Mary Lynn Rajskub
Mary Lynn Rajskub
(m. 2009; sep. 2019)
Mary Lynn Rajskub (//; born June 22, 1971) is an American actress and comedian who is best known for portraying Chloe O'Brian in the action thriller series 24, and the character Gail the Snail in It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Rajskub was a regular cast member on HBO's Mr. Show with Bob and David, and she has appeared in such films as Dude, Where's My Car?, Sweet Home Alabama, Punch-Drunk Love, Mysterious Skin, Little Miss Sunshine, Sunshine Cleaning, Safety Not Guaranteed, and The Kings of Summer, among others.
Rajskub played the clarinet in a school band and portrayed Frenchie in the musical Grease. One of her childhood inspirations was the television series Moonlighting. She later moved to Los Angeles working as a waitress in a Hard Rock Cafe and a ticket-taker at the Beverly Center movie theater.
Rajskub's first part was as an Oompa-Loompa in a community theater production of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, and her first starring role was Raggedy Ann. In 1996 she appeared in music videos for the songs "The Good Life" by Weezer and "The New Pollution" by Beck.
Rajskub was one of the original cast members of Mr. Show with Bob and David. From 1996–1998, she had a recurring role on the HBO series The Larry Sanders Show as booking assistant Mary Lou Collins.
Her most notable role is CTU systems analyst Chloe O'Brian on 24, which she joined in 2003 at the start of the show's third season. Her character was a hit with viewers and critics and was one of the few cast members to return in the show's fourth season. After being a regular guest star for two seasons, Rajskub became a main cast member in the show's fifth season. By the end of the series, she was the lead female, with top billing second only to Kiefer Sutherland. Her character also had the honor of saying the final words of the series in the season 8 series finale. Rajskub and Sutherland appeared briefly as their 24 characters in a 2007 episode, "24 Minutes", of the Fox animated series The Simpsons. In August 2013, it was announced that she would reprise her Chloe O'Brian role in the 2014 limited series 24: Live Another Day.
Rajskub appeared in Kelsey Grammer's The Sketch Show on Fox Television, The King of Queens as a character named Priscilla, and in numerous films including Mysterious Skin, Legally Blonde 2, Sweet Home Alabama, Dude, Where's My Car?, Man on the Moon, Punch-Drunk Love, The Anniversary Party, Firewall, Little Miss Sunshine, music videos for Beck, Weezer and Sheryl Crow, as well as portraying a blind woman in the film Road Trip.
Rajskub was part of a comic duo (with Karen Kilgariff) called Girls Guitar Club. In 2006, she made a cameo appearance in "Partings", the 6th season finale of Gilmore Girls, where she played a trobairitz looking for her big break. (Rajskub had previously appeared on Gilmore Girls as the female lead in A Film by Kirk, a short film made by the character Kirk Gleason.) She has volunteered as an actress with the Young Storytellers Program. She has an educational background as a painter, having attended the San Francisco Art Institute.
Rajskub has been nominated twice for a Screen Actors Guild Award; once in 2005, and again in 2007 for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. She guest-starred on Flight of the Conchords episode "Prime Minister" as Karen, an Art Garfunkel fanatic. She guest-starred as "Gail the Snail" in an episode of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia titled "The Gang Gives Frank an Intervention", and reprised the role in the ninth-season finale, "The Gang Squashes Their Beefs," and season thirteen's "The Gang Beats Boggs: Ladies Reboot." In 2009, she also appeared in the film Julie & Julia as Sarah, one of Julie Powell's close friends. In 2010, Rajskub performed stand-up on John Oliver's New York Stand Up Show. In June 2010, she appeared in the "Lovesick" episode during the second season of the USA series Royal Pains.
From July through October 2010, she performed in her solo show, Mary Lynn Spreads Her Legs, at the Steve Allen Theater in Los Angeles. Reviewer F. Kathleen Foley of the Los Angeles Times wrote "that cheerfully vulgar title sums up the overall tone, which is often breezily obscene". The show, written by Rajskub with help from director/developer Amit Itelman, was inspired by Rajskub's experiences with pregnancy, childbirth, and early motherhood.
In January 2011, Rajskub guest-starred in the episode "Our Children, Ourselves" on the second season of ABC's Modern Family. In the fall of 2011, Rajskub appeared in the short-lived sitcom How to Be a Gentleman. Also in 2011, Rajskub's web series, Dicki, began airing on My Damn Channel. Dicki is based on a number of people that Rajskub grew up with in and around Michigan. The title character is a 40-year-old woman who lives at home with her parents, makes crafts, and takes her art seriously. Dicki has been one of My Damn Channel's most successful web series to date. The first season concluded in November 2011, but a second season is currently in development. Rajskub performed in the June 2012 edition of Don't Tell My Mother! (Live Storytelling), a monthly showcase in which celebrities share true stories they would never want their mothers to know. In 2012 she began hosting a podcast on the Nerdist Network called Kickin' it Mary Lynn Style.[when?]
