Rachael Harris

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Rachael Harris
Rachael Harris 2 by David Shankbone.jpg
Harris in April 2007
Born Rachael Elaine Harris
(1968-01-12) January 12, 1968 (age 46)
Worthington, Ohio, U.S.
Other names Rachel Harris
Occupation actress, comedian
Years active 1992–present

Rachael Elaine Harris (born January 12, 1968) is an American actress and comedian.

Personal life[edit]

Harris was born in Worthington, Ohio. She graduated from Worthington High School and Otterbein College in 1989,[1] majoring in theatre.

Career[edit]

Harris performed with the Los Angeles, California, improvisational comedy troupe the Groundlings, and taught for a time with the Groundlings school.[2] She debuted on television in a 1993 episode of SeaQuest DSV.

After an appearance on Star Trek: Voyager in 1997, Harris went on to a recurring role in The WB's Sister, Sister. Other television credits include a stint as a correspondent for The Daily Show's 2002–2003 season, as well as roles on The Sarah Silverman Program, Reno 911!, The West Wing, The Good Guys, Friends, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Monk, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and in November 2008, Desperate Housewives. She also appears in Suits as Sheila, Louis Litt's on-and-off again love interest.

Harris played the supporting role of Kevyn Shecket, Kirstie Alley's personal makeup artist, on the Showtime series Fat Actress in 2005. She played Cooper in the ABC sitcom Notes from the Underbelly.

Her film credits include roles in Best in Show, A Mighty Wind, For Your Consideration, Kicking & Screaming, and Daddy Day Care. In the 2009 comedy The Hangover she plays Melissa, girlfriend to Ed Helms's character Stu. She previously co-starred with Helms on The Daily Show.[3] She played Greg's mother in the film Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010), and reprised the role in the two sequels.

Harris hosted Smoking Gun TV in 2004, and has made multiple appearances on such VH1 documentaries as I Love the '80s, I Love the '90s, and Best Week Ever.

Off-Broadway Harris has performed in Love, Loss, and What I Wore.[4]

Harris' TV commercial work includes ads for Dinty Moore,[2] Avis,[2] Expedia,[2] Quaker Oats, T-Mobile, Geico, and a Super Bowl commercial for the 2010 Census.[5] She is the voice of turtle Karolyn Slowsky in the Comcast Slowskys television commercials.[6]

On ABC's Cougar Town, she played Shanna, a woman that the network describes as being the "nemesis" of Jules.[7] Also on ABC, she made a guest appearance in the Modern Family episode "Caught in the Act" as a restaurateur.

Harris stars in the indie comedy/drama film Natural Selection which was well received at its 2011 South by Southwest debut, winning both jury and audience awards for best narrative feature, in addition to best screenplay, best editing, and best score/music.[8] Harris received the breakthrough performance award for her role as Linda.

In March 2014, Harris began a new role in Surviving Jack with Chris Meloni.[9] which was cancelled after only a few episodes aired.

