Amy Landecker

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Amy Landecker
Born (1969-09-30) September 30, 1969 (age 45)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1998–present
Spouse(s) Jackson Lynch (divorced; 1 child)[1]

Amy Landecker (born September 30, 1969) is an American film, stage and television actress.[2] She is known for her supporting roles in films Dan in Real Life (2007), A Serious Man and All Is Bright (2013). In 2014, Landecker began starring as Sarah Pfefferman in the Amazon Studios critically acclaimed comedy-drama Transparent.

Life and career[edit]

Landecker was born in Chicago, Illinois. She is the daughter of Judith (née Welch) and John Records Landecker, a Chicago radio personality. One of her maternal great-grandfathers was lawyer Joseph N. Welch.[3][4]

Early in her career, Landecker primarily focused on stage work and did not move to Los Angeles until she was 38.[5] Since then she has appeared in numerous films and television shows, including a supporting role as Mrs. Samsky in the Academy Award "Best Picture" nominated film A Serious Man, directed by the Coen brothers.[6] That performance received praise from many professional film critics, including Roger Ebert, who wrote, "Amy Landecker, too, is perfect as Mrs. Samsky. She makes the character sexy in a strictly logical sense, but any prudent man would know on first sight to stay clear".[7]

In 2011, Landecker was a regular cast member of The Paul Reiser Show on NBC, playing Paul Reiser's wife, Claire.[8] On television, she has guest starred on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, NCIS, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Revenge, and many more series. She has also appeared in a number of Off-Broadway theatrical productions, including Bug.[9] In 2013, Landecker co-starred in films All Is Bright, Clear History and Enough Said. In 2014 she began starring alongside Jeffrey Tambor and Judith Light in the Amazon Studios comedy-drama series, Transparent.[10][11] She co-starred in the Michael Bay-produced time travel thriller Project Almanac, which was released in January 2015.[10]



Year Film Role Notes
1998 Temporary Girl Sondra Hardwood
1999 Turks Woman on Train
1999 Light It Up Reporter
2007 Dan in Real Life Cindy Lamson
2009 A Serious Man Mrs. Samsky
2013 All Is Bright Therese
2013 Clear History Nathan's Wife
2013 Enough Said Debbie
2013 What Should We Watch? Irene Short film
2015 Project Almanac Kathy
2015 Babysitter Janine
2015 Hunter's Prayer


Year Title Role Notes
1999-2000 Early Edition Susan Schwartz 2 episodes
2003 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Stephanie Grayson Episode: "Rotten"
2005 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Jamie Callahan Episode: "Goliath"
2006 Conviction Donna Thatcher Episode: "True Love"
2008 Law & Order Attorney Parrish Episode: "Misbegotten"
2008 Mad Men Petra Colson Episode: "A Night to Remember"
2009 Medium Lindsay Burke Episode: "Truth Be Told"
2010 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Agent Stahl 2 episodes
2010-2014 Louie Sandra/Louie's Mother 4 episodes
2011 NCIS Dr. Ellen Gracey Episode: "Out of the Frying Pan"
2011 The Paul Reiser Show Claire Series regular, 7 episodes
2011 House Darrien Episode: "After Hours"
2011 The Protector Arlene Duncan Episode: Spoon
2011 Happily Divorced Audrey Episode: "Someone Wants Me"
2011 Curb Your Enthusiasm Jane Cohen Episode: "The Bi-Sexual"
2011 Prime Suspect Alice Paget Episode: "The Great Wall of Silence"
2011-2014 Revenge Dr. Michelle Banks 3 episodes
2012 House of Lies Janelle Winter Episode: "Microphallus"
2012 Private Practice Melissa Episode: "Too Much"
2012 Retired at 35 Kat Episode: "The Proposal"
2013 Vegas Karen Schultz Episode: "From This Day Forward"
2014–present Transparent Sarah Series regular


  1. ^ "Jeff Daniels, playwright, takes a shot at love". Retrieved 4 October 2014. 
  2. ^ Amy Landecker at the Internet Movie Database
  3. ^ "Amy Landecker". TV Guide. Retrieved 4 October 2014. 
  4. ^ "Angela Dobson Welch". Ann Arbor News. Retrieved 4 October 2014. 
  5. ^ Conversations with Ross: Featuring Amy Landecker
  6. ^ Yuon, Jada (September 28, 2009). "A Serious Man's Amy Landecker". New York. 
  7. ^ Roger Ebert (October 7, 2009). "A Serious Man". Chicago Sun-Times. 
  8. ^ Caro, Mark (April 27, 2011). "Landecker Stays in Focus". Chicago Tribune. 
  9. ^ Verini, Bob (April 30, 2007). "Bug". Variety. 
  10. ^ a b "‘Transparent’ Star Amy Landecker Signs With ICM Partners (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. 12 June 2014. Retrieved 4 October 2014. 
  11. ^ "Advertisement". Variety. Retrieved 4 October 2014. 

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