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Megan Mullally
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Mullally at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con
Born (1958-11-12) November 12, 1958 (age 65)
Education Northwestern University
  • Actress
  • singer
  • comedian
Years active 1979–present
James Thomas Hines
(m. 1982, divorced)
Michael A. Katcher
(m. 1992; div. 1996)
(m. 2003)
Awards Full list

Megan Mullally (born November 12, 1958) is an American actress, singer, and comedian. She is best known for playing Karen Walker in the NBC sitcom Will & Grace (1998–2006, 2017–2020), for which she received eight Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, winning twice, in 2000 and 2006. She also received nominations for numerous other accolades for her portrayal, including seven consecutive Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series, winning three times, in 2001, 2002, and 2003, as well as receiving four Golden Globe Award nominations.

From 2006 to 2007, Mullally hosted the talk show The Megan Mullally Show. Since then, she has been a series regular on several television series, such as In the Motherhood, Party Down, Childrens Hospital, and Breaking In. She has also appeared in guest spots and recurring roles on other comedy series including, Happy Endings, Bob's Burgers, Parks and Recreation, 30 Rock, Up All Night, Boston Legal, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Party Down, and The Great North. In addition to television, Mullally has also ventured into film, with appearances in Smashed (2012), The Kings of Summer (2013), and Why Him? (2016).

Early life

Mullally was born in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Martha (née Palmer) and Carter Mullally, Jr., an actor who was a contract player with Paramount Pictures in the 1950s. Mullally moved to her father's native Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, at age six. She is of English, Irish and Scandinavian ancestry. She studied ballet from age six and performed at the Oklahoma City Ballet during high school, also studying at the School of American Ballet in New York City.

Following her graduation from Casady School in Oklahoma City, Mullally attended Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where she studied English literature and art history. After her sophomore year, she began acting in theater in downtown Chicago. By junior year, she was performing in eight shows per week. She later dropped out of Northwestern to pursue acting.



One of Mullally's earliest acting spots was on a McDonald's commercial that also featured John Goodman. She made her series debut in 1986 in The Ellen Burstyn Show. She subsequently guest-starred on sitcoms such as Seinfeld, Frasier, Wings, Herman's Head, Ned and Stacey, Mad About You, Caroline in the City, 3rd Rock from the Sun and Just Shoot Me!. She played a central character in a season-five episode of Murder, She Wrote, "Coal Miner's Slaughter", recalling in 2012, "I hadn't gotten a job for so long, and I was in a complete panic because I didn't know how I was going to pay my rent. So I get a call one day from my agent that I'd gotten offered a guest role, and it paid $5,000. I literally fell down onto my knees and testified and wept. I played some former protégée of Jessica Fletcher. It's one of my favorite things I've ever shot."

In 1989, Mullally tested for the role of Elaine Benes on Seinfeld. The role was eventually given to Julia Louis-Dreyfus. In 1998, Mullally landed the role of Karen Walker, Grace Adler's abrasive, pill-popping assistant, in the NBC sitcom Will & Grace. She won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in both 2000 and 2006, and was nominated in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and again for the revival in 2018. She won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series three times, in 2002, 2003 and 2004, and with cast members Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, and Sean Hayes, she shared the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series in 2001. She is the first of only two actresses to win a SAG Award three years in a row. She was nominated each year from 2000 until 2003 for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film.

In 2005, Mullally saw comedian and actor Bill Hader performing with his Second City class in Los Angeles, and shortly thereafter brought Hader to the attention of Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels. Also in 2005, Mullally was awarded the Women in Film Lucy Award in recognition of her "innovation in creative works that have enhanced the perception of women through the medium of television".

Following Will & Grace, Mullally hosted her own talk show, The Megan Mullally Show from 2006 to 2007. She has hosted Saturday Night Live, guest-hosted the Late Show with David Letterman, hosted the 2006 TV Land Awards, and been a featured performer twice on the Tony Awards. She has been featured in advertisements for M&M's, Old Navy,, and I Can't Believe It's Not Butter!

Mullally guest-starred as an adoption case worker for Liz Lemon in the third-season premiere of the NBC sitcom 30 Rock and returned to play the same character two additional times during the show's run. Other appearances include Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, Campus Ladies, director/actor David Wain's "Wainy Days", an episode of HBO's Funny or Die, and the Funny or Die web video "That's What She Said".

