Greer at the 2019 WonderCon
Judith Therese Evans
July 20, 1975
|Education||DePaul University (BFA)|
Dean E. Johnsen
Judith Therese Evans (born July 20, 1975), known professionally as Judy Greer, is an American actress, voice actress, comedian, and director. She is primarily known as a character actress, who has appeared in a wide variety of films. She first rose to prominence in the early 2000s, appearing in the romantic comedies What Women Want (2000), 13 Going on 30 (2004), 27 Dresses (2008), and Love & Other Drugs (2010).
Greer also expanded into other genres, with roles in such films as Adaptation (2002), The Village (2004), The Descendants (2011), Carrie (2013), Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014), Jurassic World (2015), Ant-Man (2015), War for the Planet of the Apes (2017), Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018), and Halloween (2018). She made her directorial debut with the comedy-drama film A Happening of Monumental Proportions (2017).
On television, Greer is best known for her starring voice role as Cheryl Tunt in the FXX animated comedy series Archer (2009–present). She also had roles in the comedy series Arrested Development (2003–2018), Two and a Half Men (2007–2015), Married (2014–2015), and Kidding (2018–2020).
Greer was born Judith Therese Evans on July 20, 1975 in Detroit, Michigan. Her mother, Mollie Ann (née Greer), is a hospital administrator, and her father, Rich Evans, is a mechanical engineer. Her mother was once a nun, who had left the convent after eight years, being "kicked out" for wild behavior, including owning a red bathing suit.
Greer was raised Roman Catholic, and grew up in Redford Township and Livonia. She attended Churchill High School where she was a part of the Creative and Performing Arts Program and graduated from The Theatre School at DePaul University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. She later adopted her mother's maiden name for her stage name, as several other actresses are named Judy or Judi Evans.
Greer made her film debut in the horror film Stricken (1998), in which she played a college student involved in a fatal prank. This was followed by a small role in the Chicago-filmed drama Kissing a Fool (1998). She was cast in her first major role as Fern Mayo, a nerdy teenager who uncovers her classmates' murder of their friend, in Darren Stein's black comedy Jawbreaker (1999). The film went on to earn a cult following. Greer followed this with small parts in the romantic comedy films What Women Want (2000) and The Wedding Planner (2001), opposite Jennifer Lopez. She was cast in a 2002 pilot for NBC alongside Stephen Colbert, Untitled Ken Finkleman Project (Imagine Entertainment), based on the Canadian show The Newsroom from Ken Finkleman. Colbert portrayed Finkleman and Greer played his sister.
Greer had recurring role on the Fox comedy series Arrested Development (2003–2005, 2013, 2018), playing Kitty Sanchez in 10 episodes total and appearing in each of the series' three original seasons. In a 2009 interview, Greer said that she is most recognized for this role. She also had supporting roles in the films Adaptation (2002), 13 Going on 30 (2004), The Village (2004), Elizabethtown (2005), 27 Dresses (2008), and Love Happens (2009), and Love & Other Drugs (2010).
Greer made guest appearances on the television series Just Shoot Me! (2003), CSI: Miami (2005), My Name Is Earl (2006), It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2007, 2011), Californication (2007–2008, 2012), ER (2009), House (2009), Modern Family (2010), The Big Bang Theory (2010), How I Met Your Mother (2010), and Warren the Ape (2010). She took on a starring role in the ABC sitcom Miss Guided (2008), but it was cancelled in its first season. She also starred opposite Zach Galifianakis in the indie satire film Visioneers (2008).
In April 2008, Greer appeared as a yoga instructor in the "Get a Mac" ad series featuring John Hodgman and Justin Long. Greer starred in a CBS sitcom entitled Mad Love, which premiered in February 2011 as a midseason replacement. The show was cancelled after the first season.
