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Also Known As: Julie Bowen Luetkemeyer Died:
Born: March 3, 1969 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Baltimore, Maryland, USA Profession: actor

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A primetime presence for virtually the entire first decade of the new millennium, Emmy-winning actress Julie Bowen found her niche in comedy/drama hybrids that cast her as the straight woman to hijinks-prone leading men. Her role as a small town teacher opposite a bowling alley-owning lawyer (Tom Cavanagh) on "Ed" (NBC, 2000-04) set the precedent for her future runs as put-upon girlfriends and wives on "Boston Legal" (ABC, 2004-08), and the breakout hit, "Modern Family" (ABC, 2009- ), in which she anchored the wacky ensemble as the slightly twisted mom-next-door. Bowen's film credits included enduring the antics of Adam Sandler and Tim Allen in "Happy Gilmore" (1996) and "Joe Somebody" (2001), but overall her accessible persona found the greatest success in television comedy.

A primetime presence for virtually the entire first decade of the new millennium, Emmy-winning actress Julie Bowen found her niche in comedy/drama hybrids that cast her as the straight woman to hijinks-prone leading men. Her role as a small town teacher opposite a bowling alley-owning lawyer (Tom Cavanagh) on "Ed" (NBC, 2000-04) set the precedent for her future runs as put-upon girlfriends and wives on "Boston Legal" (ABC, 2004-08), and the breakout hit, "Modern Family" (ABC, 2009- ), in which she anchored the wacky ensemble as the slightly twisted mom-next-door. Bowen's film credits included enduring the antics of Adam Sandler and Tim Allen in "Happy Gilmore" (1996) and "Joe Somebody" (2001), but overall her accessible persona found the greatest success in television comedy.

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 Knife Fight (2013)
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 Conception (2012)
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 Horrible Bosses (2011)
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 Kids in America (2005) Cast
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 Venus & Mars (2003) Lisa
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 Joe Somebody (2001) Meg Harper
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Early TV credit, the ABC soap opera "Loving"
1992:
Film acting debut, "Five Spot Jewel"
1993:
Had an early TV guest role on an episode of FOX's "Class of '96"
1994:
Played the lead role in the film "Runaway Daughters" (Showtime) opposite Paul Rudd
1994:
Acted in the ABC TV-movie, "Where Are My Children?"
1995:
Was a regular on the short-lived adventure series "Extreme" (ABC)
1996:
Played Adam Sandler's girlfriend in "Happy Gilmore"
1996:
Featured in the Harold Ramis comedy "Multiplicity"
1997:
Co-starred in the horror-comedy "An American Werewolf in Paris"
1998:
Starred as martial arts master Amanda Webb on the short-lived series, "Three" (WB)
1998:
Had a recurring role on NBC's "ER" as the insurance saleswoman love interest of Dr. Carter (Noah Wyle)
1999:
Acted in the UPN TV-movie, "The Last Man on Planet Earth"
2000:
Guested as Dawson's Aunt Gwen on an episode of the WB drama, "Dawson's Creek"
2000:
Was a regular on the NBC hit series "Ed," playing the title character's high school crush turned present day dream girl
2001:
Acted in the independent romantic comedy, "Venus and Mars"
2005:
Joined the cast of ABC's "Boston Legal" as Denise Bauer
2008:
Joined the cast of Showtime's "Weeds," playing a single mother and love interest of Silas
2009:
Cast as an uptight mother in the ABC sitcom, "Modern Family"
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series
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Education

Brown University: Providence , Rhode Island -
The Actors' Institute: Boston , Massachusetts -
Shakespeare & Company: Lenox , Massachusetts -
Theatricum Botanicum: Topanga , California -

Notes

Julie Bowen on herself as Amanda Webb, the martial arts expert and femme fatale she played in the short-lived UPN adventure series "Three": "I am more tomboyish than sexpot-ish. The way the character was written, they could have cast a realy curvy model, and it would have worked. They were more concerned with finding somebody who could play the character." --quoted in an interview with Another Universe, March 6, 1998.

Bowen on her character in "Ed": "I haven't had the opportunity to play many completely fleshed-out women. Often they're the girlfriend or the idealized fantasy. [Carol] starts out as a cheerleader, [but] then you realize there's a lot more going on there." --quoted in TV Guide Online's Insider, August 10, 2000.

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