Mullally has guest-starred seven times as Tammy Swanson on the NBC series Parks and Recreation, in the episodes "Ron and Tammy", "Ron & Tammy: Part Two", "Li'l Sebastian", "Ron and Tammys", "The Trial of Leslie Knope", "Ron and Diane", "Ron and Jammy", and "A Parks and Recreation Special". Mullally plays the role of the second ex-wife of the character Ron Swanson, who is played by her real-life husband, Nick Offerman. Offerman also had two different roles on Mullally's show Will & Grace, playing a plumber and chef.

Also in 2009, Mullally starred in the ABC sitcom In the Motherhood. Based on the original web series, the television adaptation focuses on three mothers. She played Rosemary opposite Cheryl Hines and Jessica St. Clair. The series was poorly received and was canceled by ABC due to low ratings after airing five out of seven episodes produced.

Mullally co-starred in 2010 as Lydia on the Starz ensemble series Party Down. Mullally co-starred as "Chief" on the Adult Swim series Childrens Hospital. In 2011, Mullally began a recurring role as Dana Hartz, the mother of Penny (Casey Wilson), on the ABC sitcom Happy Endings. In the following months, Mullally joined the series Breaking In for its second season in 2012, after which the show was canceled.

Also in 2012, Mullally joined the first season of Bob's Burgers as Aunt Gayle. She reprised the role in subsequent episodes along with several minor roles.

Mullally rejoined the Will & Grace cast as Karen upon the show's revival, which ran for three seasons from 2017 to 2020.


Mullally made her Broadway debut as Marty in the 1994 revival of Grease, and subsequently appeared as Rosemary in the hit 1995 revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying opposite Matthew Broderick. In 2007, Mullally starred as Elizabeth in Mel Brooks' original Broadway musical Young Frankenstein. She can be heard on the cast albums of all three productions.

In 1996, she starred in You Never Know at the Pasadena Playhouse. Mullally appeared in 2000 as Pamela in the multiple award-winning production of Chuck Mee's The Berlin Circle, for which she won both the LA Weekly Theatre Award and the Backstage West Garland Award. Mullally starred as Beverly in the acclaimed production of Adam Bock's The Receptionist at the Odyssey Theatre (notably, the longest sold-out run of a show in that theatre's history), for which she was awarded the 2010 Backstage West Garland Award for Best Performance by an Actress.

From April 13 to June 1, 2014, Mullally starred alongside her real-life husband, Nick Offerman, in Annapurna at the off-Broadway Acorn Theatre on New York's 42nd Street Theatre Row.

In 2014 Mullally starred in the Broadway performance of It's Only a Play with F. Murray Abraham, Matthew Broderick, Stockard Channing, Rupert Grint, Nathan Lane and Micah Stock. The show opened at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre on October 9, 2014, and played through January 18, 2015. It then opened at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on January 23, 2015, and closed on June 7, 2015. The show played 48 previews and 274 performances.

In June 2021, Mullally was set to appear as "Reno Sweeney" in Anything Goes at the Barbican Theatre in London for a strictly limited season, but had to pull out due to an injury.


Mullally is a member of the band Supreme Music Program. SMP has released three albums: The Sweetheart Break-In, Big as a Berry and Free Again!.

Mullally and Stephanie Hunt formed the band Nancy & Beth in 2012. They went on tour in March 2013, along with Mullally's husband, Nick Offerman.

Nancy & Beth performed at Lincoln Center as part of its American Songbook Series on February 13, 2019, and toured the US in April and May 2019, beginning in Los Angeles and ending in New York City. The band subsequently toured Australia in June 2019, beginning in Hobart and ending in Brisbane.


Mullally has appeared in Marc Forster's Sundance competition entry Everything Put Together, Anywhere but Here with Susan Sarandon and Natalie Portman, About Last Night with Demi Moore and Rob Lowe, and Stealing Harvard with Tom Green and Jason Lee. Mullally played a singing teacher in the 2009 film remake of Fame, and can be heard on the soundtrack recording. Additionally, Mullally sang the song "Long John Blues" (performed on-screen by Kristen Bell) in 2010's Burlesque. She played one of the leads' mothers in the 2013 indie film The Kings of Summer and Mrs. Van Camp in the movie G.B.F. Mullally played Barb Fleming in the 2016 film Why Him? In 2017, Mullally appeared in Janicza Bravo's first full-length feature, Lemon, which debuted at Sundance Film Festival.

