Pamela Reed

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Pamela Reed
Pamela Reed 1977.JPG
Reed in 1977
Born (1949-04-02) April 2, 1949 (age 72)
EducationUniversity of Washington (B.F.A.)
Years active1963–present
Sandy Smolan
(m. 1988)

Pamela Reed (born April 2, 1949) is an American actress. She is known for playing Arnold Schwarzenegger's hypoglycemic police partner in the 1990 movie Kindergarten Cop and as the matriarch Gail Green in Jericho. She appeared as Marlene Griggs-Knope on the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation. She is also well known as the exasperated wife in Bean.

Personal life[edit]

Reed was born in Tacoma, Washington, the daughter of Vernie and Norma Reed.[1] She received her B.F.A. at the University of Washington.[2][3] Reed has been married to Sandy Smolan since 1988. Since 2004, she has resided in Hancock Park, Los Angeles, California with her husband and two children, Reed and Lily. On September 6, 2020, Reed's son and girlfriend welcomed a daughter, Zooey Rose Smolan. It is Reed’s first grandchild.


Reed earned a Drama Desk Award for the off-Broadway play Getting Out and an Obie Award for "sustaining excellence in performance in theater". She was a regular in the cast of the 1977 CBS drama The Andros Targets. She had minor film and television work in the 1980s. She won a CableAce Award for Best Actress for the HBO series Tanner '88 (1988). She also co-starred with Daryl Hannah in the film The Clan of the Cave Bear (1985).[4]

Her notable film roles include The Long Riders (1980), The Right Stuff (1983), The Best of Times (1986), Kindergarten Cop (1990), Junior (1994), Bean (1997), and Proof of Life (2001).

Reed played Janice Pasetti in the quirky NBC sitcom Grand,[5] and then played a judge and single mother in the short-lived NBC sitcom The Home Court.[5] She has provided the voice for the character Ruth Powers in 3 episodes of the animated TV series The Simpsons and guest-voiced in an episode of the 1994-1995 animated series The Critic. She played a main role in Jericho[5] and has appeared as the mother of main character Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) on Parks and Recreation.[6][5]

In 2005 Reed portrayed executive producer Esther Shapiro in Dynasty: The Making of a Guilty Pleasure, a fictionalized television movie based on the creation and behind the scenes production of the 1980s prime time soap opera Dynasty.[7][8][5]

Reed has also worked for Storyline Online, reading Stellaluna.



Year Title Role Ref Notes
1980 The Long Riders Belle Starr [9]
1980 Melvin and Howard Bonnie Dummar [10]
1981 Eyewitness Linda Mercer [11]
1982 Young Doctors in Love Nurse Norine Sprockett [12]
1983 The Right Stuff Trudy Cooper [13]
1984 The Goodbye People Nancie Scot
1986 The Clan of the Cave Bear Iza
1986 The Best of Times Gigi Hightower [14]
1987 Rachel River Mary Graving
1989 Chattahoochee Earlene [15]
1990 Redlands Maude Video short
1990 Cadillac Man Tina [16]
1990 Kindergarten Cop Det. Phoebe O'Hara [17]
1992 Passed Away Terry Scanlan Pinter
1992 Bob Roberts Carol Cruise
1994 Junior Angela
1995 Deadly Whispers Carol Acton
1997 Santa Fe Nancy Vigil
1997 Bean Alison Langley
1998 Why Do Fools Fall in Love Judge Lambrey
1999 Standing on Fishes Janice
2000 Proof of Life Janis Goodman
2005 Life of the Party Evelyn
2016 Savannah Sunrise Loraine
2017 Outside In Aunt Bette
2018 The Long Dumb Road Dotty
2020 Language Arts Sister Giorgia


