Maggie Wheeler

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Maggie Wheeler
Maggie Wheeler 2013.jpg
Wheeler in 2013
Born Margaret Emily Jakobson
(1961-08-07) August 7, 1961 (age 56)
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1982–present
Spouse(s) Daniel Borden Wheeler (m. 1990)
Children 2

Margaret Emily "Maggie" Wheeler (née Jakobson; born August 7, 1961) is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Janice on the sitcom Friends. She was also a recurring character on Everybody Loves Raymond as Linda and Anita Warrell on the sitcom Ellen.

Personal life[edit]

Wheeler was born in Manhattan, the daughter of Barbara, a writer, and John Jakobson, a member of the New York Stock Exchange. She married Daniel Borden Wheeler in 1990.[1] They have two children.

Career[edit]

In the 1980s, Wheeler (under her maiden name of Jakobson) briefly dabbled in voice acting on the animated series SilverHawks, where she provided all the female voices, specifically the villainess Melodia and the heroine Steelheart/Emily Hart, and on the Karate Kat and Mini-Monsters segments of The Comic Strip.

It was rumored that Wheeler auditioned for the role of Monica Geller, however after many interviews she stated that it was a false rumour,[2] she was however invited to play Janice Goralnik, a recurring character who was a frequent love interest of main character Chandler Bing. She appeared at least once in each season; her 19 episodes tie her with Christina Pickles for Friends’ third most frequent guest actor, behind only Elliott Gould's 20 episodes, and James Michael Tyler's 150 episodes.

She also auditioned for the role of Debra Barone, on the American sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond. Although she was the producers' choice, CBS ended up selecting Patricia Heaton. Instead, Wheeler played the recurring role of Debra's friend, Linda.

According to Kathy Griffin's autobiography, Official Book Club Selection, Wheeler was cast in the role of Vicki for the pilot episode of Suddenly Susan and was eventually replaced by Griffin.[3]

She had a star billing in the first season of Ellen. She appeared on the hit comedy Seinfeld in the episode "The Fix-Up", as one of Elaine's friends who is set up with George. She has appeared in many other television programs, including Drake & Josh, ER, The X-Files, The War at Home, Will & Grace, Jack and Jill, How I Met Your Mother and Curb Your Enthusiasm.

In 1997, Wheeler voiced Harley Quinn's replacement in the Batman: The Animated Series episode "Joker's Millions". In 1998, she appeared in the remake of Disney's The Parent Trap, playing the younger of a mother-daughter pair of camp counselors. She also guest starred in the Disney Channel Original Series Shake It Up as Dina's Mom.

In 2005, Wheeler starred opposite David DeLuise on the NBC pilot The Sperm Donor. Wheeler provided the voice of Odile in Barbie of Swan Lake, and in 2010 she voiced Trinette in four episodes of Archer on FX.

Filmography[edit]

Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
1982 Soup for One Nurse
1983 Portfolio Assistant Choreographer
1987 Someone to Love Attendee
1989 Mortal Sins Marie
1989 New Year's Day Lucy
1993 Sexual Healing Suzanne Short film
1998 Parent Trap, TheThe Parent Trap Marva Kulp, Jr
2003 Barbie of Swan Lake Odile Voice role; direct-to-video film
2006 Dr. Dolittle 3 Brown Hen / Fluffy Hen Voice role; direct-to-video film
2007 Waking Dreams Jenny
2015 The 3 Tails: A Mermaid Adventure Maria
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
1984 New Show, TheThe New Show Various 8 episodes
1985 Paper Chase, TheThe Paper Chase N/A Episode: "The Day Kingsfield Missed Class"
1986 SilverHawks Melodia / Steelheart Voice role; main role
1990 L.A. Law Paula Lights Episode: "The Good Human Bar"
1991 Dream On Bonnie Decker Episode: "So Funny I Forgot to Laugh"
1992 Seinfeld Cynthia Episode: "The Fix-Up"
1992 Civil Wars Patricia McDermott Episode: "Mob Psychology"
1992 Doogie Howser, M.D. Elena Spencer Episodes: "What You See Ain't Necessarily What You Get", "The Patient in Spite of Himself"
1993 Sexual Healing Suzanne
1994 X-Files, TheThe X-Files Det. Sharon Lazard Episode: "Born Again"
  • 1994–2004
Friends Janice Litman-Goralnik (née Hosenstein) Recurring role, 19 episodes
1994–1996 Ellen Anita Warrell Main role (season 1); guest role (season 3); 13 episodes
1995 Pride & Joy Flight Attendant Episode: "Terror at 30,000 Feet"
1996–2004 Everybody Loves Raymond Linda Gruenfelder Recurring role, 11 episodes
1998 New Batman Adventures, TheThe New Batman Adventures Fake Harley (voice) Episode: "Joker's Millions"
1998 Love Boat: The Next Wave Cindy Episode: "True Course"
1999 Get Real Jennifer Episode: Pilot
2001 Jack & Jill Kristen Moss Episodes: "Crazy Like a Fox, Hungry Like the Wolf", "Bag Full of Love"
2001 It's Like, You Know... Rachel Episode: "Walking Tall"
2002 Will & Grace Polly Episode: "Dyeing Is Easy, Comedy Is Hard"
2002 Justice League Antiope / Perfume Lady/ Firefighter / Pilot Voice role; episode: "Fury: Parts 1 & 2"
2003 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Stand-Up Comedian Episode: "Last Laugh"
2004 Kim Possible Dr. Renton Voice role; episode: "Motor Ed"
2005 Paine Management Jeanine Bernsen Television movie
2005 Fat Actress Woman Diapering Baby Episode: "Charlie's Angels or Too Pooped to Pop"
2005 Higglytown Heroes Street Sweeper Hero Voice role; episode: "Higgly Frog Day/Eubie's Ele-Fantastic Adventure"
2005 E-Ring Investigator Episode: "Escape and Evade"
2006 Drake & Josh 3rd Cousin Denise Episode: "Alien Invasion"
2006 ER Amy Kellerman Episode: "Ames v. Kovac"
2006 Friday Night Lights Teacher Episode: "It's Different for Girls"
2007 War at Home, TheThe War at Home Mindy Episodes: "It's a Lower-Middle-Upper-Middle Class Problem", "The War of the Golds"
2007 How I Met Your Mother Margaret Episode: "Dowisetrepla"
2009 Without a Trace Gail Menken Episode: "Wanted"
2009 Breakdown, TheThe Breakdown Jennifer Unsold television pilot
  • 2009–2012,
  • 2017
Archer Receptionist, Trinette Magoon Voice role; 11 episodes
2010 Glenn Martin DDS N/A Voice role; episode: "Jackie of All Trades"
2011 Shake It Up Mrs. Garcia Episodes: "Twist it Up", "In The Bag it Up"
2011 Curb Your Enthusiasm Ilene Solotaroff Episode: "Palestinian Chicken"
2013 Californication Ophelia Robbins Recurring role, 5 episodes
2014 Hot in Cleveland Rachel (Melanie's Childhood friend) Episode: "Murder House"
2015 I Didn't Do It Fortune Teller Episode: "The Bite Club"
2016 Maron Steph Episode: "Shrink and Kink"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Maggie Jakobson, Actress, Marries". The New York Times. October 21, 1990. 
  2. ^ Wightman, Catronia (September 15, 2014). "Friends Week: Maggie Wheeler on being Janice". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2017-08-26. 
  3. ^ Griffin, Kathy (2009). Official Book Club Selection: A Memoir According to Kathy Griffin. Ballantine Books. p. 117. ISBN 978-0-345-51851-4. Retrieved 2017-08-26. 

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