Pamela Adlon

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Pamela Adlon
Pamela Adlon at San Diego Comic-Con 2011 cropped.jpg
Adlon at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con
Born Pamela Fionna Segall
(1966-07-09) July 9, 1966 (age 50)
Manhattan, New York, United States
Residence Los Angeles, California, United States
Manhattan, New York, United States
Other names Pamela Segall
Pamela Segall Adlon
Pamela S. Adlon
Occupation Actress, voice actress, screenwriter, producer
Years active 1982–present
Spouse(s) Felix O. Adlon (m. 1996; div. 2010)
Children 3

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

Early life[edit]

Adlon was born in Manhattan, New York, 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 erotic fiction under various pseudonyms, including Troy Conway.[5] Adlon's father was from Boston, Massachusetts and her mother is English. Her mother converted to Judaism.[5] Adlon said they met at the USO in Paris.[1]

As a child, Adlon lived in the Carnegie House building at 100 West 57th Street.[6][7] She 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] She attended Sarah Lawrence College for a semester.[5]

Career[edit]

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 voiced Arthur Read in Arthur's Thinking Games. 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 Bad Manners, Kelly Affinado on The Facts of Life, Marcy Runkle on Showtime's Californication, and 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 on 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: 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 gave a pilot order for Better Things which is a comedy created by and starring Adlon. She plays an actress raising three daughters. The pilot was written by Adlon and Louis C.K. who also directed it.[12] It was picked up to a 10-episode series on August 7, 2015.[13][14] The show, which premiered on September 8, 2016, is semi-autobiographical.[15]

Personal life[edit]

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

Adlon splits her time between Manhattan, New York and Los Angeles, California.[6]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Title Year Role Notes
Grease 2
1982
Dolores Rebchuck
Bad Manners
1984
Girl Joey
Willy/Milly
1986
Willy/Milly Niceman
Say Anything...
1989
Rebecca
Kiki's Delivery Service
Ket
Voice
English dub – Disney version
After Midnight
Cheryl
Segment: "Allison's Story"
The Gate II: Trespassers
1990
Liz
The Adventures of Ford Fairlane
Pussycat
FernGully: The Last Rainforest
1992
Fairy #2
Voice
Bed of Roses
1996
Kim
Sgt. Bilko
Sgt. Raquel Barbella
Father Frost
Marphuska
Two Guys Talkin' About Girls
Tracy
Direct-to-video
Plump Fiction
1997
Vallory Cox
Princess Mononoke
Rice Seller, Iron Town Woman, additional voices
Voice
English dub
Eat Your Heart Out
Samantha
Some Girl
1998
Jenn
Waiting for Woody Voice
Short film
Dirk and Betty
2000
Daisy
Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust
Leila
Voice
Gen¹³
Additional voices
Voice
Direct-to-video
Recess: School's Out
2001
Ashley Spinelli
Voice
The Trumpet of the Swan
A.G. Skinner
Voice
Net Worth
The Animatrix
2003
Jue, Manabu
Voice
Segments: "Final Flight of the Osiris" & "Beyond"
Brother Bear
Additional voices
Voice
Teacher's Pet
2004
Trevor, Taylor, Tyler
Voice
Lucky 13
2005
Tinker Bell
2008
Vidia
Voice
Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure
2009
Vidia
Voice
Uncredited
Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue
2010
Vidia
Voice
Conception
2011
Tay
Secret of the Wings
2012
Vidia
Voice
Dino Time
Ernie Fitzpatrick
Voice
9 Full Moons
2013
Rachel Stevens
I Know That Voice
Herself
Documentary
Pixie Hollow Bake Off
Vidia
Voice
Short film
The Pirate Fairy
2014
Vidia
Voice
First Girl I Loved
2016
Sharon

Television[edit]

