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Catherine Keener

Catherine Keener is an American actress, Oscar-nominated for her roles in the independent films Being John Malkovich (1999) and Capote (2005). Acclaimed in her community for her quirky roles in independent film and mainstream such as The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005), Keener got her start as a casting director in New York City. Catherine Ann Keener was... See full bio »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 16 wins & 44 nominations. See more awards »

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 2017 The Croods 2 (pre-production)
Ugga (voice)
 2016 Unless (completed)
 2015 Little Pink House (filming)
Susette Kelo
 2015 Show Me a Hero (TV Mini-Series)
Mary Dorman
- Episode #1.6 (2015) ... Mary Dorman
- Episode #1.5 (2015) ... Mary Dorman
- Episode #1.4 (2015) ... Mary Dorman
- Episode #1.3 (2015) ... Mary Dorman
- Episode #1.2 (2015) ... Mary Dorman
 2014 How and Why (TV Movie)
 2014 Elephant Song
Nurse Susan Peterson
 2014/I War Story
 2013/II Begin Again
 2013 The Croods
Ugga (voice)
 2010/I Trust
 2010/I Cyrus
 2010 Please Give
 2007/I Solstice (Short)
 2007 Into the Wild
Jan Burres
 2002 Full Frontal
 1999 8MM
Amy Welles
 1998 Out of Sight
 1997 The Real Blonde
 1996 If These Walls Could Talk (TV Movie)
Becky Donnelly (segment "1952")
 1996 Box of Moon Light
Floatie Dupre
 1996 Boys
 1996 Heroine of Hell (TV Movie)
 1996 Walking and Talking
 1994 Journeys North (TV Movie)
 1993 The Cemetery Club
Esther's Daughter (uncredited)
 1992 Seinfeld (TV Series)
- The Letter (1992) ... Nina
 1991 Johnny Suede
 1991 Switch
Steve's Secretary
 1990 Catchfire
Trucker's Girl
 1990 Arduous Moon (Short)
 1989 CBS Summer Playhouse (TV Series)
Jan Engle
- Curse of the Corn People (1989) ... Jan Engle
 1988-1989 Knightwatch (TV Series)
- Lost Weekend (1989) ... Rebecca
- Friday Knight (1988) ... Rebecca
 1988 Survival Quest
 1987 Ohara (TV Series)
Lt. Cricket Sideris
- Brian (1987) ... Lt. Cricket Sideris
- Frannie (1987) ... Lt. Cricket Sideris
- Jesse (1987) ... Lt. Cricket Sideris
- Laura (1987) ... Lt. Cricket Sideris
- Louie (1987) ... Lt. Cricket Sideris
 1986 The Education of Allison Tate
Linda Kellogg
 1986 L.A. Law (TV Series)
- The House of the Rising Flan (1986) ... Waitress (uncredited)
 1986 The Alan King Show (TV Movie)
 1986 About Last Night...
Cocktail Waitress
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: Plays Anna in "Burn This" play by Lanford Wilson (Union Square Theater, New York City, New York, USA). See more »

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5' 8" (1.73 m)

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Well, for one thing, I like being a supporting actress. I like to come and go in the film. The interesting characters are very few if you want to be the lead, and they depend on you being beautiful. Since I'm not interested in those parts, the pressure's off, in a way. I'm not cast for my physicality. I find that playing so many characters in so many films is a way to be in the moment. See more »


Catherine was devastated when famed author Harper Lee, whom she played in Capote (2005), refused to speak with her before filming. The author, who had been celebrated author Truman Capote's best friend since childhood, refused to cooperate with the making of the film. Lee did contact Keener after filming, to tell her that she enjoyed the film. See more »


Often works with Nicole Holofcener and Spike Jonze

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She's beautiful. nitanappy
Typecast/One Dimensional? Gage86
Nice Feet in 'Being John Malkovich' !!!! filmfootlover
She sure is playing a lot of bitches lately. jonahsavant
She laughs too much. filmwatcher-2
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