Pamela Adlon

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Pamela Adlon
Pamela Adlon at San Diego Comic-Con 2011 cropped.jpg
Pamela Adlon at San Diego Comic-Con 2011
Born Pamela Fionna Segall
(1966-07-09) July 9, 1966 (age 49)
Manhattan, New York
United States
Residence Los Angeles, California
Upper West Side, Manhattan, New York
Other names Pamela Segall, Pamela Segall Admin, Pamela S. Adlon
Occupation Actress
Voice actress
Years active 1982–present
Spouse(s) Felix O. Adlon (1996–2010; divorced; 3 children)

Pamela Fionna Adlon (née Segall; born July 9, 1966) is an American actress and voice actress.[1] She is best known for her voice work, in particular as the voice of Bobby Hill on King of the Hill, as well as the title character of Pajama Sam. She is also known for playing Dolores in Grease 2 and for playing Ashley Spinelli on The Animated TV Series Recess. She is also known for her appearances on Californication and Louie, where she is also a consulting producer.[2]

Early life[edit]

Adlon was born in New York City, the daughter of TV comedy writer-producer and author of comic books and science fiction pulp novels,[3] Donald "Don" Maxwell Segall (1933–1994), and Marina L. Segall.[4][5] Her father produced The Dave Garroway Show, which became AM New York, and then The Today Show. He was a page at NBC with Gil Cates. He wrote under various pseudonyms including Troy Conway.[5] Her father was from Boston and her mother is English. Adlon's mother converted to Judaism.[5] Adlon said they met at the USO in Paris.[1]

As a child she lived in the Carnegie House building at 100 West 57th Street.[6][7]

Adlon has said that she and her family lived bi-coastally, moving between Los Angeles and New York because her father was a journeyman writer and producer for TV. She started performing at age nine; one of her father's friends had a radio studio, so she would do voice over work there, and while in Los Angeles she did acting work.[1]

Adlon attended Sarah Lawrence College for a semester.[5]


Adlon said voice-overs saved her career. Successful as her child-actress years had been, she struggled to find parts in her 20s.[3]

Adlon's best known role is playing Bobby Hill on the animated TV show King of the Hill, for which she won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance in 2002.[8] Though she is mostly known for voicing young boys, Adlon has voiced two girl characters (both of which have boylike qualities): Margaret "Moose" Pearson in Pepper Ann and Ashley Spinelli in Recess.

Notable live-action roles include Girl Joey in the 1984 teen comedy film Growing Pains, Marcy Runkle on Showtime's Californication, Pamela on FX's Louie (she is also a consulting producer for the show).[9]

Adlon was nominated for an Annie Award for her role as Otto Osworth on Cartoon Network's Time Squad. In 2006–07, she played the voice of Andy in Cartoon Network's Squirrel Boy animated series, and co-starred with Louis C.K. as his wife in the short-lived HBO sitcom Lucky Louie. She also stars as the friend of Louie (a fictional character based off himself, Louis C.K.) in his FX single-camera show, Louie. She is in episodes of seasons 1, 2, 4 and 5.[10] For the 5th season, she received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series.[11]

Adlon voiced Pajama Sam in the video games Pajama Sam In: No Need to Hide When It's Dark Outside, Pajama Sam 2: Thunder and Lightning Aren't So Frightening, Pajama Sam 3: You Are What You Eat from Your Head to Your Feet, and Pajama Sam's Games to Play on Any Day.

In 2015, FX has given a pilot order to Better Things which is a comedy created by and starring Adlon. She will play an actress raising three daughters. The pilot will be written by Adlon and Louis C.K. who will also direct it.[12]

Personal life[edit]

In 1996, Adlon was married to Felix O. Adlon, the son of German director Percy Adlon. They divorced in 2010 and he currently lives in Germany.[5] They have three daughters. Adlon has said she is a single-parent.[1]

Adlon was originally credited as Pamela Segall, but since her marriage and divorce she has been credited as either "Pamela Segall Adlon" or "Pamela S. Adlon".

