Jane Lynch

 

Date Of Birth

July 14, 1960
 

Biography

Jane Lynch graduated from the Illinois State University with a theater degree, and later received her MFA from Cornell University. She began acting with the Steppenwolfe Theater Company in Chicago, both as an actress and writer. She also toured with the Second City comedy group.

She began appearing on films and television as early as 1988, but her biggest breakthrough only came in 2000, when she appeared in Christopher Guest's acclaimed mockumentary Best in Show. This led to a strong working relationship with the director, as she appeared in two of his later films, A Mighty Wind and For Your Consideration. She also became a ubiquitous face in Judd Apatow's films, appearing in The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Talladega Nights and Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story.

Lynch's first regular television role was in the short-lived series MDs, in 2002. She has since taken recurring roles in several series, such as The L Word, Two and a Half Men, Arrested Development and Boston Legal. In 2009, she became a regular in the acclaimed comedy Party Down, but had to leave after a season when she snagged a role in the Fox musical series Glee. Her portrayal of aggressive cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester earned praise from critics and fans, and led to an Emmy for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy.

Lynch, who is openly lesbian, married psychologist Lara Embry in 2010.
 

Place of Birth

Dolton, IL
 

Birth Name

Jane Lynch
 

Gender

Female
 

Fun Facts

- Jane's role on Glee was supposed to be a recurring one, as she was then committed to an ABC comedy pilot featuring Damon Wayans. She only joined Glee as a regular when the pilot fell apart.
 

Awards

- Florida Film Critics Circle Awards, Best Ensemble Cast, 2004 (for A Mighty Wind)
- Provincetown International Film Festival, Faith Hubley Memorial Award, 2008
- Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, Best Actress (Comedy), 2008 (for I Do & I Don't)
- Satellite Award, Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Television, 2009 (for Glee)
- Screen Actors Guild Award, Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, 2010 (for Glee)
- Primetime Emmy Award, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, 2010 (for Glee)
 

Filmography

FILM:
- Taxi Killer (1988)
- Vice Versa (1988)
- Straight Talk (1992)
- The Fugitive (1993)
- Fatal Instinct (1993)
- Touch Me (1997)
- What Planet Are You From? (2000)
- Red Lipstick (2000)
- Color Me Gay (2000)
- Best in Show (2000)
- Nice Guys Finish Last (2001)
- Martini (2001)
- A Mighty Wind (2003)
- Exposed (2003)
- Little Black Boot (2004)
- Surviving Eden (2004)
- Sleepover (2004)
- Promtroversy (2005)
- The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005)
- Bam Bam and Celeste (2005)
- The Californians (2005)
- Fifty Pills (2006)
- Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006)
- For Your Consideration (2006)
- The Frank Anderson (2006)
- Eye of the Dolphin (2006)
- I Do & I Don't (2007)
- Smiley Face (2007)
- Suffering Man's Charity (2007)
- The List (2007)
- Love Is Love (2007)
- Alvin and the Chipmunks (2007)
- Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007)
- Adventures of Power (2008)
- Tru Loved (2008)
- The Toe Tactic (2008)
- Man Maid (2008)
- The Rocker (2008)
- Space Chimps (voice, 2008)
- Alex's Halloween (2008)
- Role Models (2008)
- Big Breaks (2009)
- Spring Breakdown (2009)
- Weather Girl (2009)
- Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (voice, 2009)
- Julie & Julia (2009)
- Post Grad (2009)
- Shrek Forever After (voice, 2010)
- Space Chimps 2: Zartog Strikes Back (voice, 2010)

TELEVISION:
- Judging Amy (recurring, 1999-2000)
- The West Wing (guest, 2000-2001)
- Family Guy (voice, 2001-2002)
- 7th Heaven (recurring, 2001-2002)
- Felicity (recurring, 2002)
- MDs (regular, 2002)
- Arrested Development (recurring, 2004)
- Two and a Half Men (recurring, 2004-2009)
- The L Word (recurring, 2005-2009)
- Unscripted (recurring, 2006)
- Lovespring International (regular, 2006)
- Boston Legal (recurring, 2006-2008)
- Criminal Minds (recurring, 2006-2008)
- Help Me Help You (recurring, 2006-2007)
- American Dad (voice, 2007)
- The New Adventures of Old Christine (recurring, 2007)
- Party Down (recurring, 2009-2010)
- Glee (regular, 2009-present)
- iCarly (guest, 2010)
 

Nickname

None
 

Height

6'
 

Quotes

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