Nicole Sullivan

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Nicole Sullivan
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Sullivan in 2003
Born Nicole Julianne Sullivan
(1970-04-21) April 21, 1970 (age 43)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress, comedian, voice artist
Years active 1990–present
Spouse(s) Jason Packham (m. 2006)

Nicole Julianne Sullivan (born April 21, 1970) is an American actress, comedian, and voice artist. Sullivan is best known for her six seasons (1995–2001) on the sketch comedy series MADtv and five seasons (2001–2005, 2007) on the CBS sitcom The King of Queens.

She has played a recurring character on Scrubs and voiced the villainous Shego in Disney's Kim Possible. She had recurring voice roles on Family Guy and voiced "Franny Robinson" in Disney's Meet the Robinsons. From 2008 to 2009, Sullivan starred in and was the lead of her own Lifetime television series Rita Rocks. Currently, she voices Marlene in the series The Penguins of Madagascar. Sullivan also currently appears as Jules' (Courteney Cox) therapist, Lynn Mettler, on the comedy Cougar Town. Recently, she portrayed Lyla in the Disney channel original movie Let It Shine. In 2013 she starred in the Nickelodeon Sitcom Wendell and Vinnie as Wilma Basset.

Early life[edit]

Sullivan was born in the New York City borough of Manhattan, the daughter of Edward C. Sullivan, a New York State assemblyman.[1] She took dance classes at age 7 and performed in Off Broadway and Broadway productions with the First All-Children's Theatre. Sullivan's mother, a business woman, and her father, who represented Manhattan's 69th Assembly District in the New York State Assembly from 1977 to 2002, moved the family upstate to Middleburgh, New York, in 1982. During high school, Nicole was class treasurer throughout her junior year. She played soccer in high school, recorded statistics for the boys’ basketball team and was a member of student council.

After graduating from Middleburgh in 1987,[2] she attended Northwestern University as a theatre major. She studied William Shakespeare, Harold Pinter, Anton Chekhov, Henrik Ibsen and Greek tragedies, while working two jobs to pay her way through college and writing plays and sketches for the student theatre. Sullivan spent her junior year in London, studying at the British American Drama Academy and became a member of the Greenwich Shakespeare Company. Sullivan graduated from Northwestern with honors, and then moved to Los Angeles before getting sporadic guest-starring roles.

Career[edit]

MADtv[edit]

Sullivan was among the original cast members on MADtv when it premiered in 1995. She created numerous characters; her most popular was the mean-spirited Vancome Lady. Sullivan's other characters included X-News reporter Amy, dimwitted Antonia, Eracists leader Debbie, News at 6's Diane Lawyer-Trabajo (pronounced "trebalyo"), racist country singer Darlene McBride, and Latina bimbo Lida. Sullivan appeared with Michael McDonald in a MADtv sketch about making an audition tape to appear on Law & Order that mocked their acting prowess; she later guest-starred in the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit episode "Contact". Sullivan was featured in the Nov/Dec 2009 issue of Making Music Magazine.[3]

Impersonations[edit]

Sullivan's impersonations included Britney Spears, Drew Barrymore, Justin Timberlake, Hillary Clinton, Mary-Kate Olsen, Jennifer Aniston, Nancy Reagan, Meg Ryan, Celine Dion, Melanie Griffith, Jenna Elfman, Uma Thurman, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Kim Cattrall, Beth Broderick, Anne Robinson, Helen Hunt, Edie Falco (as Carmela Soprano from The Sopranos), Emma "Baby Spice" Bunton, Lucille Ball (as Lucy Ricardo in a trio of I Love Lucy parodies), and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

Voice acting projects[edit]

Sullivan was originally cast as Turanga Leela, one of the main characters in the animated series Futurama, which premiered in 1999.[4] Due to a casting change, Katey Sagal was instead given the role before the series even aired.[5]

Sullivan has voiced Marlene the Otter on The Penguins of Madagascar – a spin-off series from the successful hit movies Madagascar, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, and Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted –, which aired on Nickelodeon, Shego on Kim Possible; Joan of Arc on Clone High; Mira Nova on Buzz Lightyear of Star Command; and Joan on the Family Guy episode, "I Take Thee Quagmire", along with several other one time voices on the show. Sullivan has also starred in a pilot called, Me and My Needs, that was rejected by ABC. She played Franny Robinson in Meet the Robinsons. Also, Sullivan was a voice actor in the Monsters, Inc. video game. She played Luna in the 2007 video game Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters. In 2012, she also provided the voice of Supergirl in Super Best Friends Forever, a series of animated shorts airing on Cartoon Network's DC Nation block.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Sullivan is married to actor Jason Packham.[7] They have two sons named Dashel Pierce and Beckett Edward.[8]

Sullivan won the first edition of Celebrity Poker Showdown. Her charity was Alley Cat Allies, a nonprofit advocacy organization dedicated to transforming communities to protect and improve the lives of cats, which received $100,000 as a result of her victory.

