|Born||September 25, 1953|
Topeka, Kansas, U.S.
Raised in Topeka, Kansas, she is the youngest of four daughters born to Galen "Buzz" Houdyshell and Louella Taylor. She graduated from Topeka High School in 1971, and she went on to graduate with honors from the Academy of Dramatic Art at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan in 1974.
Since the mid-1970s, she has appeared in more than 200 plays at regional theaters throughout the United States, including the Meadow Brook Theater, Attic Theater, Missouri Repertory Theater, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Yale Repertory Theater, McCarter Theater, Delaware Theater Company, Wilma Theater, Syracuse Stage, Studio Arena, GeVa Theater, Actors Theater of Louisville, Steppenwolf Theater, American Conservatory Theater, Old Creamery Theatre, Totem Pole Playhouse, Peterborough Players, and others.
Houdyshell reminisces that, after moving to Manhattan in 1980, “I was traveling all that 20 years...There was a community of actors who did that. We were itinerant actors who just continually moved around the country from theater to theater and job to job."
In New York, she is known for her role as "Ann Kron" in the Broadway production of Well by Lisa Kron. It was a role that garnered her a Tony Award nomination in 2006. She won a Theater World Award and an Obie Award, Outstanding Performance, for the Off-Broadway production of Well, which ran in 2004 at the Public Theater.
She received the 2005 Joseph Jefferson Award, Supporting Actress, Play for her performance in The Pain and the Itch for Steppenwolf Theatre Company and a 2005 Barrymore Award, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play for her work in The Clean House at the Wilma Theater in Philadelphia.
Houdyshell's Broadway credits include Wicked, Well, Bye Bye Birdie, and The Importance of Being Earnest. She played the role of "Hattie" in the 2011 revival of Follies, and received a 2012 Tony Award nomination, Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance. Houdyshell played the Nurse in the 2013 Broadway revival of Romeo and Juliet.
She appeared in The Humans as "Deirdre Blake", first in its Off-Broadway engagement at the Roundabout Theatre Company in September 2015 to December 2015, and then the Broadway production of the play which opened at the Helen Hayes Theatre on February 18, 2016. For The Humans she won the 2016 Tony Award, Featured Actress in a Play, the 2016 Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Ensemble Performance, and the Obie Award, Performance. She was also nominated for the 2016 Outer Critics Circle Award, Outstanding Actress in a Play.
In 2017 she played Ann Marie in Lucas Hnath's A Doll's House, Part 2.
Houdyshell's other New York credits include Harrison, TX: Three Plays by Horton Foote at Primary Stages, Coraline, The New Century, at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center (2008); The Receptionist at the Manhattan Theater Club (2007); Much Ado About Nothing (Delacorte Theatre, 2004); Fighting Words, and The Pain and the Itch at Playwrights Horizons (2009); Attempts on Her Life at Soho Rep; and True Love at the Zipper Theater (2001).
In April 2019, Houdyshell returned to Broadway as the Earl of Gloucester in the Sam Gold directed production of King Lear, with Glenda Jackson in the title role. Houdyshell will be playing Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn in the upcoming revival of The Music Man, set to star Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster.
Television and film
She has appeared in films including Changing Lanes (2002), Garden State (2004), Trust the Man (2006), and Everybody's Fine. She had a small role as a landlady in the 2010 film The Bounty Hunter.
|2002||Changing Lanes||Miss Tetley|
|2002||Maid in Manhattan||Carmen|
|2004||Garden State||Mrs. Lubin|
|2005||Trust the Man||Sex Addicts Leader|
|2006||Things That Hang from Trees||Pam Dupont|
|2006||The Immaculate Conception||Sister Patricia|
|2010||The Bounty Hunter||Landlady|
|2010||Morning Glory||Stage Manager|
|2014||Romeo and Juliet||Nurse|
|2014||Lucky Stiff||Harry's Landlady|
|2018||The Chaperone||Sister Delores|
|2021||The Humans||Deirdre Blake|
|TBA||Untitled Lila Neugebauer project||Sharon||Post-production|
|1999||Third Watch||Jane||Episode: "Welcome to Camelot"|
|1997–2002||Law & Order||Various Characters||3 episodes|
|2002–17||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Judge Ruth Linden||10 episodes|
