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Pyle at the 2014 Bel Air Film Festival at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills.
|Born||Andrea Kay Pyle
November 16, 1972
Houston, Texas, United States
|Spouse(s)||Antonio Sacre (m. 2000; div. 2005)
Casey Anderson (m. 2008; div. 2012)
Andrea Kay "Missi" Pyle (born November 16, 1972) is an American actress and singer. She has appeared in several films, including the Academy Award-winning film The Artist, Galaxy Quest, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, Big Fish, 50 First Dates, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay and Gone Girl.
She has also appeared in various television roles, on shows such as Mad About You, Friends, Heroes, Two and a Half Men, Frasier, My Name Is Earl, 2 Broke Girls, and Jennifer Falls. She is also half of Smith & Pyle, a desert country-rock band, with actress Shawnee Smith.
Pyle, the youngest daughter of Linda and Frank Pyle, was born in Houston, Texas, and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. She has two older sisters, Debbie and Julie, two older brothers, Sam and Paul, one younger half-brother, Gordon, and a half-sister, Meredith. Pyle attended the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and graduated in 1995. For her achievements, Pyle was honored by the Poplar Pike Playhouse at her alma mater Germantown High School in Germantown, Tennessee.
Pyle has guest starred on many television shows, including Heroes, Mad About You, Boston Legal, Frasier, The Sarah Silverman Program, and 2 Broke Girls. She started her film career with a minor role in As Good as It Gets, starring Helen Hunt and Jack Nicholson. After her breakout role in Galaxy Quest, she had supporting roles in Bringing Down the House (for which she and Queen Latifah were nominated for an MTV Movie Award for Best Fight), Josie and the Pussycats, Home Alone 4, Exposed, Big Fish, Along Came Polly, Soul Plane, Stormbreaker, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. She was also the female lead in BachelorMan. Barely recognizable, she appears in Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story. She also had a brief appearance in 50 First Dates.
Pyle played Jake's Elementary School teacher Ms. Pasternak on Two and a Half Men. The role was recast in 2009 for undisclosed reasons, but Pyle returned to the series in the same role in 2011 and again in the series finale "Of Course He's Dead" in 2015.
In 2008, Missi starred in the Broadway play Boeing-Boeing opposite Christine Baranski, Mark Rylance, Greg Germann, Paige Davis and Rebecca Gayheart. The play closed in January 2009.
Pyle was scheduled to ring the closing bell for the trading day at the New York Stock Exchange on September 29, 2008 to promote Boeing-Boeing, but backed out minutes before the close of trading in order to not associate herself with ending a calamitous day of financial turmoil which resulted in the Dow Jones Industrial Average losing 778 points, the largest point loss ever in a session in the wake of the global financial crisis of September–October 2008. She watched from the floor as an NYSE staffer pushed the button and gaveled the end of trading instead.
She is currently part of a country music group with actress Shawnee Smith called Smith & Pyle. The two actresses met while filming an ABC comedy pilot titled Traveling in Packs. The band started after Smith invited Pyle to join her in attending the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. While stuck in traffic, Pyle talked about her dream to be a rock star and Smith agreed to form a band with her. Their first album, "It's OK to Be Happy", was released digitally through iTunes and Amazon.com in July 2008. The debut album was recorded in Joshua Tree, California at Rancho de la Luna and was produced by Chris Goss. The two actresses have also become business partners and formed their own record label called Urban Prairie Records, under which "It's OK to be Happy" was released. According to an interview Smith did with pretty-scary.net in August 2008, a Smith & Pyle television or webisode series might be in the works. Smith also mentioned the idea of a series on Fangoria radio with Dee Snider. Currently there are 3 videos posted on YouTube that show the making of the record. They also have a 10-minute "making of" video on Vimeo called Smith & Pyle: Desert Sessions.
