Annie Potts

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Actress

Birth Date: October 28, 1952

Age: 71 years old

Birth Place: Nashville, Tennessee

Spouses: Greg Antonacci

Annie Potts is an American film and TV actress best known for her roles in "Ghostbusters" (1984), "Designing Women" (1986-1993), "Young Sheldon" (CBS, 2017- ), and three of the four "Toy Story" movies, in which she voiced the role of Bo Peep. Born in Nashville and raised in Kentucky, Potts always dreamt of becoming an actress. She attended Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri where she first began taking drama courses. After graduating, Potts continued her acting studies with post-graduate work in California. However, Potts's burgeoning acting career was nearly derailed in her early 20s when she and her then husband were involved in a major car accident in New Mexico. Potts survived, thankfully, but broke several bones as a result from the wreck and was laid up for weeks in the hospital. After recovering from the accident, Potts pushed forward with her fledgling acting career. She made her feature film debut in 1978's "Corvette Summer" which also starred Mark Hamill, who was fresh off his starring role in the blockbuster "Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope" (1977). Potts continued nabbing roles throughout the early 1980s but it was her supporting role as a wise-cracking secretary in 1984's "Ghostbusters" that really put her on the map. The huge success of "Ghostbusters" put Potts into the purview of casting agents seemingly overnight and before long she was appearing in popular 80s films like "Crimes of Passion" (1984), "Pretty in Pink" (1986), and "Jumpin' Jack Flash" (1986). Then in 1986 Potts joined the cast of the CBS sitcom "Designing Women." She played the role of Mary Jo Shively on the series, which also starred Delta Burke and Dixie Carter. Potts appeared in all 163 episodes of the series, which ended its 7 season run in 1993. Potts' next big role came in 1995 when she was cast as the voice of Bo Peep in the Pixar animated film "Toy Story" (1995). Potts reprised her role as Bo Peep in two subsequent "Toy Story" sequels, including 2019's "Toy Story 4." Potts continued acting regularly in both films and on TV shows well into the 2010s. In 2013 she landed a recurring role on "The Fosters" (Freeform, 2013-18). In 2017 she joined the cast of the highly anticipated spin-off series "Young Sheldon." The sitcom, which was told from the point-of-view of Sheldon Cooper from "The Big Bang Theory" (CBS, 2007-2019) at 9-years-old, was an immediate success, and premiered its third season in the fall of 2019.

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Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire

Actor
Janine Melnitz
Movie
2024
44%

Sherri

Guest
Talk
2022

The Jennifer Hudson Show

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Talk
2022

CBS Fall Preview

Self
Show
2021

CBS Mornings

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News
2021

I Heart Arlo

Voice
Edmée
Show
2021

Ghostbusters: AfterlifeStream

Actor
Janine Melnitz
Movie
2021
64%

Arlo the Alligator Boy

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Edmée
Movie
2021

Lamp Life

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Bo Peep
Show
2020

Cleanin' Up the Town: Remembering Ghostbusters

Actor
Show
2019

The Kelly Clarkson ShowStream

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Talk
2019

Access Daily

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Show
2019

Toy Story 4Stream

Voice
Bo Peep
Movie
2019
97%

Happy Anniversary

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Diane
Movie
2018

Young SheldonStream

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Meemaw
Series
2017

Young Sheldon: Extras

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Show
2017

Humor Me

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Dee
Movie
2017

Izzy Gets the F... Across Town

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Mary
Movie
2017

GhostbustersStream

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Desk Clerk
Movie
2016
74%

All at Once

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Ginny Maxwell
Movie
2016

Chicago MedStream

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Helen
Series
2015

NCIS: New OrleansStream

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Series
2014

Chu and Blossom

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Aunt
Movie
2014

The Real

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2013

The FostersStream

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2013

Home & Family

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2012

Major CrimesStream

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2012

Animal PracticeStream

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2012
17%

Entertainment Studios.TV

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2012

GCBStream

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Gigi Stopper
Series
2012
42%

