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Also Known As: Judy Evans, Judy Evans Greer, Judith Laura Evans Died:
Born: July 20, 1975 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Livonia, Michigan, USA Profession: actor

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Playing lanky, clumsy and unforgettable characters who often stole scene after scene from her A-list co-stars did not just define Judy Greer's onscreen career, she turned it into an art form. The minute the actress stepped foot on camera, she exuded a natural comedic flair audiences could not help but love in films such as "What Women Want" (2000) with Mel Gibson, "The Wedding Planner" (2001) with Jennifer Lopez, and "13 Going on 30" (2004) with Jennifer Garner. Greer also thrived on the small screen with hit shows like "Arrested Development" (Fox, 2003-06) and "Californication" (Showtime, 2007- ). She widened her horizons with the supernatural thriller "The Village" (2004) and Wes Craven's horror flick "Cursed" (2005), before returning to more comedic roles in "American Dreamz" (2006) and "The Amateurs" (2006). By the time she joined the cast of "Two and a Half Men" (CBS, 2003- ) and starred opposite George Clooney in "The Descendants" (2011), Greer was firmly established as a top character actress capable of playing in a variety of genres in film and on television.Born on July 20, 1975 in Livonia, MI, Greer was raised the daughter of a mechanical engineer and a hospital administrator. She attended...

Playing lanky, clumsy and unforgettable characters who often stole scene after scene from her A-list co-stars did not just define Judy Greer's onscreen career, she turned it into an art form. The minute the actress stepped foot on camera, she exuded a natural comedic flair audiences could not help but love in films such as "What Women Want" (2000) with Mel Gibson, "The Wedding Planner" (2001) with Jennifer Lopez, and "13 Going on 30" (2004) with Jennifer Garner. Greer also thrived on the small screen with hit shows like "Arrested Development" (Fox, 2003-06) and "Californication" (Showtime, 2007- ). She widened her horizons with the supernatural thriller "The Village" (2004) and Wes Craven's horror flick "Cursed" (2005), before returning to more comedic roles in "American Dreamz" (2006) and "The Amateurs" (2006). By the time she joined the cast of "Two and a Half Men" (CBS, 2003- ) and starred opposite George Clooney in "The Descendants" (2011), Greer was firmly established as a top character actress capable of playing in a variety of genres in film and on television.

Born on July 20, 1975 in Livonia, MI, Greer was raised the daughter of a mechanical engineer and a hospital administrator. She attended Winston Churchill High School, where she later admitted that her social status went from not being noticed to not caring at all. The self-proclaimed former ugly duckling trained for almost 10 years in Russian ballet, before entering the prestigious theater program at DePaul University, where she graduated in 1997. Just three days after graduation, she landed a small part in the romantic comedy "Kissing a Fool" (1998) with Jason Lee and David Schwimmer. The one-time telemarketer and oyster shucker flew to Los Angeles for the movie premiere and ended up staying. Greer next joined the cast of "Jawbreaker" (1999), a dark comedy that focused on a popular clique of girls who accidentally kill their best friend with a birthday prank. That same year, Greer found herself locking lips with George Clooney in the opening scene of "Three Kings," and followed with notable turns in "What Women Want" (2000) and "The Wedding Planner" (2001).

Even though she had landed only supporting roles up until this time, Greer caught the eye of producers and managed to gain a foothold on everyone's list for essaying unexpectedly scene-stealing characters. She next played the waitress who becomes the object of Charlie Kaufman's obsession in the Academy Award-winning film "Adaptation" (2002), and made the successful transition to the small screen when she joined the cast of "Arrested Development" (Fox, 2003-06) in the recurring role of Kitty Sanchez, Jason Bateman's assistant. After playing the backstabbing best friend of Jennifer Gardner in "13 Going on 30" (2004), she appeared on other series like "Love and Money" (CBS, 1999), "CSI: Miami" (2002- ), "Two and a Half Men" (CBS, 2003- ) and "Californication" (Showtime, 2007- ). Greer also earned wide praise for her hilarious portrayal of a circus performer in a 2006 episode of "My Name Is Earl" (NBC, 2005-09), which helped open the doors to more opportunities in a wider array of genres.

