Leah Remini

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Actress • Activist • Host

Birth Name: Leah Marie Remini

Birth Date: June 15, 1970

Age: 53 years old

Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York

Spouses: Angelo Pagan

Leah Remini built a career in sitcoms and, even when controversy threatened to derail her career, kept making audiences laugh. A native of Brooklyn, New York, she moved to Los Angeles in her early teens and began pursuing acting soon after. She landed guest appearances on "Head of the Class" (ABC, 1986-91) and "Who's the Boss?" (ABC, 1984-92). The actress was cast as one of the leads, alongside Halle Berry, in the short-lived modeling comedy "Living Dolls" (ABC, 1989). Despite the show's cancellation, she continued making regular appearances, including a memorable guest arc on the teen comedy "Saved by the Bell" (NBC, 1989-93) as the summer love interest of Mark-Paul Gosselaar's Zack. Similarly, she had a showy guest turn on the hit sitcom "Cheers" (NBC, 1982-93) playing the daughter of Rhea Perlman's Carla. She tried again, unsuccessfully, at leading a sitcom in "First Time Out" (The WB, 1995), but had a slightly longer run with "Fired Up" (NBC, 1997-98) opposite Sharon Lawrence. Remini finally found the right formula when she joined Kevin James and Jerry Stiller on "King of Queens" (CBS, 1998-2007). Playing the long-suffering wife of James' delivery driver, she saw her profile jump considerably. After the sitcom ended, she became one of the original hosts of the daytime talk show "The Talk" (CBS, 2010- ). Remini was let go after the first year, however, and ended up in a very public feud with fellow host Sharon Osborne over her dismissal. In 2013, the actress went public with her split from the Church of Scientology, which she had been a member of since childhood. She eventually wrote a memoir on the experience, Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology. She quickly became the face of any anti-Scientology stories. The actress returned to working in sitcoms, starring in "Family Tools" (ABC, 2013) and joining the cast of "The Exes" (TV Land, 2011-15). In 2017, she reteamed with James in the sitcom "Kevin Can Wait" (CBS, 2016-18), but the duo couldn't replicate the success of "King of Queens." On the big screen, Remini joined Jennifer Lopez for the comedy "Second Act" (2018). The actress also produced and hosted the series "Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath" (A&E, 2016-19) showcasing other former church members.

Credits

Nick Cannon

Guest
Talk
2021

People PuzzlerStream

Host
Game Show
2021

The Drew Barrymore ShowStream

Guest
Talk
2020

Access Daily

Guest
Show
2019

Tamron HallStream

Guest
Talk
2019

RuPaul

Guest
Talk
2019

Today With Hoda & Jenna

Guest
Show
2019

The Masked SingerStream

Guest
Reality
2019

Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath: The Jehovah's Witnesses

Actor
Show
2018

People Cover Story

Guest
Show
2018

Second ActStream

Actor
Joan
Movie
2018
44%

Sad ili nikad

Actor
Movie
2018

Access

Guest
Show
2017

Daily Blast Live

Guest
Show
2017

Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath: The Conversation Continues

