Adlon at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con
Pamela Fionna Segall|
July 9, 1966
Albany, New York, U.S.
Los Angeles, California, U.S|
Manhattan, New York City, U.S.
Pamela Segall Adlon
Pamela S. Adlon
|Occupation||Actress, voice actress, screenwriter, producer, director|
Felix O. Adlon
(m. 1996; div. 2010)
|Children||3 (Gideon, Odessa, and Rocky)|
Pamela Fionna Adlon (née Segall; born July 9, 1966) is an American actress, voice actress, screenwriter, producer, and director. She voiced Bobby Hill on the animated comedy series King of the Hill (1997–2010), for which she won a Primetime Emmy Award. She voiced Ashley Spinelli on the animated comedy series Recess (1997–2003), and the title character from the Pajama Sam video game series. Adlon is also known for her role as Dolores in the musical film Grease 2 (1982), and for her roles on the comedy-drama series Californication (2007–2014) and Louie (2010–2015), on which she was also a writer and producer. Her work on Louie garnered her four Primetime Emmy Award nominations.
Adlon stars as Sam Fox on the FX comedy-drama series Better Things since 2016, which she also co-created, writes, produces and directs. The series won a Peabody Award, and she has been nominated twice for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.
Adlon was born in Albany, New York. She is the daughter of Marina L. and Donald Maxwell "Don" Segall (1933–1994), who was a television comedy writer-producer, and author of comic books and science fiction pulp novels. 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, and wrote erotic fiction under various pseudonyms, including Troy Conway. Adlon's father was from Boston, Massachusetts, and her mother is English. Her father was born to a Jewish family, and her mother, originally an Episcopalian, converted to Judaism. Adlon has said that her parents met at the USO in Paris.
As a child, Adlon lived in the Carnegie House building at 100 West 57th Street. 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. While in Los Angeles, she did TV and film acting work. She attended Sarah Lawrence College for a semester. After moving to Laurel Canyon, Los Angeles, she shared a house with Anna Gunn.
Adlon said voice-overs saved her career. As successful as her child-actress years had been, she struggled to find parts in her 20s.
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. 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 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).
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. For the 5th season, she received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series.
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. It was picked up to a 10-episode series on August 7, 2015. The show, which premiered on September 8, 2016, is semi-autobiographical. Adlon received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for Better Things.
In 1996, Adlon married Felix O. Adlon, the son of German director Percy Adlon. They divorced in 2010 and he subsequently moved to Germany. They have three daughters who are also actresses: Odessa Adlon, Gideon Adlon, and Rocky Adlon, to whom Adlon has said she is a single parent.
|Grease 2||1982||Dolores Rebchuck|
|Bad Manners||1984||Girl Joey|
|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|
|Two Guys Talkin' About Girls||Tracy||Direct-to-video|
|Plump Fiction||1997||Vallory Cox|
|Princess Mononoke||Rice Seller, Iron Town Woman, additional voices||Voice|
|Eat Your Heart Out||Samantha|
|Waiting for Woody||Voice|
|Dirk and Betty||2000||Daisy|
|Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust||Leila||Voice|
|Recess: School's Out||2001||Ashley Spinelli||Voice|
|The Trumpet of the Swan||A.G. Skinner||Voice|
|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|
|Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure||2009||Vidia||Voice|
|Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue||2010||Vidia||Voice|
|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|
|The Pirate Fairy||2014||Vidia||Voice|
|Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast||Vidia||Voice|
|First Girl I Loved||2016||Sharon|
|Best Fiends: Boot Camp||2017||Hank||Voice|
|Best Fiends: Visit Minutia|
|I Love You, Daddy||Maggie|
|Best Fiends: Fort of Hard Knocks||Bandit Slug||Voice|
|The Facts of Life||1983–84||Kelly Affinado|
|Night Court||1984||Andy, Stella||Episode: "Bull Gets a Kid"|
|The Redd Foxx Show||1986||Toni Rutledge|
|Star Trek: The Next Generation||1989||Oji||Episode: "Who Watches The Watchers"|
|21 Jump Street||Dori the Psychic|
|Down the Shore||1992||Miranda|
|Rugrats||1992–2002||Dean, Sticky, Wiseguy, Young Drew Pickles||Voice|
|Bobby's World||1996–98||Derek Generic||Voice|
|Pepper Ann||1997–2000||Moose Pearson, Sean, additional voices||Voice|
|King of the Hill||1997–2009||Bobby Hill, Clark Peters, Chane Wassonasong||Voice|
|101 Dalmatians: The Series||1997–98||Lucky||Voice; 42 episodes|
|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|
|What's New, Scooby-Doo?||2003||Billy Blather/Janey||Voice|
Episode: "High-Tech House of the Future"
|All Grown Up!||2003–07||Sean Butler||Voice|
|Danger Rangers||2005–06||Carl, Martin||Voices|
|Lilo & Stitch: The Series||2006||Ashley Spinelli||Voice|
Episode: "Lax: Experiment #285"
|Squirrel Boy||2006–07||Andy Johnson||Voice|
|El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera||2007||Voice|
|Boston Legal||2007–08||Attorney Emma Path|
|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|
|Pound Puppies||2010–13||Gwen, various characters||Voice|
|Phineas and Ferb||Melanie||Voice|
|Pamela||Also writer and producer|
|The Mighty B!||2011||Murdock||Episode: Gorilla's in the Misdt|
|Love Bites||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|
Episode: "Field of Dreams... and Dogs"
|Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness||Fang||Voice|
Episode: "Challenge Day"
|ThunderCats||2012||Pumyra, additional voices||Voice|
|Bob's Burgers||2012–16||Olsen Benner, Kristi, Teenage Girl #1||Voice|
|Out There||2013||Joanie Novak, Henrietta Miller||Voice|
Episode: "Driver's Test"
|Jake and the Never Land Pirates||2013–present||Vidia||Voice|
|Sofia the First||2014||Rosey||Voice|
|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"
|Sanjay and Craig||Chido||Voice|
|Milo Murphy's Law||Brigette Murphy||Voice|
|Better Things||2016–present||Sam||Also creator|
|The Loud House||2016–present||Tabby||Voice|
|The Big Bang Theory||2016–17||Halley||Voice|
|Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures||2017||Elan / Ymojin||Voice|
Episode: "The Lost Crysals of Qalydon"
|Jeff & Some Aliens||Various characters (voice)||Voice|
Episode: "Jeff & Some Love Simulations"
|Pajama Sam series||1996–2003||Pajama Sam||Voice|
|Grim Fandango||1998||Carla, Pugsy||Voice|
|Escape from Monkey Island||2000||Dainty Lady Figurehead||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|
|Chicken Little||2005||Abby Mallard||Voice; replacing Joan Cusack|
|Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII||2013||Additional voices||Voice|
Awards and nominations
|2016||Better Things||Area of Excellence||Won|||
|2002||King of the Hill||Outstanding Voice-Over Performance||Won|||
|2013||Louie||Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series||Nominated|
|2014||Outstanding Comedy Series||Nominated|
|Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series||Nominated|
|2017||Better Things||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series||Nominated|
|2012||Louie||Best Comedy Series||Nominated|||
|2017||Better Things||Best New Series||Nominated|
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- Boot Camp - A Best Fiends Animation
- Visit Minutia - A Best Fiends Animation
- Fort of Hard Knocks - A Best Fiends Animation
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