My Outstanding Supporting Actresses in Comedy

by foxandhisfriends | created - 01 Jul 2012 | updated - 01 Jul 2012 | Public

1990-2012

1. Gillian Jacobs

Actress | Community

Gillian Jacobs was born on October 19, 1982 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA as Gillian McLaren Jacobs. She is an actress, known for Community (2009), Walk of Shame (2014) and The Box (2009).

2011-12: COMMUNITY (NBC)

2. Busy Philipps

Actress | He's Just Not That Into You

Busy was born Elizabeth Jean Philipps in Illinois, US. She became interested in acting when she was in fourth grade and was always starring in school productions. In the summer, she would attend theater camp.

She is more commonly known as a television actress, getting her first break on Freaks and ...

2010-11: COUGAR TOWN (ABC)

3. Megan Mullally

Actress | Will & Grace

Megan is an only child born in Los Angeles, California. Her mother, Martha, was a model, and her father, Carter Mullally Jr., was a contract player for Paramount. Megan first entered Northwestern University intending to study acting, but switched to English literature. However, she still ended up ...

2009-10: PARTY DOWN (Starz)

4. Jane Lynch

Actress | Glee

Jane Lynch was born on July 14, 1960 in Dolton, Illinois, USA as Jane Marie Lynch. She is an actress, known for Glee (2009), Wreck-It Ralph (2012) and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006). She was previously married to Lara Embry.

2008-9: PARTY DOWN (Starz)

5. Jane Krakowski

Actress | 30 Rock

Jane Krakowski was born in Parsippany-Troy Hills, New Jersey, to Barbara (Benoit), a college theater instructor, and Edward Krajkowski, a chemical engineer. Her father is of Polish descent and her mother is of French-Canadian, Scottish, and half Polish ancestry.

Jane was the winner of the 2003 Tony ...

2007-8: 30 ROCK (NBC)

6. Vanessa Williams

Actress | Ugly Betty

Vanessa Lynn Williams was born in Millwood, New York, to Helen L. (Tinch) and Milton Augustine Williams, Jr., both music teachers. Vanessa and her brother grew up in suburban New York in comfortable surroundings. Vanessa sang and danced in school productions and signed her high school yearbook with...

2006-7: UGLY BETTY (ABC)

7. Cheryl Hines

Actress | Curb Your Enthusiasm

Cheryl Ruth Hines was born on September 21, 1965 in Miami Beach, Florida, to Rosemary (Graham) and James Hines, and grew up in Tallahassee, Florida. She went to West Virginia University, Florida State University and graduated from the University of Central Florida. She studied theater and ...

2005-6: CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM (HBO)

8. Jessica Walter

Actress | Arrested Development

A graduate of New York's High School of the Performing Arts and the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre, Walter's extensive theater credits include productions both on- and off-Broadway. On Broadway, she has appeared in Peter Ustinov's "Photo Finish" (which earned her the Clarence Derwent ...

2004-5: ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT (Fox)

9. Jessica Walter

Actress | Arrested Development

A graduate of New York's High School of the Performing Arts and the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre, Walter's extensive theater credits include productions both on- and off-Broadway. On Broadway, she has appeared in Peter Ustinov's "Photo Finish" (which earned her the Clarence Derwent ...

2003-4: ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT (Fox)

10. Kelly Bishop

Actress | Gilmore Girls

Kelly Bishop was born on February 28, 1944 in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA as Carole Bishop. She is an actress, known for Gilmore Girls (2000), Dirty Dancing (1987) and Wonder Boys (2000). She has been married to Lee Leonard since 1981. She was previously married to Peter Miller.

2002-3: GILMORE GIRLS (WB)

11. Kelly Bishop

Actress | Gilmore Girls

Kelly Bishop was born on February 28, 1944 in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA as Carole Bishop. She is an actress, known for Gilmore Girls (2000), Dirty Dancing (1987) and Wonder Boys (2000). She has been married to Lee Leonard since 1981. She was previously married to Peter Miller.

2001-2: GILMORE GIRLS (WB)

12. Megan Mullally

Actress | Will & Grace

Megan is an only child born in Los Angeles, California. Her mother, Martha, was a model, and her father, Carter Mullally Jr., was a contract player for Paramount. Megan first entered Northwestern University intending to study acting, but switched to English literature. However, she still ended up ...