Actor
Show
2017

Wrestling: WWE Raw

Actor
Show
2017

My Kitchen RulesStream

Guest
Reality
2017

Mad Families

Actor
Cheyenne
Movie
2017

Handsome: A Netflix Mystery Movie

Actor
Esta
Movie
2017

The ClapperStream

Actor
Proudcer Louise
Movie
2017
19%

Leah Remini: Scientology and the AftermathStream

Actor
Docuseries
2016

Leah Remini: Scientology and the AftermathStream

Executive Producer
Docuseries
2016

Leah Remini: Scientology and the AftermathStream

Self
Docuseries
2016

Leah Remini Scientology Special

Actor
Show
2016

Kevin Can WaitStream

Actor
Vanessa Cellucci
Series
2016
28%

Kevin Can WaitStream

Guest Star
Vanessa Cellucci
Series
2016
28%

Match GameStream

Guest
Game Show
2016

ChelseaStream

Guest
Talk
2016
41%

The Late Show With Stephen ColbertStream

Guest
Talk
2015

Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter

Guest
Show
2015

Rupaul's Drag Race: RuVealed

Judge
Show
2015

The Late Late Show With James Corden

Guest
Talk
2015

Repeat After Me

Guest
Reality
2015

Leah Remini: It's All RelativeStream

Executive Producer
Reality
2014

Leah Remini: It's All RelativeStream

Self
Reality
2014

Late Night With Seth MeyersStream

Guest
Talk
2014

Russian Institute - Ferien bei den Eltern

Actor
Movie
2014

The Queen Latifah Show

Guest
Talk
2013

The Arsenio Hall Show

Guest
Show
2013

Hello Ross

Guest
Show
2013

The Real

Guest
Talk
2013

Hollywood Game Night

Guest
Game Show
2013

Family ToolsStream

Actor
Terry Baumgardner
Series
2013
13%

Larry King NowStream

Guest
Talk
2012

The ExesStream

Actor
Series
2011

The ExesStream

Guest Star
Series
2011

Dish Nation

Guest
Talk
2011

ConanStream

Guest
Talk
2010

The Talk

Host
Talk
2010

Access Hollywood Live

Guest
Show
2010

Talk Stoop

Guest
Show
2010

The Dr. Oz Show

Guest
Talk
2009

Watch What Happens Live With Andy CohenStream

Guest
Talk
2009

RuPaul's Drag RaceStream

Judge
Series
2009

The Doctors

Guest
Talk
2008

The Wendy Williams Show

Guest
Talk
2008

The Wendy Williams Show

Host
Talk
2008

Chelsea Lately

Guest
Talk
2007

Rachael Ray ShowStream

Actor
Talk
2006

Rachael Ray ShowStream

Guest
Talk
2006

So You Think You Can DanceStream

Judge
Reality
2005

Dancing With the StarsStream

Contestant
Reality
2005

Dancing With the StarsStream

Guest
Reality
2005

The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Guest
Talk
2003

Real Time With Bill MaherStream

Guest
Talk
2003

Jimmy Kimmel Live!Stream

Guest
Talk
2003

Old SchoolStream

Actor
Lara
Movie
2003
60%

Robbie the Reindeer in Hooves of Fire

Voice
Vixen
Show
2002

Robbie the Reindeer: Hooves of Fire & Legend of the Lost Tribe

Voice
Show
2002

Robbie the Reindeer in Legend of the Lost Tribe

Voice
Koala
Show
2002

The Early Show

Guest
Show
1999

Funny Flubs & Screw-Ups III

Guest Star
Show
1999

The Daily Show With Jon StewartStream

Guest
Talk
1999

The King of QueensStream

Actor
Carrie Heffernan
Series
1998

Follow Your Heart

Actor
Angie LaRocca
Movie
1998

The View

Guest
Talk
1997

Fired Up

Actor
Terry Reynolds
Series
1997
17%

Access Hollywood

Guest
News
1996

Phantom 2040: The Ghost Who Walks

Voice
Segan Cruz
Movie
1996

First Time Out

Actor
Show
1995

FriendsStream

Guest Star
Lydia
Series
1994
78%

Phantom 2040

Voice
Sagan Cruz
Show
1994

Extra

Guest
News
1994

Star Witness

Actor
Movie
1994

Diagnosis MurderStream

Guest Star
Series
1993

NYPD BlueStream

Guest Star
Angela Bohi
Series
1993
83%

RenegadeStream

Guest Star
Tina
Series
1992

The CommishStream

Guest Star
Gail Ross
Series
1991

E! News

Actor
News
1991

Living DollsStream

Actor
Charlie Briscoe
Series
1989

Saved by the BellStream

Guest Star
Stacey Carosi
Series
1988

The Hogan Family

Guest Star
Series
1986

Who's the Boss?Stream

Guest Star
Series
1984

CheersStream

Guest Star
Serafina Tortelli
Series
1982
87%

20/20Stream

Guest
News
1978

Good Morning America

Guest
News
1975

Today

Guest
News
1952

News aboutLeah Remini

Akbar Gbajabiamila, Amanda Kloots, Sheryl Underwood, Jerry O'Connell, and Natalie Morales for 'The Talk'

‘The Talk’ Hosts React to Show Being Canceled After 15 Seasons

Julie Chen Moonves and Leah Reimini

Julie Chen Moonves Addresses Past Feud With ‘The Talk’ Costar Leah Remini

Leah Remini and Kevin James on The King of Queens

‘The King of Queens’ Stars Kevin James & Leah Remini Mark Show’s 25th Anniversary, Remember Jerry Stiller

Leah Remini for 'People Puzzler'

‘People Puzzler’: Leah Remini-Hosted Game Show Joins Syndication Lineup

So You Think You Can Dance Season 17
Spoiler Alert

‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Crowns Season 17 Winner

Leah Remini, Cat Deeley, JoJo Siwa and Stephen Boss in So You Think You Can Dance - Season 17
Q&A

Leah Remini Talks Joining ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Mid-Season 17

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‘So You Think You Can Dance’: Leah Remini to Replace Matthew Morrison as Season 17 Judge

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Leah Remini Joins Lineup of ‘The Wendy Williams Show’ Guest Hosts

Eve, Sharon Osbourne, and Elaine Welteroth in The Talk

Who Has Left ‘The Talk’ So Far — and Why?

Friends Cole Sprouse Ellen Pompeo Craig Robinson

10 Actors Who Appeared on ‘Friends’ Before They Got Famous

The King of Queens - Jerry Stiller, Kevin James, Leah Remini

‘The King of Queens’ Cast Reunites for a Special Table Read Honoring Jerry Stiller

The Talk Season 1 Cast

Where Are the Former Cohosts of ‘The Talk’ Now?

TV Cast Replacements

10 Times TV Shows Tried to Replace Their Lead Stars

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Exclusive

‘The Masked Singer’ Adds Jason Biggs & Leah Remini as Guest Panelists (PHOTOS)

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Leah Remini Talks Judging ‘Dancing With the Stars’ & If She’d Return

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Leah Remini’s ‘Scientology and the Aftermath’ to Conclude With 2-Hour Special

Church of Scientology Community Center in South Los Angeles

Church of Scientology Launches Its Own TV Network

Ron Cephas Jones as William and Sterling K. Brown as Randall in This Is Us

A Fond (If Fictional) Farewell: 20 Notable TV Characters Who Died In 2017

Kevin Can Wait - Kevin James and Leah Remini

Leah Remini Reunites with Kevin James for Revamped ‘Kevin Can Wait’

Kevin Can Wait - Leah Remini and Erinn Hayes

CBS at TCA: Execs Pressed on Diversity, Talk Erinn Hayes’ ‘Kevin Can Wait’ Departure and More

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Leah Remini on Scientology’s Abuse: ‘It Should Be Everyone’s Fight’

Kevin Can Wait- Kevin James, finale preview
Finale

‘King of Queens’ Reunion! Leah Remini Stops by ‘Kevin Can Wait’ for the Season Finale

Leah Remini

Deja Vu! Kevin James and Leah Remini to Reunite in 2-Part ‘Kevin Can Wait’ Season Finale

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A&E Renews Leah Remini’s Scientology Docuseries for Season 2