Dawson and Jennifer Lien (1995)

In 1995, Mulgrew's divorce from her husband became final. She was on the verge of selling her house and moving into a less-expensive apartment in Westwood when she received a call to take the part of Captain Kathryn Janeway in Star Trek: Voyager.

Mulgrew auditioned for the role of the captain (originally named "Elizabeth Janeway"), when producers announced casting for Star Trek: Voyager. She initially submitted a video taped audition, which she made in New York City in August 1994. She was unhappy with this audition and auditioned in person a few weeks later. That day Mulgrew was offered the role, which she accepted, later suggesting "Kathryn" as the character's final first name.

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Kathryn Janeway, captain of the Starfleet starship USS Voyager

Mulgrew made history in the Star Trek franchise when she became the first female captain as a series regular in a leading role. Voyager was the first show broadcast on the new UPN channel, the only series renewed after the channel's first programming season, and its only show to run for seven seasons, making it UPN's longest running. Mulgrew won the Saturn Award for "Best TV Actress" in 1998 for her performances as Janeway.

Mulgrew voiced the character of Janeway for various Star Trek video games: Star Trek: Captain's Chair, a virtual-reality tour of various Starfleet vessels for home computers; the Star Trek: Voyager - Elite Force series, and Star Trek: Legacy.

After Voyager and her subsequent Star Trek appearances finished, Mulgrew has continued to appear at various Star Trek conventions and events around the world.

After Voyager

Kate Mulgrew at the Big Apple Convention in Manhattan 2009

When Voyager came to an end after full seven seasons, Mulgrew returned to theater, and in 2003 starred in a one-woman play called Tea at Five Tea at Five was a critical success and Mulgrew received two awards. Mulgrew kept active in doing voice-over work for video games, most notably in 2009 voicing the mysterious Flemeth in the Dragon Age video game series, a role she described as "delicious".

Mulgrew returned to television in 2006, guest starring in various roles.

Orange Is the New Black

Since 2013, Mulgrew stars as inmate Galina "Red" Reznikov in the Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black, the role for which she was nominated for her first Primetime Emmy Award in 2014. The popular character was re-signed for seasons two, three, four, five, and six. On working in the series she was reunited with her Mercy co-star Taylor Schilling.

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Kate Mulgrew 2012

Personal life

At age 18, Mulgrew left her family in Dubuque to study acting in New York. Mulgrew married Robert H. Egan in 1982. They have two children. The couple separated in 1993. The divorce became final in 1995.

Mulgrew is a member of the National Advisory Committee of the Alzheimer's Association. Mulgrew's mother, Joan Mulgrew, died on July 27, 2006, after a long battle with the disease.



Year Title Role Notes
1981 Lovespell Isolt
1982 Stranger Is Watching, AA Stranger Is Watching Sharon Martin
1985 Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins Maj. Rayner Fleming
1987 Throw Momma from the Train Margaret Donner
1992 Round Numbers Judith Schweitzer
1994 Camp Nowhere Rachel Prescott
1995 Captain Nuke and the Bomber Boys Mrs. Pescoe
2002 Star Trek: Nemesis Admiral Kathryn Janeway Cameo
2004 Star Trek: The Experience - Borg Invasion 4D Admiral Kathryn Janeway
2005 Perception Mary
2008 Response, TheThe Response Colonel Simms Short film
2010 Best and the Brightest, TheThe Best and the Brightest The Player's Wife
2012 Flatland 2: Sphereland Over-Sphere
2013 Drawing Home Edith Morse Robb
2014 The Principle Narrator Documentary


Year Title Role Notes
1975 Wide World of Mystery, TheThe Wide World of Mystery Susan Episode: "Alien Lover"
1975–1978 Ryan's Hope Mary Ryan Fenelli 409 episodes
1976 American Woman: Portraits of Courage, TheThe American Woman: Portraits of Courage Deborah Sampson Television movie
1978 The Word Tony Nicholson Television movie
Dallas Garnet McGee Episode: "Triangle"
1979 Jennifer: A Woman's Story Joan Russell Television movie
1979–1980 Mrs. Columbo Kate Callahan Columbo 13 episodes
1980 Time for Miracles, AA Time for Miracles Mother Elizabeth Bayley Seton Television movie
1981 Manions of America, TheThe Manions of America Rachel Clement 3 episodes
1984 Jessie Maureen McLaughlin Episode: "McLaughlin's Flame"
1986 St. Elsewhere Helen O'Casey 2 episodes
Cheers Janet Eldridge 3 episodes
Carly Mills Carly Mills Television movie
My Town Laura Adams Television movie
1987 Roses Are for the Rich Kendall Murphy Television movie
Hotel Leslie Chase Episode: "Reservations"
Murder, She Wrote Sonny Greer Episode: "The Corpse Flew First Class"
1988 Roots: The Gift Hattie Carraway Television movie
1988–1989 HeartBeat Dr. Joanne Halloran 18 episodes
1991 Daddy Sarah Watson Television movie
Fatal Friendship Sue Bradley Television movie
1991–1992 Man of the People Mayor Lisbeth Chardin 10 episodes
1992 Murphy Brown Hillary Wheaton Episode: "On the Rocks"
Murder, She Wrote Joanna Rollins Episode: "Ever After"
1992–1995 Batman: The Animated Series Red Claw (voice) 3 episodes
1992 Pirates of Dark Water, TheThe Pirates of Dark Water Cressa (voice) 4 episodes
1993 For Love and Glory Antonia Doyle Television movie
1994 Murder, She Wrote Maude Gillis Episode: "The Dying Game"
Mighty Max Isis (voice) Episode: "The Mommy's Hand"
1994–1995 Aladdin Queen Hippsodeth (voice) 2 episodes
1995–2001 Star Trek: Voyager Kathryn Janeway 170 episodes
1996 Gargoyles Titania / Anastasia Renard (voice) 3 episodes
Gargoyles: The Goliath Chronicles Titania (voice) Episode: "For It May Come True"
1999 Star Trek: Voyager Shannon O'Donnel Episode: "11:59". Dual role as one of Kathryn Janeway's ancestors.
2006 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Donna Geysen Episode: "Web"
2007 The Black Donnellys Helen Donnelly 9 episodes
2009–2010 Mercy Mrs. Jeannie Flanagan 10 episodes
2011–2013 Warehouse 13 Jane Lattimer 6 episodes
2011–2013 NTSF:SD:SUV:: Kove 34 episodes
2013–present Orange Is the New Black Galina "Red" Reznikov 78 episodes
2015 American Dad! June Rosewood Episode: "A Star Is Reborn"
I Live with Models Joanna Vermouth Episode: "Editor"
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles General Zera (voice) Episode: "Half Shell Heroes: Blast to the Past"
2017–present Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters Dr. C (voice) 15 episodes

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