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. 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]


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 Growing Pains, Kelly Affinado on The Facts of Life, 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: 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 will play 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]

Personal life[edit]

In 1996, Adlon was married to 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]



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 (voice)
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 voices (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)
Also writer and producer
Secret of the Wings
Vidia (voice)
Dino Time
Ernie Fitzpatrick (voice)
9 Full Moons
Rachel Stevens
I Know That Voice
The Pirate Fairy
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. ^ 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". Retrieved 13 August 2015. 

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