Jane Kaczmarek

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Jane Kaczmarek
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Birth name Jane Frances Kaczmarek
Born December 21, 1955 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Notable Roles Lois in Malcolm in the Middle
Notable Episodes
Awards 2 Television Critics Association Awards
1 American Comedy Award, USA
1 Family Television Award, USA
1 Satellite Award, USA

Jane Kaczmarek is an American actress best known for her role as the clan's mother Lois on the long-running hit sitcom Malcolm in the Middle.

Contents

Roles

Starring Roles

Series Role Year(s) Season(s)
The Paper Chase Connie Lehman 1983–1984 2
Hometown Mary Newell Abbott 1985 1
Equal Justice Linda Bauer 1990–1991 1 2
Big Wave Dave's Karen Fisher 1993 1
Malcolm in the Middle Lois Wilkerson 2000–2006 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Help Me Help You Anne 2006 1
Raising the Bar Trudy Kessler 2008–2010 1 2

Guest Starring Roles

Series Role Episode Airdate
St. Elsewhere Sandy Burns 1x11 - Graveyard January 18, 1983
St. Elsewhere Sandy Burns 1x12 - Release February 1, 1983
St. Elsewhere Sandy Burns 1x13 - Family History February 8, 1983
Remington Steele Barbara Troy Dannon 2x04 - Altared Steele October 11, 1983
Scarecrow and Mrs. King Penny/Princess Salana Sharese Khan 1x06 - Always Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth November 14, 1983
Hill Street Blues Officer Clara Pilsky 4x14 - Grace Under Pressure February 2, 1984
Hill Street Blues Officer Clara Pilsky 4x15 - The Other Side of Oneness February 9, 1984
Hill Street Blues Officer Clara Pilsky 4x16 - Parting Is Such Sweep Sorrow February 16, 1984
Hill Street Blues Officer Clara Pilsky 4x17 - The End of Logan's Run March 1, 1984
Hill Street Blues Officer Clara Pilsky 4x18 - The Count of Monty Tasco March 8, 1984
Hill Street Blues Officer Clara Pilsky 4x19 - Nutcracker Suite March 15, 1984
Crazy Like a Fox 1x01 - Pilot December 30, 1984
Law & Order Janet Rudman 4x14 - Censure February 2, 1994
Monty Nickerson 1x07 - Wild, Wild Willy and His O.K. Corral unaired (scheduled for February 22, 1994)
L.A. Law Cass' Atty. Gershonwood 8x16 - Whose San Andreas Fault Is It, Anyway? March 24, 1994
Party of Five Helene Thompson 1x17 - In Loco Parentis February 1, 1995
Picket Fences Janice Neiman 3x16 - Heroes and Villains March 3, 1995
Party of Five Helene Thompson 2x14 - Strange Bedfellows January 24, 1996
Touched by an Angel Bonnie Bell 2x17 - Out of the Darkness February 17, 1996
Frasier Maureen Cutler 3x20 - Police Story April 23, 1996
Cybill Holly 3x06 - Cybill Does Diary October 21, 1996
Cybill Holly 3x07 - Sex, Drugs and Catholicism November 4, 1996
Cybill Holly 3x08 - Going to Hell in a Limo (1) November 11, 1996
Cybill Holly 3x09 - Going to Hell in a Limo (2) November 18, 1996
Cybill Holly 3x13 - Bachelor Party January 6, 1997
Frasier Maureen Cutler 4x09 - Dad Loves Sherry, the Boys Just Whine January 7, 1997
The Practice Pamela 1x03 - Trial and Error March 18, 1997
The Practice Pamela 1x04 - Part IV March 25, 1997
Felicity Carol Anderson 1x12 - Friends January 26, 1999
Party of Five Helene Thompson 5x14 - Stand by Me February 3, 1999
Felicity Carol Anderson 1x13 - Todd Mulcahy (1) February 9, 1999
Felicity Carol Anderson 1x14 - Todd Mulcahy (2) February 16, 1999
Felicity Carol Anderson 1x18 - Happy Birthday April 27, 1999
Felicity Carol Anderson 2x23 - The Biggest Deal There Is May 24, 2000
The Simpsons Judge Constance Harm 13x02 - The Parent Rap November 11, 2001
The Simpsons Judge Constance Harm 13x07 - Brawl in the Family January 6, 2002
MADtv 8x03 - Episode 803 September 28, 2002
The Simpsons Judge Constance Harm 14x11 - Barting Over February 16, 2003
The Simpsons Judge Constance Harm 14x20 - Brake My Wife, Please May 11, 2003
The Simpsons Judge Constance Harm 15x16 - The Wandering Juvie March 28, 2004
The Simpsons Judge Constance Harm 16x11 - On a Clear Day I Can't See My Sister March 6, 2005
The Comeback Herself 1x11 - Valerie Stands Out on the Red Carpet August 21, 2005
Help Me Help You Anne 1x01 - Pilot May 11, 2006
The Middle Sandy Armwood 4x07 - The Safe November 7, 2012
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit D.A. Pam James 14x11 - Beautiful Frame January 9, 2013
The Middle Sandy Armwood 4x17 - Wheel of Pain February 27, 2013