In 2013, Rajskub appeared in the fourth season of Arrested Development in a silent yet well-received role as Heartfire, a character Rajskub has said "speak[s] from the heart, but do[es]n't use any words." In the same year Rajskub also appeared in the web series All Growz Up with Melinda Hill.
Rajskub appeared on Ken Reid's TV Guidance Counselor podcast on March 27, 2015.
In 2017, Rajskub appeared in the first season of the Adult Swim series Dream Corp LLC, playing Patient 46 in the episode "Are You Down With OCD?".
In 2021, Rajskub released a 49-minute comedy special called Mary Lynn Rajskub: Live from the Pandemic; it can be rented or purchased through several video-on-demand services.
Rajskub dated David Cross, who introduced her to Mr. Show and left the show when they broke up after the end of the second season. Afterwards, she dated music producer Jon Brion for five years until they broke up in the fall of 2002. Rajskub later dated comedian Duncan Trussell.
Rajskub met personal trainer Matthew Rolph when he approached her after one of her comedy sets. They began dating, and she became pregnant three months later. Their son was born in 2008. Rajskub married Rolph on August 1, 2009, in an impromptu wedding in Las Vegas. Rajskub filed for divorce in June 2019.
Rajskub is bisexual and discussed her past relationships with women in an article for AfterEllen.com.
|Denotes works that have not yet been released|
|1996||The Truth About Cats & Dogs||Female Radio Caller||Voice|
|1997||Who's the Caboose?||Cheeseball|
|1998||The Thin Pink Line||Suzy Smokestack|
|Man on the Moon||Friday's Mary|
|2000||Road Trip||Blind Brenda|
|Dude, Where's My Car?||Zelmina|
|The Anniversary Party||Mary-Lynn|
|Sweet Home Alabama||Dorothea|
|Run Ronnie Run!||Herself|
|2003||Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde||Reena Giuliani|
|2004||Mysterious Skin||Avalyn Friesen|
|Helter Skelter||Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme|
|Little Miss Sunshine||Pageant Assistant Pam|
|2007||Humble Pie||Peggy Orbison|
|2009||Julie & Julia||Sarah|
|2010||24: Chloe's Arrest||Chloe O'Brian||Short film|
|2012||Safety Not Guaranteed||Bridget|
|2013||The Kings of Summer||Captain Davis|
|2015||Sex, Death and Bowling||Kim Wells|
|In Search of Fellini||Kerri|
|2019||A World Away||Principal Garcia|
|2020||Dinner in America||Connie|
|The Tomorrow War||Norah|
|TBA||Please Baby Please||Post-production|
|Killing Daniel||Mia Powell||Post-production|
|1995–1996||Mr. Show with Bob and David||Various Characters||10 episodes|
|1996–1998||The Larry Sanders Show||Mary Lou Collins||18 episodes|
|1997||The Weird Al Show||Weather Woman||Episode: "Talent Show"|
|Over the Top||Linda||Episode: "The Bee Story"|
|1998||NewsRadio||Waitress||Episode: "The Secret of Management"|
|1999||Tracey Takes On...||Episode: "Lies"|
|Shasta McNasty||Diana||Episode: "Pilot"|
|1999–2000||Veronica's Closet||Chloe||15 episodes|
|2001||Just Shoot Me!||Penny||Episode: "Maya Judging Amy"|
|2002||Gilmore Girls||Girlfriend in Kirk's film||Episode: "Teach Me Tonight"|
|The King of Queens||Priscilla Stasna||Episode: "Arthur, Spooner"|
|2003–2010||24||Chloe O'Brian||125 episodes|
|2003||Good Morning, Miami||Hollis||Episode: "I Second That Promotion"|
|2004||Home Movies||Penny (voice)||Episode: "Those Bitches Tried to Cheat Me"|
|2005||The Sketch Show||Various Characters||6 episodes|
|2006||Gilmore Girls||Town Troubadour||Episode: "Partings"|
|2007||Human Giant||Mindy||2 episodes|
|The Simpsons||Chloe O'Brian (voice)||Episode: "24 Minutes"|
|2008||The Middleman||Dr. Gibbs||Episode: "The Pilot Episode Sanction"|
|2009||Flight of the Conchords||Karen||Episode: "Prime Minister"|
|2009–2018||It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia||Gail the Snail||3 episodes|
|2010||Royal Pains||Blake||Episode: "Lovesick"|
