Patricia Belcher

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Patricia Belcher
Born 1954 (age 61–62)
Helena, Montana, U.S.
Occupation Film, television actress
Years active 1984–present

Patricia Belcher (born 1954) is an American film and television actress, best known for her many appearances in films, including The Number 23, Unknown, Jeepers Creepers, Heartbreakers and (500) Days of Summer. She also has made appearances in television series, including Everybody Loves Raymond, Good Luck Charlie, Boston Legal, The Jake Effect, Twins, The Proud Family, Seinfeld, Sister, Sister, In Plain Sight, The Middle, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Still Sitting down, Beverly Hills, 90210, and Bones.

Life and career[edit]

Patricia Belcher was born in Helena, Montana. Belcher is of African American descent.[1] Prior to becoming an actress, Belcher appeared as a contestant on Jeopardy! losing to then attorney Ron Black in one of his 5 games.[2] She is known for playing judges, doctors/nurses, government officials, and other authority figures, often to comic effect. She has made many appearances in films and television series. She is also one of the most active actors appearing in commercials. Products include GEICO, Staples and Time Warner, as well as for the American Cancer Society.

In 2001, Belcher was cast as Jezelle Gay Hartman, a psychic, in the horror film Jeepers Creepers. The film received mixed reviews from critics, however received positive awards from audiences.[3][4] The film was a commercial success, opening in 2,944 theaters and took in a domestic gross of $37,904,175; it later made $21,313,614 internationally, making a total of $59,217,789 worldwide.[5] In 2003, Belcher was originally going to appear again as Jezelle Gay Hartman in Jeepers Creepers 2, as the plot was about her character and Gina Philips' character hunting down The Creeper, while a school bus full of teens terrorized by The Creeper was just a subplot. But the more writer and director Victor Salva worked on the script, the more the bus plot became more interesting. So he decide to scrap both her and Philip's plot and concentrate the film on the bus instead.[6]

Since 2006, she has appeared numerous times on Bones as attorney Caroline Julian. Belcher produced her 2008 role in the film Lower Learning as Colette.

In 2009, she played Millie in the romantic comedy (500) Days of Summer. The film received positive reviews from critics upon its release. Based on over 214 professional reviews, it obtained a "Certified Fresh" seal on Rotten Tomatoes with an approval rating of 86% and an average score of 7.6 out of 10. The film was a box office success as well, becoming a "sleeper hit" and earning over $60 million in worldwide returns, far exceeding its $7.5 million budget. Also that year through 2010, Belcher had a recurring role on Better Off Ted as Janet S. Crotum, the head of human resources of Veridian Dynamics. On May 13, 2010, ABC officially canceled the series due to low viewing figures.[7] After the cancellation of Better Off Ted Belcher moved on and began another recurring role on the Disney Channel sitcom Good Luck Charlie, playing the strict and easily annoyed neighbor, Mrs. Estelle Dabney.[8]

In 2013, she appeared as Ingrid in Bad Words, and she voiced Chimamanda Lobo in the video game Dead Island: Riptide. After four seasons the show Good Luck Charlie ended on February 16, 2014, with a one-hour finale.[9][10] Later that year Belcher again teamed with Jeepers Creepers writer and director Victor Salva for his horror film Dark House. As well as appearing on The Millers, and Partners. In 2015, she appeared in the GEICO commercial with the band Europe.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1990 Flatliners Edna
1994 Clear and Present Danger INS Officer
1995 Species Hospital Admittance Clerk
1996 Lawnmower Man 2: Beyond Cyberspace Impatient Customer
1996 Eye for an Eye Quarreling Woman
1999 Message in a Bottle Annie
1999 Molly Margaret Duffy
1999 The Wood Mrs. Huges
2001 Heartbreakers Hotel Housekeeping Maid
2001 Jeepers Creepers Jezelle Gay Hartman
2002 The Board Room Stephens
2003 Spin, Shoot & Run Abagail
2003 I Love Your Work Dr. Fein
2004 Cut and Run Roberta Short
2004 Criminal Female Bank Executive
2004 Reflections: A Story of Redemption Mom Short
2005 Edmond Woman on Subway
2006 The Still Life Meter Maid
2006 Unknown Depot Supervisor
2007 The Number 23 Dr. Alice Mortimer
2008 Over Her Dead Body Helen
2008 El Superstar: The Unlikely Rise of Juan Frances Sister Agatha
2008 Lower Learning Colette Bamboo
2008 Desertion Barbara
2009 500 Days of Summer Millie
2010 5 Star Day Patty the Waitress
2010 Cyrus: Mind of a Serial Killer Maybelle
2011 Shuffle Psychiatrist
2011 Forever Young at Heart Mae Belle-Jackson-Jenksins-Dubois Short
2012 Walking the Halls Principal Jenkins
2012 I Do Gloria
2012 Sistaah Friend Super Shero of Unity Short
2013 Bad Words Ingrid
2014 Dark House Lee Knox
2014 Sister Miss Thompson
2015 I'll See You in My Dreams Shelter Worker
2015 The Tiger Hunter Sandy - HR Officer
2016 The Way We Weren't Dr. Dietz currently in post production

