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Maria Thayer
Maria Thayer at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con International.
Maria Christina Thayer

(1975-10-30) October 30, 1975 (age 48)
Alma materJuilliard School
Occupation(s)Actress, comedian
Years active1999–present

Maria Christina Thayer (born October 30, 1975)[1] is an American actress and comedian.[2] She first earned public recognition for her portrayal of Tammi Littlenut on the cult series Strangers with Candy in 1999. Thayer has also had supporting roles in the comedy films Hitch (2005), Accepted (2006), and Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008).[2]

She has appeared in numerous television series, including a lead role on the Adult Swim series Eagleheart (2011–2014), and a lead role as Abbey Logan on the comedy series Those Who Can't. She played the title role in the movie Night of the Living Deb.

Early life[edit]

Thayer was born in Portland, Oregon, and spent her early life in the small town of Boring, east of Portland, where her parents owned a bee farm.[2][3][4] During her childhood, the family relocated to Apple Valley, Minnesota, where she attended Apple Valley High School and was a member of the award-winning forensics program and the National Forensic League,[5] as well as 1993 Homecoming Queen.[6] She studied acting at The Juilliard School in New York.[2]


In 2005, Thayer appeared in Hitch with Will Smith and Eva Mendes.

In Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Thayer plays a woman on holiday with a new husband, played by Jack McBrayer.[7] Thayer and McBrayer reunited on an episode of 30 Rock in which she portrays Kenneth Parcell's blind, shallow love interest.[2] She also played Grace and Leo's daughter, Lila, in the series finale of Will & Grace (2006).[2] In 2009, she appeared in the film State of Play as Sonia Baker, the researcher and mistress of a congressman.[2]

Thayer stars in the Adult Swim comedy series Eagleheart,[7] which began airing on February 3, 2011 on Cartoon Network.[8] She appeared as Tracey Bluth in the fourth season of Arrested Development in flashback scenes.[9] In 2012, she was featured in the music video "Sensitive Man" by Nick Lowe.[10][11]

In 2014, Thayer played the sudden wife of Forrest MacNeill (Andy Daly) on the Comedy Central show Review for the episode "Marry, Run, Party" of the first season.

Starting in 2015, she starred in the TruTV sitcom Those Who Can't as an incompetent teacher at a Denver high school, alongside Ben Roy, Adam Cayton-Holland and Andrew Orvedahl (The Grawlix).

Personal life[edit]

Thayer was previously engaged to actor David Harbour.[12]



Year Title Role Notes
1999 Kimberly Louise
2001 Storytelling Amy Segment: "Fiction"
2001 Scratch Short film[13]
2005 Strangers with Candy Tamela "Tammi" Littlenut
2005 Hitch Lisa
2006 Accepted Rory Thayer
2008 Forgetting Sarah Marshall Wyoma
2009 State of Play Sonia Baker
2011 Let Go Beth
2015 Night of the Living Deb Deborah Clarington
2017 Table 19 Infamous Kate Milner


Year Title Role Notes
1999–2000 Strangers with Candy Tamela "Tammi" Littlenut 14 episodes
2001 Big Apple Rosemary 3 episodes
2001 The Education of Max Bickford Tina Episode: "Herding Cats"
2003 Miss Match Chelsea Greer Episode: "Pilot"
2003 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Claire Brody Episode: "A Murderer Among Us"
2004 Comedy Lab Jill Episode: "12:21"
2005 Romancing the Bride Kimmy Television film
2006 Will & Grace Laila Episode: "The Finale"
2006 The Colbert Report Jenny (voice) Episode: "Will Power"
2006 Nip/Tuck Transplant Consultant Episode: "Burt Landau"
2006 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Hope Episode: "Infiltrated"
2008 Lipstick Jungle Cassidy 3 episodes
2009 30 Rock Jennifer Rogers Episode: "St. Valentine's Day"
2009 House Annie Episode: "Both Sides Now"
2010 Important Things with Demetri Martin Edith Episode: "Strategy"
2010 Our Show Television film
2011 Traffic Light Esme Episode: "Credit Balance"
2011 Harry's Law Julie Cassidy Episode: "Purple Hearts"
2011 Annie Claus is Coming to Town Annie [14]
2011–2014 Eagleheart Susie Wagner 24 episodes
2012 Louie Rental Car Lady Episode: "Dad"
2012 New Girl Amelia Episode: "Halloween"
2013 Cougar Town Lisa Riggs 3 episodes[15]
2013 Portlandia Episode: "Nina's Birthday"[7]
2013 Family Tools Wendy Doyle Episode: "Now You See Me, Now You Don't"[16]
2013 Maron Megan Episode: "Dominatrix"[17]
2013 Arrested Development Tracey Bluth Episode: "It Gets Better"
2014 Review Eliza Episode: "Marry; Run; Party"
2014 American Dad! Nun (voice) Episode: "Cock of the Sleepwalk"
2014 Dads Maria Episode: "Baby Face"
2014 Men at Work Bridget Episode: "Molly"
2014–2016 Comedy Bang! Bang! Monica Dubinsky / Marissa Price 4 episodes
2014 Mulaney The Doula Episode: "The Doula"
2014 The League Cheryl 2 episodes
2015 Man Seeking Woman Maude Episode: "Dram"
2015 Kroll Show Duchess Tina Episode: "The Time of My Life"
2015 Difficult People Nicole Episode: "The Courage of a Soldier"
2015 Gotham Scottie Mullen 2 episodes
2015 Married Kristi Episode: "Gymnastics"
2016-2019 Those Who Can't Abbey Logan 3 seasons
2016 The Mindy Project Courtney 3 episodes
2017 The Catch Gretchen Episode: "The Knock-Off"
2017 Brooklyn Nine-Nine Jean Munhroe Episode: "The Venue"
2018 Robot Chicken Julia Child, Helen, Woman (voice) Episode: "Why Is It Wet?"
2020 Robot Chicken Rita Repulsa, Mourner, Bird (voice) Episode: "Sundancer Craig in: 30% of the Way to Crying"
2020 A.P. Bio Molly Episode: "Get Hoppy”
2021 Superstore Hannah 4 episodes

