Once and Again Judy
“I don't really watch TV much, and didn't really grow up with watching TV, so it's been rather humorous for me to try and understand how to be a TV actor, because I don't have a lot of history in being able to compare the show to other shows, you know, that I watched growing up.” Marin Hinkle.
Originally planning to become a ballerina, Tanzania-born Marin Hinkle turned to acting after an injury halt her ambition. She received her Master of Fine Arts in Acting from New York University and made her first successful performance in a New York theater's production of “Electra” and “The Tempest.”
Hinkle soon graduated to screen and got her first big break as Alison Van Rohan in the NBC long-running soap opera "Another World." However, it was the portrayal of bookstore boss Judy Brooks in the hit ABC drama series "Once and Again" (1999-2002) that made her a TV star. She followed it up with another memorable regular role as Judith Harper (2003-2007), the first ex-wife of Charlie Sheen's chiropractor brother Alan (played by Jon Cryer), in the CBS sitcom "Two and a Half Men."
Meanwhile, Hinkle has guest starred in such TV shows as "Spin City," "Law & Order," "Without a Trace," "ER," "House M.D.," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," "The Sarah Silverman Program," and ""Brothers & Sisters." She also has appeared in films like "Angie" (1994), "I'm Not Rappaport" (1996), "Sam the Man" (2000), "The Next Big Thing" (2001), "I Am Sam" (2001), "Dark Blue" (2002), "Friends with Money" (2006), and most recently, Barry Levinson's independent drama/comedy "What Just Happened?" (2008), starring Robert De Niro, Sean Penn, Stanley Tucci, Bruce Willis, and John Turturro. She will next be seen in the upcoming films "She Lived," "Weather Girl," and "Quarantine."
Hinkle has been married to New York theater director Randall Sommer since 1998. They have one son together.
Childhood and Family:
Born in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, on March 23, 1966, Marin Hinkle was raised in Boston where her family moved when she was four months old. Daughter to Rodney, a retired school teacher, and Margaret, a judge for the Massachusetts Supreme Court, Marin has one younger brother named Mark (born in 1968). Her parents, who met while serving in the Peace Corps, have now divorced.
Originally dreaming of becoming a ballerina, Marin studied dance until age 16 when an ankle injury ruined her dream career. She then turned her direction to acting and received a bachelor's degree from Brown University. She later earned Master of Fine Arts in Acting from New York University.
In 1992, Marin met her future husband, Randall Sommer, a New York theater director. They were married in 1998 and have one son together.
Two and a Half Woman
An aspiring ballerina, Marin Hinkle switched her interest to acting after an injury halted her ambition. With a master degree in acting under her belt, she made her first successful performance in a New York theater's production of “Electra” and “The Tempest.” She subsequently graduated to the silver screen, playing a bit part as young Joanne in a comedy romance drama starring Geena Davis, "Angie" (1994), director Martha Coolidge's film adaptation of Avra Wing's novel "Angie, I Says" (1991), which was a New York Times Notable Book of 1991.
In the following year, Hinkle went to play Alison Van Rohan (1995) in the NBC long-running soap opera "Another World." Afterwards, she went back to the big screen and could be seen in the films "Milk & Money," writer/director Michael Bergmann's independent romantic comedy starring Robert Petkoff and Calista Flockhart, "Breathing Room," Jon Sherman's independent romantic comedy starring Susan Floyd and Dan Futterman, and "I'm Not Rappaport" (all three in 1996), Herb Gardner's film version of his own comedic play starring Walter Matthau and Ossie Davis.
She also appeared in two minor films, Dean Pollack's "Show & Tell" and Emily Baer's "Chocolate for Breakfast" (both in 1998). Meanwhile, she was spotted as a guest in an episode of the ABC sitcom starring Michael J. Fox, "Spin City," and guest starred twice (with different roles) in the NBC cop/legal drama series "Law & Order." She also returned to stage, portraying Anne Boleyn in the New York Shakespeare Festival production of "Henry VIII" (1997) and playing Chrysothemis in a staging of Sophocles' "Electra" at Ethel Barrymore Theater, New York City (December 1998).
1999 proved to be Hinkle's breakout year when she was cast as bookstore boss Judy Brooks, the younger sister to Sela Ward's lead character Lily, in the popular ABC drama series "Once and Again" (1999-2002). During that time, she continued working for films. Hinkle played roles in Lisa Abbatiello's "Killing Cinderella," starring Patricia Kalember, Gary Winick's independent drama/comedy "Sam the Man," with Fisher Stevens and Annabella Sciorra, and Gregory Hoblit's Golden Globe-nominated "Frequency" (all three in 2000), alongside Dennis Quaid and James Caviezel.
