Mary Jo Catlett

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Mary Jo Catlett
Born (1938-09-02) September 2, 1938 (age 80)
Denver, Colorado, U.S.
Occupation Actress, comedian
Years active 1959–present
Notable work Mrs. Puff in SpongeBob SquarePants

Mary Jo Catlett (born September 2, 1938) is an American actress and comedian. She has been a main cast member on the animated series SpongeBob SquarePants since its debut, providing the voice of Mrs. Puff. She is also known for originating the role of Ernestina in the 1964 Broadway production of Hello, Dolly! and for playing Pearl Gallagher, the third housekeeper on Diff'rent Strokes.[1]

Catlett began her career as a theater actress in Off-Broadway and Broadway musicals. Since the late 1960s, Catlett has appeared in television shows such as M*A*S*H, The Waltons, The Bob Newhart Show, The Dukes of Hazzard, and General Hospital. She received a Daytime Emmy Award nomination at the 1990 ceremony for her work in the latter. She also received an Annie Award nomination in 2001 for her voice-over work as Mrs. Puff.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Catlett was born in Denver, Colorado, the daughter of Cornelia M. (née Callaghan) and Robert J. Catlett.[3]


Catlett appeared on General Hospital (for which she was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award) and in several episodes of the television sitcom M*A*S*H. She provides the voice of Mrs. Puff in the animated series SpongeBob SquarePants, as well as the related film The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (2004). In 2002, she was nominated for The Annie Award for Best Voice Acting by a Female Performer in an Animated Production for SpongeBob SquarePants.

She also provided the voice for Cousin Larry's mother on the animated series Kim Possible. Mary Jo Cattlet has also provided voices for Rugrats, The Smurfs, Quack Pack and Extreme Ghostbusters.

She is also known, prior to her role on Diff'rent Strokes, for the commercials she did for Black Flag and its pest-control products, particularly the Roach Motel brand.

Her many television guest roles include appearances on episodes of That's So Raven, Glee and Desperate Housewives. She played wrestler "Terrible Tessie" in the first season Starsky & Hutch episode "The Omaha Tiger",[4] and as "Cousin Alice", the slow-witted but well-meaning relation of an old acquaintance of the Duke family in the first season Dukes of Hazzard episode "Swamp Molly".[5]

She had a voice role on the "American Dream Factory" episode of American Dad!. Catlett appeared in feature films including Serial Mom, The Benchwarmers and Beethoven's 5th. She has appeared in an episode of 2 Broke Girls with other veteran character actresses and guest starred on Shake It Up.


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Stage work[edit]


  1. ^ "Mary Jo Catlett". Retrieved January 22, 2013. 
  2. ^ Staff (2001). "29th Annual Annie Award Nominees and Winners (2001)". Annie Award. ASIFA-Hollywood. Archived from the original on January 2, 2013. Retrieved July 4, 2016. 
  3. ^ Mary Jo Catlett profile,; accessed April 17, 2016.
  4. ^ "Starsky & Hutch: "The Omaha Tiger" (1976)". Retrieved January 22, 2013. 
  5. ^ "The Dukes of Hazzard: "Swamp Molly" (1979)". Retrieved April 17, 2016. 

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