Television[edit]

Year Show Role Notes
1991 Beverly Hills, 90210 Nun 1 Episode, A Walsh Family Christmas
1992 Who's the Boss? Nurse 1 Episode, Allergic to Love
1992 Reasonable Doubts Vivian Jones 1 Episode, Mercury in Retrograde
1993 Civil Wars Jury Foreperson 1 Episode, Alien Aided Affection
1993 Sisters Receptionist 1 Episode, Different
1993 Homefront Customer #2 1 Episode, The Lacemakers
1993 Black Widow Murders: The Blanche Taylor Moore Story Nurse Kitty TV Movie
1993 NYPD Blue Detective 1 Episode, Brown Appetit
1993 Doorways Madge TV Movie
1994 Thea Mrs. Brown 1 Episode, Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow
1994 Seinfeld Woman #1 1 Episode, The Pie
1994 Dream On Nurse 1 Episode, A face Worse than Death
1994 Attack of the 5 Ft. 2 In. Women Female Judge TV Movie
1995 Cybill Nurse 1 Episode, As the World Turns to Crap
1995 Martin Inez 1 Episode, Wedding Bell Blues
1995 Indictment: The McMartin Trial Juror #1 TV Movie
1995 Body Language Judge May TV Movie
1995 Coach Neighbor #1 1 Episode, Is It Hot in Here, or Is It Me?: Part 2
1995 ER Ward Nurse 1 Episode, What Life?
1995 Step by Step Mrs. Sawyer 1 Episode, Hello, Mister Chips
1995 Favorite Deadly Sins Modesto Judge TV Movie
1995 Dad, the Angel & Me Christine TV Movie
1996 Murder One Mrs. Harris 1 Episode, Chapter Eleven
1996 Woman Undone Judge TV Movie
1996 Touched by an Angel Miss Raphael 1 Episode, Dear God
1996 Life's Work Gloria 1 Episode, Pilot
1996 Married... with Children Eunetta 1 Episode, A Bundy Thanksgiving
1996 Everybody Loves Raymond Ruth 1 Episode, Neighbors
1996-1998 Sister, Sister Councilwoman Martha Hicks / Selma 4 Episodes
1997 Good News Lorraine Hudson 1 Episode, Pilot
1997 Brooklyn South Regina Hopkins 1 Episode, Pilot
1997 Living Single Florence Jacobs 2 Episodes
1997 Chicago Hope Stephanie Plummer 1 Episode, White Trash
1997 Players Tante Florence 1 Episode, Three of a Con
1997 Van Helsing Chronicles Nurse TV Movie
1997-1999 The Parent 'Hood Mrs. Griffith / Judge / Principal Bobbit 3 Episodes
1997-2001 The Practice Candace Levy / The Foreperson 3 Episodes
1998 You Lucky Dog Judge Tanner TV Movie
1998-1999 Tracey Takes On... Ida 5 Episodes
1998-2000 The Hughleys Jessie Mae 7 Episodes
1999 Maggie Winters Ruth 1 Episode, Sometimes You Feel Like a Nut
1999 Rude Awakening Dr. Lloyd 1 Episode, The Grateful Living
1999 The Drew Carey Show Judge Holloway 1 Episode, Drew and the Gang Law
1999-2001 Norm Landlady 7 Episodes
2000 The Dukes of Hazzard: Hazzard in Hollywood Deacon TV Movie
2000 Battle of the Sitcoms Renee 1 Episode
2000-2001 The Trouble with Normal Lila 6 Episodes
2001 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Professor Hutchins 1 Episode, Do You See What I See?
2001 Follow the Stars Home Counselor TV Movie
2001-2002 One on One Dr. Gilkes 3 Episodes
2002 Yes, Dear Bernice 1 Episode, You're Out... of Dreams
2002 Girlfriends Iva Dent 1 Episode, Willie or Won't He II: The Last Chapter?
2002 Leap of Faith Nurse #2 1 Episode, The Baby Snugglers
2002 Ally McBeal Marsha Forrester 1 Episode, Love Is All Around: Part 2
2002-2003 Andy Richter Controls the Universe Ms. Machado 2 Episodes
2002-2004 Still Standing Miss Bodin 3 Episodes
2003-2004 The Proud Family Ms. Hightower 4 Episodes
2004 Malcolm in the Middle Dr. Lucille Armstrong 1 Episode, Reese's Apartment
2004 Without a Trace Georgia Reston 1 Episode, Upstairs Downstairs
2004-2007 Boston Legal Judge Leslie Bishop 3 Episodes
2005 The Proud Family Movie Ms. Hightower TV Movie
2005 Close to Home Judge Riker 2 Episodes
2005 Hot Properties Nurse Gracie 1 Episode, Killer Bodies
2005 My Name Is Earl Receptionist 1 Episode, Stole P's HD Cart
2005-2006 Twins Dolly 5 Episodes
2006 Rodney Renette 1 Episode, A Tisket, a Casket
2006 The Jake Effect Vice Principal Curtis 6 Episodes
2006 How I Met Your Mother Receptionist 1 Episode, Atlantic City
2006 The Loop Pat Swanson 1 Episode, Stride
2006-2015 Bones Caroline Julian 50 Episodes
2007 Weeds Miriam Walters 1 Episode, The Brick Dance
2008 Las Vegas 1 Episode, Three Weddings and a Funeral: Part 2
2008 Out of Jimmy's Head Lunchlady Edna 1 Episode, Lunch Tables
2008 The Cleaner Sister Alma 1 Episode, Rag Dolls
2008 Cold Case Margaret Trudlow '08 1 Episode, True Calling
2009 United States of Tara Gloria 1 Episode, Snow
2009 According to Jim Mrs. Kretzer 1 Episode, I Hate the High Road
2009 Community Cafeteria Lady 1 Episode, Pilot
2009 The Middle Mrs. Rettig 1 Episode, Pilot
2009 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Judge 1 Episode, The World Series Defense
2009-2010 Better Off Ted Janet 2 Episodes
2010-2014 Good Luck Charlie Mrs. Estelle Dabney/ Virginia 23 Episodes
2011 In Plain Sight Mrs. Anders 2 Episodes
2012 Emily Owens M.D. Dolores 1 Episode, Emily and... the Question of Faith
2014 The Millers Sunni 1 Episode, Cancellation Fee
2014 Partners Judge Reiss 1 Episode, Paralegal Activity
2015 Mike & Molly Rose 1 Episode, Molly's Neverending Story
2015 I Didn't Do It Candy 1 Episode, The Doctor Is In
2016 How to Get Away with Murder Corrine 1 Episode, She hates us