Greer is also a voice actress, voicing the character of Cheryl on the animated comedy series Archer, a character which has been compared to her role on Arrested Development, and the character of Wendy Park on the stop-motion animated sitcom Glenn Martin, DDS. Greer has also portrayed two characters in the CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men - Bridget Schmidt the ex-wife of Walden Schmidt (Ashton Kutcher) and Myra Melnick, a love interest of Charlie Harper (Charlie Sheen) and the sister of Herb Melnick (Ryan Stiles).
In November 2011, Greer was honored with the Independent Spirit John Cassavetes Award at the Denver Film Festival, where two films featuring her were in the festival's programming, including a red-carpet screening of Alexander Payne's The Descendants and Jay and Mark Duplass' Jeff, Who Lives at Home. She is the first actress to be honored with the award. In 2011, Greer began hosting an online series of workout videos called Reluctantly Healthy, adapted by Litton Entertainment in 2014 as part of their Saturday morning One Magnificent Morning block for The CW.
In late 2012, Greer made her Broadway debut playing Jenny in Dead Accounts, a short-lived new comedy by Theresa Rebeck also starring Katie Holmes, Norbert Leo Butz, Jayne Houdyshell, and Josh Hamilton.
She played the gym teacher Miss Desjardin in the 2013 horror remake Carrie, alongside Chloë Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore, and played female chimp Cornelia in the science fiction action film Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014). In 2014, Greer made her directorial debut, with a short film for AOL, Quiet Time. Greer starred with Nat Faxon in the FX comedy series Married, which premiered in July 2014.
In 2014, Greer released her first autobiographical collection of essays, titled I Don't Know What You Know Me From: Confessions of a Co-Star, which detailed her life experiences and career in the film industry.
In 2015, Greer co-starred in the action-adventure films Tomorrowland, Jurassic World, and Ant-Man, among others. In 2016, she debuted in the lead voice role of Beep in the Netflix children's animated programs Ask the StoryBots and StoryBots Super Songs. In 2017, she reprised her role as Cornelia in the science fiction action sequel War for the Planet of the Apes.
In 2018, she again played the supporting role of Maggie Lang in the superhero film Ant-Man and the Wasp. She then co-starred as Karen Nelson, the daughter of Laurie Strode, in the 2018 horror sequel film Halloween. The film was a critical and commercial success, earning the second-best ever opening weekend of October and becoming the highest grossing film in the franchise.
From 2018 to 2020, Greer starred as Jill Piccirillo in the Showtime comedy-drama series Kidding, alongside Jim Carrey. She also voiced the titular character, Luna, in the animated children's television series Let's Go Luna!, which premiered on November 21, 2018.
In 2019, Greer starred in the comedy-drama film Buffaloed, the mystery comedy-drama film Where'd You Go, Bernadette, alongside Cate Blanchett, and the family comedy film Playing with Fire. In 2020, she had film roles in the comedy-drama Uncle Frank, which premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, and the musical romantic comedy Valley Girl. She also guest starred in episodes of the Hulu horror anthology series Into the Dark and the HBO Max animated comedy series Close Enough.
Greer is set to reprise her role as Karen Nelson in the horror sequel Halloween Kills, which is set for release in October 2021. She is also expected to reprise her role in the sequel Halloween Ends, which is set for release in October 2022.
Greer will appear as Lady Wadsworth in the comedy film Lady of the Manor, as Mini Marge in the drama film Gringa, as the voice of Martha Dandridge in the animated comedy film America: The Motion Picture, and in the sports drama film Flint Strong.
Greer is married to Dean E. Johnsen, an executive producer of Real Time with Bill Maher. She is a stepmother to Johnsen's two children from his previous marriage. The couple resides in Los Angeles.
Greer grew up Catholic, although at the age of 10, she convinced her parents to let her go to a Presbyterian church, claiming that she thought she would be closer to God there. The real reason was that she thought the boys were cuter at that church. During a 2014 interview, Greer stated that she is no longer a practicing Catholic.
