Molly Shannon


Date Of Birth

September 16, 1964


Emmy-nominated actress and writer Molly Shannon was born on September 16, 1964 in Shaker Heights, Ohio. As a child, she was involved in a car accident which killed her mother, sister and cousin, but it did not go against the way of her future career. She started off as a struggling actress, appearing in minor roles on film and television. Her film debut came in 1989, with a supporting role in The Phantom of the Opera. She then had minor roles in several television shows, including Twin Peaks, General Hospital, The John Larroquette Show and, most memorably, a supporting role in two episodes of the comedy sketch show In Living Color.

Shannon’s biggest break came in 1995, when she was cast as a featured player on NBC’s long-running Saturday Night Live. She replaced Janeane Garofalo, who left in the middle of the show’s 20th season. More importantly, she was one of only five cast members to be retained for the 21st season, after producer Lorne Michaels overhauled his cast because of the show being a critical and ratings disappointment. Her most memorable characters include 50-year-old dancer Sally O’Malley, public radio show host Teri Rialto (where SNL’s memorable “Schweddy balls” sketch with Alec Baldwin was performed), and neurotic yet melodramatic Catholic school girl Mary Katherine Gallagher.

Shannon continued appearing in other shows during and after her SNL stint, including the films Analyze This and The Thin Pink Line, and memorable roles on Seinfeld and Will & Grace. Upon leaving SNL in 2001, she starred in films such as Osmosis Jones, Shallow Hal, American Splendor, Marie Antoinette and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. She also guest starred in shows like Sex and the City, Ed, Scrubs, 30 Rock and Pushing Daisies. She also provided her voice to animated series like My Gym Partner’s A Monkey and American Dad. At present, she is part of the cast of the HBO series Divorce.

Place of Birth

Shaker Heights, Ohio, USA

Birth Name

Molly Shannon




2017 Divorce (TV Series)
2016 Rhett and Link's Buddy System (TV Series)
2016 Miles
2016 Childrens Hospital (TV Series)
2016 Animals. (TV Series)
2016/I Other People
2015 Hotel Transylvania 2
2015 Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp (TV Series)
2015 The Spoils Before Dying (TV Mini-Series)
2014-2015 The Millers (TV Series)
2015 Larry Gaye: Renegade Male Flight Attendant
2015 Addicted to Fresno
2013-2015 Bob's Burgers (TV Series)
2015 Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
2015 Mulaney (TV Series)
2014 Benched (TV Series)
2013-2014 Raising Hope (TV Series)
2014 The Spoils of Babylon (TV Series)
2014 Life After Beth
2014 Bambi Cottages (TV Movie)
2013 Getting On (TV Series)
2013 Super Fun Night (TV Series)
2013 Jessie (TV Series)
2013 Ghost Ghirls (TV Series)
2013 Hannibal (TV Series)
2013 Trust Me
2013 Scary Movie 5
2011-2013 The Middle (TV Series)
2013 Enlightened (TV Series)
2013 Happily Divorced (TV Series)
2013 Doc McStuffins (TV Series)
2012 Partners (TV Series)
2012 Hotel Transylvania
2012 Web Therapy (TV Series)
2012 The Five-Year Engagement
2012 Casa de mi Padre
2011-2012 Up All Night (TV Series)
2011 Bad Teacher
2010 Neighbors from Hell (TV Series)
2010 Glee (TV Series)
1995-2010 Saturday Night Live (TV Series)
2010 Web Therapy (TV Series)
2009 The New Adventures of Old Christine (TV Series)
2009 What Goes Up
2008-2009 Kath & Kim (TV Series)
2008 Igor
2008 Snow Buddies (Video)
2007 The Mastersons of Manhattan (TV Movie)
2007 Pushing Daisies (TV Series)
2007 More of Me (TV Movie)
2005-2007 American Dad! (TV Series)
2007 Evan Almighty
2007 30 Rock (TV Series)
2007/I Year of the Dog
2006 Air Buddies (Video)
2006/I Gray Matters
2006 The Amazing Screw-On Head (TV Short)
2006 My Gym Partner's a Monkey (TV Series)
2006 Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
2006 Littleman
2006 Marie Antoinette
2004-2006 Cracking Up (TV Series)
2006 Scary Movie 4
2006 The Wedding Weekend
2005 Here Comes Peter Cottontail: The Movie (Video)
2004 The Twelve Days of Christmas Eve (TV Movie)
2004 Scrubs (TV Series)
1999-2004 Will & Grace (TV Series)
2003 Good Boy!
2003 My Boss's Daughter
2003 Ed (TV Series)
2003 The Music Man (TV Movie)
2003 Johnny Bravo (TV Series)
2003 American Splendor
2002 The Santa Clause 2
2002 Sex and the City (TV Series)
2001 Shallow Hal
2001 Serendipity
2001 Osmosis Jones
2001 Saturday Night Live Primetime Extra 1 (TV Short)
2001 Wet Hot American Summer
2000 How the Grinch Stole Christmas
2000 My 5 Wives
2000 SNL Fanatic (TV Short)
1999 Superstar
1999 My Neighbors the Yamadas
1999 Never Been Kissed
1999 Analyze This
1998 The Thin Pink Line
1998 A Night at the Roxbury
1998 Happiness
1997 Dinner and Driving
1997 Seinfeld (TV Series)
1997 The Single Guy (TV Series)
1996 Lawnmower Man 2: Beyond Cyberspace
1995 Return to Two Moon Junction
1994 Ellen (TV Series)
1994 Sister, Sister (TV Series)
1994 The John Larroquette Show (TV Series)
1992-1993 In Living Color (TV Series)
1993 General Hospital (TV Series)
1991 Twin Peaks (TV Series)
1989 The Phantom of the Opera

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