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|Born||Nancy Justine McKeon
April 4, 1966
Westbury, New York, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Marc Andrus (2003–present)|
McKeon and her older brother Philip appeared in numerous commercials. McKeon also appeared on the soap operas The Secret Storm and Another World. The McKeons moved to Los Angeles in 1975, when Philip won the role and began appearing on the television series Alice with Linda Lavin.
She was cast as tomboy Jo Polniaczek in the fall of 1980 during the show's second season when she replaced most of the first season's cast, including Molly Ringwald. This is her most famous role and she portrayed the character throughout the series until the show was canceled in 1988. McKeon also provided the voice for many ABC Weekend Special cartoon characters, including the voice for Scruffy.
Following The Facts of Life, McKeon was courted by NBC executives for the title role in the TV sitcom adaptation of the 1988 film Working Girl; the role, played by Melanie Griffith in the movie, instead went to then-unknown Sandra Bullock for the TV series. In 1994, both McKeon and Courteney Cox auditioned for the role of Monica Geller on Friends. The role went to the latter. When asked in interviews about the auditions, McKeon said, "I have no hard feelings. The role went to the right person. Courteney was brilliant. Now, I can't see anybody playing the role, not even myself." In 1995, she starred in her own series, Can't Hurry Love, which lasted one season. In 1998, she starred in a sitcom with Jean Smart titled Style & Substance. McKeon portrayed Inspector Jinny Exstead on the Lifetime police drama The Division from 2001 to 2004, with her pregnancy incorporated into the storyline of the last year of the series. From 2009 to 2010, McKeon appeared in a recurring role in the Disney Channel Original Series Sonny with a Chance, as Connie Munroe, the mother of Demi Lovato's title character.
McKeon also starred in numerous made-for-TV movies throughout the 1980s and 1990s, including A Cry for Help: The Tracey Thurman Story, in which she portrayed the title role of Tracey Thurman, and The Wrong Woman, portraying a woman framed for killing her boss. In 2003, McKeon starred in the film Comfort and Joy.
Her older brother is actor Philip McKeon.
|Film and Television|
|1977||Starsky & Hutch||Vikki Mayer||Episode: "The Crying Child"|
|1978||Fantasy Island||Ann||Episode: "Return to Fantasy Island"|
|Alice||Girl Orphan||Episode: "Who Ordered the Hot Turkey?"|
|A Question of Love||Susan Moreland||TV film|
|1979||The Puppy's Great Adventure||Dolly (voice)||ABC Weekend Special episode|
|The Love Boat||Penny Barrett||Episode: "The Brotherhood of the Sea"|
|1980||Stone||Jill Stone||Regular role (9 episodes)|
|The Puppy's Amazing Rescue||Dolly (voice)||ABC Weekend Special episode|
|The Trouble with Miss Switch||Amelia Daley (voice)||ABC Weekend Special episode|
|Scruffy||Scruffy (voice)||ABC Weekend Special episode|
|Thundarr the Barbarian||Tye (voice)||Episode: "Harvest of Doom"|
|Schoolboy Father||Lucy Twining||ABC Afterschool Special episode|
|1980–88||The Facts of Life||Jo Polniaczek||Main role (189 episodes)|
|1981||The Puppy Saves the Circus||Dolly (voice)||ABC Weekend Special episode|
|Please Don't Hit Me, Mom||Nancy Parks||ABC Afterschool Special episode|
|Thundarr the Barbarian||Tai (voice)||Episode: "Last Train to Doomsday"|
|Alice||Kimberly||Episode: "Alice's Halloween Surprise"|
|1982||Miss Switch to the Rescue||Amelia Daley (voice)||ABC Weekend Special episode|
|The Scooby & Scrappy-Doo/Puppy Hour||Dolly (voice)||The Puppy's New Adventures segment (13 episodes)|
|The Facts of Life Goes to Paris||Jo Polniaczek||TV film|
|1983||Dusty||Slugger||TV pilot episode|
|The Puppy's Further Adventures||Dolly (voice)||Regular role (8 episodes)|
|High School U.S.A.||Beth Franklin||TV film|
|1985||Poison Ivy||Rhonda Malone||TV film|
|This Child Is Mine||Kimberly Downs||TV film|
|1986||Firefighter||Cindy Fralick||TV film|
|1987||The Facts of Life Down Under||Jo Polniaczek||TV film|
|Strange Voices||Nicole Glover||TV film|
|1989||A Cry for Help: The Tracey Thurman Story||Tracey Thurman||TV film|
|1990||The Hitchhiker||Dawn Wilder||Episode: "New Dawn"|
|1991||Lightning Field||Martha||TV film|
|1992||Baby Snatcher||Karen Williams||TV film|
|Where the Day Takes You||Vikki||Feature film|
|1993||Love, Honor & Obey: The Last Mafia Marriage||Rosalie Profaci Bonanno||TV film|
|1994||Teresa's Tattoo||Sara||Feature film|
|1995||A Mother's Gift||Margaret Deal||TV film|
|The Wrong Woman||Melanie||Feature film|
|1995–96||Can't Hurry Love||Annie O'Donnell||Main role (19 episodes)|
|1997||Just Write||Bride||Feature film|
|1998||In My Sister's Shadow||Joan Connor||TV film|
|Style & Substance||Jane Sokol||Main role (13 episodes)|
|1999||Touched by an Angel||Rachel Waters||Episode: "The Last Day of the Rest of Your Life"|
|2001–04||The Division||Inspector Jinny Exstead||Main role (88 episodes)|
|2003||Comfort and Joy||Jane Berry||TV film|
|2004||Category 6: Day of Destruction||Amy Harkin||TV miniseries|
|2006||Wild Hearts||Emily||TV film|
|2007||Without a Trace||Gail Sweeney||Episode: "Absalom"|
|2009–10||Sonny with a Chance||Connie Munroe||Recurring role (5 episodes)|
|2011||Love Begins||Millie||TV film|
Awards and nominations
Marco Island Film Festival
- 2000: Won, "Audience Award for Best Short Drama" - A Wakening
- 2000: Won, "Crystal Palm Award for Best Short Film" - A Wakening
- 2003: Nominated, "Best Performance in a Drama Series Episode" - The Division
- 2003: Nominated, "Best Performance in a Drama Series" - The Division
- 2004: Nominated, "Best Performance in a Drama Series Multi Episode Storyline" - The Division
- 2007: Nominated, "The 'When Bad Teens Go Good' Award" - The Facts of Life
- 1982: Nominated, "Best Young Comedienne in Motion Picture or Television" - The Facts of Life
- 1983: Won, "Best Young Actress in a Television Special" - Please Don't Hit Me, Mom
- 1983: Won, "Best Young Actress in a Movie Made for Television" - The Facts of Life Goes to Paris
- 1983: Won, "Best Young Actress in a Comedy Series" - The Facts of Life
- 1984: Nominated, "Best Young Actress in a Comedy Series" - The Facts of Life
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- "The Facts of Life". Biography. Season 18. Episode 28. July 25, 2005. The Biography Channel.
- "Intimate Portrait: Nancy McKeon". 2001. Lifetime. Missing or empty
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