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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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Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Desperate Housewives
Desperate Housewives Karen McCluskey
(2005-2012)
Hostage
Hostage Louise
(2005)
Wedding Crashers
Wedding Crashers Chazz's Mom
(2005)
Bedtime Stories
Bedtime Stories Mrs. Dixon
(2008)

Filmography

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 2014 Wild Card (TV Series)
Dottie
 2014 Wish Wizard (Short)
Mrs. Inkwell
 2005-2012 Desperate Housewives (TV Series)
Karen McCluskey
 2012 Harry's Law (TV Series)
Maisie Joyce
 2012 The Mentalist (TV Series)
Gloria Williams
 2011 The Cleveland Show (TV Series)
Hazel
 2011 Mega Python vs. Gatoroid (TV Movie)
Angie Polk
 2011 Mitzvah Communion (Short)
Leticia Lovell
 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
 2008 Bedtime Stories
Mrs. Dixon
 2003-2008 Monk (TV Series)
Neysa Gordon - Former Babysitter / Nurse Stempel
 2008 The Gold Lunch (Short)
Judge
 2005-2008 My Name Is Earl (TV Series)
Donny's Mom
 2008 Las Vegas (TV Series)
Robby
 2007 Rails & Ties
Mrs. Brown
 2007 The Closer (TV Series)
Nurse Townsend
 2007 In Case of Emergency (TV Series)
Mrs Walsh
 2007 Jane Doe: Ties That Bind (TV Movie)
Cara Goodman
 2006 Saved (TV Series)
Evelyn Wilson
 2006 The Evidence (TV Series)
Midge
 2006 The TV Set
Lois
 2006 The Suite Life of Zack and Cody (TV Series)
Grandma Marilyn
 2006 Dark Mind
Nurse
 2006 Reba (TV Series)
Director
 2005 Life on a Stick (TV Series)
Edith
 2005 Cheaper by the Dozen 2
Theatre Patron
 2005 Malcolm in the Middle (TV Series)
Claire
 2005 Love, Inc. (TV Series)
Doris
 2005 Halfway Decent
Bonnie's Mom
 2005 Breadwinners (TV Movie)
Phyllis
 2005 Wedding Crashers
Chazz's Mom
 2005 Grey's Anatomy (TV Series)
Stephanie Drake
 2005 Fathers and Sons (TV Movie)
Gene's Mom (uncredited)
 2003-2005 Joan of Arcadia (TV Series)
Old Lady God
 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
 2004 Father of the Pride (TV Series)
 2004 Combustion (TV Movie)
Miss Knight
 2004 Everwood (TV Series)
Mrs. Hammerhill
 2004 Life with Bonnie (TV Series)
Phyllis
 2004 Yes, Dear (TV Series)
Claire Atkinson
 2004 Will & Grace (TV Series)
Felicia
 2004 10-8: Officers on Duty (TV Series)
Mrs Unterberger
 2004 Curb Your Enthusiasm (TV Series)
Jenny - Woman at Reception
 2003 Highway to Oblivion (TV Movie)
Nancy
 2003 The King of Queens (TV Series)
Maureen
 2003 Secret Santa (TV Movie)
Winifred
 2003 Red Roses and Petrol
Nurse
 2003 Strong Medicine (TV Series)
Mrs. Nolan
 2003 Less Than Perfect (TV Series)
Old Lady
 2003 Charmed (TV Series)
Wife
 2003 Hope & Faith (TV Series)
Funeral Guest
 2003 Wasabi Tuna
Erma
 1998-2003 The Drew Carey Show (TV Series)
Natalie / Ruth
 2003 A.U.S.A. (TV Series)
Ginny Romano
 2003 Judging Amy (TV Series)
Judge Drabowsky
 2002-2003 General Hospital (TV Series)
Ida Warren
 2002 Lehi's Wife (Short)
Ida Smith
 2002 Even Stevens (TV Series)
Edna Manning