On May 16, 2010, Adlon was on United Airlines Flight 27 en route from New York JFK to Los Angeles when the plane had to make an emergency landing at Dulles International Airport because of a cockpit fire. Other actors on board were Mary-Kate Olsen and Justin Bartha.[13]

Adlon splits her time, living on Upper West Side in New York City and Los Angeles, California.[6]



Title Year Role Notes
Grease 2
Dolores Rebchuck
Bad Manners
Girl Joey
Willy/Milly Niceman
Say Anything...
Kiki's Delivery Service
Ket (voice)
English dub – Disney version
After Midnight
Segment: "Allison's Story"
The Gate II: Trespassers
The Adventures of Ford Fairlane
FernGully: The Last Rainforest
Fairy #2 (voice)
Bed of Roses
Sgt. Bilko
Sgt. Raquel Barbella
Father Frost
Two Guys Talkin' About Girls
Plump Fiction
Vallory Cox
Princess Mononoke
Additional voices (voice)
English dub
Eat Your Heart Out
Some Girl
Dirk and Betty
Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust
Leila (voice)
Additional Voices
Recess: School's Out
Ashley Spinelli (voice)
The Trumpet of the Swan
A.G. Skinner (voice)
Net Worth
The Animatrix
Jue/Manabu (voice)
Segments: ""Final Flight of the Osiris" & "Beyond"
Brother Bear
Additional Voice (voice)
Teacher's Pet
Trevor/Taylor/Tyler (voice)
Lucky 13
Tinker Bell
Vidia (voice)
Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure
Vidia (voice; uncredited)
Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue
Vidia (voice)
Secret of the Wings
Vidia (voice)
Dino Time
Ernie Fitzpatrick (voice)
9 Full Moons
Rachel Stevens
The Pirate Fairy
Vidia (voice)
Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast
Vidia (voice)


Voice work[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Gross, Terry (January 4, 2012). "Pamela Adlon: From 'Hill' Kid To 'Californication'". Fresh Air. NPR. Retrieved June 4, 2014. 
  2. ^ Harris, Will (April 1, 2014). "Pamela Adlon on snorting fake coke, Louie, and the fate of her Vulcan ears". A.V. Club. Onion Inc. Retrieved June 4, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Rhodes, Joe (November 21, 2008). "Her Life as a Mom, an Actress and a Boy". New York Times. Retrieved June 4, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Donald M Segall, "United States Public Records"". United States Public Records. FamilySearch. Retrieved June 4, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c d e Maron, Marc (May 20, 2013). "Episode 390 - Pamela Adlon". WTF with Marc Maron. Retrieved June 4, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Salisbury, Vanita (March 7, 2014). "21 Questions: Louie’s Pamela Adlon Thinks Louis C.K. Is the Mickey Mouse of New York". Daily Intelligencer. New York Magazine. Retrieved June 4, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Building: Carnegie House". StreetEasy. Retrieved June 4, 2014. 
  8. ^ Harris, Will (August 25, 2009). "A Chat with Pamela Adlon". Bullz-Eye. Retrieved June 4, 2014. 
  9. ^ Haglund, David (February 2, 2012). "Character Studies: Pamela from Louie". Slate. Retrieved June 4, 2014. 
  10. ^ Goldman, Andrew (June 17, 2011). "Grumpus Maximus". New York Times. Retrieved December 21, 2012. 
  11. ^ "67th Primetime Emmy Award Nominations" (PDF). Retrieved July 18, 2015. 
  12. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (18 January 2015). "FX Orders Comedy Pilot Starring Pamela Adlon From Louis CK". Retrieved 31 January 2015. 
  13. ^ Lowy, Joan; Freed, Joshua (May 18, 2010). "Airline cockpit fire prompts emergency landing". Boston Globe. Associated Press. Retrieved June 4, 2014. 

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