Nicole Sullivan

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Nicole Sullivan
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Sullivan in 2003
Born Nicole Julianne Sullivan
(1970-04-21) April 21, 1970 (age 47)
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
Residence Los Angeles, California
Occupation Actress, voice artist, comedian
Years active 1990–present
Spouse(s) Jason Packham (m. 2006)
Children 2

Nicole Julianne Sullivan (born April 21, 1970) is an American actress, voice artist and comedian. Sullivan is best known for her six seasons (1995–2001) on the sketch comedy series MADtv. She also played the role of Holly Shumpert for five seasons (2001–2005, 2007) on the CBS sitcom The King of Queens.

She has played a recurring character, Jill Tracy, on Scrubs and voiced the villainous Shego in Disney's Kim Possible. She had recurring voice roles on Family Guy and voiced "Franny Robinson" in Disney's Meet the Robinsons. From 2008 to 2009, Sullivan starred in and was the lead of her own Lifetime television series Rita . From 2008 to 2013, she voice Marlene in The Penguins of Madagascar. Sullivan played Jules' (Courteney Cox) therapist, Lynn Mettler, on the comedy Cougar Town. Recently, she portrayed Lyla in the Disney channel original movie Let It Shine. In 2013, she starred in the short-lived Nickelodeon sitcom Wendell and Vinnie as Wilma Basset.

Early life

Sullivan was born in Manhattan. She is the daughter of Edward C. Sullivan, a New York State assemblyman.[1] She took dance classes at age 7 and performed in Off Broadway and Broadway productions with the First All-Children's Theatre. Sullivan's mother, a business woman, and her father, who represented Manhattan's 69th Assembly District in the New York State Assembly from 1977 to 2002, moved the family upstate to Middleburgh, New York, in 1982. During high school, Nicole was class treasurer throughout her junior year. She played soccer in high school, recorded statistics for the boys’ basketball team and was a member of student council.

After graduating from Middleburgh in 1987,[2] she attended Northwestern University as a theatre major. She studied William Shakespeare, Harold Pinter, Anton Chekhov, Henrik Ibsen and Greek tragedies while working two jobs to pay her way through college and writing plays and sketches for the student theatre. Sullivan spent her junior year in London, studying at the British American Drama Academy and became a member of the Greenwich Shakespeare Company. Sullivan graduated from Northwestern with honors and then moved to Los Angeles before getting sporadic guest-starring roles.

Career

MADtv

Sullivan was among the original cast members on MADtv when it premiered in 1995. She created numerous characters; her most popular was the mean-spirited Vancome Lady. Sullivan's other characters included X-News reporter Amy, dimwitted Antonia, Eracists leader Debbie, News at 6's Diane Lawyer-Trabajo (pronounced "trebalyo"), racist country singer Darlene McBride, and Latina bimbo Lida. Sullivan appeared with Michael McDonald in an MADtv sketch about making an audition tape to appear on Law & Order that mocked their acting prowess; she later guest-starred in the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit season one episode "Contact". Sullivan was featured in the Nov/Dec 2009 issue of Making Music Magazine.[3]

Voice acting projects

Sullivan was originally cast as Turanga Leela, one of the main characters in the animated series Futurama but the role was recast with Katey Sagal before the show went to air.[4][5]

Sullivan has voiced Marlene the Otter on The Penguins of Madagascar – a spin-off series from the successful hit movies Madagascar, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, and Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted – which aired on Nickelodeon, Shego on Kim Possible; Joan of Arc on Clone High; Mira Nova on Buzz Lightyear of Star Command; and Joan on the Family Guy episode, "I Take Thee Quagmire", along with several other one time voices on the show. Sullivan has also starred in a pilot called Me and My Needs that was rejected by ABC. She played Franny Robinson in Meet the Robinsons. Also, Sullivan was a voice actor in the Monsters, Inc. video game. She played Luna in the 2007 video game Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters. In 2012, she also provided the voice of Supergirl in Super Best Friends Forever, a series of animated shorts airing on Cartoon Network's DC Nation block.[6]

Personal life

Sullivan is married to actor Jason Packham.[7] They have two sons named Dashel Pierce and Beckett Edward.[8]

Sullivan won the first edition of Celebrity Poker Showdown. Her charity was Alley Cat Allies, a nonprofit advocacy organization dedicated to transforming communities to protect and improve the lives of cats, which received $100,000 as a result of her victory.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2000 Bar Hopping Mara
2000 Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins Mira Nova (voice) Direct-to-DVD release
2002 The Third Wheel Sally Uncredited
2005 Guess Who Liz Klein
2005 Sesame Street's All-Star Alphabet Letter A Direct-to-DVD release
2006 The Ant Bully Ant #9 Voice
2007 Meet the Robinsons Franny Voice
2008 Superhero Movie Julia Riker
2009 Black Dynamite Patricia Nixon
2009 17 Again Naomi
2012 Let It Shine Lyla The Main Manager & Stylist Of Roxie Disney Channel Original Movie
2014 Eat with Me Maureen