Year Title Role Notes
1976 Spencer's Pilots Susan Episode: "The Hitchhiker"
1977 The Andros Targets Sandi Farrell Main role
1978 All's Well That Ends Well Helena TV film
1981 Inmates: A Love Story Sunny TV film
1983 The Mississippi Paige Episode: "Beyond a Reasonable Doubt"
1983 I Want to Live Edie Bannister TV film
1983 Heart of Steel Valerie TV film
1985 Scandal Sheet Helen Grant TV film
1988 Hemingway Mary Welsh TV miniseries
1988 Tanner '88 T.J. Cavanaugh TV miniseries
1988 L.A. Law Norma Heisler Episode: "Romancing the Drone"
1990 Grand Janice Pasetti Main role
1990 Caroline? Grace Carmichael TV film
1990 The Civil War Various (voice) TV miniseries documentary
1992 Woman with a Past Dee Johnson TV film
1992–03 The Simpsons Ruth Powers (voice) Episode: "New Kid on the Block", "Marge on the Lam", "The Strong Arms of the Ma"
1993 Born Too Soon Elizabeth Mehren TV film
1993 Family Album Denise Lerner TV miniseries
1995 Deadly Whispers Carol Acton TV film
1995 Buford's Got a Gun Laurie TV film
1995–96 The Home Court Judge Sydney J. Solomon Main role
1996 The Man Next Door Wanda Gilmore TV film
1996 Critical Choices Arlene TV film
1998 Carriers Holly Parker TV film
2001 The Kennedys Pamela Kennedy TV film
2003 Book of Days Grady TV film
2003 Judging Amy Sarah Episode: "Shock and Awe"
2004 Tanner on Tanner T.J. Cavanaugh TV miniseries
2004 JAG Major General Willsey Episode: "Whole New Ball Game"
2005 Dynasty: The Making of a Guilty Pleasure Esther Shapiro TV film
2005 Jane Doe: Now You See It, Now You Don't Fran Henkel TV film
2006 Pepper Dennis Lynn Dinkle Recurring role
2006–08 Jericho Gail Green Regular role
2008 Eli Stone Mrs. Stone Episode: "Pilot", "Heartbeat"
2009 The Beast Asst. Dir. Ida Paulson Episode: "Counterfeit", "No Turning Back"
2009–11 United States of Tara Beverly Craine Recurring role
2009–12 Parks and Recreation Marlene Griggs-Knope Recurring role
2010 Proposition 8 Trial Re-Enactment Dr. M. V. Lee Badgett TV series documentary
2010 Grey's Anatomy Mrs. Banks Episode: "Valentine's Day Massacre"
2011–12 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Donna Hoppe Episode: "Genetic Disorder", "Risky Business Class"
2012 Perception Mrs. Penderhalt Episode: "86'd"
2014 Criminal Minds Mary Bidwell Episode: "Boxed In"
2015–present NCIS: Los Angeles Roberta Deeks Recurring role


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  2. ^ Berson, Misha (May 31, 2013). "Pamela Reed, Kevin Tighe at home in ACT production". The Seattle Times. Retrieved July 21, 2017.
  3. ^ "Pamela Reed | School of Drama | University of Washington". Retrieved 2020-05-21.
  4. ^ Janet Maslin (1986-01-17). "'Clan Of The Cave Bear'". The New York Times.
  5. ^ a b c d e "Pamela Reed". TV Guide. Retrieved 10 February 2020.
  6. ^ Phipps, Keith (16 April 2009). "Parks And Recreation: "Canvassing"". Retrieved 12 March 2015.
  7. ^ Heffernan, Virginia (1 January 2005). "Dynasty: The Making of a Guilty Pleasure: If You've Got It, Flaunt It: ABC Trumpets an 80's Hit". The New York Times. Retrieved February 26, 2009.
  8. ^ "Dynasty: The Making of a Guilty Pleasure: Credits". Retrieved February 27, 2009.
  9. ^ Maslin, Janet (1980-05-16). "Film: 'The Long Riders,' With Gangs of the West:Oh Brothers!". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-05-21.
  10. ^ Ebert, Roger. "Melvin and Howard movie review (1981) | Roger Ebert". Retrieved 2020-05-21.
  11. ^ Canby, Vincent (1981-02-27). "William Hurt in 'Eyewitness'". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-05-21.
  12. ^ Maslin, Janet (1982-07-17). "'Young Doctors in Love'". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-05-21.
  13. ^ Ebert, Roger. "The Right Stuff movie review & film summary (1983) | Roger Ebert". Retrieved 2020-05-21.
  14. ^ Goodman, Walter (1986-01-31). "Film: 'Best of Times,' Football Story". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-05-21.
  15. ^ Maslin, Janet (1990-04-20). "Review/Film; True-Life Drama of Mental Hospital". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-05-22.
  16. ^ Canby, Vincent (1990-05-18). "Review/Film; Robin Williams as Cad In 'Cadillac Man'". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-05-22.
  17. ^ James, Caryn (1990-12-21). "Review/Film; A School for Scandal, but a Scandal of a Different Sort". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-05-22.

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