Marisa Coughlan

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Marisa Coughlan
Born
Marisa Christine Coughlan

(1974-03-17) March 17, 1974 (age 44)
Alma materUniversity of Southern California
OccupationActress, writer
Years active1995–present
Spouse(s)
Stephen Wallack (m. 2008)

Marisa Christine Coughlan (/məˈrɪsə ˈkɔːflən/; born March 17, 1974)[1] is an American actress and writer. Her first prominent role was a lead in Kevin Williamson's Teaching Mrs. Tingle (1999), followed by a role as Officer Ursula Hanson in the comedy Super Troopers (2001).[2] She also had a recurring role as Melissa Hughes on the series Boston Legal.

Early life[edit]

Coughlan was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She graduated from Breck School, a small private school in Golden Valley, Minnesota.[3] When she moved to Los Angeles with her father Daniel Merritt Coughlan, she enrolled at the University of Southern California. She studied abroad in Paris in 1995, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in French in 1996.

Career[edit]

Coughlan's first film appearance to gain mainstream attention was in Kevin Williamson's directorial debut Teaching Mrs. Tingle (1999), in which she co-starred alongside Katie Holmes and Helen Mirren. She was cast in the role after reportedly having been rejected for a role on Williamson's series Dawson's Creek.[4] She followed this with a recurring role on the series Wasteland in 1999.[5]

Other films she appeared in included Pumpkin (co-starring with Christina Ricci), a drama about sorority girls; New Suit, a satirical comedy about the inner workings of Hollywood; Super Troopers, playing Officer Ursula Hanson; and Freddy Got Fingered as Betty.

She had a recurring role on the television series Boston Legal as secretary Melissa Hughes in seasons two and three.[2] In 2007, she starred as Jenny McIntyre in Lifetime Television's original series Side Order of Life. Lifetime did not pick the series up for a second season despite a strong following. In 2008-09, she appeared on three episodes of the hit TV show Bones.

Coughlan began writing while she was pregnant and taking time off from acting. She wrote and produced her first pilot, Lost & Found for ABC in 2011. In 2014, she completed writing a comedy based on Peter and Wendy for NBC.[6] In 2016, it was reported by Variety that Fox was developing a comedy series titled Pushing, written by Coughlan and produced by Greg Berlanti.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Coughlan married Stephen Wallack, whom she had known since they were teenagers in Minneapolis, at a private estate in Pasadena, California on November 1, 2008. They have four children together, Stephen(Finn) Wallack III, Merritt, Ireland, and Connor Wallack. Today, she lives in Deephaven, Minnesota. Coughlan resided in Studio City, California until 2015.[8]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1995 Fist of the North Star Jenny Television film
1996 Our Son, the Matchmaker Julie Longwell
1997 The Sleepwalker Killing Tanya Lane
1999 Teaching Mrs. Tingle Jo Lynn Jordan
2000 Gossip Sheila
2001 Freddy Got Fingered Betty
2001 Super Troopers Ursula
2002 Pumpkin Julie Thurber
2002 New Suit Marianne Roxbury
2003 Criminology 101 Molly
2003 Dr. Benny Candy
2003 Dry Cycle Ruby
2003 I Love Your Work Jane
2004 Kat Plus One Kat
2005 Jake in Progress Hope
2006 Wasted Kelly
2006 Separated at Worth Tess Television film
2007 Meet Bill Laura
2008 Poundcake Deborah Also known as: The Dissection of Thanksgiving
2008 Already Dead Sarah Archer
2014 Space Station 76 Misty
2018 Super Troopers 2 Chief Ursula Hanson

Television[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1995 Step by Step New Girl 2 Episode: "The Wall"
1995 Weird Science Barbara
1996 High Society Dana Episode: "Nip and Tuck"
1996 The Guilt Kendall Cornell Episode: "Dean's Office"
1996 The Burning Zone Chante Lefort Episode: "Blood Covenant"
1997 Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction Summer Segment: "The Prophecy"
1997 Diagnosis Murder Allison Porter Episode: "Open and Shut"
1998 The Magnificent Seven Nora Episode: "Working Girls"
1999 Wasteland Dawnie Parker 13 episodes
2003 The Twilight Zone April Beech Episode: "Rewind"
2006 Boston Legal Melissa Hughes 12 episodes
2006 Masters of Horror Dina Episode: "The Damned Thing"
2007 Side Order of Life Jenny McIntyre 13 episodes
2009 Medium Gabrielle Episode: "Soul Survivor"
2009 Bones Special Agent Payton Perotta 3 episodes
2011 Man Up! Dr. Donna Perkins Episode: "Men and Their Chickens"
2012 How to Be a Gentleman Candice Episode: "How to Share a Relationship"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Marisa Coughlan". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved February 22, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Marisa Coughlan Biography". Film Reference. Retrieved February 26, 2017.
  3. ^ Gustafson, Amy Carlson (July 14, 2007). "St. Paul native Marisa Coughlan, Stillwater's Rich Sommer in new TV shows". Twin Cities Pioneer Press. Retrieved February 22, 2017.
  4. ^ Callahan, Maureen. "Soul Coughlan". Spin. 15 (9): 89.
  5. ^ "Marisa Coughlan". Mademoiselle: The Magazine for the Smart Young Woman. 105: 339.
  6. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (October 2, 2014). "NBC Nabs Peter Pan-Inspired Romantic Comedy 'Wendy And Peter' With Penalty". Deadline. Retrieved February 25, 2017.
  7. ^ Wagmeister, Elizabeth (October 20, 2016). "Greg Berlanti Producing Fox Comedy From 'Super Troopers' Writer/Actress Marisa Coughlan (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved February 26, 2017.
  8. ^ Beale, Lauren (August 10, 2015). "Marisa Coughlan sells her secluded hillside home in Studio City for above the asking price". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 26, 2017.

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