Talk Show Appearances

Series Episode Airdate
The Rosie O'Donnell Show May 7, 2001
Late Night with Conan O'Brien Show 1423 May 8, 2001
E! News Daily September 18, 2002
Late Night with Conan O'Brien Show 1747 May 14, 2003
The Sharon Osbourne Show September 19, 2003
Good Day Live April 1, 2004
The Wayne Brady Show April 2, 2004
The Ellen DeGeneres Show December 10, 2004
The Ellen DeGeneres Show May 11, 2005
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson Show 125 August 2, 2005
The Ellen DeGeneres Show October 31, 2005
The Ellen DeGeneres Show January 31, 2006
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson Show 255 March 28, 2006
The Ellen DeGeneres Show May 12, 2006

Awards and Accolades

IVy Awards

(1 Nomination)

  • Nominated: Best Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (2005-06)
Malcolm in the Middle

Primetime Emmy Awards

(7 Nominations)

  • Nominated: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006)
Malcolm in the Middle

Golden Globe Awards

(3 Nominations)

  • Nominated: Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy (2001, 2002, 2003)
Malcolm in the Middle

Television Critics Association Awards

(2 Nominations/2 Wins)

  • Won: Individual Achievement in Comedy (2000, 2001)
Malcolm in the Middle

Screen Actors Guild Awards

(2 Nominations)

  • Nominated: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series (2001, 2003)
Malcolm in the Middle

American Film Institute TV Awards

(1 Nomination)

  • Nominated: AFI Actor of the Year - Female - Series (2002)
Malcolm in the Middle

American Comedy Awards

(1 Nomination/1 Win)

  • Won: Funniest Female Performer in a TV Series (Leading Role) Network, Cable or Syndication (2001)
Malcolm in the Middle

CableACE Awards

(1 Nomination)

  • Nominated: Actress in a Dramatic Presentation (1983)
The Paper Chase - 2x03 - Outline Fever

Family Television Awards

(1 Nomination/1 Win)

  • Won: Actress (2001)
Malcolm in the Middle

Satellite Awards

(2 Nominations/1 Win)

  • Nominated: Best Performance by an Actress in a Series, Comedy or Musical (2002)
Malcolm in the Middle
  • Won: Best Performance by an Actress in a Series, Comedy or Musical (2004)
Malcolm in the Middle

Teen Choice Awards

(1 Nomination)

  • Nominated: TV - Choice Actress, Comedy (2002)
Malcolm in the Middle

Viewers for Quality Television Q Awards

(1 Nomination)

  • Nominated: Best Actress in a Quality Comedy Series (2000)
Malcolm in the Middle

Young Artist Awards

(1 Nomination)

  • Nominated: Most Popular Mom & Pop in a Television Series (2004)
Malcolm in the Middle - with Bryan Cranston

Trivia

  • Is of Polish ancestry
  • Her mother, Evelyn was a teacher and her father, Edward worked for the US Department of Defense
  • Grew up in Greendale, Wisconsin
  • Attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she majored in theater
  • Attended graduate school at the Yale School of Drama where she was a part of the school's theater company
  • Was married to Bradley Whitford from 1992 to 2010; they have three children: daughters Frances (born in 1997) & Mary Louisa (born in 2002), and son George (born in 1999)