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Also Known As: Mary-Lynn Rajskub Died:
Born: June 22, 1971 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Michigan, USA Profession: comedian, actor, writer, singer, waitress, usher

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After receiving her start in performing arts and comedy theater, actress Mary Lynn Rajskub made a name for herself as one of the original members of the sketch comedy series, "Mr. Show" (HBO, 1995-99). Rajskub left the show following its debut season in order to replace friend Janeane Garofalo's character on "The Larry Sanders Show" (HBO, 1992-98), playing the show-within-a-show's eager-to-please and often inappropriate guest booker. Having proven herself a dynamic comedic player on the small screen, she made the transition to features with small roles in "Road Trip" (2000) and "Storytelling" (2001) before landing a more significant supporting role opposite Adam Sandler and Emma Watson in "Punch-Drunk Love" (2002). Though most of her career to that point had a comedic bent, Rajskub made the surprising jump to drama with a high-profile supporting turn as the unconventional CTU analyst Chl O'Brian - one of the few people trusted by Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) - on the hit action series, "24" (Fox, 2001-2010). Though she spent most of her time behind a computer terminal aiding Bauer in whatever manner she could, Rajskub earned a loyal following, including within the real-life Homeland Security...

After receiving her start in performing arts and comedy theater, actress Mary Lynn Rajskub made a name for herself as one of the original members of the sketch comedy series, "Mr. Show" (HBO, 1995-99). Rajskub left the show following its debut season in order to replace friend Janeane Garofalo's character on "The Larry Sanders Show" (HBO, 1992-98), playing the show-within-a-show's eager-to-please and often inappropriate guest booker. Having proven herself a dynamic comedic player on the small screen, she made the transition to features with small roles in "Road Trip" (2000) and "Storytelling" (2001) before landing a more significant supporting role opposite Adam Sandler and Emma Watson in "Punch-Drunk Love" (2002). Though most of her career to that point had a comedic bent, Rajskub made the surprising jump to drama with a high-profile supporting turn as the unconventional CTU analyst Chl O'Brian - one of the few people trusted by Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) - on the hit action series, "24" (Fox, 2001-2010). Though she spent most of her time behind a computer terminal aiding Bauer in whatever manner she could, Rajskub earned a loyal following, including within the real-life Homeland Security department which named a research and development program, "Project CHL ," in homage to her character. Both during and after the successful run of "24," Rajskub was featured in several films including "Little Miss Sunshine" (2006), "Sunshine Cleaning" (2008) and "Julie & Julia" (2009), all of which demonstrated the range and versatility of the talented young actress.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Julie & Julia (2009)
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4.
 Humble Pie (2007)
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 Firewall (2006)
6.
 Grilled (2006)
7.
 Helter Skelter (2004) Squeaky Fromme
8.
 Mysterious Skin (2004) Avalyn Friesen
9.
 Punch-Drunk Love (2002) Elizabeth
10.
 Sweet Home Alabama (2002) Dorothea
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Raised in suburban Michigan
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Worked extensively in performance art and comedic theater
1995:
Became an original cast member of HBO's "Mr. Show"
1996:
First feature, voicing a female caller in "The Truth About Cats and Dogs"
1996:
Played a scattered talent booker on HBO's "The Larry Sanders Show"
1996:
Performed in the one-woman show "The Littlest Angel"
1999:
Appeared in the Andy Kaufman biopic "Man on the Moon" directed by Milos Foreman
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Formed (with Karen Kilgariff) the Girls Guitar Club, a spoof on the sensitive female singer-songwriter
1999:
Had a recurring role on NBC's "Veronica's Closet"
1999:
Featured in a cameo role in Paul Thomas Anderson's "Magnolia"
2000:
Appeared as a blind girl in the film "Road Trip"
2001:
Featured in the ensemble "The Anniversary Party" directed by Jennifer Jason Leigh and Alan Cumming
2001:
Cast as a regular on NBC's "The Downer Channel"; also wrote sketches
2002:
Featured alongside Reeese Witherspoon in the comedy "Sweet Home Alabama"
2002:
Re-teamed with director, Paul Thomas Anderson for "Punch-Drunk Love"
2003:
Re-teamed with Witherspoon for "Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde"
2003:
Joined the thrid season of FOX's "24" as CTU tech analyst Chloe O'Brian
2006:
Featured in a supporting role alongside Harrison Ford in feature film "Firewall"
2009:
Co-starred with Amy Adams in Nora Ephron's "Julie & Julia"
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Nominated for the 2010 Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actress: Action Adventure
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Education

San Francisco Art Institute: San Francisco , California -

Notes

Her surname, which is of Czech origin, is pronounced "rice-kub".

"I like the feeling that what happens on stage should be unpredictable. There's nothing better than having people totally relaxed and enjoying what's going on and then sort of gently guiding them into some weird area. But it's not fair just to be weird and obscure. You've got to get the audience involved first. Then get weird on them." --Rajskub to Los Angeles Times, November 25, 1996.

"To me Mary Lynn is today's Lucille Ball because of her incredible range. She is completely elastic and present, both emotionally and physically." --"The Downer Channel" creator Michael Halpern quoted on thedownerchannel.com

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companion:
David Cross. Actor, comedian. No longer together.
companion:
Jon Brion. Musician, record producer. Together from c. 1997; wrote score for 1999's "Magnolia".

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