 1999-2002 The West Wing (TV Series)
Mrs. Landingham / Dolores Landingham
 2002 Cojones (Short)
Old Lady
 2002 So Little Time (TV Series)
Louise Van Horn
 2002 The Division (TV Series)
Constance 'Connie ' Langtry
 2002 Titus (TV Series)
Betty
 2002 The X-Files (TV Series)
Agent Edie Boal
 2001 Spin City (TV Series)
Sister Agnes
 2001 Raising Dad (TV Series)
Mrs. Paultis
 2001 Dead Last (TV Series)
Nurse
 1999-2001 Providence (TV Series)
Mrs. Nielsen / Miss O'Meara
 2001 Arli$$ (TV Series)
Kirby's Mother
 1998-2001 Dharma & Greg (TV Series)
Claire / Elderly Woman
 2001 Ally McBeal (TV Series)
Sister Alice
 2000 Becker (TV Series)
Mrs. Goldsmith
 2000 Code Blue (Video Game)
Gladys Reilly (voice)
 2000 Hellraiser: Inferno (Video)
Mother
 2000 Buffy the Vampire Slayer (TV Series)
Genevive Holt
 1999 Kiss Toledo Goodbye
Wheelchair Lady
 1999 Thanks (TV Series)
Mrs. Sturges
 1999 Tracey Takes On... (TV Series)
Diner Waitress
 1999 Home Improvement (TV Series)
Thelma McCready
 1998 Nothing Sacred (TV Series)
Church secretary
 1998 Maggie (TV Series)
Mrs. Garimore
 1998 Phoenix
Esther
 1998 The Nanny (TV Series)
Ward Nurse
 1998 Just Shoot Me! (TV Series)
Mrs. Pierce
 1998 Prey (TV Series)
Landlady
 1997 Eating Las Vegas (Short)
Landlady
 1997 Best Men
Edie
 1997 Brooklyn South (TV Series)
Mrs. Mariah Westbrook
 1997 NYPD Blue (TV Series)
Mrs. Prows
 1997 Men Behaving Badly (TV Series)
Saleswoman
 1997 Profiler (TV Series)
Morganna Styles
 1997 Frasier (TV Series)
Vera
 1997 Temporarily Yours (TV Series)
Woman
 1997 Life with Roger (TV Series)
Mrs. Mitchell
 1997 Seinfeld (TV Series)
Betsy
 1996 Boston Common (TV Series)
Mrs. Schuster
 1996 Murphy Brown (TV Series)
Secretary #83
 1996 Goode Behavior (TV Series)
 1996 Roseanne (TV Series)
Carol, woman in dance class / Supermarket customer
 1996 ER (TV Series)
Lois
 1996 The Making of a Hollywood Madam (TV Movie)
Mrs. Oshotz
 1996 3rd Rock from the Sun (TV Series)
Cafeterial Lady
 1995 Grace Under Fire (TV Series)
Ida Reilly
 1995 Chicago Hope (TV Series)
Cleaning woman
 1995 Picket Fences (TV Series)
Waitress
 1995 The Stranger Beside Me (TV Movie)
Judge
 1995 Pointman (TV Series)
Lois
 1995 Family Matters (TV Series)
Grocery Checker
 1989 The Package
Waitress
 1987 Sable (TV Series)
Waitress
 1985 Lady Blue (TV Series)
Margo
 1984 Grandview, U.S.A.
Mrs. Clark
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Other Works:

In 1981 played the cleaning lady Jenny in "The Front Page" at Chicago's Goodman Theatre, with William H. Macy as Hildy, Colin Stinton as Walter, Gary Houston as McCue, Jack Wallace as Murphy, Dennis Kennedy as Woodenshoes, Robert Thompson as the Mayor, Rob Riley as Kruger, Bonnie Sue Arp as Mollie Malloy, Jerry Tullos as ... See more »

Publicity Listings:

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Alternate Names:

Kathryn Joostyn

Height:

5' 3" (1.6 m)
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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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