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1991 Herman's Head Young Woman Episode: "The Last Boy Scout"
1994 Party of Five Terry Episode: "Private Lives"
1994 Models Inc. Elaine Episode: "Of Models and Men"
1995–2001, 2003–2005, 2016 MADtv Various roles 142 episodes
1997 The Drew Carey Show Diane Pulaski Episode: "Drew Gets Married"
1997–1998 Fired Up Debbie 3 episodes
1999 Suddenly Susan Claire Teevens, Nate's Ex-wife Episode: "The Cheerleaders"
2000 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Jen Caulder Episode: "Contact"
2000 Titus Carol Episode: "Tommy's Girlfriend"
2000–2001 Buzz Lightyear of Star Command Mira Nova (voice) 60 episodes
2000–2002 Baby Blues Bizzy the Babysitter (voice) 13 episodes
2000–present Family Guy Muriel Goldman, Various characters (voice) 31 episodes
2001–2007 The King of Queens Holly Shumpert / Marilyn (1 episode) 49 episodes
2001–2009 Scrubs Jill Tracy 6 episodes
2001 According to Jim Alicia Episode: "Andy's Girlfriend"
2002–2007 Kim Possible Shego (voice) 45 episodes
2002–2003 Clone High Joan of Arc / Marie Curie (voice) 13 episodes
2003 Less than Perfect Deirdre Bishop 2 episodes
2003 Miss Match Rachel Episode: "Addicted to Love"
2004 Crank Yankers Esperanza Thomas (voice) Episode: "Episode #2.24"
2005 Monk Janet Novak Episode: "Mr. Monk and the Kid"
2005 Kim Possible Movie: So the Drama Shego (voice) Television movie
2005 Hot Properties Chloe Reid 13 episodes
2006 American Dad! Janice (voice) Episode: "Finances with Wolves"
2006 Boston Legal Joan Rubin Episode: "...There's Fire!"
2006 Brandy & Mr. Whiskers Gerri (voice) 2 episodes
2007 Raines Carolyn Crumley 7 episodes
2007 My Boys Kimmie 2 episodes
2007–2009 Slacker Cats Louise (voice) 3 episodes
2008 Head Case Herself 2 episodes
2008 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Nancy Twicker Episode: "Bull"
2008 The Suite Life of Zack & Cody Miss Klotz Episode: "Let Us Entertain You"
2008–2010 The Secret Saturdays Drew Saturday (voice) 25 episodes
2008–2009 Rita Rocks Rita Clemens 40 episodes
2009 Leverage Heather Moscone Episode: "The Wedding Job"
2009 True Jackson, VP Kreuftlva Episode: "True Parade"
2009–2015 The Penguins of Madagascar Marlene (voice) 59 episodes
2010 Numb3rs Nancy Hackett Episode: "Scratch"
2010 The Doctors Herself Guest
2010–2011 $#*! My Dad Says Bonnie Main cast, 18 episodes
2012 RuPaul's Drag Race Herself Guest judge
2012 The Game Sadie Episode: "Let Them Eat (Cup)cake!"
2012 Super Best Friends Forever Supergirl (voice) TV short
2012–2013 Cougar Town Lynn Mettler Recurring role, 7 episodes
2013 Wendell and Vinnie Wilma Baset Main role, 20 episodes
2014 Devious Maids Molly Episode: "The Visit"
2014 BoJack Horseman Tracy (voice) / Fan Girl / Party Goer 3 episodes
2014–present Black-ish Janine Recurring role, 12 episodes
2015 Grey's Anatomy J.J. Episode: "She's Leaving Home"
2015 Bones Joanne DeMarco Episode: "The Big Beef at the Royal Diner"
2016 Mutt & Stuff Jenny Jasper Episode: "Goat in 60 Seconds!"
2016 The Thundermans Doggin Episode: "Dog Day After-School"
2016 Worst Cooks in America Celebrity Edition Herself Contestant, 2nd place
2017 Mom Leanne Episode: "Bad Hand and British Royalty"
2017 Girlboss Nathan's Mom Episode: "Ladyshoper99"
2017 Disjointed Maria 12 episodes

References

  1. ^ "Nicole Sullivan Biography (1970–)". Filmreference.com. 1970-04-21. Retrieved 2011-07-03. 
  2. ^ [1] Archived June 19, 2004, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "Features – Garage Groove". Makingmusicmag.com. Retrieved 2011-07-03. 
  4. ^ Ken P. (2005-08-22). "IGN Interviews Billy West". Retrieved 2005-08-22. 
  5. ^ Itzkoff, Dave (2010-06-24). "‘Futurama’-Rama: Welcome Back to the World of Tomorrow". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-07-08. 
  6. ^ "MTV Geek – Interview: Becoming ‘Super Best Friends Forever’ With Lauren Faust". Geek-news.mtv.com. 2012-03-02. Retrieved 2012-11-04. 
  7. ^ "Celebrity Parents : Celebrity Parents News and Photos". dailypress.com. Retrieved 2011-07-03. 
  8. ^ Sarah Chalke, on Sarah Chalke's 'Genius' Son Loves Bananas (2009-08-31). "Meet Beckett Edward Packham! – Moms & Babies – Moms & Babies - People.com". Celebrity-babies.com. Retrieved 2011-07-03. 

External links

  • Nicole Sullivan on IMDb
  • Nicole Sullivan's video interview with The Futon Critic
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