Video Games[edit]

Year Game Title Role Notes
2013 Dead Island: Riptide Chimamanda Uncredited Voice Role

References[edit]

  1. ^ Coleman, Robin R. Means. Horror Noire: Blacks in American Horror Films from the 1890s to Present. p. 153. 
  2. ^ "Jeopardy! Tournament Champions Archive - Best Jeopardy! Players". Retrieved 13 March 2016. 
  3. ^ "Jeepers Creepers (2001)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2014-07-25. 
  4. ^ "Jeepers Creepers". Metacritic. Retrieved 2014-07-25. 
  5. ^ Jeepers Creepers (2001). Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2010-10-24.
  6. ^ "Jeepers Creepers II (2003)". IMDb. Retrieved 13 March 2016. 
  7. ^ "Report: FlashForward, Romantically Challenged, Better Off Ted, Scrubs Canceled". Retrieved September 11, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Kit and Kaboodle". Good Luck Charlie. Season 1. Episode 12. July 11, 2010. 11:28 minutes in. Disney Channel. 
  9. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "Disney Channel's 'Good Luck Charlie' To End Its Run". Deadline.com. Retrieved June 12, 2013. 
  10. ^ Schneider, Michael (January 21, 2014). "Exclusive: Disney Channel Schedules Good Luck Charlie Finale". TV Guide. Retrieved January 22, 2014. 

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