Name:
Judy Greer
Birth Date:
July 20, 1975
Birth Place:
Detroit, Michigan, USA
Height:
5' 10
Nationality:
American
Profession:
actress
Education:
Winston Churchill High School in Livonia, Michigan (graduated in 1993)
BIOGRAPHY
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Arrested Development

Background:

Trained in classical Russian ballet before she began to act, Judy Greer gained notice for portraying Lucy Wyman, the second fiddle to Jennifer Garner, in Gary Winick's romantic comedy movie “13 Going on 30” (2004). The talented character actress has also been in such films as “Jawbreaker” (1999), “Three Kings” (1999), “What Planet Are You From?” (2000), “The Specials” (2000), “What Women Want” (2000), “The Wedding Planner” (2001), “Adaptation.” (2002), “The Hebrew Hammer” (2003), “The Village” (2004), “Cursed” (2005) and “American Dreamz” (2006). She will star in the upcoming films “The Key Man,” “Visioneers,” and “27 Dresses.”

On the small screen, TV audiences best remember her as Kitty Sanchez (2003-2005), the seducing secretary/mistress to Jeffrey Tambor's character, on Fox’s critically acclaimed sitcom “Arrested Development.” She also had memorable guest spots on TV shows, including "Family Guy," "Just Shoot Me," "CSI: Miami," "Two and a Half Men" and “My Name Is Earl.” She is scheduled to star in an upcoming ABC sitcom called “Miss/Guided,” in which she will play the lead role of Becky Freely, a former high school nerd returning to her alma mater as an attractive and confident guidance counselor.

“How I prepare really depends on the character, so it changes. I might go shopping and buy something I think the character might buy. Things like that. I usually try to find the character from the outside in.” Judy Greer

On a more personal note, the 5' 10” actress is reportedly dating Nick Thomas.


Judith Laura

Childhood and Family:

Daughter of a mechanical engineer and a hospital administrator, Judith Laura Evans was born on July 20, 1975, in Detroit, Michigan. In 1993, she graduated from Winston Churchill High School in Livonia, Michigan, where she was an active member of the Creative and Performing Arts program. Judy studied acting at DePaul University, in Chicago, Illinois, and received her BFA in 1997. Before getting into acting, she trained for almost ten years in Russian ballet.

Judy is an avid knitter and has knitted a lot on the set of the television pilot “Dicks.” She is friends with actresses Aasha Davis and Kellymarie Demaray, and her first roommate in Los Angeles was fellow DePaul classmate Sean Gunn. When she is on sets, Judy is often accompanied by her American bulldog named Buckley.


Miss/Guided

Career:

“Being a character actor, you do get the goofy roles, but a lot of times they're really underwritten and you're expected to breathe life into them.” Judy Greer.

After almost ten years being trained in classical Russian ballet, Judy Greer switched to acting and was accepted into Chicago's prestigious Theatre School at DePaul University. After doing a string of odd jobs during college, from telemarketer to oyster shucker, Greer, who first appeared on TV in a January 1997 episode of CBS’ sci-fi drama series "Early Edition," landed her film debut just days after graduation in “Stricken” (1998), Paul Chilsen's independent, low-budget horror/thriller movie shot on video. That same year, she also got a small part as the cousin of Mili Avital's book editor character in Doug Ellin's romantic comedy movie starring David Schwimmer and Jason Lee, “Kissing A Fool.” She flew to Los Angeles for the film's premiere and never came back.

The following year, Greer appeared with Rose McGowan and Rebecca Gayheart in writer-director Darren Stein's dark comedy “Jawbreaker” and was cast in David O. Russell's war drama set in the aftermath of the Persian Gulf War, “Three Kings,” starring George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg and Ice Cube, in which Greer played a small role as a reporter and had a memorable opening love scene with Clooney's character. She was also seen in actor-writer-director Christopher Jaymes' comedy “The Reel,” Martin Hynes' independent romantic comedy “The Big Split,” and Bill Fishman's comedy “Desperate But Not Serious,” starring Christine Taylor. Meanwhile, TV audiences could catch her in an episode of CBS’ short-lived sitcom "Maggie Winters" and in several episodes of CBS’ now-defunct sitcom "Love & Money."

Entering the new millennium, Greer played a mousy office worker saved from suicide by a clairvoyant Mel Gibson in Nancy Meyers' surprise comedy hit, “What Women Want,” which also starred Helen Hunt, and appeared as a flight attendant, opposite Garry Shandling and Annette Bening, in Mike Nichols' fantasy comedy flop, “What Planet Are You From?” She also played Deadly Girl, the best friend and love interest to James Gunn's Minute Man, in Craig Mazin's minor spoof about superheroes on their day off, “The Specials,” alongside Thomas Haden Church, Rob Lowe and Jamie Kennedy, and had a bit part as a waitress in Adam Collis' drama comedy “Sunset Strip,” starring Simon Baker and Anna Friel.

