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Kathryn Joosten (1939–2012)


Kathryn is best known for her portrayals of "Karen McCluskey" on Desperate Housewives (2004) on ABC and of "Mrs. Landingham", secretary to the President (Martin Sheen), on the critically-acclaimed NBC drama, The West Wing (1999). She has also recurred on Dharma & Greg (1997), and guest-starred on many hit television series, such as Becker (... See full bio »

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 2014 Wild Card (TV Series)
Dottie
- The Pilot (2014) ... Dottie
 2014 Wish Wizard (Short)
Mrs. Inkwell
 2012 Harry's Law (TV Series)
Maisie Joyce
- Class War (2012) ... Maisie Joyce
 2012 The Mentalist (TV Series)
Gloria Williams
- At First Blush (2012) ... Gloria Williams
 2011 The Cleveland Show (TV Series)
Hazel
- Sex and the Biddy (2011) ... Hazel (voice)
 2011 Mega Python vs. Gatoroid (TV Movie)
Angie Polk
 2010 The Committee Ep 1: Bad Dog (Video short)
 2009 The Bake Shop Ghost (Short)
Miss Cora Lee Merriweather
 2001-2009 Scrubs (TV Series)
Mrs. Tanner
- My Finale: Part 2 (2009) ... Mrs. Tanner (uncredited)
- My First Kill (2004) ... Mrs. Tanner
- My Old Lady (2001) ... Mrs. Tanner
 2003-2008 Monk (TV Series)
Neysa Gordon - Former Babysitter / Nurse Stempel
- Mr. Monk's 100th Case (2008) ... Neysa Gordon - Former Babysitter
- Mr. Monk and the Sleeping Suspect (2003) ... Nurse Stempel
 2008 The Gold Lunch (Short)
Judge
 2005-2008 My Name Is Earl (TV Series)
Donny's Mom
- Camdenites: Part 1 (2008) ... Donny's Mom
- Quit Smoking (2005) ... Donny's Mom
 2008 Las Vegas (TV Series)
Robby
- Win, Place, Bingo (2008) ... Robby
 2007 The Closer (TV Series)
Nurse Townsend
- The Round File (2007) ... Nurse Townsend
 2007 In Case of Emergency (TV Series)
Mrs Walsh
- The Picture (2007) ... Mrs Walsh
 2007 Jane Doe: Ties That Bind (TV Movie)
Cara Goodman
 2006 Saved (TV Series)
Evelyn Wilson
- Who Do You Trust? (2006) ... Evelyn Wilson
 2006 The Evidence (TV Series)
Midge
- And the Envelope Please (2006) ... Midge
 2006 The TV Set
Lois
 2006 The Suite Life of Zack and Cody (TV Series)
Grandma Marilyn
- Not So Suite 16 (2006) ... Grandma Marilyn
 2006 Dark Mind
Nurse
 2006 Reba (TV Series)
Director
- Brock's Got Stones (2006) ... Director
 2005 Cheaper by the Dozen 2
Theatre Patron
 2005 Malcolm in the Middle (TV Series)
Claire
- Malcolm Defends Reese (2005) ... Claire
 2005 Love, Inc. (TV Series)
Doris
- The Honeymooners (2005) ... Doris
 2005 Halfway Decent
Bonnie's Mom
 2005 Breadwinners (TV Movie)
Phyllis
 2005 Grey's Anatomy (TV Series)
Stephanie Drake
- Shake Your Groove Thing (2005) ... Stephanie Drake
 2005 Fathers and Sons (TV Movie)
Gene's Mom (uncredited)
 2005 Taking Your Life
Helen
 2005 Hostage
Louise
 2005 McBride: It's Murder, Madam (TV Movie)
Judge Broderick
 2004 Breaking Dawn
Neighbor
 2004 Gilmore Girls (TV Series)
Maisy Fortner
- Written in the Stars (2004) ... Maisy Fortner
 2004 Father of the Pride (TV Series)
- Catnip and Trust (2004) ... (voice)
 2004 Combustion (TV Movie)
Miss Knight
 2004 Everwood (TV Series)
Mrs. Hammerhill
- Last Looks (2004) ... Mrs. Hammerhill
 2004 Life with Bonnie (TV Series)
Phyllis
- Therabeautic (2004) ... Phyllis
