Amy Landecker

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Amy Landecker
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Landecker in June 2015
Amy Lauren Landecker

(1969-09-30) September 30, 1969 (age 50)
Years active1998–present
Spouse(s)Jackson Lynch (div. 2011)[1]
Bradley Whitford
(m. 2019)

Amy Lauren Landecker (born September 30, 1969) is an American stage, film and television actress known for her supporting roles in films Dan in Real Life (2007), A Serious Man (2009), All Is Bright (2013), Project Almanac (2015) and Beatriz at Dinner (2017). In 2014, Landecker began starring as Sarah Pfefferman in the Amazon Studios critically acclaimed comedy-drama Transparent.

Early life[edit]

Landecker was born September 30, 1969 in Chicago, Illinois.[2] She is the daughter of John Records Landecker, a Chicago radio personality.[3] One of her maternal great-grandfathers was lawyer Joseph N. Welch.[4] She attended University of Wisconsin at Madison for college, studying theater.


Landecker earned her Screen Actors Guild card doing a voiceover for a Tampax commercial. In the commercial Landecker echoes the voice of the on-camera actress, saying only the word "ballet", but made $10,000 in residuals from the commercial. Landecker recalls, "I never saw money like that in my life, and it didn't even matter what I looked like! I was hooked on [voiceover] from then on!"[5]

Early in her career, Landecker primarily focused on stage work, and did not move to Los Angeles until she was 38.[6] Since then, she has appeared in numerous films and television shows, including a supporting role as Mrs. Samsky in the Academy Award for Best Picture-nominated film A Serious Man, directed by the Coen brothers.[7] That performance received praise from many 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".[8]

In 2011, Landecker was a regular cast member of The Paul Reiser Show on NBC, playing Paul Reiser's wife, Claire.[9] On television, she has guest starred on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, NCIS, Curb Your Enthusiasm (where she met and started to date Larry David), Revenge, and many more series. She has also appeared in a number of Off-Broadway theatrical productions, including Bug.[10] In 2013, Landecker co-starred in films All Is Bright, Clear History and Enough Said. In 2014, she was cast alongside Jeffrey Tambor and Judith Light in the Amazon Studios comedy-drama series, Transparent.[11][12] She co-starred in the Michael Bay-produced time travel thriller Project Almanac, which was released in January 2015.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Landecker and her Transparent co-star Bradley Whitford began dating in early 2015.[14] Whitford announced on the Marc Maron podcast on April 23, 2018 that he and Landecker were engaged. They married on July 17, 2019.[15]



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 Enough Said Debbie
2013 What Should We Watch? Irene Short film
2015 Project Almanac Kathy
2015 Upended Cate Short film
2015 Babysitter Janine
2015 The Meddler Diane
2016 Dreamland Olivia
2016 Upended Cate Short film
2016 Doctor Strange Dr. Bruner
2017 Beatriz at Dinner Jeana
2017 The Hunter's Prayer Banks
2018 A Kid Like Jake Sandra
2019 3 Days with Dad Velma
2019 Bombshell Dianne Brandi
TBA Untitled Schulman/Joost project In post-production


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"
2013 Clear History Nathan's Wife Television film
2014–2019 Transparent Sarah Pfefferman Series regular; 38 episodes
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2015)
2015 Married Harper's Mom Episode: "Koreatown"
2016 People of Earth Debbie Schultz Episode: "Acceptance"
2016–2018 Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia Barbara Lake (voice) 37 episodes
2017 Room 104 Joan Teakins Episode: "Phoenix"
2018 Grey's Anatomy Morgan Episode: "(Don’t Fear) the Reaper"
2018 Alone Together Camille Episode: "Dinner Party"
2018 LA to Vegas Patricia 3 episodes
2019 The Twilight Zone Anne Storck Episode: "The Blue Scorpion"
2019 Sneaky Pete Lorraine Sheffield Recurring, 5 episodes
2019 The Handmaid's Tale Mrs. Mackenzie Episode: "Night"


  1. ^ "Jackson Michael Lynch Vs Amy Lauren Landecker". UniCourt.
  2. ^ "Amy Landecker". TV Guide. Retrieved January 14, 2014.
  3. ^ Swartz, Tracy (January 7, 2016). "Amy Landecker Recalls Awkward Don Cheadle Sex Joke", Chicago Tribune. Retrieved February 20, 2016.
  4. ^ Zwecker, Bill (September 23, 2014). "Chicago Native Amy Landecker Goes Transparent on Us", Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved April 3, 2016.
  5. ^ Moynihan, Rob (January 18, 2016). "How I Got My SAG-AFTRA Card", TV Guide. p. 12.
  6. ^ Carey, Ross. "Episode 36: Featuring Amy Landecker". Retrieved January 14, 2016.
  7. ^ Yuon, Jada (September 28, 2009). "A Serious Man's Amy Landecker". New York.
  8. ^ Ebert, Roger (October 7, 2009). "A Serious Man". Chicago Sun-Times.
  9. ^ Caro, Mark (April 27, 2011). "Landecker Stays in Focus". Chicago Tribune.
  10. ^ Verini, Bob (April 30, 2007). "Bug". Variety.
  11. ^ Sun, Rebecca (June 12, 2014). "'Transparent' Star Amy Landecker Signs With ICM Partners (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter.
  12. ^ Prudom, Laura. "Amazon's 'Transparent' to Premiere September 26 in U.S. and U.K." Variety.
  13. ^ Hammond, Pete (January 28, 2015). "‘Project Almanac’ Review: Hammond Touts Teen Time-Travel Tale". Deadline Hollywood.
  14. ^ Weiss, Matthew Cole (November 11, 2015). "Bradley Whitford Calls Relationship with Transparent Costar Amy Landecker 'Spectacular'". People.
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