An American actress hailed from the Upper West Side of Manhattan, Julie Warner burst to fame with her role as the quirky girlfriend on the peasant romantic comedy “Doc Hollywood” (1991), opposite Michael J Fox, and further gained notice playing Billy Crystal's patient wife on the following year's “Mr. Saturday Night.” The petite, brunette thespian, however, had to experience a set back after the box office flops “Indian Summer” (1993) and “The Puppet Masters” (1995) and was forced to turn to television. She rebounded in 1995 with “Tommy Boy,” which saw her as the love interest of Chris Farley. Since then, Warner has been a frequent presence in both television and films. She has had recurring roles in such popular TV series as Party of Five” (1999, as Lauren) and “Nip/Tuck” (2003-2006, as Megan O'Hara) and played regular roles in one of the great shows, “Family Law” (1999-2001, as Danni Lipton), and the 2005 sitcom “Hidden Howie.” Her recent and upcoming movie credits include “Baseball Wives” (2002, TV), “Stick it” (2006), “Passion's Web” (2007), “Crossroads: A Story of Forgiveness” (2007, TV), “Forever Strong” (2007) and “Radio Free Albemuth” (2008).
Off camera, Warner has been divorced from and has a 10-year-old son with actor/producer/director/writer Jonathan Prince. She was once romantically involved with actor Hank Azaria. She currently is a resident of Los Angeles.
Childhood and Family:
Julie Warner was born on February 9, 1965, in New York, New York. She is the daughter of Neil Warner (born 1929), a musical arranger known for composing jingles for products like Tic Tacs and Dunkin' Donuts, and Naomi (born 1939), a freelance book agent works for art book publisher Harry Abrams. She has a younger brother named James Warner (born 1975), who works at the NYC Parks Department. Her great-uncles were composer Nathaniel Shilkret (died in 1982), who was nominated for an Oscar for scoring 1936's “Winterset,” and bandleader/pianist Jack Shilkret (died in 1964). Julie grew up in the Upper West Side of Manhattan, and was educated at the prestigious Dalton School. She studied theatre at Brown University and graduated in 1987.
On June 17, 1995, Julie married actor/producer/director/writer Jonathan Prince (born Augusts 16, 1958) and had a son, Jackson Roy Prince, two years later in 1997. She is now divorced from her husband.
While attending the exclusive Dalton School, Julie Warner became friend with Mary Stuart Masterson and was encouraged by an agent to audition for a part in Louis Malle's movie “Pretty Baby” (1978). She did not win the role, but shortly afterwards the 15-year-old girl landed a two-day cameo on the daytime soap “The Guiding Light,” playing a girl who fells for series regular Kevin Bacon. After college, she headed to Los Angeles to become a full-time actress. While waiting for her break, she supported herself as a waitress.
Warner worked in summer stock, conservatory theater and TV before kicking off her film career. In 1988, she was cast as the girlfriend of Andrew Dice Clay in his HBO special, “The Diceman Cometh,” which she followed with a series of guest spots in TV shows like “21 Jump Street” (1989), “The Outsider” (1990) and “Star Trek: The Next Generation” (two episodes, 1989-1990). Her first film role arrived in 1990 with Joel Schumacher's “Flatliners,” in which she appeared as William Baldwin's woman, and in the following year she received her screen breakthrough as the offbeat love interest of Michael J Fox in “Doc Hollywood” (1991), directed by Michael Caton-Jones. The actress scored her second leading role in 1992 when she was cast opposite Billy Crystal in “Mr. Saturday Night,” playing the long-suffering wife Elaine.
1993 saw Warner join the cast of Mike Binder's “Indian Summer” that included Alan Arkin, Diane Lane, Bill Paxton, Kevin Pollak and Sam Raimi, but the film went on to become a major box office flop. She suffered another disappointment with “The Puppet Masters” (1994), costarring with Donald Sutherland and Eric Thal. The failure led to the delay of Warner's film career and she then turned her attention to the small screen, taking on the role of Amy Sherman, a new parent, on the short-lived sitcom “Pride & Joy” (NBC, 1995).
Thanks to her fine turn as Chris Farley's girlfriend, Michelle Brock, in Peter Segal's comedy “Tommy Boy” (1995), Warner was able to bounce back and then seen starring in the 1996 films “White Lies,” along side Larry Gilliard Jr., Rosanna Arquette and Harvey Fierstein, and “Wedding Bell Blues,” with Illeana Douglas and Paulina Porizkova. She portrayed Stephen Baldwin's wife in the two-part television film “Mr. Murder” in 1998 and had a feature part in the comedy film “Pros & Cons” in 1999 before undertaking a recurring role as Lauren, a restaurant manager with a crush on series regular Scott Wolf, on Fox's “Party of Five” (also 1999).
It was also in 1999 that Warner made her return to series TV as regular with CBS's “Family Law,” opposite Kathleen Quinlan, Dixie Carter and Christopher McDonald. She portrayed Danni Lipton from 1999 until October 2001, seven months before the show came to an end. After leaving the show, Warner appeared in the Steve Buscemi-directed telepic “Baseball Wives” (2002), guested in “Threat Matrix” (2003), “Scrubs” (2004), “Just Legal” (2005) and “House M.D” (2006), and picked up the recurring role of Megan O'Hara on “Nip/Tuck,” a gig she held from 2003 to 2006. She also starred as the title character's wife in the sitcom “Hidden Howie” (2005). She revisited the big screen in 2006 with a supporting part in the Jeff Bridges sport-themed vehicle “Stick it.”
Recently starring as Janet Tarr in the Allan Harmon-helmed “Passion's Web” (2007) and supporting Dean Cain and Peri Gilpin in the marvelous TV film “Crossroads: A Story of Forgiveness” (2007), Warner will appear in the sport-themed “Forever Strong” (2007), starring Gary Cole, Sean Faris and Neal McDonough, and the sci-fi film “Radio Free Albemuth” (2008), opposite singer/actress Alanis Morissette.