Debra Monk

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Actress • Singer • Writer

Birth Date: February 27, 1949

Age: 75 years old

Birth Place: Middletown, Ohio

Debra Monk was born in Ohio and raised in Silver Spring, Maryland. She always knew she wanted to be an actress. After earning her Bachelor's degree from Frostburg State University in Maryland, she went on to study theater at the prestigious fine arts program at Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas. Upon earning her MFA from SMU, Monk set out to become an actress. She relocated to New York and worked a myriad of odd jobs, including waitressing and as a rockabilly singer, while appearing in various Off Broadway plays by night. Unhappy with the lack of progress in her career, Monk and a few friends decided to write their own musical. "Pump Boys and Dinettes," which was co-written by and starring Monk, debuted Off Broadway in 1981. The musical was an immediate success and the following year it premiered on Broadway to rave reviews, thus giving Monk's fledgling career the break it needed. Over the next several years Monk would go on to appear in numerous Broadway plays, even winning a 1993 Tony Award for her role in "Redwood Curtain." With her stage acting career on the rise, Monk also began gravitating towards film and television work by the early 90s. Some of her more notable film roles of the 1990s include "Quiz Show" (1994), "The First Wives Club" (1996), "The Devil's Advocate" (1997), and "Bulworth" (1998). Additionally, Monk also began appearing regularly on TV, beginning with her recurring role as Katie Sipowicz on "NYPD Blue." By the 2010s she began nabbing regular work on TV shows like "Grey's Anatomy" (ABC, 2005- ), "Damages" (FX, 2007-2012) and "Mozart in the Jungle." In 2018 Monk began appearing as Mrs. Kettle on the AMC comedy-drama series "Dietland." The series, which was adapted from the bestselling novel by Sarai Walker, premiered on the network in June of 2018 but ran for only a single season.

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The Gilded AgeStream

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Mrs. Armstrong
Series
2022
86%

New AmsterdamStream

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Karen Brantley
Series
2018

InstinctStream

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Judge Gillespie
Series
2018
54%

BullStream

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Sandy Harper
Series
2016

Crowded

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Series
2016
32%

Difficult PeopleStream

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Series
2015
96%

Demolition

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Davis' Mom
Movie
2015

NCIS: New OrleansStream

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Series
2014

Madam SecretaryStream

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Mary Lou Boris
Series
2014

Reckless

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Show
2014

Mozart in the JungleStream

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Betty
Series
2014
94%

This Is Where I Leave YouStream

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Linda Callen
Movie
2014
44%

GirlsStream

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Dr. Sterns
Series
2012
89%

One for the Money

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Mrs. Plum
Movie
2012

The Brass Teapot

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Trudy
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2012

Good Luck Charlie: It's Christmas!Stream

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Petunia
Movie
2011

Hot in ClevelandStream

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Loretta
Series
2010

White CollarStream

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Series
2009
96%

The Good WifeStream

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Tracy Mintz
Series
2009
93%

GleeStream

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Mrs. Schuester
Series
2009
70%

Love and Other Impossible Pursuits

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Laura
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2009

The Great Buck Howard

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Doreen
Movie
2008

Brothers & SistersStream

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Alexandra Kirby
Series
2006
79%

Ghost WhispererStream

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2005

The CloserStream

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Mary Summers
Series
2005
83%

Grey's AnatomyStream

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2005
84%

The ProducersStream

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Lick Me-Bite Me
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2005
51%

Desperate HousewivesStream

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Marcella
Series
2004
72%

Palindromes

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Mama Sunshine
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2004

The Music ManStream

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Mrs. Paroo
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2003
40%

Eloise at the Plaza

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Maggie
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2003

Eloise at ChristmastimeStream

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Maggie
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2003

Briar Patch

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Officer Avon
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2003

Milwaukee, Minnesota

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Edna Burroughs
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2003

Law & Order: Criminal IntentStream

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Warden Pellis
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2001

Kristin

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2001

Center StageStream

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Nancy Cummings
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2000
41%

Dellaventura

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1997

Ellen Foster

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Aunt Nadine
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1997

The Devil's AdvocateStream

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Pam Garrety
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1997
63%

Bed of RosesStream

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Lewis' Mom
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1996

Mrs. Winterbourne

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Lieutenant Ambrose
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1996

Extreme Measures

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Dr. Judith Gruszynski
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1996

Cama de Rosas

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1996

New York News

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1995

Redwood Curtain

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Geneva
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1995

The Bridges of Madison CountyStream

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Madge
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1995
90%

Cortina de Secuoyas

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1995

NYPD BlueStream

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Katie Sipowicz
Series
1993
83%

FrasierStream

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Nurse Karen
Series
1993
95%

Law & OrderStream

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1990

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