Throughout her career, Greer also stretched her dramatic muscles by scoring parts in non-comedic films and independent projects. She starred opposite Sigourney Weaver, Joaquin Phoenix and Adrien Brody in M. Night Shyamalan's supernatural thriller "The Village" (2004), before appearing in Wes Craven's werewolf horror flick "Cursed" (2005). That same year, Greer acted in "Elizabethtown" as Orlando Bloom's sister and Susan Sarandon's daughter in writer-director Cameron Crowe's tale of a young man whose life changes after almost committing suicide. Following turns in Paul Weitz's political satire "American Dreamz" (2006) and the indie comedy "The Amateurs" (2006), Greer starred on the short-lived sitcom "Miss Guided" (ABC, 2008), which lasted a scant seven episodes before being cancelled. She starred alongside Katherine Heigl and James Marsden in the romantic comedy "27 Dresses" (2008), played a friend and employee to Jennifer Aniston in "Love Happens" (2009), and performed in the live-action film "Marmaduke" (2010). On the small screen, she joined Ashton Kutcher as his wife on "Two and a Half Men" (CBS, 2003- ) when the actor replaced an outgoing Charlie Sheen, and starred opposite George Clooney in Alexander Payne's acclaimed comedy-drama "The Descendants" (2011).

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1998:
Film debut in the low-budget horror movie "Stricken"
1998:
Cast opposite David Schwimmer in the romantic comedy "Kissing a Fool"
1999:
Appeared with Rose McGowan in "Jawbreaker"
1999:
Had a small role as a reporter opposite George Clooney in "Three Kings"
2000:
Appeared opposite Garry Shandling and John Goodman in Mike Nichols' "What Planet Are You From?"
2001:
Cast as Jennifer Lopez¿s assistant in the romantic comedy "The Wedding Planner"
2002:
Cast as a waitress in the Charlie Kaufman/Spike Jonez comedy "Adaptation"
2003:
Appeared in writer/director Adam Goldberg's psychological drama "I Love Your Work"
2003:
Had a recurring role as Kitty Sanchez, George Bluth Sr.'s fiercely loyal and independent assistant, on Fox's "Arrested Development"
2004:
Starred opposite Jennifer Garner in the comedy "13 Going on 30"
2004:
Co-starred in writer/director M. Night Shyamalan's "The Village" opposite Joaquin Phoenix
2005:
Starred in Wes Craven's werewolf thriller "Cursed"
2005:
Co-starred with Orlando Bloom and Susan Sarandon in writer/director Cameron Crowe's "Elizabethtown"
2006:
Cast in Paul Weitz's political satire "American Dreamz"
2006:
Co-starred in "The Amateurs," an independent comedy about a sleepy town that comes together to film a porno
2007:
Cast in the network satire "The TV Set," directed by Jake Kasdan and starring Sigourney Weaver
2008:
Starred in the short-lived ABC sitcom "Miss Guided"
2009:
Voiced the airy nympho Cheryl on FX¿s "Archer"
2009:
Played Jennifer Aniston's employee and friend in the romantic drama "Love Happens"
2010:
Acted in the live-action film based on the comic strip "Marmaduke"
2010:
Co-starred with Patrick Wilson in the comedy "Barry Munday"
2011:
Cast as the wife of Ashton Kutcher¿s character Walden Schmidt on CBS' "Two and a Half Men"
2011:
Cast opposite George Clooney in Alexander Payne's "The Descendants"
2012:
Co-starred in "Jeff, Who Lives at Home" opposite Jason Segel and Ed Helms
2012:
Cast opposite Gerard Butler and Jessica Biel in romantic comedy "Playing for Keeps"
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Education

Winston Churchill High School: Livonia , Michigan -
DePaul University: Chicago , Illinois - 1997

Notes

"Being a character actor, you do get the goofy roles, but a lot of times they're really underwritten and you're expected to breathe life into them," she says. "People are like, 'Well you're just so funny. if anyone can do something with this, it's you, Judy!'"---Greer to EW, March 4, 2005.

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