Selected filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nicole Sullivan Biography (1970–)". Filmreference.com. 1970-04-21. Retrieved 2011-07-03. 
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ "Features – Garage Groove". Makingmusicmag.com. Retrieved 2011-07-03. 
  4. ^ Ken P. (2005-08-22). "IGN Interviews Billy West". Retrieved 2005-08-22. 
  5. ^ Itzkoff, Dave (2010-06-24). "‘Futurama’-Rama: Welcome Back to the World of Tomorrow". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-07-08. 
  6. ^ "MTV Geek – Interview: Becoming ‘Super Best Friends Forever’ With Lauren Faust". Geek-news.mtv.com. 2012-03-02. Retrieved 2012-11-04. 
  7. ^ "Celebrity Parents : Celebrity Parents News and Photos". dailypress.com. Retrieved 2011-07-03. 
  8. ^ Sarah Chalke, on Sarah Chalke's 'Genius' Son Loves Bananas (2009-08-31). "Meet Beckett Edward Packham! – Moms & Babies – Moms & Babies - People.com". Celebrity-babies.com. Retrieved 2011-07-03. 

External links[edit]

Film
Year Film Role Notes
2000 Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins Mira Nova (Voice) Direct-to-DVD release
2002 The Third Wheel Sally Uncredited
2005 Guess Who Liz Klein
Sesame Street's All-Star Alphabet Letter A Direct-to-DVD release
2006 The Ant Bully Ant #9 Voice
2007 Meet the Robinsons Franny Voice
2008 Superhero Movie Julia Riker
2009 Black Dynamite Patricia Nixon
17 Again Naomi
2012 Let It Shine Lyla Disney Channel Original Movie
TV Appearances
Year Film Role Notes
1991 Herman's Head Young Woman 1 episode
1994 Party of Five Terry 1 episode
Models Inc. Elaine 1 episode
1995–2001 MADtv Various roles 140 episodes
1997 The Drew Carey Show Diane Pulaski 1 episode
Fired Up Debbie 3 episodes
1999 Suddenly Susan Claire Teevens, Nate's Ex-wife 1 episode
2000 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Jen Caulder 1 episode
Titus Carol 1 episode
2000–2001 Buzz Lightyear of Star Command Mira Nova (Voice) 60 episodes
2000–2002 Baby Blues Bizzy the Baby-Sitter (Voice) 3 episodes
2000–present Family Guy Various characters (Voice) 22 episodes
2001 According to Jim Alicia 1 episode
2001–2007 The King of Queens Holly Shumpert/Marilyn (1 episode) 49 episodes
2001–2009 Scrubs Jill Tracy 6 episodes
2002–2003 Clone High Joan of Arc/Marie Curie (Voice) 13 episodes
2002–2007 Kim Possible Shego (Voice) 45 episodes
2003 Less than Perfect Deirdre Bishop 2 episodes
Miss Match Rachel 1 episode
2004 Crank Yankers Esperanza Thomas (Voice) 1 episode
2005 Monk Janet Novak 1 episode
Kim Possible Movie: So the Drama Shego (Voice) Television movie
Hot Properties Chloe Reid 13 episodes
2006 American Dad! Janice (Voice) 1 episode
Boston Legal Joan Rubin 1 episode
Brandy & Mr. Whiskers Gerri (Voice) 2 episodes
2007 Raines Carolyn Crumley 7 episodes
My Boys Kimmie 2 episodes
Slacker Cats Louise (Voice) 2 episodes
2008 Head Case Herself 2 Episodes
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Nancy Twicker 1 episode
The Suite Life of Zack & Cody Miss Klotz 1 episode
2008–2009 The Secret Saturdays Drew Saturday (Voice) 21 episodes
Rita Rocks Rita Clemens 40 episodes
2009 Leverage Heather Moscone 1 episode
True Jackson, VP Kreuftlva 1 episode
2009–present The Penguins of Madagascar Marlene (Voice) 59 episodes
2010 Numb3rs Nancy Hackett 1 episode
$#*! My Dad Says Bonnie Main cast
The Doctors Herself Guest
2012 RuPaul's Drag Race Herself Guest Judge
Super Best Friends Forever Supergirl (voice) TV short
The Game Sadie 1 episode
2012–present Cougar Town Lynn Mettler Recurring role
2013 Wendell and Vinnie Wilma Baset Main Role