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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, Judy Greer turned attractive awkwardness into an art form. The minute the actress stepped foot on camera, she exuded a natural comedic flair 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 Cravenâ¿¿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 animated hit "Archer" (FX 2009- ) and co-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 Judith Therese Evans 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...

Playing lanky, clumsy and unforgettable characters who often stole scene after scene from her A-list co-stars, Judy Greer turned attractive awkwardness into an art form. The minute the actress stepped foot on camera, she exuded a natural comedic flair 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 Cravenâ¿¿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 animated hit "Archer" (FX 2009- ) and co-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 Judith Therese Evans 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. That same year, Greer found herself locking lips with George Clooney in the opening scene of "Three Kings," and followed with notable turns in romantic comedies "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 secretary Kitty Sanchez. 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" (2002-2012), "Two and a Half Men" (CBS, 2003-2014) and "Californication" (Showtime, 2007-2014). 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 Shyamalanâ¿¿s supernatural thriller "The Village" (2004) before appearing in Wes Cravenâ¿¿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 romantic comedy-drama. Following turns in Paul Weitzâ¿¿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. Her next series, the animated spy comedy "Archer" (FX 2009- ), on which she played independently wealthy secretary Cheryl Tunt, was far more critically and commercially successful. 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 in a recurring role as his wife on "Two and a Half Men" (CBS, 2003-2014) when the actor replaced an outgoing Charlie Sheen. After co-starring opposite George Clooney in Alexander Payneâ¿¿s acclaimed comedy-drama "The Descendants" (2011), Greer next co-starred in the Duplass brothers comedy-drama "Jeff, Who Lives At Home" (2011) and the Gerard Butler romantic comedy "Playing For Keeps" (2012). Returning to darker roles, Greer co-starred in Kimberley Peirce's remake of the horror classic "Carrie" (2013), psychological thriller "Jamie Marks Is Dead" (2014), and action sequel "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" (2014). Alongside her continuing work on "Archer," Greer starred in the dark sitcom "Married" (FX 2014- ) opposite Nat Faxon, co-writer of "The Descendants." Along with co-starring in Jason Reitman's "Men, Women & Children" (2014) and Paul Weitz's "Grandma" (2015), Greer appeared in several big-budget summer films in 2015, including Brad Bird's fantasy "Tomorrowland" (2015), the Marvel film "Ant-Man" (2015) and the franchise reboot "Jurassic World" (2015).

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 All We Had (2016)
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 Wilson (2016)
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 Entourage (2015)
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 Ant-Man (2015)
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 Grandma (2015)
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 Entourage (2015)
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 Fresno (2015)
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 Jurassic World (2015)
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1998:
Made her 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?"
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"
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
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"
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"
2013:
Cast as teacher Miss Desjardin in the remake of Stephen King's "Carrie"
2014:
Co-starred in indie horror film "Jamie Marks Is Dead"
2014:
Co-starred in action sequel "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes"
2014:
Co-starred in Jason Reitman's ensemble comedy-drama "Men, Women and Children"
2015:
Landed a supporting role in Colin Trevorrow's smash hit "Jurassic World"
2015:
Appeared in Brad Bird's "Tomorrowland" as the mother of Britt Robertson's Casey
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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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