 2004 Yes, Dear (TV Series)
Claire Atkinson
- Dead Aunt, Dead Aunt... (2004) ... Claire Atkinson (as Kathryn Joostyn)
 2004 Will & Grace (TV Series)
Felicia
- Ice Cream Balls (2004) ... Felicia
 2004 10-8: Officers on Duty (TV Series)
Mrs Unterberger
- Wild and the Innocent (2004) ... Mrs Unterberger
 2004 Curb Your Enthusiasm (TV Series)
Jenny - Woman at Reception
- The Weatherman (2004) ... Jenny - Woman at Reception
 2003 Highway to Oblivion (TV Movie)
Nancy
 2003 The King of Queens (TV Series)
Maureen
- Santa Claustrophobia (2003) ... Maureen
 2003 Secret Santa (TV Movie)
Winifred
 2003 Red Roses and Petrol
Nurse
 2003 Strong Medicine (TV Series)
Mrs. Nolan
- Coming Clean (2003) ... Mrs. Nolan
 2003 Less Than Perfect (TV Series)
Old Lady
- Rules (2003) ... Old Lady
 2003 Charmed (TV Series)
Wife
- My Three Witches (2003) ... Wife
 2003 Hope & Faith (TV Series)
Funeral Guest
- Remembrance of Rings Past (2003) ... Funeral Guest (uncredited)
 2003 Wasabi Tuna
Erma
 1998-2003 The Drew Carey Show (TV Series)
Natalie / Ruth
- A Speedy Recovery (2003) ... Natalie
- Drew Dates a Senior (1998) ... Ruth
 2003 A.U.S.A. (TV Series)
Ginny Romano
- The Kiss (2003) ... Ginny Romano
- Pilot (2003) ... Ginny Romano
 2003 Judging Amy (TV Series)
Judge Drabowsky
- Wild Card (2003) ... Judge Drabowsky
 2002-2003 General Hospital (TV Series)
Ida Warren
- Episode #1.10183 (2003) ... Ida Warren
- Episode #1.10182 (2003) ... Ida Warren
- Episode #1.10180 (2002) ... Ida Warren
- Episode #1.10179 (2002) ... Ida Warren
- Episode #1.10178 (2002) ... Ida Warren
 2002 Lehi's Wife (Short)
Ida Smith
 2002 Even Stevens (TV Series)
Edna Manning
- Stevens Manor (2002) ... Edna Manning
 2002 Cojones (Short)
Old Lady
 2002 So Little Time (TV Series)
Louise Van Horn
- The Volunteer (2002) ... Louise Van Horn
 2002 The Division (TV Series)
Constance 'Connie ' Langtry
- Journey (2002) ... Constance 'Connie ' Langtry
 2002 Titus (TV Series)
Betty
- Bachelor Party (2002) ... Betty
 2002 The X-Files (TV Series)
Agent Edie Boal
- Trust No 1 (2002) ... Agent Edie Boal
 2001 Spin City (TV Series)
Sister Agnes
- She's Gotta Habit (2001) ... Sister Agnes
 2001 Raising Dad (TV Series)
Mrs. Paultis
- Baby, You Can't Drive My Car (2001) ... Mrs. Paultis
 2001 Dead Last (TV Series)
Nurse
- Gastric Distress (2001) ... Nurse
 1999-2001 Providence (TV Series)
Mrs. Nielsen / Miss O'Meara
- Dad (2001) ... Mrs. Nielsen
- Home Again (1999) ... Miss O'Meara
 2001 Arli$$ (TV Series)
Kirby's Mother
- You Are Your Priorities (2001) ... Kirby's Mother
 1998-2001 Dharma & Greg (TV Series)
Claire / Elderly Woman
- How This Happened (2001) ... Claire
- The Story of K (2001) ... Claire
- For Pete's Sake (2001) ... Claire
- Let's Get Fiscal (2001) ... Claire
- Playing the Field (2000) ... Claire
 2001 Ally McBeal (TV Series)
Sister Alice
- Falling Up (2001) ... Sister Alice
 2000 Becker (TV Series)
Mrs. Goldsmith
- Smoke'em If You Got 'Em (2000) ... Mrs. Goldsmith
 2000 Code Blue (Video Game)
Gladys Reilly (voice)
 2000 Hellraiser: Inferno (Video)
Mother
 2000 Buffy the Vampire Slayer (TV Series)
Genevive Holt
- Where the Wild Things Are (2000) ... Genevive Holt
 1999 Kiss Toledo Goodbye