Title Year Role Notes
The Facts of Life
1983–84
Kelly Affinado
Night Court
1984
Andy, Stella
Episode: "Bull Gets a Kid"
E/R
1984–85
Jenny Sheinfeld
The Redd Foxx Show
1986
Toni Rutledge
Wiseguy
1988
Tanya Medley
Star Trek: The Next Generation
1989
Oji
21 Jump Street
1989
Dori the Psychic
Down the Shore
1992
Miranda
Rugrats
1992–2002
Dean, Sticky, Wiseguy, Young Drew Pickles
Voice
Jungle Cubs
1996
Baloo
Voice
Bobby's World
1996–98
Derek Generic
Voice
Pajama Sam
1996–99
Pajama Sam
Voice
Recess
1997–2001
Ashley Spinelli
Voice
Pepper Ann
1997–2000
Moose Pearson, Sean, additional voices
Voice
King of the Hill
1997–2009
Bobby Hill, Clark Peters, Chane Wassonason
Voice
101 Dalmatians: The Series
1997–98
Lucky
Voice
The Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot
1999–2003
Rusty
Voice
Teacher's Pet
2000
Tyler, Tayler, Trevor
Voice
The Wild Thornberrys
2001
Tano
Voice
Episode: "Cheetahs Never Prosper"
The Oblongs...
Milo Francis Oblong, Jared Klimer, The Debbies
Voice
Time Squad
2001–03
Otto Osworth
Voice
Teamo Supremo
2002–04
Scooter Lad
Voice
Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks
2003
Hector MacBadger
Voice
All Grown Up!
2003–07
Sean
Voice
Bratz
2005
Roberta
Voice
Squirrel Boy
2006–07
Andy Johnson
Voice
Lucky Louie
2006
Kim
El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera
2007
Voice
Boston Legal
2007–08
Attorney Emma Path
Californication
2007–14
Marcy Runkle
WordGirl
Eileen, aka The Birthday Girl
Voice
The Drinky Crow Show
2008–09
Mademoiselle DeBoursay, Claire, additional voices
Voice
Monk
2009
Sarah Longson
Episode: "Mr. Monk On Wheels"
True Jackson, VP
2010
Babs
Episode: "Little Buddies"
Ben 10: Alien Force
Kevin's Mom
Voice
Episode: "Vendetta"
Pound Puppies
2010–13
Gwen, various characters
Voice
Phineas and Ferb
Melanie
Voice
Zevo-3
2010–11
Angel
Voice
Louie
2010–11
2014–15
Pamela
Also writer and producer
Love Bites
2011
Colleen Rouscher
Pilot episode
Mongo Wrestling Alliance
Acid Alice Kleberkuh
Voice
Eric Kaplan's Sketch World
Various characters
Voice
The Problem Solverz
Sweetie Creamie, Danny
Voice
Beavis and Butt-Head
Additional voices
Voice
Unsupervised
One-Eyed Donnie
Voice
Episode: "Field of Dreams... and Dogs"
Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness
Fang
Voice
Episode: "Challenge Day"
ThunderCats
2012
Pumyra, additional voices
Voice
Parenthood
Marlyse
Bob's Burgers
2012–16
Olsen Benner, Kristi, Teenage Girl #1
Voice
Out There
2013
Joanie Novak, Henrietta Miller
Voice
Uncle Grandpa
Mary
Voice
Episode: "Driver's Test"
Jake and the Never Land Pirates
2013–present
Vidia
Voice
Sofia the First
2014
Rosey
Voice
Rake
Glenn Shepard
TripTank
2014–16
Donnie, Wanda, Tina, additional voices
Voice
Stone Quackers
2015
Binky, Mean Cop, Hawk
Voice
Teen Titans Go!
Rose Wilson
Voice
Episodes: "Cool School" and "Operation: Dude Rescue"
Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero
Drab Lieutenant
Voice
Episode: "It's a Colorful Life"
Playing House
Pam
Episode: "Celebrate Me Scones"
Guardians of the Galaxy
Ma Raccoon, Sis Raccoon
Voice
Episode: "We Are Family"
Adventure Time
2015–16
Gunther
Voice
Mr. Pickles
2016
Mary
Voice
Sanjay and Craig
Chido
Voice
Milo Murphy's Law
Brigette Murphy
Voice
Better Things
2016–present
Sam
Also creator

Video games[edit]

Title Year Role Notes
Pajama Sam series
1996–2003
Pajama Sam
Voice
Fallout
1997
Nicole
Voice
Run Like Hell
2002
Jinx
Voice
LeapFrog series
2002–03
Leap
Voice for the 2002 Phonics Program Series and 2003's Fiesta in the House/Town books
Final Fantasy X-2
2003
Shinra
Voice
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII
2013
Additional voices
Voice

References[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). Emmys.com. Retrieved July 18, 2015. 
  12. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (18 January 2015). "FX Orders Comedy Pilot Starring Pamela Adlon From Louis CK". Deadline.com. Retrieved 31 January 2015. 
  13. ^ Rose, Lacey (August 7, 2015). "Louis C.K., Pamela Adlon's Better Things Comedy Lands Series Order at FX". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 13 August 2015. 
  14. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (August 7, 2015). "Louis C.K.-Pamela Adlon Comedy Better Things Gets FX Series Order". Deadline.com. Retrieved 13 August 2015. 
  15. ^ Fernandez, Maria Elena (8 September 2016). "Pamela Adlon Can't Believe She Has Her Own Show". Vulture. Retrieved 12 September 2016. 

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