|This biographical article relies on references to primary sources. (December 2012)|
Pyle at the 2012 Eddie Awards
|Born||Andrea Kay Pyle
November 16, 1972
Houston, Texas, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Casey Anderson (2008–present)
Antonio Sacre (2000–2005; divorced)
Andrea Kay "Missi" Pyle (born November 16, 1972) is an American actress and singer. She has appeared in several films, including the Academy Award winning film The Artist, Galaxy Quest, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, Big Fish, 50 First Dates, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay. She has also appeared in various television roles, on shows such as Mad About You, Friends, Heroes, Two and a Half Men, Frasier and My Name Is Earl. She is also half of Smith & Pyle, a desert country-rock band, with actress Shawnee Smith.
Pyle, the daughter of Linda and Frank Pyle, was born in Houston, Texas and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. She has two older sisters, Debbie and Julie, two older brothers, Sam and Paul, one younger half-brother, Gordon, and a half-sister, Meredith. Pyle attended the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and graduated in 1995. For her achievements, Pyle was honored by the Poplar Pike Playhouse at her alma mater Germantown High School in Germantown, Tennessee.
Pyle has guest starred on many television shows, including Heroes, Mad About You, Boston Legal, Frasier, and The Sarah Silverman Program. She started her film career with a minor role in As Good as It Gets, starring Helen Hunt and Jack Nicholson. After her breakout role in Galaxy Quest, she had supporting roles in Bringing Down the House (for which she and Queen Latifah were nominated for an MTV Movie Award for Best Fight), Josie and the Pussycats, Home Alone 4, Exposed, Big Fish, Along Came Polly, Soul Plane, Stormbreaker, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. She was also the female lead in BachelorMan. Barely recognizable, she appears in Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story. She also had a brief appearance in 50 First Dates.
Pyle plays Jake's Elementary School teacher Ms. Pasternak on Two and a Half Men. The role was recast in 2009 for unknown reasons, but Pyle returned to the series in the same role for 2010.
In 2008, Missi starred in the Broadway play Boeing-Boeing opposite Christine Baranski, Mark Rylance, Greg Germann, Paige Davis and Rebecca Gayheart. The play closed in January 2009.
Pyle was scheduled to ring the closing bell for the trading day at the New York Stock Exchange on September 29, 2008 to promote Boeing-Boeing, but backed out minutes before the close of trading in order to not associate herself with ending a calamitous day of financial turmoil which resulted in the Dow Jones Industrial Average losing 778 points, the largest point loss ever in a session in the wake of the global financial crisis of September–October 2008. She watched from the floor as an NYSE staffer pushed the button and gaveled the end of trading instead.
She is currently part of a country music group with actress Shawnee Smith called Smith & Pyle. The two actresses met while filming an ABC comedy pilot titled Traveling in Packs. The band started after Smith invited Pyle to join her in attending the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. While stuck in traffic, Pyle talked about her dream to be a rock star and Smith agreed to form a band with her. Their first album, "It's OK to Be Happy", was released digitally through iTunes and Amazon.com in July 2008. The debut album was recorded in Joshua Tree, California at Rancho de la Luna and was produced by Chris Goss. The two actresses have also become business partners and formed their own record label called Urban Prairie Records, which "It's OK to be Happy" was released under. According to an interview Smith did with pretty-scary.net in August 2008, a Smith & Pyle television or webisode series might be in the works. Smith also mentioned the idea of a series on Fangoria radio with Dee Snider. Currently there are 3 videos posted on YouTube that show the making of the record. They also have a 10-minute "making of" video on Vimeo called Smith & Pyle: Desert Sessions.
Pyle previously dated comic actor Josh Meyers.
Pyle married Casey Anderson, a grizzly bear specialist for National Geographic, on September 12, 2008. The wedding was country-western themed and took place in Montana. Wedding guests included bandmate Shawnee Smith and comedian Steve Agee. Anderson's pet grizzly bear, Brutus, served as his best man in the ceremony. Pyle and Anderson appeared in "Grizzly Dogs", the October 22, 2010 episode of Dog Whisperer, in which they sought the help of Cesar Milan to rehabilitate their dog.