|2005||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Ruth Pear||Episode: "The Unblinking Eye"|
|2006||Conviction||Judge Roberta Palski||2 episodes|
|2009||Loving Leah||Mrs. Finkelman||Television movie|
|2009||Guiding Light||Judger Burslem||Episode #1.15659|
|2010||Running Wilde||Gertie Stellvertretter||Pilot|
|2014||Blue Bloods||Roseanne Galecki||Episode: "Open Secrets"|
|2015||American Odyssey||Rose Offer||8 episodes|
|2015||Neon Joe, Werewolf Hunter||Jane Cotton||2 episodes|
|2017||The Accidental Wolf||Rach||Episode: "Kathryn"|
|2017–18||The Good Fight||Renée Rampling||2 episodes|
|2018||Quantico||The Widow||Episode: "The Conscience Code"|
|2019||The Tick||Black Market Bob||Episode: "Magic is Real"|
|2020||Evil||Judge Sara Carl Shire||Episode: "Justice x 2"|
|2021||Only Murders in the Building||Bunny||6 episodes|
|2006–08||Wicked||Madame Morrible (replacement)||Gershwin Theatre|
|2009–10||Bye Bye Birdie||Mae Peterson||Henry Miller's Theatre|
|2011||The Importance of Being Earnest||Miss Prism (replacement)||American Airlines Theatre|
|2011–12||Follies||Hattie Walker||Marquis Theatre|
|2011||8||Maggie Gallagher||Eugene O'Neill Theatre|
|2012–13||Dead Accounts||Barbara||Music Box Theatre|
|2013||Romeo and Juliet||Nurse||Richard Rodgers Theatre|
|2015||Fish in the Dark||Gloria Drexel||Cort Theatre|
|2015–17||The Humans||Deirdre Blake||Laura Pels Theatre|
Helen Hayes Theatre
Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre
|2017||A Doll's House, Part 2||Anne Marie||John Golden Theatre|
|2018||The Humans||Diedre Blake||Ahmanson Theatre|
|2019||King Lear||Earl of Gloucester||Cort Theatre|
|2021||The Music Man||Mrs. Shinn||Winter Garden Theatre|
Awards and nominations
- As pronounced by Houdyshell in "Ask a Star: Jayne Houdyshell & Reed Birney of The Humans"
- Nordyke, Kimberly (June 12, 2016). "Tony Awards: The Winners List". Hollywood Reporter.
- "Alumna Jayne Houdyshell nominated for a Tony Award" Archived 2016-05-06 at the Wayback Machine, oakland.edu, May 4, 2016.
- Pressley, Nelson. "Jayne Houdyshell, late-blooming Broadway baby", The Washington Post, September 12, 2014
- Wyatt, Rebecca (2006-05-26), "Former MBT actress receives Tony nomination", Oakland University News
- "Jayne Houdyshell Biography". Broadway Buzz: Star Files. Broadway.com. Retrieved 2009-07-01.[dead link]
- " 'Well' Off-Broadway", lortel.org, accessed May 25, 2016
- Lipton, Brian Scott. "2005 Joseph Jefferson Award Winners Announced", TheaterMania, November 8, 2005
- "Barrymore Awards, 2005" theatrephiladelphia.org, accessed May 26, 2016
- Lipton, Brian Scott. "2005 Barrymore Award Nominations Announced" theatermania.com, August 10, 2005
- Jones, Kenneth. "Bye Bye Birdie, With Stamos, Gershon, Irwin, Houdyshell and Trimm, Returns to Broadway", Playbill.com, September 10, 2009
- Gans, Andrew (2011). "DIVA TALK: Chatting with a "Broadway Baby," Follies Star Jayne Houdyshell". Playbill. Archived from the original on 2011-10-18.
- Gans, Andrew; Jones, Kenneth; and Hetrick, Adam. "2012 Tony Awards Nominations Announced; Once Earns 11 Nominations", Playbill, May 1, 2012
- Gordon, David. "Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow: Broadway's 'Romeo and Juliet', Starring Orlando Bloom, Will Close in December", theatermania.com, November 20, 2013
- Simoes, Monica. "First Pics of Reed Birney, Jayne Houdyshell and Sarah Steele in Roundabout's 'The Humans'", Playbill, October 1, 2015
- Viagas, Robert. " 'Hamilton' Tops Tony Awards With 11 Wins", Playbill.com, June 12, 2016.
- "'The Humans' Broadway", Playbill.com; accessed May 25, 2016
- "Obie Awards Winners Announced", Variety.com, May 23, 2016.
- Blankenship, Mark (2009-06-07), "The Score and the Story, Inseparable", New York Times, p. AR4
- The New Century lortel.org, retrieved September 12, 2018
- The Receptionist lortel.org, retrieved September 12, 2018
- Much Ado lortel.org, retrieved September 12, 2018
- The Pain and the Itch lortel.org, retrieved September 12, 2018
- True Love lortel.org, retrieved September 12, 2018
- Jayne Houdyshell Filmography" allmovie.com, retrieved September 12, 2018
- The Bounty Hunter allmovie.com, retrieved September 12, 2018
- "Scoop: Coming Up On Season Three Premiere Of Quantico on ABC - Thursday, April 26, 2018". Broadway World. April 9, 2018. Retrieved April 10, 2018.
- Larkin, Michelle. "The worst movies the cast of 'Little Women' has been in". Insider. Retrieved Feb 16, 2021.