In 2014, she told Glamour, "I had been wanting to try and learn how to meditate, and I did research on the different types of meditation. TM seemed the easiest, and I liked that it wasn't religious in any way."
|Kissing a Fool||Andrea|
|1999||The Reel||Secretary||Short film|
|Jawbreaker||Fern Mayo / Vylette|
|Three Kings||Cathy Daitch|
|The Big Split||Tracy|
|2000||What Planet Are You From?||Rebecca|
|Sunset Strip||Younger Waitress|
|The Specials||Deadly Girl|
|Desperate But Not Serious||Molly|
|What Women Want||Erin the File Girl|
|2001||Audit||Julie Leer||Short film|
|The Wedding Planner||Penny|
|2002||Rules of Love||Maisie||Short film|
|Adaptation||Alice the Waitress|
|2003||The Hebrew Hammer||Esther Bloomembergensteinenthal|
|The Cat Returns||Yuki (voice)||English dub|
|I Love Your Work||Samantha|
|2004||13 Going on 30||Lucy Wyman|
|The Village||Kitty Walker|
|The Last Shot||Girl with Emily French at Movie Premiere||Uncredited|
|The Great New Wonderful||Allison Burbage||Segment: "David and Allison's Story"|
|In Memory of My Father||Judy|
|Full Disclosure||Brinn||Short film|
|The TV Set||Alice|
|2007||The Go-Getter||Better Than Toast|
|The Grand||Sharon Andrews|
|Money Game||Cindy||Short film|
|2009||The Casting Director||The Casting Agent|
|2010||Barry Munday||Ginger Farley|
|Henry's Crime||Debbie Torne|
|Love & Other Drugs||Cindy|
|2011||The Key Man||Karen|
|The Descendants||Julie Speer|
|Jeff, Who Lives at Home||Linda|
|2012||Republicans, Get in My Vagina||Woman #2||Short film|
|Playing for Keeps||Barb|
|2014||Jamie Marks Is Dead||Lucy|
|Judy Greer Is the Best Friend||Herself||Short film|
|Dawn of the Planet of the Apes||Cornelia||Motion capture|
|Men, Women & Children||Joan Clint|
|Addicted to Fresno||Shannon|
|Jurassic World||Karen Mitchell|
|2016||All We Had||Patti|
|A Happening of Monumental Proportions||None||Director|
|War for the Planet of the Apes||Cornelia||Motion capture|
|Our Souls at Night||Holly Waters|
|Adventures in Public School||Claire Heap|
|2018||The 15:17 to Paris||Joyce Eskel|
|Measure of a Man||Lenore Marks|
|Ant-Man and the Wasp||Maggie Lang|
|Preschool in L.A.||Miss Madeline||Short film|
|Where'd You Go, Bernadette||Dr. Kurtz|
|Playing with Fire||Dr. Amy Hicks|
|2020||Uncle Frank||Kitty Bledsoe|
|Valley Girl||Diana Richman|
|2021||Halloween Kills||Karen Nelson||Completed|
|TBA||Lady of the Manor||Lady Wadsworth||Post-production|
|America: The Motion Picture||Martha Dandridge (voice)||Filming|
|1997||Early Edition||Cindy||Episode: "Angels and Devils"|
|1998||Oh Baby||Gail||Episode: "The Hut"|
|1999||Maggie Winters||Tawny||Episode: "Girls Night Out"|
|1999–2000||Love & Money||Puff Conklin||13 episodes|
|2002–2020||Family Guy||Various voices||6 episodes|
|2003||Just Shoot Me!||Bridget||Episode: "Rivals in Romance"|
|Arrested Development||Kitty Sanchez||13 episodes|
|2005||CSI: Miami||Pamela Warren||Episode: "Shootout"|
|2006||Love Monkey||Brandy "Bran" Lowenstein||8 episodes|
|My Name Is Earl||Maggie Lester||Episode: "Sticks & Stones"|
|Two and a Half Men||Myra Melnick / Bridget Schmidt / Danielle||13 episodes|
|2007, 2011||It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia||Ingrid "Fatty Magoo" Nelson||2 episodes|
|2008||Miss Guided||Becky Freeley||7 episodes|
