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Also Known As: Kathy Ann Najimy Died:
Born: February 6, 1957 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: San Diego, California, USA Profession: actor, playwright, director

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A dark-haired, vivacious comic character actress with stage experience, Kathy Najimy began her film career playing small, outlandish roles such as a crazed video store customer in Terry Gilliam's "The Fisher King" (1991) and the all-seeing costume mistress in daytime-TV satire "Soapdish" (1991). Her breakout came with her scene-stealing turn as the rotund, maniacally sunny-spirited Sister Mary Patrick in the unexpectedly popular "Sister Act" (1992). She followed this up with her role as the obsequious, ever-hungry Mary Sanderson, one of a trio of witches accidentally reincarnated, in the Disney comedy "Hocus Pocus" (1993) before recreating her religious role in the inevitable sequel, "Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit" (1993). For the sequel, she reportedly demanded and received a million-dollar paycheck. Oddly, other feature film roles did not follow and she was almost entirely off the big screen until Paul Rudnick's romantic comedy-drama "Jeffrey" (1995), in what amounted to a cameo, and "Nevada" (1997), a contemporary Western about a town seemingly populated only by women. Although she remained a steady presence as a character actress in both television and film, Najimy settled into working most...

A dark-haired, vivacious comic character actress with stage experience, Kathy Najimy began her film career playing small, outlandish roles such as a crazed video store customer in Terry Gilliam's "The Fisher King" (1991) and the all-seeing costume mistress in daytime-TV satire "Soapdish" (1991). Her breakout came with her scene-stealing turn as the rotund, maniacally sunny-spirited Sister Mary Patrick in the unexpectedly popular "Sister Act" (1992). She followed this up with her role as the obsequious, ever-hungry Mary Sanderson, one of a trio of witches accidentally reincarnated, in the Disney comedy "Hocus Pocus" (1993) before recreating her religious role in the inevitable sequel, "Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit" (1993). For the sequel, she reportedly demanded and received a million-dollar paycheck. Oddly, other feature film roles did not follow and she was almost entirely off the big screen until Paul Rudnick's romantic comedy-drama "Jeffrey" (1995), in what amounted to a cameo, and "Nevada" (1997), a contemporary Western about a town seemingly populated only by women. Although she remained a steady presence as a character actress in both television and film, Najimy settled into working most often as a voice actress, most notably as suburban Texas wife and mother Peggy Hill on Mike Judge's long-running animated comedy "King of the Hill" (Fox 1997-2010) and in Pixar's ecological fable "WALL-E" (2008).

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Clutter (2013)
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 Stars In Shorts (2012)
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 Kingdom Come (2012)
5.
 Guilt Trip, The (2012)
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 BearCity 2 (2012)
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 Deck the Halls (2011)
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 WALL-E (2008)
10.
 Getting Played (2006)
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Member of the feminist theater group Sisters On Stage; performed one-woman show "It's My Party"
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Served as resident director of the New Image Teen Theater
1988:
Debuted "The Kathy and Mo Show" off-Broadway, co-written and co-starring Maureen 'Mo' Gaffney
1991:
Made film debut in "The Hard Way"
1991:
TV debut, the HBO comedy special based on their off-Broadway show "The Kathy and Mo Show: Parallel Lives"
1992:
Landed breathrough film role as joyful nun Sister Mary Patrick opposite Whoopi Goldberg in "Sister Act"
1993:
Reprised role of Sister Mary Patrick in "Sister Act 2"
1993:
First leading role in a film, "Hocus Pocus"
1995:
Co-wrote and co-starred in HBO special "The Kathy and Mo Show: The Dark Side"
1996:
Played recurring role on CBS medical drama "Chicago Hope"
1997:
Provided voice of Peggy Hill for animated Fox series "King of the Hill"
1997:
Played supporting role opposite Kirstie Alley on NBC's "Veronica's Closet"
2000:
Assumed lead role as Mae West in Broadway hit "Dirty Blonde"
2001:
Played Jennifer Lopez's boss in "The Wedding Planner"
2001:
Co-starred as part of an ensemble in the comedy "Rat Race"
2004:
Returned to stage opposite Mo Gaffney in "Afterbirth: Kathy and Mo's Greatest Hits"
2006:
Starred in Peter Paige's feature directorial debut "Say Uncle"
2006:
Joined cast of "Numbers" (CBS) in recurring role as Dr. Mildred Finch
2008:
Lent voice to Pixar animated film "WALL-E"
2010:
Guest starred on ABC's "Ugly Betty" as the orthodontist tasked with removing Betty┬┐s (America Ferrera) trademark braces
2011:
Landed recurring role on ABC Family series "Make It or Break It"
2012:
Featured opposite Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen in "The Guilt Trip"
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Notes

Najimy has said that she based her character in "Sister Act" on TV host Mary Hart of "Entertainment Tonight".

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companion:
John Boswell. Composer, musician. Had nine-year relationship in the 1980s and 90s.
husband:
Dan Finnerty. Actor. Featured in "Stomp"; born c. 1970; married on August 8, 1998.

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father:
Fred Najimy. Postal worker. Died c. 1971; Lebanese immigrant to USA.
mother:
Samia Najimy. Lebanese immigrant to USA.
sister:
Ramona Najimy. Born in 1950.
sister:
Elaine Najimy. Born in 1953.
brother:
Thomas Paul Najimy. Born in 1954.
daughter:
Samia Najimy Finnerty. Born on December 12, 1996.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"The Choices We Made" Random House

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