In August 2021, Bleecker Street and Stage 6 Films picked up the worldwide rights to James Ponsoldt's coming of age film Summering, starring Mullally alongside Sarah Cooper.

On October 6th, 2023, A24’s Dicks: The Musical was released, starring Mullally alongside Nathan Lane, Megan Thee Stallion, and the movie’s writers, Josh Sharp and Aaron Jackson. The movie musical is an R-rated twist on The Parent Trap, where two grown men discover they are identical twins separated at birth, and plot to switch places in order to get their parents back together. Mullally plays “Evelyn”, the boys’ mother. She can be heard singing her songs on the movie’s soundtrack recording.

Published works

Mullally and husband Nick Offerman wrote The Greatest Love Story Ever Told, published by Dutton on October 2, 2018. The book is a New York Times Bestseller. The two reveal the full story behind their romance in chapters on religion, family, and more.

Personal life

Mullally's first marriage, October 31, 1982, was to James Thomas Hines.

Mullally's second marriage, in the mid-1990s, was to talent agent Michael Katcher.

Mullally met actor and future husband Nick Offerman in 2000 while acting in The Berlin Circle, a play produced by the Evidence Room Theatre Company, and they married three years later in 2003. While they were dating, Offerman appeared in a guest role on Will & Grace, in a 2001 Thanksgiving episode (season 4, episode 10, "Moveable Feast, Part 2"). Offerman appeared again, in a different role, in the season 9 (2018) episode "Friends and Lover". The couple have also appeared together in films such as The Kings of Summer and Smashed and the television series Parks and Recreation, and they also performed voice work together in Bob's Burgers, Hotel Transylvania 2, and The Great North. In 2019, they launched the podcast In Bed with Nick and Megan, discussing their personal lives and interviewing guests.