She also appeared in Campbell Scott's sci-fi/drama/thriller starring Denis Leary, "Final," P.J. Posner's romantic drama/comedy featuring Chris Eigeman, "The Next Big Thing," and Jessie Nelson's Oscar-nominated drama starring Sean Penn, "I Am Sam" (all three in 2001). Additionally, she had small roles in 2002 films "The Year That Trembled," Jay Craven's 1970 coming-of-age drama, and "Dark Blue," Ron Shelton's crime/drama starring Kurt Russell. On television, she co-starred with Timothy Hutton in the Fox's movie "WW3" (2001) and guest-starred in an episode of CBS drama series "Without a Trace."
As for her theatrical works, Hinkle took the title role in August Strindberg's play based on a literal translation by Anders Cato, "Miss Julie," at The Unicorn Theater, Stockbridge, Massachussets (July 2002), and portrayed Manke in Donald Margulies' adaptation of Sholom Asch's play and based upon a literal translation by Joachim Neugroschel, "God of Vengeance," at Adams Memorial Theater, Williamstown, Massachussets (August 2002). She also played Katia in Janusz Glowacki's "The Fourth Sister" at Vineyard Theater, New York City, New York (November 2002).
After "Once and Again" came to end in 2002, Hinkle scored another regular TV series role, this time as Judith Harper, the first ex-wife of Charlie Sheen's chiropractor brother Alan (played by Jon Cryer), in the CBS sitcom "Two and a Half Men." She stayed on the show from 2003 until 2007, during which she also appeared as a guest in an episode of popular NBC medical drama "ER," Fox's Emmy and Peabody Award-winning medical drama "House M.D.," NBC cop drama "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," ABC's short-lived cop drama "In Justice," Comedy Central's "The Sarah Silverman Program," and ABC's Emmy-winning family dramedy "Brothers & Sisters," as well as co-starred with Chad Lowe in the made-for-television movie "Fielder's Choice" (2005).
Returning to stage, Hinkle portrayed Arlene in a production of Neil Simon's "Rose and Walsh" at Geffen Playhouse, Westwood, California, (February 2003). In May 2005, she recreated the role of "Miss Julie" again in August Strindberg's play of the same name that was adapted by Craig Lucas at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, New York City, New York.
Meanwhile, Hinkle added to her resume with her works in Jennie Livingston's 22-minute lesbian short film "Who's the Top?" (2005; with Brigitte Bako and Steve Buscemi), writer/director Nicole Holofcener's romantic drama/comedy "Friends with Money" (2006; alongside Catherine Keener, Joan Cusack, Frances McDormand, and Jennifer Aniston), and Jesse Peretz's romantic comedy "Fast Track" (2006; starring Zach Braff and Amanda Peet). She also starred, as a computer savvy mother whose 10-year-old daughter (played by Julia Di Angelo) was apparently kidnapped, in Kristina Lear's 15-minute short drama film "Cough Drop" (James LeGros played her husband), and supported Kevin Bacon and Marcia Gay Harden in Alison Eastwood's drama "Rails & Ties," as well as acted opposite Famke Janssen in Chris Eigeman's drama "Turn the River" (all three in 2007).
Recently, Hinkle shared the screen with Robert De Niro, Sean Penn, Stanley Tucci, Bruce Willis, and John Turturro in Barry Levinson-directed Hollywood satire comedy/drama "What Just Happened?" (2008). The independent film, which was based on the book by Art Linson, had its world premiere in the Sundance Film Festival.
Hinkle has completed her upcoming film, a drama/thriller called "She Lived" that was directed by Mickey Liddell. She will soon wrap Blayne Weaver's comedy "Weather Girl" and John Erick Dowdle's horror/thriller "Quarantine," starring Jennifer Carpenter and Steve Harris.
“I think that every role I get to play sort of shows a new side of what I love. I don't have a specific kind of character that I have to play. Like I said, the best thing in the world for me is to jump back and forth between somebody that's maybe shy, or vulnerable, to somebody who's strong and feisty, to someone who's comedic and goofy. You know sometimes that is not seen as an asset because people get confused with what kind of actor you are.” Marin Hinkle.