|2009||ER||Tildie Mulligan||Episode: "T-Minus-6"|
|House||Morgan West||Episode: "Here Kitty"|
|Maneater||Joanne "Gravy" Hardgrave||2 episodes|
|WordGirl||Desiree Dewey (voice)||Episode: "Robo-Camping/The Stew, the Proud..."|
|2009–2011||Glenn Martin, DDS||Wendy Park (voice)||39 episodes|
|2009–present||Archer||Cheryl Tunt (voice)||118 episodes|
|2010||Modern Family||Denise||Episode: "Truth Be Told"|
|The Big Bang Theory||Dr. Elizabeth Plimpton||Episode: "The Plimpton Stimulation"|
|How I Met Your Mother||Royce||Episode: "The Wedding Bride"|
|Warren the Ape||Mrs. Hanson||Episode: "Crash Course"|
|2011||Mad Love||Connie Grabowski||13 episodes|
|2012||Dan Vs.||Jennifer (voice)||Episode: "Dan vs. the Neighbors"|
|Royal Pains||Veronica Sullivan||Episode: "You Give Love a Bad Name"|
|2013||Robot Chicken||Dorothy Gale / Jane Jetson (voices)||Episode: "Robot Fight Accident"|
|2014–2015||Married||Lina Bowman||23 episodes|
|2014||BoJack Horseman||Pam (voice)||Episode: "BoJack Hates the Troops"|
|2015–2016||Masters of Sex||Alice Logan||2 episodes|
|2015||Comedy Bang! Bang!||Herself||Episode: "Judy Greer Wears a Navy Blouse and Strappy Sandals"|
|Mom||Michelle||Episode: "Mozzarella Sticks and a Gay Piano Bar"|
|2016–2019||Ask the StoryBots||Beep (voice)||21 episodes|
|2016||StoryBots Super Songs||Beep (voice)||5 episodes|
|2017||Portlandia||Shawna||Episode: "Separation Anxiety"|
|Animals.||Ali (voice)||Episode: "Humans"|
|2017–2018||American Dad!||Various voices||4 episodes|
|I'm Sorry||Maureen||3 episodes|
|Lady Dynamite||Em Bezzler||Episode: "Hypnopup"|
|Easy||Gretchen||Episode: "Prodigal Daughter"|
|Do You Want To See a Dead Body?||Herself||Episode: "A Body and a Breakup"|
|A StoryBots Christmas||Beep (voice)||Television special|
|2018–2020||Kidding||Jill Piccirillo||20 episodes|
|Blaze and the Monster Machines||Baby Gherkin / Lilly (voice)||2 episodes|
|2018–present||Let's Go Luna!||Luna (voice)||38 episodes|
|2018||Room 104||Darla Andrews||Episode: "Swipe Right"|
|2020||Harvey Street Kids||Evil Narwhalla (voice)||Episode: "Misadventureland"|
|Into the Dark||Maggie Glenn||Episode: "Good Boy"|
|Close Enough||Nikki (voice)||Episode: "Room Parents"|
|The Eric Andre Show||Herself||Episode: "A King is Born"|
|2006||Show People||Natalie||Second Stage Theater|||
|2012||Dead Accounts||Jenny||Music Box Theatre|||
- Greer, Judy (2014). I Don't Know What You Know Me From: Confessions of a Co-Star. New York: Doubleday. ISBN 978-0-385-53788-9.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
Awards and nominations
|2004||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Movie Villain||13 Going on 30||Nominated|||
|2011||Gotham Awards||Best Ensemble Performance||The Descendants||Nominated|||
|2011||Satellite Awards||Best Actress in a Supporting Role||The Descendants||Nominated|||
|2011||Denver Film Festival Awards||John Cassavetes Award||N/A||Won|||
|2012||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture||The Descendants||Nominated|||
|2012||Annie Awards||Voice Acting in a Television Production||Archer||Nominated|||
|2012||Critics' Choice Movie Awards||Best Acting Ensemble||The Descendants||Nominated|||
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