The Revolution

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2012

The Music Teacher

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Alyson Daley
Movie
2012

The Chew

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2011

Long Island MediumStream

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2011

Q With Jian Ghomeshi

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2011

Five

Actor
Helen
Movie
2011

Marry Me

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2010

The Talk

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2010

Freshman Father

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Dorothy Downs
Movie
2010

Royal PainsStream

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Mrs. Sacani
Series
2009

Kids With Cameras

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2009

Queen Sized

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Joan Baker
Movie
2008

The Better Show

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2007

The Sunday Man

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Mrs. Culp
Movie
2007

Ugly BettyStream

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Linda
Series
2006
97%

Men in Trees

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Series
2006
56%

etalk

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2006

Close to Home

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2005

Grey's AnatomyStream

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2005
84%

Boston LegalStream

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Joy Espenson
Series
2004
86%

Tavis Smiley

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2004

Elvis Has Left the Building

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Shirl
Movie
2004

Joan of Arcadia

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2003
96%

Two and a Half MenStream

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Lenore
Series
2003
65%

Jimmy Kimmel Live!Stream

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2003

Defending Our Kids: The Julie Posey Story

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Julie Posey
Movie
2003

Algún Día de Estos

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2002

Law & Order: Special Victims UnitStream

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Sophie Devere
Series
1999
78%

Toy Story 2Stream

Voice
Bo Peep
Movie
1999
100%

Any Day Now

Actor
Mary Elizabeth "M.E." O'Brien Sims
Series
1998

Over the Top

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Hadley Martin
Show
1997

The View

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Talk
1997

Dangerous Minds

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Louanne Johnson
Show
1996

Her Deadly Rival

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Kris Lansford
Movie
1995

Toy StoryStream

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Bo Peep
Movie
1995
100%

Love & WarStream

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Dana Palladino
Series
1992

Breaking the Rules

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Mary Klinglitch
Movie
1992

Amazing Stories: The Movie III

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Movie
1990

Texasville

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Karla Jackson
Movie
1990

Folies de jeunesse

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1989

Who's Harry Crumb?Stream

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Helen Downing
Movie
1989
27%

Rompiendo Todas las Reglas

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1989

Pass the Ammo

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Darla
Movie
1988

Le Paradis à la fin de vos jours

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Movie
1988

Designing WomenStream

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Mary Jo Shively
Series
1986

Hearts of Steel

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Annie
Show
1986

Pretty In PinkStream

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Iona
Movie
1986
73%

Jumpin' Jack FlashStream

Actor
Liz Carlson
Movie
1986
27%

Amazing StoriesStream

Actor
Series
1985

The Twilight Zone

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Series
1985

It Came Upon the Midnight Clear

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Cindy Mills
Movie
1984

Why Me?

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Daria
Movie
1984

Crimes of PassionStream

Actor
Amy Grady
Movie
1984
48%

GhostbustersStream

Actor
Janine Melnitz
Movie
1984
95%

Cowboy

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D.G.
Movie
1983

Bayou Romance

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Lily
Movie
1982

Something So Right

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Sunday
Movie
1982

Entertainment Tonight

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News
1981

Heartaches

Actor
Bonnie Howard
Movie
1981

Coeurs à l'envers

Actor
Movie
1981

Magnum, P.I.Stream

Guest Star
Tracy Spencer
Series
1980

Goodtime Girls

Actor
Edith Bedelmeyer
Show
1980

Flatbed Annie & Sweetiepie: Lady Truckers

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Flatbed Annie
Movie
1979

King of the Gypsies

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Persa
Movie
1978

Corvette Summer

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Vanessa
Movie
1978

Hollywood High

Actor
Paula Lindell
Show
1977

Black Market Baby

Actor
Linda Cleary
Movie
1977

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny CarsonStream

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Talk
1962

News aboutAnnie Potts

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'Designing Women'
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