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Katherine Kiernan Maria Mulgrew
April 29, 1955
|Alma mater||New York University|
Robert H. Egan
(m. 1982; div. 1995)
(m. 1999; div. 2014)
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
|1982||A 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|
|2008||The Response||Colonel Simms||Short film|
|2010||The Best and the Brightest||The Player's Wife|
|2012||Flatland 2: Sphereland||Over-Sphere|
|2013||Drawing Home||Edith Morse Robb|
|1975||The Wide World of Mystery||Susan||Episode: "Alien Lover"|
|1975–1978||Ryan's Hope||Mary Ryan Fenelli||409 episodes|
|1976||The 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||A Time for Miracles||Mother Elizabeth Bayley Seton||Television movie|
|1981||The 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||The 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|
|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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