2000-1: WILL & GRACE (NBC)

13. Kim Cattrall

Actress | Sex and the City 2

Kim Victoria Cattrall was born on August 21, 1956 in Mossley Hill, Liverpool, England to Gladys Shane (Baugh), a secretary, and Dennis Cattrall, a construction engineer. At the age of three months, her family immigrated to Canada, where a large number of her films have been made. At age 11, she ...

1999-2000: SEX & THE CITY (HBO)

14. Sabrina Lloyd

Actress | Sports Night

Sabrina Lloyd was born on November 20th, 1970 in Fairfax, Virginia. At age 12, she started her acting career by appearing in a local theater production of "Annie" as "Pepper". She continued to perform in local theater such as the Baystreet Players in Eustis, and the Ice House Theater in Mt. Dora, ...

1998-1999: SPORTS NIGHT (ABC)

15. Lisa Kudrow

Actress | Friends

Hardly the dumb blonde of Romy and Michele's High School Reunion (1997), Lisa was born in Encino, California on July 30, 1963. Her mother, Nedra S. (Stern), worked as a travel agent, and her father, Lee N. Kudrow, is a physician. Her parents are both from Jewish families (from Belarus, Russia, and ...

1997-8: FRIENDS (NBC)

16. Khandi Alexander

Actress | CSI: Miami

Khandi Alexander was born on September 4, 1957 in New York City, New York, USA. She is an actress, known for CSI: Miami (2002), Treme (2010) and Scandal (2012).

1996-7: NEWSRADIO (NBC)

17. Liz Torres

Actress | Gilmore Girls

Spunky actress, singer and comedienne all rolled up into one, Puerto Rican-American Liz Torres was born in 1947, a native of the Bronx. She began her stand-up/singing career as a regular performing in various small NYC niteries. It wasn't until she received an invite to appear on The Tonight Show ...

1995-6: THE JOHN LARROQUETTE SHOW

18. Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Actress | Seinfeld

Julia Louis-Dreyfus was born on January 13, 1961, in the New York City borough of Manhattan, to Judith (LeFever), a special needs tutor and author, and Gérard Louis-Dreyfus, a billionaire businessman. Her parents divorced when she was young, and she spent her childhood in Washington, D.C., and New ...

1994-5: SEINFELD (NBC)

19. Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Actress | Seinfeld

Julia Louis-Dreyfus was born on January 13, 1961, in the New York City borough of Manhattan, to Judith (LeFever), a special needs tutor and author, and Gérard Louis-Dreyfus, a billionaire businessman. Her parents divorced when she was young, and she spent her childhood in Washington, D.C., and New ...

1993-4: SEINFELD (NBC)

20. Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Actress | Seinfeld

Julia Louis-Dreyfus was born on January 13, 1961, in the New York City borough of Manhattan, to Judith (LeFever), a special needs tutor and author, and Gérard Louis-Dreyfus, a billionaire businessman. Her parents divorced when she was young, and she spent her childhood in Washington, D.C., and New ...

1992-3: SEINFELD (NBC)

21. Denny Dillon

Actress | Ice Age

Denny Dillon was born on May 18, 1951 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA as Denise Dillon. She is an actress, known for Ice Age (2002), United 93 (2006) and Dream On (1990).

1991-2: DREAM ON (HBO)

22. Bebe Neuwirth

Actress | Cheers

Beatrice "Bebe" Neuwirth is the daughter of Sydney Anne, an artist, and Lee Paul Neuwirth, a mathematician. Born and raised in Princeton, New Jersey, she started out as a dancer. Her New York career started out in "A Chorus Line". She won a Tony Award for her part in "Sweet Charity" and two Emmy ...

1990-1: CHEERS (NBC)

23. Bebe Neuwirth

Actress | Cheers

Beatrice "Bebe" Neuwirth is the daughter of Sydney Anne, an artist, and Lee Paul Neuwirth, a mathematician. Born and raised in Princeton, New Jersey, she started out as a dancer. Her New York career started out in "A Chorus Line". She won a Tony Award for her part in "Sweet Charity" and two Emmy ...

1989-1990: CHEERS (NBC)