Music videos[edit]

Year Artist Title Role
2011 Hospitality "Friends of Friends"[18] Friend in Glasses
2012 Nick Lowe "Sensitive Man"[11] Girlfriend


Year Title Role Notes
2002 Necessary Targets Nuna Variety Arts Theatre
2002 Endpapers Sara Maynard Variety Arts Theatre
2012 Unscreened Stranger in the Park Elephant Theatre Company[19]
2013 Love's Labour's Lost Rosaline Delacorte Theater[20]


  1. ^ Misal, Onkar (December 9, 2022). "Maria Thayer Biography, Height, Weight, Age, Movies, Husband, Family, Salary, Net Worth, Facts & More". Primes World. Retrieved August 10, 2023.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Maria Thayer pictures, bio, movies". PopTower. Retrieved June 12, 2013.
  3. ^ Turnquist, Kristi (February 11, 2016). "TV's Maria Thayer: From a bee farm in Boring to the new sitcom, 'Those Who Can't'". The Oregonian. Oregon Live. Retrieved December 1, 2016.
  4. ^ In a 2016 interview with The Oregonian, Thayer states that she was born "in the hospital"—there is no hospital in Boring, and the nearest hospitals are in Multnomah County, Portland. Additionally, in a 2014 interview while on the set of Night of the Living Deb, she states "I'm from Portland, Oregon."
  5. ^ "Alumni Spotlight - Maria Thayer". Apple Valley High School Forensics. Archived from the original on December 12, 2013. Retrieved June 12, 2013. Actress Maria Thayer (Accepted, Forgetting Sarah Marshall) was honored at a Nationals Award banquet recognizing her success both during and beyond her NFL career.
  6. ^ Jesse Thorn and Jordan Morris (December 12, 2011). "Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 203: Bone Manor with Maria Thayer" (Podcast). Maximum Fun. 45:45 minutes in. Retrieved June 12, 2013.
  7. ^ a b c Abby Schreiber (January 3, 2013). "Our Guide To All the Celebrity Cameos on Portlandia's Third Season". Paper. Archived from the original on December 11, 2013. Retrieved June 10, 2013. Mike O'Brien and actress Maria Thayer (who plays Susie on Adult Swim's Walker, Texas Ranger spoof Eagleheart and Jack McBrayer's amorous wife in Forgetting Sarah Marshall) will play a young couple who are prepared to go into debt in order to attend an outlandish birthday party
  8. ^ "Eagleheart". Adult Swim.
  9. ^ Snierson, Dan (June 5, 2013). "Arrested Development: Mitchell Hurwitz on the movie -- and the Romney joke you never saw". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved June 10, 2013.
  10. ^ Yep Roc Records (March 2, 2012). "Nick Lowe - "Sensitive Man"". Archived from the original on December 17, 2021 – via YouTube.
  11. ^ a b Ross Luippold (March 2, 2012). "Nick Lowe's Sensitive Man Music Video Features Marc Maron, Tim Heidecker, Other Surprise Guests". Huffington Post. Retrieved June 10, 2013.
  12. ^ Magazine, SOMA. "SOMA Magazine » Archive » Late on the Scene". www.somamagazine.com.
  13. ^ Patrick Ciccone (April 20, 2001). "Cannes on the Hudson". Archived from the original on December 17, 2013. Retrieved June 12, 2013. By contrast, the 16mm films on the opening Student Reel Awards night were varied and intriguing. Julia Solomonoff's Scratch, whose Maria Thayer won for lead actress, is stylistically somewhat muddled despite the story of a Kosovar immigrant in New York City that gradually emerges.
  14. ^ Troy Anderson (November 7, 2012). "Annie Claus is Coming to Town". Archived from the original on December 11, 2013. Retrieved June 10, 2013.
  15. ^ Ssndra Gonzalez (March 9, 2013). "Cougar Town sneak peek: Sparks fly for Bobby on the dodgeball court -- Exclusive Video". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on December 11, 2013. Retrieved June 12, 2013.
  16. ^ "ABC Medianet". ABC. April 22, 2013. Archived from the original on December 14, 2013. Retrieved June 12, 2013.
  17. ^ Nicholas DeLorenzo (May 28, 2013). "MARON, "Dominatrix" episode recap". Screen Invasion. Retrieved June 12, 2013.
  18. ^ Merge Records (January 19, 2012). "Hospitality - Friends of Friends". Vimeo. Retrieved June 10, 2013.
  19. ^ Hetrick, Adam (January 29, 2012). "American Pie Actor Chris Klein Set for Unscreened in Los Angeles". playbill.com. Archived from the original on December 12, 2013. Retrieved June 2, 2013.
  20. ^ Hetrick, Adam (July 23, 2012). "Shakespeare in the Park Musical Adaptation of Love's Labour's Lost Premieres July 23". playbill.com. Archived from the original on August 4, 2013. Retrieved August 10, 2013.

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