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Also Known As: Jane Frances Kaczmarek Died:
Born: December 21, 1955 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Greendale, Wisconsin, USA Profession: actor

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Jane Kaczmarek had already had a long and fruitful acting career comprised of roles on stage and screen, but it was her role as harried mother Lois on the hit sitcom "Malcolm in the Middle" (Fox, 2000-06) that finally placed her firmly in the spotlight. The wife of fellow actor Bradley Whitford of "West Wing" fame since 1993, this attractive and versatile brunette routinely turned in noteworthy performances. Kaczmarek had about her an air of determined self-possession that she molded around her characters, regardless of whether she was playing rich, snooty socialites or underprivileged scrappers. One obvious result of Kaczmarek's extreme dedication was her exceptionally realistic portrayals of older women who were either accomplished or embittered with their lives.

Jane Kaczmarek had already had a long and fruitful acting career comprised of roles on stage and screen, but it was her role as harried mother Lois on the hit sitcom "Malcolm in the Middle" (Fox, 2000-06) that finally placed her firmly in the spotlight. The wife of fellow actor Bradley Whitford of "West Wing" fame since 1993, this attractive and versatile brunette routinely turned in noteworthy performances. Kaczmarek had about her an air of determined self-possession that she molded around her characters, regardless of whether she was playing rich, snooty socialites or underprivileged scrappers. One obvious result of Kaczmarek's extreme dedication was her exceptionally realistic portrayals of older women who were either accomplished or embittered with their lives.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Lost on Purpose (2013)
2.
 Reviving Ophelia (2010)
3.
 Jenifer Estess Story, The (2001) Valerie Estess
4.
 Pleasantville (1998) David'S Mom
5.
 Wildly Available (1997) Rita
6.
 Chamber, The (1996) Dr Anne Biddows
7.
 Without Warning (1994) "Evening World News" Science Editor Dr Caroline Jaffe
8.
 All's Fair (1989) Linda
9.
 D.O.A. (1988) Gail Cornell
10.
 Vice Versa (1988) Robyn
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1982:
First television role was that of Margie Spoletto on "For Lovers Only" (ABC)
1983:
Played Nurse Sandy Burns in a three-episode recurring role on the NBC drama "St. Elsewhere"
1983:
Co-starred as the wife of Fred Ward's Vietnam vet in the gripping drama "Uncommon Valor"
1984:
Played the wife of Robert De Niro's unfaithful husband in "Falling in Love"
1984:
Featured in the ABC TV-movie "Something About Amelia"
1985:
Appeared in the supernatural comedy "The Heavenly Kid"
1986:
Starred in the TV-movies "The Right of the People" (ABC) and "The Christmas Gift" (CBS)
1987:
Had a co-starring role in the marathon miniseries "I'll Take Manhattan" (CBS)
1988:
Appeared in the role-reversal comedy "Vice Versa"
1988:
Featured as the ex-wife of Dennis Quaid's doomed lead character in a remake of "D.O.A."
1990:
Played attorney Linda Bauer on the ABC legal drama "Equal Justice"
1993:
Was a regular on the short-lived sitcom "Big Wave Dave's" (CBS)
1994:
Acted in the Off-Broadway play "Kindertransport" as a Jewish woman who sends her daughter to England for safety during WWII
1995:
Appeared in three-episodes of the FOX drama "Party of Five"
1996:
Had a recurring role on "Cybill" (CBS) as Holly
1996:
Had a recurring role as a love interest to Martin Crane (John Mahoney) on "Frasier" (NBC)
1996:
Reprised her "Kindertransport" role for a run at West Hollywood's Tiffany Theater
1997:
Co-starred in the independent film "Wildly Available"
1998:
Played the real life mother of Tobey Maguire's character in "Pleasantville"
1998:
Starred in the South Coast Repertory comedy production of "Dinner With Friends"
1999:
Had a recurring role as the birth mother of Julie, on the college-set drama "Felicity" (WB)
2000:
Starred as Lois, mother of four outrageously mischievous sons, on the FOX sitcom "Malcolm in the Middle"; earned Emmy (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006), Golden Globe (2001, 2002, 2003) and SAG (2001, 2003) nominations for Best Actress
2001:
Voiced Judge Constance Harm in several episodes of "The Simpsons" (FOX)
2006:
Co-starred with Ted Danson on the short-lived series "Help Me Help You" (ABC)
2008:
Cast on the TNT series "Raising the Bar" as Judge Trudy Kessler
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Education

University of Wisconsin-Madison: Madison , Wisconsin -
Greendale High School: Greendale , Wisconsin - 1974
Yale University: New Haven , Connecticut - 1982

Notes

Kaczmarek has reportedly suffered from migraines which have caused her to miss filming of episodes of "Malcolm in the Middle" on occasion. When she suffered an occurrence in spring 2002, there was speculation that the actress was using her sick leave as an attempt to negotiate a pay increase, a charge that was denied by her spokeswoman.

Fellow actor and Wisconsinite Tony Shalhoub on Jane Kaczmarek: "She brings an amazing class and elegance to any role." --quoted in TV Guide, March 18, 2000.

"I've been playing middle-aged since I was 26." --Jane Kaczmarek to Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, March 27, 2000

Kaczmarek on Lois, her character on "Malcolm in the Middle" to Daily News (April 10, 2000): "The key to Lois is that she just doesn't have a lot of options. She has to fall back on practicality and common sense. She's always in a hurry and there's never enough money or help. She goes with her gut to keep things running. part of what makes their kids so crafty and clever is that she's such a commandant, they've got to be really ingenious to get away with their antics."

"When you're young, you have no perspective. Whenever you got a job, you felt like you were owed the job. Now I realize how lucky I am." --Kaczmarek on her acting career, quoted in Daily News, April 10, 2000.

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husband:
Bradley Whitford. Actor. Married in 1993.

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father:
Edward Kaczmarek. Worked for the Defense Department.
mother:
Evelyn Kaczmarek. Teacher.
brother:
Jim Kaczmarek. Teacher.
brother:
Bill Kaczmarek. Entrepreneur.
sister:
Mary Kaczmarek. Younger; worked in real estate and Internet firms.
daughter:
Frances Whitford. Born c. January 1998.
son:
George Whitford. Born on December 23, 1999.
daughter:
Mary Louisa Whitford. Born November 25, 2002.
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