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1992 Treehouse Trolls Forest of Fun and Wonder Mama Video
1996 The Disappearance of Kevin Johnson Fornaio Waitress #2
2000 Best in Show Winky's Party Guest
2002 Showtime Teacher
2003 A Mighty Wind Steinbloom's Assistant
Daddy Day Care Co-Worker Elaine
The Haunted Mansion Ms. Coleman
2004 Starsky & Hutch Mrs. Feldman's Friend
After the Sunset June
2005 Kicking & Screaming Ann Hogan
2006 For Your Consideration Mary Pat Hooligan
2007 Matters of Life and Dating Carla
License to Wed Janine
Evan Almighty Ark Reporter
2009 The Hangover Melissa
The Soloist Leslie Bloom
2010 Diary of a Wimpy Kid Susan Heffley
2011 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
Natural Selection Linda Nominated - Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead
2012 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days Susan Heffley
Wreck-It Ralph Deanna Voice
2013 Bad Words Eric Tai's Mother
2014 Lovesick Roberta Post-production
Barely Lethal Mrs. Larson Post-production
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb Madeline Phelps Filming
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1993 SeaQuest DSV Rose 1 episode
1997 Star Trek: Voyager Martis 1 episode
1998 Sister, Sister Simone 5 episodes
1999 Serial Experiments Lain Female Knight Voice: English version
2000 The Amanda Show N/A 1 episode
2000 Two Guys and a Girl Pregnant Damsel 1 episode
2001 Grosse Pointe Reporter 1 episode
2001 Three Sisters Sal 1 episode
2002 Judging Amy Alumni Volunteer #2 1 episode
2002 Friends Julie Episode #8.23: "The One Where Rachel Has a Baby (Part 1)"
2003 Fraiser Erin
2003–2004, 2007, 2009 Reno 911 Debbie Dangle-Frost, Claire the Madam 6 episodes
2004 Curb Your Enthusiasm Joanne 2 episodes
According to Jim Mindy 1 episode
The West Wing Corrine McKenna 1 episode
2005 Fat Actress Kevyn Shecket 7 episodes
Monk Alice Westergren 1 episode
Committed Ruby 1 episode
8 Simple Rules Margaret Brandenbauerbern 1 episode
2006 Reno 911 Debbie Dangle 3 episodes
2007 The New Adventures Of Old Christine Claire 1 episode
Notes from the Underbelly Cooper Main cast
Matters of Life and Dating Carla Movie
2007–2008 The Sarah Silverman Program School Teacher 2 episodes
2008 Desperate Housewives Sandra Birch 1 episode
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Megan 1 episode
Pushing Daisies Georgeann Heaps 1 episode
Suburban Shootout Natalie Davenport N/A
Hollywood Residential Rachael Voice, 3 episodes
Frisky Dingo A.L.E.X. 2 episodes
Emily's Reasons Why Not Lila Cox-Weiner 1 episode
2008–2009 Worst Week Julie 2 episodes
2008, 2010 The Life & Times of Tim Adam's Date Voice, 3 episodes
2009 Cougar Town Shanna 1 episode
True Jackson, VP Kitty Monreaux 1 episode
In the Motherhood Blair 5 episodes
2010 My Boys Marcia 3 episodes
Glenn Martin DDS Melissa the Wedding Planner Voice, 1 episode
Childrens Hospital Mrs. Throman 1 episode
The Good Guys Cynthia Savage 1 episode
Party Down Marguerite Tayler 1 episode
Gary Unmarried Rachael 1 episode
2011 Modern Family Amelia 1 episode
Archer Rona Thorne 1 episode
$h*! My Dad Says Soledad Cho 1 episode
2012 New Girl Tanya Lamontagne 4 episodes
Happy Endings Suzanne 1 episode
2013 Newsreaders Wendy Hayflack 1 episode
The Office Rachael 1 episode
2012–2014 Suits Sheila Sazs 6 episodes
2014 Surviving Jack Joanne Dunlevy Series regular
2014 Maron Herself 1 episode

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rachael Harris Biography". Tvguide.com. Retrieved 2011-03-12. 
  2. ^ a b c d Alper, Aaron. "Rachael Harris Sounds Off", Tampa Bay Times, March 2005, via AaronAlper.com
  3. ^ "lonokenews.net – Archives". Lonokedemocrat.com. Retrieved 2011-03-12. 
  4. ^ Harris, Malcolm (2010-07-20). "Now Playing: "Love, Loss and What I Wore"". One Dress Project. Retrieved 2011-07-16. 
  5. ^ "Census 2010 – Ed Begley Jr. | Free Video Clips". SPIKE. 2010-02-07. Retrieved 2011-03-12. 
  6. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0006713/otherworks
  7. ^ Mickey O'Connor. "Rachael Harris Signs On to Cougar Town". TVGuide.com. 
  8. ^ "SXSW Film Award Categories". Retrieved March 30, 2011. 
  9. ^ Rodman, Sarah (2014-03-26). "In ‘Surviving Jack,’ Meloni slips comfortably into comedy". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2014-03-28. 

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