Greer was next seen in Adam Shankman's romantic comedy starring Jennifer Lopez and Matthew McConaughey, “The Wedding Planner,” playing the ditzy assistant to a workaholic wedding planner (Lopez), and in Adam Rifkin's independent drama comedy film “Without Charlie,” in which she played the lead role of a young woman dealing with her first heartbreak. She also starred in Brian To's short comedy “Audit” and in an unsold TV series pilot titled “Silicon Follies” (all in 2001).

After playing a small role as a waitress lusted after by a fumbling Nicolas Cage in Spike Jonze's true story-based satire film “Adaptation,” Greer starred in Bruno Coppola's film version of Joe Pintauro's play, “Rules of Love” (both in 2002). She also lent her voice to an episode of Fox’s animated series "Family Guy" and in the English version of the animated film “Neko no ongaeshi” (aka “The Cat Returns”).

“I don’t think you need to take classes. I just think that you need to act. The reason I signed up for classes was because I wasn’t working for awhile so I thought, 'Well, I’m not getting jobs. I’m going to take a class to be with other actors.' It’s scary if you’re not booking jobs and you don’t really know why. I’m going into these auditions and I just started to get more and more nervous. I needed to shake it out. I think that it’s important to always keep your instrument healthy and moving and exercised. So that’s what I try to do.” Judy Greer (on taking acting classes)

After taking acting lessons from Jeffrey Tambor, Greer was later cast as his seducing secretary/mistress, Kitty Sanchez (2003-2005), on Fox’s critically acclaimed, character-drive sitcom “Arrested Development.” She recalled, “I took classes with Jeffrey Tambor for awhile before I did 'Arrested Development.' Then I started taking voice and speech classes just because I felt that I wanted to work on having more control over my vocal quality. I thought that would be a better thing to focus on.”

During her two-year stint on “Arrested Development,” Greer helped a hip Jewish private detective (played by Adam Goldberg) save Hanukkah from Evil Santa (played by Andy Dick) in writer-director Jonathan Kesselman's little-seen holiday comedy “The Hebrew Hammer,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. She then appeared opposite Giovanni Ribisi and Christina Ricci in writer/director Adam Goldberg's psychological drama “I Love Your Work” (both in 2003). Afterward, she was cast in writer-director M. Night Shyamalan’s thriller, “The Village,” starring Bryce Dallas Howard, Joaquin Phoenix, Adrien Brody and William Hurt.

2004 also saw Greer as the second fiddle to Jennifer Garner in Gary Winick's comedy movie “13 Going on 30.” Her comedic performance in the movie earned a nomination at the Teen Choice Awards.

The subsequent year, Greer played a small part in Wes Craven’s werewolf thriller “Cursed” and played Orlando Bloom's sister in writer-director Cameron Crowe's romantic comedy “Elizabethtown.” She also teamed up with Tom McCarthy in Danny Leiner's drama/comedy film “The Great New Wonderful.”

Recently, Greer was cast in writer/director Paul Weitz's political satire starring Mandy Moore, “American Dreamz,” and co-starred in “The Amateurs” (aka “The Moguls”), writer/director Michael Traeger's independent comedy starring Jeff Bridges about a sleepy town that comes together to make a full length amateur adult film. She also acted on stage playing Natalie in "Show People," a play by Paul Weitz that was performed at the Second Stage Theatre, in New York City, New York, in April 2006.

Writer/director Jake Kasdan cast Greer as an ever-optimistic personal manager/agent in the network satire “The TV Set” (2006), alongside David Duchovny, Sigourney Weaver and Ioan Gruffudd. She also starred as Brandy "Bran" Lowenstein, best friend to Tom Cavanagh's Tom Ferrell who always tells things to him straight, on CBS/VH1’s drama series based on a book of the same name by Kyle Smith, "Love Monkey."

Meanwhile, Greer was spotted as a guest in an episode of Fox’s Emmy-winning sitcom "My Name Is Earl" and in two episodes of CBS’ Emmy-nominated sitcom starring Charlie Sheen, "Two and a Half Men." She is also scheduled to star in an upcoming ABC single-camera sitcom called “Miss/Guided,” in which she will play the lead role of Becky Freely, a former high school nerd who returns to her alma mater as an attractive and confident guidance counselor. The series is currently scheduled to air in 2008 as a mid-season replacement on ABC.

On the big screen, Greer acted alongside Lou Taylor Pucci, Jena Malone and Zooey Deschanel in writer-director Martin Hynes' independent film “The Go-Getter,” which debuted at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. She also appeared opposite Ray Romano, Woody Harrelson and Cheryl Hines in writer-director Zak Penn's comedy film “The Grand,” which debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival. It will be released theatrically in early 2008.

Greer will soon complete her upcoming film projects, “The Key Man,” a dark comedy by writer-director Peter Himmelstein starring Jack Davenport, and “Visioneers,” a comedy by Jared Drake in which she will co-star with Missi Pyle and Zach Galifianakis. She will also share the screen with Katherine Heigl, James Marsden and Edward Burns in Anne Fletcher's romantic comedy movie, “27 Dresses.”

“I think that the older I get, the more life experience I have to bring to roles, which give them more depth and make them more real.” Judy Greer


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