Pyle married naturalist Casey Anderson on September 12, 2008. The wedding was country-western themed and took place in Montana. Wedding guests included bandmate Shawnee Smith and comedian Steve Agee. Anderson's pet grizzly bear, Brutus, served as his best man in the ceremony. Pyle and Anderson appeared in "Grizzly Dogs", the October 22, 2010 episode of Dog Whisperer, in which they sought the help of Cesar Millan to rehabilitate their dog. They are no longer together.
Pyle "married" actress and bandmate Shawnee Smith in a faux ceremony at the All Love is Equal Launch Party in West Hollywood on November 18, 2009. The two actresses pretended to get married in support of repealing Prop 8 in California. Actor Hal Sparks dressed as a priest and performed the ceremony with them using rainbow-colored hula hoops as rings.
|1997||As Good as It Gets||Cafe 24 waitress|
|1998||Number One||Laurel||Short film|
|1999||Trick||Actress with flowers|
|2000||But Enough About Me...||Catherine Grey||Short film|
|2001||Josie and the Pussycats||Alexandra Cabot|
|2001||Let It Snow||Ily|
|2003||Bringing Down the House||Ashley|
|2004||Along Came Polly||Roxanne|
|2004||50 First Dates||Noreen||Uncredited|
|2004||Soul Plane||Barbara Hunkee|
|2004||DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story||Fran Stalinovskovichdavidovitchsky|
|2004||Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy||Zoo keeper||Uncredited|
|2005||Civilization of Maxwell Bright, TheThe Civilization of Maxwell Bright||Cop|
|2005||Charlie and the Chocolate Factory||Mrs. Beauregarde|
|2006||Just My Luck||Peggy Brayden|
|2006||Mojave Phone Booth||Sarah|
|2007||Feast of Love||Agatha Smith|
|2008||Pretty Ugly People||Lucy|
|2008||Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay||Raylene|
|2008||Soccer Mom||Wendy Handler/Coach Lorenzo|
|2009||Still Waiting...||Rocky Rhoades/Exotic dancer||Direct-to-DVD|
|2009||Taking Chances||Faith Fishback|
|2009||Fork in the Road, AA Fork in the Road||Nola|
|2010||Barry Munday||Lida Griggs|
|2011||Artist, TheThe Artist||Constance||Nominated – Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast|
|2011||Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song, AA Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song||Gail Van Ravensway||Direct-to-DVD|
|2012||My Uncle Rafael||Blair Schumacher|
|2013||Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters||Gray Sister #3|
|2013||Bakersfield, Earth||Judy||Short film|
|2013||#Rip||Lydia Walters||Short film|
|2014||Haunted House 2, AA Haunted House 2||Noreen|
|2014||Just Before I Go||Officer CT|
|2014||Gone Girl||Ellen Abbott|
|2015||Uncle Nick||Michelle||In post-production|
|1999||Mad About You||Beautiful woman||Episode: "The Final Frontier: Part 2"|
|1999||Drew Carey Show, TheThe Drew Carey Show||Stacey||Episode: "Drew's Reunion"|
|1999||Friends||Hillary||Episode: "The One with Ross's Teeth"|
|2000||Battery Park||Suzanne||Episode: "Walter's Rib"|
|2001||Ally McBeal||Marcia Hooper||Episode: "Reach Out and Touch"|
|2001||Wayne Brady Show, TheThe Wayne Brady Show||Various||6 episodes|
|2001||Roswell||Windy Sommers||Episode: "Control"|
|2001||Tick, TheThe Tick||Stacy Waxman||Episode: "Arthur Needs Space"|
|2002||Philly||Charise DuPree||Episode: "Mojo Rising"|
|2002||Home Alone 4||Vera Merchants||Television film|
|2003||Frasier||Shannon Palmer||Episode: "Maris Returns"|