Year Title Role Notes
1983 Risky Business
1985 Once Bitten Suzette
1986 Last Resort Jessica Lollar
1986 About Last Night... Pat
1986 Blue Velvet Louise Scenes not in final cut, although released when lost footage was found
1991 Queens Logic Dolores
1999 Anywhere but Here Woman Buying Car
1999 Best Man in Grass Creek Co-Worker
2000 Everything Put Together Barbie
2001 Monkeybone Kimmy Miley
2002 Stealing Harvard Patty Plummer
2004 Teacher's Pet Adele Voice role
2005 Rebound Principal Walsh
2006 New York Jasmine Voice role
2007 Bee Movie Trudy Voice role
2009 Fame Ms. Fran Rowan
2010 New York 2 Jasmine Voice role
2010 Burlesque Singing Voice of Nikki
2012 Smashed Principal Barnes
2012 What to Expect When You're Expecting cameo
2013 The Kings of Summer Mrs. Keenan
2013 G.B.F. Mrs. Van Camp
2014 Apartment Troubles Aunt Kimberley
2014 Ernest & Celestine Lucienne Voice; English dub
2014 Date and Switch Patricia
2014 New York 3 Jasmine
2014 Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Nina
2015 Hotel Transylvania 2 Linda Loughran Voice role
2016 Why Him? Barb Fleming
2017 Lemon Simone
2017 Infinity Baby Hester
2017 The Disaster Artist Mrs. Sestero
2017 Oh Lucy! Hannah
2019 Where'd You Go, Bernadette Judy Toll
2022 Summering Stacie
2022 Crush Angie Evans
2023 First Time Female Director TBA
2023 Dicks: The Musical Evelyn
TBA The Fabulous Four Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1981 The Children Nobody Wanted Sharon Television film
1985 First Steps Cathy Television film
1986 Tall Tales & Legends Posy Peasley Episode: "Pecos Bill"
1986 American Playhouse Lilah Episode: "Under the Biltmore Clock"
1986–1987 Ellen Burstyn Show, TheThe Ellen Burstyn Show Molly Brewer Ross 13 episodes
1988 Murder, She Wrote Molly Connors Episode: "Coal Miner's Slaughter"
1989 Almost Grown Bride Episode: "The Hat That Fell from Space"
1989 China Beach Cindy Episode: "The World: Part 2"
1990 Wings Cindy Episode: "There Once Was a Girl from Nantucket"
1990 Rainbow Drive Ava Zieff Television film
1991 Dear John Molly Episode: "Molly and Me"
1991 My Life and Times Susan Valentine 6 episodes
1991 Herman's Head Yvonne Episode: "Fatal Distraction"
1992 The Steadfast Tin Soldier Ballerina (voice) Television film
1992 Fish Police Pearl (voice) 6 episodes
1992 Rachel Gunn, R.N. Becky Jo 13 episodes
1993 I Yabba-Dabba Do! Pebbles Flintstone (voice) Television film
1993 Seinfeld Betsy Episode: "The Implant"
1993 Hollyrock-a-Bye Baby Additional voices Television film
1993 A Flintstone Family Christmas Pebbles Flintstone (voice) Television film
1994 Batman: The Animated Series Cindy (voice) Episode: "House and Garden"
1994 Couples Beth Television film
1997 Ned and Stacey Wendy Episode: "Where My Third Nepal Is Sheriff"
1997 Frasier Beth Armstrong Episode: "Four for the Seesaw"
1997 Mad About You Jane Episode: "Guardianhood"
1997 The Naked Truth Vanessa Episode: "He Ain't Famous, He's My Brother"
1997 Caroline in the City Vanessa Cassidy Episode: "Caroline and the Decanter"
1997 Extreme Ghostbusters Additional voices Episode: "The True Face of a Monster"
1998 Just Shoot Me! Stephanie Griffin-Cooper Episode: "Amblushed"
1998 Winchell June Winchell Television film
Will & Grace Karen Walker Main role; 244 episodes
2000 3rd Rock from the Sun Renata Albright 1 episode
2002 King of the Hill Teresa (voice) Episode: "Beer and Loathing"
2002 The Pact Melanie Gold Television film
2003 40 Greatest Men in Country Music Herself (host) 3 episodes
2006 Peep and the Big Wide World Pink Quack (voice) Episode: "Quack Quack/One Duck Two Many"
2006 How I Met Your Mother Barney's Mother (voice) 2 episodes (uncredited)
2006 Campus Ladies Ms. Powell Episode: "The Dare"
2006–2007 Megan Mullally Show, TheThe Megan Mullally Show Herself (host) 71 episodes
2007 Boston Legal Renata Hill Episode: "The Bride Wore Blood"
2008 Bad Mother's Handbook Nan Television film
2008 New Adventures of Old Christine, TheThe New Adventures of Old Christine Margaret Episode: "Unidentified Funk"
2008–2013 30 Rock Bev 3 episodes
2008–2016 Childrens Hospital Chief 60 episodes
2009 In the Motherhood Rosemary 7 episodes
2009–2015, 2020 Parks and Recreation Tammy Swanson II 9 episodes
2010, 2023 Party Down Lydia Dunfree 11 episodes
2011–present Bob's Burgers Gayle Genarro / Various voices 24 episodes
2011–2013 Happy Endings Dana Hartz 3 episodes
2012 Up All Night Shayna Mund 2 episodes
2012 Breaking In Veronica Mann 13 episodes
2012–2015 Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja Mrs. Marilyn Driscoll (voice) 9 episodes
2013 Out There Rose Stevens (voice) 10 episodes
2013 Web Therapy Franny Marshall 3 episodes
2013–2015 Axe Cop Anita / Various voices 13 episodes
2013–2016 Sofia the First Miss Nettle (voice) 3 episodes
2014 Trophy Wife Cricket 2 episodes
2015 You, Me and the Apocalypse Leanne 7 episodes
2016 Life in Pieces Mary-Lynn Episode: "Annulled Roommate Pill Shower"
2017 Dimension 404 Director Stevens Episode: "Bob"
2019 25th Screen Actors Guild Awards Herself (host) Television special
2021–present The Great North Alyson Lefebvrere (voice) Recurring role
2021–2022 The Simpsons Sarah Wiggum (voice) 3 episodes
2022 37th Independent Spirit Awards Herself (co-host) Television special
2022 Reservation Dogs Anna Episode: "Run"
2022 American Dad! Judge (voice) Episode: "The Three Fs"
2023 Percy Jackson and the Olympians Alecto Upcoming series for Disney+ (First episode will be released on December 20, 2023)

Awards and nominations

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