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Born: October 13, 1967 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: San Jose, California, USA Profession: actress

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Known primarily for her television role as Dr. Addison Shepherd, actress Kate Walsh enjoyed a lengthy career that ran the gamut, from Shakespearean drama to situation comedies to action movies. Emerging from Chicago's respected Piven Theatre Workshop and the city's lauded Shakespeare Repertory, Walsh moved to the screen with several TV guest spots and small films roles in projects like John McNaughton's harrowing "Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer" (1998). She donned a fat suit to play Nicki Fifer, Drew Carey's big and bubbly girlfriend on the long-running sitcom "The Drew Carey Show" (ABC, 1995-2004) and was later seen as Will Ferrell's exasperated wife in the soccer comedy, "Kicking & Screaming" (2005). But it was as Dr. Addison Shepherd - the adulterous ex-wife of Derek "McDreamy" Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey) - on the hit medical melodrama "Grey's Anatomy" (ABC, 2005- ) that Walsh at last gained widespread recognition. So popular was her strong-willed character that series creator Shonda Rhimes made her the focus of the "Grey's" spin-off, "Private Practice" (ABC, 2007- ). Despite the demands of starring in her own weekly series, the busy actress still made time for occasional film forays, like the...

Known primarily for her television role as Dr. Addison Shepherd, actress Kate Walsh enjoyed a lengthy career that ran the gamut, from Shakespearean drama to situation comedies to action movies. Emerging from Chicago's respected Piven Theatre Workshop and the city's lauded Shakespeare Repertory, Walsh moved to the screen with several TV guest spots and small films roles in projects like John McNaughton's harrowing "Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer" (1998). She donned a fat suit to play Nicki Fifer, Drew Carey's big and bubbly girlfriend on the long-running sitcom "The Drew Carey Show" (ABC, 1995-2004) and was later seen as Will Ferrell's exasperated wife in the soccer comedy, "Kicking & Screaming" (2005). But it was as Dr. Addison Shepherd - the adulterous ex-wife of Derek "McDreamy" Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey) - on the hit medical melodrama "Grey's Anatomy" (ABC, 2005- ) that Walsh at last gained widespread recognition. So popular was her strong-willed character that series creator Shonda Rhimes made her the focus of the "Grey's" spin-off, "Private Practice" (ABC, 2007- ). Despite the demands of starring in her own weekly series, the busy actress still made time for occasional film forays, like the creepy actioner "Legion" (2010). Multi-faceted and graced with an impressive onscreen magnetism, Walsh excelled as both leading lady and supporting player

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Scary Movie 5 (2013)
2.
 Angels Crest (2011)
3.
 Waska (2010)
4.
 Legion (2010)
6.
 Kicking & Screaming (2005) Cast
7.
 Bewitched (2005)
8.
 After the Sunset (2004) Sheila
9.
 Under the Tuscan Sun (2003) Grace
10.
 Family Man, The (2000) Jeannie
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Began professional acting career doing theater in Chicago, IL
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Relocated to NYC, where she joined the comedy troupe Burn Manhattan
1996:
Made television debut on NBC crime drama "Homicide: Life on the Street"
1996:
Made feature debut in crime drama "Normal Life," playing the sister of bank robber Luke Perry
1997:
Starred as a kleptomaniac in "Peppermills"; film won Best Short at the Berlin Film Festival in 1998
1997:
Landed recurring role as Drew Carey's girlfriend on "The Drew Carey Show" (ABC)
2000:
Cast in recurring role on "Norm" (ABC) as Norm McDonald's love interest
2000:
Played a supporting role in Brett Ratner's "Family Man," starring Nicholas Cage
2001:
Played the bawdy Carol Nelson on HBO series "The Mind of the Married Man"
2003:
Played small role as Sandra Oh's lesbian partner in feature adaptation of "Under The Tuscan Sun"
2005:
Landed breakthrough role of Dr. Addison Montgomery on hit ABC medical drama "Grey's Anatomy"
2005:
Co-starred opposite Will Ferrell and Robert Duvall in comedy feature "Kicking and Screaming"
2007:
Reprised role of Dr. Montgomery on "Grey's Anatomy" spin-off series "Private Practice" (ABC)
2010:
Co-starred in apocalyptic thriller "Legion"
2012:
Played Logan Lerman's mother in feature adaptation of "The Perks of Being a Wallflower," written and directed by the novel's author Stephen Chbosky
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Education

University of Arizona: Tuscon , Arizona -
Piven Theatre Workshop: Evanston , Illinois -
Chicago Shakespeare Theater: Chicago , Illinois -

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