Pyle "married" actress and bandmate Shawnee Smith in a faux ceremony at the All Love is Equal Launch Party in West Hollywood on November 18, 2009. The two actresses pretended to get married in support of repealing Prop 8 in California. Actor Hal Sparks dressed as a priest and performed the ceremony with them using rainbow-colored hula hoops as rings.
|1997||As Good as It Gets||Cafe 24 Waitress|
|1999||Trick||Actress with Flowers|
|2000||But Enough About Me...||Catherine Grey|
|2001||Neurotic Tendencies||Television film|
|2001||Josie and the Pussycats||Alexandra Cabot|
|2001||Let It Snow||Ily|
|2002||Home Alone 4||Vera||Television film; first film to appear as a villain|
|2003||Bringing Down the House||Ashley|
|2004||50 First Dates||Noreen|
|2004||Along Came Polly||Roxanne|
|2004||DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story||Fran Stalinovskovichdavidovitchsky|
|2004||Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy||Zoo Keeper||Uncredited|
|2005||Blue Skies||Claire||Television film|
|2005||Charlie and the Chocolate Factory||Mrs. Beauregarde|
|2005||The Civilization of Maxwell Bright||Cop|
|2006||Haskett's Chance||Melicent Bauers||Television film|
|2006||Just My Luck||Peggy Brayden|
|2006||Mojave Phone Booth||Sarah|
|2007||Feast of Love||Agatha Smith|
|2008||Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay||Raylene|
|2008||Giants of Radio||Dr. Amelia Moran||Television film|
|2008||Soccer Mom||Wendy Handler/Coach Lorenzo|
|2008||Pretty Ugly People||Lucy|
|2008||Point View Terrace||Mary||Television film|
|2009||The Big D||Mary Margaret||Television film|
|2009||Still Waiting...||Rocky Rhoades/Exotic Dancer|
|2009||Taking Chances||Faith Fishback|
|2010||Barry Munday||Lida Griggs|
|2011||My Uncle Rafael||Blair Schumacher|
|2011||The Artist||Constance||Nominated — Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast|
|2011||A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song||Gail van Ravensway|
|2013||Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters||Gray Sister||Post-production; scheduled for August 16, 2013|
|1999||Mad About You||Beautiful Woman|
|1999||The Drew Carey Show||Stacey|
|1999||Friends||Hillary||Episode: "The One with Ross's Teeth"|
|2001||Ally McBeal||Marcia Hooper|
|2001||The Tick||Stacy Waxman|
|2001||The Wayne Brady Show||Various appearances|
|2004, 2010, 2011||Two and a Half Men||Dolores Pasternak||3 episodes|
|2005||My Name Is Earl||Shelly Stoker|
|2006||Boston Legal||Renee Winger||3 episodes|
|2007||The Sarah Silverman Program||Scarlett Lacey||3 episodes|
|2007||The Wedding Bells||Amanda Pontell||4 episodes|
|2007||Traveling in Packs||Mary||Unsold pilot|
|2008||In Plain Sight||Treena Morris|
|2008||Pushing Daisies||Betty Bee|
|2010||Grey's Anatomy||Dr. Baylow|
|2010||Funny in Farsi||Debbie Appleby|
|2010||Rizzoli & Isles||Bartender|
|2010||The Mentalist||Karen Cross||2 episodes|
|2010||$h*! My Dad Says||Katie Palmer|
|2011||Up All Night||Kaye|
|2012||Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23||Angie Beckencort||Episode: "Whatever It Takes..."|
|2013||2 Broke Girls||Charity Channing||Episode: "And Not-So-Sweet Charity"|
|2013||Warehouse 13||Rebecca Carson||Episode: "The Big Snag"|
- Boeing-Boeing (2008–2009) .... Gretchen
She is currently playing the role of Sister Joan in the Off-Broadway production of 'bare: The Musical'
- It's OK To Be Happy, Smith & Pyle (2008)
- White, Ben (October 1, 2008). "Turmoil Tarnishes a Cherished Tradition". The New York Times. Retrieved May 12, 2010.
- "Shawnee Smith on Fangoria radio". Fangoriaradio.com. Retrieved 2010-09-08.
- "Smith & Pyle Official MySpace Page". Myspace.com. Retrieved 2010-09-08.[self-published source]
- "Smith & Pyle Official Website". Smithandpyle.com. Retrieved 2010-09-08.[self-published source]
- "Smith & Pyle Blog, "Weddin' on the Prairie!"". Smithandpyle.com. Retrieved 2010-09-08.[self-published source]
- "Grizzly Dogs". Dog Whisperer. Season 7. Episode 3. October 22, 2010. Nat Geo Wild.
- "Together Forever". Smith and Pyle. Retrieved 2010-09-08.[self-published source]