Wheelchair Lady
 1999 Thanks (TV Series)
Mrs. Sturges
- Privacy (1999) ... Mrs. Sturges
- Tobacco (1999) ... Mrs. Sturges
- Pilot (1999) ... Mrs. Sturges
 1999 Tracey Takes On... (TV Series)
Diner Waitress
- End of the World (1999) ... Diner Waitress
 1999 Home Improvement (TV Series)
Thelma McCready
- Chop Shop 'til You Drop (1999) ... Thelma McCready
 1998 Phoenix
Esther
 1998 The Nanny (TV Series)
Ward Nurse
- The Pre-Nup (1998) ... Ward Nurse
 1998 Just Shoot Me! (TV Series)
Mrs. Pierce
- The Kiss (1998) ... Mrs. Pierce
 1998 Prey (TV Series)
Landlady
- Discovery (1998) ... Landlady
 1997 Eating Las Vegas (Short)
Landlady
 1997 Best Men
Edie
 1997 NYPD Blue (TV Series)
Mrs. Prows
- Is Paris Burning? (1997) ... Mrs. Prows
 1997 Men Behaving Badly (TV Series)
Saleswoman
- After Midnight (1997) ... Saleswoman
 1997 Profiler (TV Series)
Morganna Styles
- Into the Abyss (1997) ... Morganna Styles
 1997 Frasier (TV Series)
Vera
- Roz's Turn (1997) ... Vera
 1997 Life with Roger (TV Series)
Mrs. Mitchell
- Dial M for Muffin (1997) ... Mrs. Mitchell
 1997 Seinfeld (TV Series)
Betsy
- The Little Jerry (1997) ... Betsy
 1996 Boston Common (TV Series)
Mrs. Schuster
- Trustee and Sympathy (1996) ... Mrs. Schuster
 1996 Murphy Brown (TV Series)
Secretary #83
- That's the Way the Corky Crumbles (1996) ... Secretary #83
 1996 Goode Behavior (TV Series)
- Goode Cause (1996)
 1996 Roseanne (TV Series)
Carol, woman in dance class / Supermarket customer
- Ballroom Blitz (1996) ... Carol, woman in dance class
- The Thrilla near the Vanilla Extract (1996) ... Supermarket customer
 1996 ER (TV Series)
Lois
- A Shift in the Night (1996) ... Lois
 1996 The Making of a Hollywood Madam (TV Movie)
Mrs. Oshotz
 1996 3rd Rock from the Sun (TV Series)
Cafeteria Lady
- Dick, Smoker (1996) ... Cafeteria Lady
 1995 Grace Under Fire (TV Series)
Ida Reilly
- Daycare (1995) ... Ida Reilly
 1995 Chicago Hope (TV Series)
Cleaning woman
- A Coupla Stiffs (1995) ... Cleaning woman (uncredited)
 1995 Picket Fences (TV Series)
Waitress
- Reap the Whirlwind (1995) ... Waitress
 1995 The Stranger Beside Me (TV Movie)
Judge
 1995 Pointman (TV Series)
Lois
- The Jumper (1995) ... Lois
 1995 Family Matters (TV Series)
Grocery Checker
- My Bodyguard (1995) ... Grocery Checker
 1989 The Package
Waitress
 1987 Sable (TV Series)
Waitress
- Hunt (1987) ... Waitress
 1985 Lady Blue (TV Movie)
Margo
 1984 Grandview, U.S.A.
Mrs. Clark
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Other Works:

: Plays Margaret in "Serious Inquiries Only" play by D. Paul Thomas (Sidewalk Studio Theatre, Toluca Lake, California, USA). See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 3 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Kathryn Joostyn
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Personal Quote:

My fans are people... kinda... youngsters who look at me as a grandmother. People who wanna make a change, people who are on the edge of saying - this is not the life I chose and I wanna do something about it.

Trivia:

Did not start acting until she was 42 years old. See more »

Nickname:

Kathy

Star Sign:

Sagittarius

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