Amy Hill

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Amy Hill
Amy Hill interprets Wayne Wang's film direction on shooting a scene in "Dim Sum- A Little Bit of Heart".jpg
Wayne Wang and Amy Hill on the set of Dim Sum: A Little Bit of Heart in 1983
Born
Amy Marie Hill

(1953-05-09) May 9, 1953 (age 65)
NationalityAmerican
OccupationStand-up comedian, actress, voice actress
Years active1984–present
ChildrenPenelope

Amy Marie Hill (born May 9, 1953)[citation needed] is an American stand-up comedian, actress and voice actress known for often playing grandmother or motherly type roles in both live action and voice roles. Hill's first major role was as Yung-Hee "Grandma" Kim on All-American Girl where her character became the breakout character of the short lived television series.

Hill has been a mainstay on American television in her work, many of her roles being recurring roles the most notable roles being, Mrs. DePaulo on That's So Raven, Mama Tohru on Jackie Chan Adventures, Mrs. Hasagawa in Lilo & Stitch: The Series (reprising the same character she played in Lilo & Stitch), Ah-Mah Jasmine Lee in The Life and Times of Juniper Lee, Judy Harvey in Enlightened, Mah Mah Ling in American Dad!, Beverly Tarantino in Mom and Ms. Mannering in Preacher.

Hill is currently a series regular on the Amazon Video Web television show Just Add Magic as Mama P along with recurring in UnReal as Dr. Wagerstein on the basic cable network Lifetime and The CW romantic comedy musical Crazy Ex-Girlfriend as Lourdes Chan.

In film, she is perhaps best known for her roles as Mrs. Kwan in The Cat in the Hat, Sue in 50 First Dates, and Mrs. Ho-Kim in Next Friday. She plays Kumu the cultural curator of Robin Master's estate in Magnum P.I. on the new reboot series.

Early life[edit]

Hill was born in Deadwood, South Dakota, to Japanese national Ayako Yoneoka Hill (1914–2008) and Archie Russell Hill, a Finnish American who died after an automobile accident in 1979.[1] She became an acclaimed actress working with the famed Asian American Theater Company in San Francisco, California. Hill is also known in the theatre world as a respected performance artist, having written and performed a number of one-woman shows, including the trilogy of Tokyo Bound, Reunion, and Beside Myself.

Career[edit]

Hill first became noticed in the industry for her involvement on Margaret Cho's short-lived sitcom All-American Girl in the role of grandmother Yung-hee, better known as Grandma or Grandma Kim. Through the run of the show her character eventually became the show's breakout character and this was noted in the show's 2006 DVD release in an interview with Hill and former co-star Margaret Cho.

A little after All-American Girl was cancelled she would later be cast in the role of Kay Ohara on Maybe This Time, which would eventually lead her to working and co-starring with TV legend Betty White and former All American Girl co-star Ashley Johnson.

Some of her notable films that she starred in are Max Keeble's Big Move, Big Fat Liar, The Cat in the Hat, Let's Go To Prison, Lilo & Stitch, and as Dr. Barrenbottom in 2013's Big Gay Love, but her most notable film role was as Sue in the film 50 First Dates.

She has had many notable guest starring roles on shows such as Night Court, Six Feet Under, Desperate Housewives, Two and a Half Men, King of the Hill, 3rd Rock from the Sun, The Sarah Silverman Program, and My Wife & Kids. She has had many notable recurring roles on TV shows as well, such as the lesbian daughter of D. L. Hughley's neighbor (played by Pat Morita) on The Hughleys, the upstairs neighbor of Monica and Rachel on Friends, Mrs. DePaulo on That's So Raven, Mama Tohru on Jackie Chan Adventures, Mrs. Hasagawa on Lilo & Stitch: The Series, Penny Candy on The Puzzle Place, Maureen Nervosa, the owner of Cafe Nervosa on Frasier, Mah Mah the adopted mother of Francine on American Dad!, Dr. Lauren Brown on General Hospital, and Suji on The Naked Truth. In the final episode of season six of Seinfeld, she played the part of Frank Costanza's long lost girlfriend during his Korean War service. She also played Pang Bing, the final antagonist of the series finale of Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness.

She also had notable regular roles on Strip Mall and one of her better known roles as "Ah-Mah" Jasmine Lee on The Life and Times of Juniper Lee. Hill has recurring roles as Beverley on Mom and Ms. Mannering on Preacher.

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • Hill was nominated for a regional Emmy (Los Angeles Area) as writer/host of Get Real, an Asian American teen talkshow on KSCI.

Personal life[edit]

Hill has an adopted daughter named Penelope and they have performed in numerous shows together across the United States.[citation needed]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1985 Dim Sum: A Little Bit of Heart Amy Tam
1987 Living on Tokyo Time Woman in Cafe #2
1988 The Big Blue Computer Operator
Scrooged Technician
1990 Circuitry Man Bartender
Ghost Dad Nurse #1
1991 Intimate Stranger Madame Television film
1992 Judgement Dorothy Moys
Singles Hospital Nurse
1993 Rising Sun Hsieh
1995 Tokyo Bound Television film
1995 The Last Supper Illegal Alien Hater
1997 The Magic Pearl Additional voices
1998 Yellow Snake Ajima
Twelfth Night, or What You Will Maria Television film
1999 Godzilla 2000 Shop Owner
2000 Next Friday Mrs. Ho-Kym
Straight Right Mrs. Geddes
Auggie Rose Karla
Unauthorized: The Mary Kay Letourneau Story Vili's Mother Television film
2001 On Edge Bullhorn Woman
Pavilion of Women Madame Kang
Virtually Casey Principal Ono Television film
The New Women Gaia
Max Keeble's Big Move Mrs. Rangoon
2002 Big Fat Liar Jocelyn Davis
Man of the Year The Maid
Lilo & Stitch Mrs. Hasagawa
2003 The Cat in the Hat Mrs. Kwan
Cheaper by the Dozen Miss Hozzie
2004 50 First Dates Sue
2002-2005 Duck Pedicurist
That's So Raven Mrs. DePaulo Recurring
Herbie: Fully Loaded Female Doctor
Kids in America Mrs. Young
2006 Unbeatable Harold Secretary
Let's Go to Prison Judge Eva Fwae Wun
2007 Finishing the Game Mrs. Tyler
South of Pico Maria
2009 Legally Blondes Miss. Chang Direct-to-video film
Couples Retreat Therapist
Glee Dr. Chin Season 1 Episode 7: Throwdown
2010 Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey! Flower Pot Lady / Irate Woman Direct-to-video film
2011 Family Practice Jenny Kim Television film
Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness Mrs. Gow / Su 2 episodes
2012 White Frog Dr. King
2013 The Crumbles Cafe Manager
Big Gay Love Dr. Barrenbottom
2015 Just Add Magic Ida "Mama P" Perez Main role
Man Up Eileen
Imperfect Sky Dr. Lowe
2015-2016 Unreal Dr. Wagerstein Recurring character, 14 episodes
2015-present Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Lourdes Chan Recurring character, 8 episodes
2016 Punching Henry Adjudicator
The Unbidden Rachel
Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League – Gotham City Breakout Madame Mantis Direct-to-video film
Catfight Aunt Charlie
2017 Spider-Man: Homecoming Decathlon Moderator

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