|2004–15||Two and a Half Men||Dolores Pasternak||3 episodes|
|2005||My Name Is Earl||Shelly Stoker||Episode: "Broke Joy's Fancy Figurine"|
|2006, 2008||Boston Legal||Renee Winger||3 episodes|
|2007–10||Sarah Silverman Program, TheThe Sarah Silverman Program||Scarlett Lacey||4 episodes|
|2007||Wedding Bells, TheThe Wedding Bells||Amanda Pontell||Main cast; 5 episodes|
|2008||American Dad!||Tracy, drunk girl, sorority girl||Voice; episode: "Spring Breakup"|
|2008||In Plain Sight||Teri Ranzino/Treena Morris||Episode: "Never the Bride"|
|2008||Pushing Daisies||Betty Bee||Episode: "Bzzzzzzzzz!"|
|2009||Numb3rs||Janet Galvin||Episode: "Ultimatum"|
|2010||Grey's Anatomy||Dr. Baylow||Episode: "The Time Warp"|
|2010||Rizzoli & Isles||Merch owner||Episode: "I Kissed a Girl"|
|2010–11||Mentalist, TheThe Mentalist||Karen Cross||2 episodes|
|2010–11||$h*! My Dad Says||Katie Palmer||2 episodes|
|2011||American Dad!||N/A||Voice; episode: "Fart-Break Hotel"|
|2011||Up All Night||Kaye||Episode: "Mr. Bob's Toddler Kaleidoscope"|
|2011||Family Guy||Kitty Hawk woman||Voice; episode: "Amish Guy"|
|2012||Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23||Angie Beckencort||Episode: "Whatever It Takes..."|
|2013||Newsreaders||Rebecca Lionwek||Episode: "Auto Erotic"|
|2013||1600 Penn||Agent Sarah Harlan||Episode: "Frosting/Nixon"|
|2013||2 Broke Girls||Charity Channing||Episode: "And Not-So-Sweet Charity"|
|2013||Warehouse 13||Lily Abbott||Episode: "The Big Snag"|
|2013–14||Inside Amy Schumer||Various roles||3 episodes|
|2013–14||Exes, TheThe Exes||Sabrina/Julie||2 episodes|
|2013||Mindy Project, TheThe Mindy Project||Nancy||Episode: "Mindy Lahiri Is a Racist"|
|2014||Crazy Ones, TheThe Crazy Ones||Melora||Episode: "Dead and Improved"|
|2014||Jennifer Falls||Dina Simac||Main cast|
|2015||Hot in Cleveland||Canadian Joy||Episode: "About a Joy"|
|2015||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Truly Malco||Episode: "Granting Immunity"|
|2015||Z Nation||Bernadette||Episode: "Rozwell"|
|2012||Greetings from Home||Sue||12 episodes|
|1996||900 Oneonta||Burning Jewel||Circle Repertory Theatre
September 15–22, 1996
September 9 – October 7, 2008
|2012–13||Bare||Sister Joan||New World Stages
December 19, 2012 – February 3, 2013
- It's OK to Be Happy, Smith & Pyle (2008)
- White, Ben (October 1, 2008). "Turmoil Tarnishes a Cherished Tradition". The New York Times. Retrieved May 12, 2010.
- "Shawnee Smith on Fangoria radio". Fangoriaradio.com. Retrieved September 8, 2010.
- "Smith & Pyle Official MySpace Page". Myspace.com. Retrieved September 8, 2010.[self-published source]
- "Smith & Pyle Official Website". Smithandpyle.com. Retrieved September 8, 2010.[self-published source]
- "Smith & Pyle Blog, "Weddin' on the Prairie!"". Smithandpyle.com. Retrieved September 8, 2010.[self-published source]
- "Grizzly Dogs". Dog Whisperer. Season 7. Episode 3. October 22, 2010. Nat Geo Wild.
- "Missi Pyle rides life's curves to cabaret act in The City". The San Francisco Examiner.
- "Together Forever". Smith and Pyle. Retrieved September 8, 2010.[self-published source]
- "Q&HEYYY: Pissi Myles On Harassing People at Wawa, Drag Race Dreams, and the Two Things That’ll Make Her Cut a Bitch". PhillyMag.com. December 10, 2014. Retrieved March 23, 2015.
- Missi Pyle at the Internet Movie Database
- Missi Pyle at the Internet Broadway Database
- Missi Pyle at the Internet Off-Broadway Database