|The Benson Interruption||Herself||Episode #1.2|
|2010–2013||Chelsea Lately||Herself||9 episodes|
|2011||Modern Family||Tracy||Episode: "Our Children, Ourselves"|
|Raising Hope||Tanya||Episode: "The Cultish Personality"|
|How to Be a Gentleman||Janet||9 episodes|
|2012||The L.A. Complex||Herself||Episode: "Down in L.A."|
|Dirty Work||Roxy||3 episodes|
|The Burn with Jeff Ross||Herself||Episode: "Jimmy Kimmel/Jim Norton/Bobby Lee/Mary Lynn Rajskub"|
|Mash Up||Herself||TV movie|
|Grey's Anatomy||Marion Steiner||Episode: "Migration"|
|2013||The Mentalist||Susie Hamplin||Episode: "Days of Wine and Roses"|
|Newsreaders||Laney Trammings||Episode: "Fit Town, Fat Town"|
|New Girl||Peg||Episode: "Winston's Birthday"|
|Arrested Development||Heartfire||2 episodes|
|2013–2014||2 Broke Girls||Bebe||5 episodes|
|2014||TripTank||Marilyn (voice)||Episode: "Crossing the Line"|
|24: Live Another Day||Chloe O'Brian||12 episodes (limited series)|
|Talking Dead||Herself||Episode: "Four Walls and a Roof"|
|2015–2016||Brooklyn Nine-Nine||Genevieve Mirren-Carter||5 episodes|
|W/ Bob & David||Chef Krissie||Episode #1.3|
|2016||The Girlfriend Experience||Erin Roberts||10 episodes|
|Take My Wife||Mary Lynn||Episode: "Opener"|
|Those Who Can't||Summer||3 episodes|
|Dream Corp LLC||Patient #046||Episode: "You Down with OCD?"|
|Drunk History||Effie Cherry||Episode: "Shit Shows"|
|2017||The Guest Book||Lynn||Episode: "Story Two"|
|Rob Riggle's Ski Master Academy||Reporter||5 episodes|
|Hawaii Five-0||Crystal||Episode: "A 'ohe mea 'imi a ka maka"|
|2019||Now Apocalypse||Frank||2 episodes|
|How High 2||Ana Cheever||Television film|
|2020||Criminal Minds||Brenda Hacker||Episode: "Rusty"|
|2021||Scooby-Doo, Where Are You Now!||Producer Bryn||Television special|
|2022||The Dropout||Lorraine Fuisz|
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- "Trenton was first stage for Rajskub's talents". Trenton Trib.
- "25 Things You Don't Know About Me: Mary Lynn Rajskub". UsMagazine.com. January 21, 2010. Retrieved July 31, 2010.
- Featurette: Interview with Mary Lynn Rajskub (2007). Not Just the Best of The Larry Sanders Show (Disc 3) (Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC) (DVD). Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. ASIN B000MTFDB0. Retrieved February 11, 2012.
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- F. Kathleen Foley (July 2, 2010). "Theater review: 'Mary Lynn Spreads Her Legs' at the Steve Allen Theater". Latimesblogs.latimes.com. Retrieved September 14, 2010.
- "DICKI - The Official Website". Mydamnchannel.com. November 3, 2011. Archived from the original on June 24, 2013. Retrieved December 5, 2013.
- "Don't Tell My Mother: Post Father's Day Special". Retrieved July 9, 2012.
- Lovelace, Steve (May 30, 2013). "Five Best New Arrested Development Characters".
- Eggerton, Chris. "Arrested Development's Mary Lynn Rajskub on playing George Sr.'s New Assistant".
- Carrie, Stephanie. "Steph's LA Weekly Feature Series – Melinda Hill's Romantic Encounters". Archived from the original on October 19, 2013.
- "24 Hours With Mary Lynn Rajskub". TheatreSmart. August 6, 2016. Retrieved August 8, 2016.
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- Rogan, Joe. "Joe Rogan Experience #202". Archived from the original on April 8, 2012. Retrieved April 5, 2012.
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- "Mary Lynn Rajskub divorcing Matthew Rolph". MSN. August 21, 2019.
- ""I still think Megan Fox is hot": Mary Lynn Rajskub talks about being bisexual". AfterEllen. Archived from the original on September 21, 2016.
- Petski, Denise; Andreeva, Nellie (March 7, 2019). "'How High 2': Mike Epps To Reprise Baby Powder Role In MTV Sequel; Premiere Date Set". Deadline Hollywood.
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