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Catherine Keener

Catherine Keener is an American actress, Oscar-nominated for her roles in the independent films Being John Malkovich (1999) and Capote (2005). Acclaimed in her community for her quirky roles in independent film and mainstream such as The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005), Keener got her start as a casting director in New York City. Catherine Ann Keener was... See full bio »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 16 wins & 53 nominations. See more awards »

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Capote Nelle Harper Lee
Being John Malkovich
Being John Malkovich Maxine Lund
Synecdoche, New York


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 2020 The Croods 2 (pre-production)
Ugga (voice)
 2018 Soldado (completed)
 2018 Incredibles 2 (filming) (voice)
 2018 Nostalgia (completed)
 2017 November Criminals
 2017 We Don't Belong Here
Nancy Green
 2017 Little Pink House
Susette Kelo
 2017/I Get Out
Missy Armitage
 2016 Unless
 2015 Show Me a Hero (TV Mini-Series)
Mary Dorman
- Episode #1.6 (2015) ... Mary Dorman
- Episode #1.5 (2015) ... Mary Dorman
- Episode #1.4 (2015) ... Mary Dorman
- Episode #1.3 (2015) ... Mary Dorman
- Episode #1.2 (2015) ... Mary Dorman
 2015 Accidental Love
Rep. Pam Hendrickson
 2014 How and Why (TV Movie)
 2014 Elephant Song
Nurse Susan Peterson
 2014 Bad Grandpa .5 (Video)
 2014/I War Story
 2013 Bad Grandpa
 2013 Captain Phillips
Andrea Phillips
 2013/II Begin Again
 2013 Enough Said
 2013 The Croods
Ugga (voice)
 2012 A Late Quartet
Juliette Gelbart
 2012 Maladies
 2011 Peace, Love & Misunderstanding
Diane Hudson
 2011 The Oranges
 2010/I Trust
 2010/I Cyrus
 2010 Please Give
 2009 The Soloist
Mary Weston
 2008 A Summer in Genoa
 2008 Synecdoche, New York
Adele Lack
 2008 Hamlet 2
Brie Marschz
 2008 What Just Happened
Lou Tarnow
 2007/I Solstice (Short)
 2007 Into the Wild
Jan Burres
 2007 An American Crime
Gertrude Baniszewski
 2006 Friends with Money
 2005 Capote
Nelle Harper Lee
 2005 The 40-Year-Old Virgin
 2005 The Interpreter
Dot Woods
 2005 The Ballad of Jack and Rose
 2002 Adaptation.
Catherine Keener (uncredited)
 2002 S1m0ne
Elaine Christian
 2002 Full Frontal
 2002 Death to Smoochy
Nora Wells
 2001 Lovely & Amazing
Michelle Marks
 1999 Simpatico
 1999 Being John Malkovich
Maxine Lund
 1999 8MM
Amy Welles
 1998 Out of Sight
 1997 The Real Blonde
 1996 If These Walls Could Talk (TV Movie)
Becky Donnelly (segment "1952")
 1996 Box of Moon Light
Floatie Dupre
 1996 Boys
 1996 Heroine of Hell (TV Movie)
 1996 Walking and Talking
 1995 Living in Oblivion
Nicole Springer
 1994 Journeys North (TV Movie)
 1993 The Cemetery Club
Esther's Daughter (uncredited)
 1992 Seinfeld (TV Series)
- The Letter (1992) ... Nina
 1991 Johnny Suede
 1991 Switch
Steve's Secretary
 1990 Catchfire
Trucker's Girl
 1990 Arduous Moon (Short)
 1989 CBS Summer Playhouse (TV Series)
Jan Engle
- Curse of the Corn People (1989) ... Jan Engle
 1988-1989 Knightwatch (TV Series)
- Lost Weekend (1989) ... Rebecca
- Friday Knight (1988) ... Rebecca
 1988 Survival Quest
 1987 Ohara (TV Series)
Lt. Cricket Sideris
- Brian (1987) ... Lt. Cricket Sideris
- Frannie (1987) ... Lt. Cricket Sideris
- Jesse (1987) ... Lt. Cricket Sideris
- Laura (1987) ... Lt. Cricket Sideris
- Louie (1987) ... Lt. Cricket Sideris
 1986 L.A. Law (TV Series)
- The House of the Rising Flan (1986) ... Waitress (uncredited)
 1986 The Education of Allison Tate
Linda Kellogg
 1986 The Alan King Show (TV Movie)
 1986 About Last Night...
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: Plays Anna in "Burn This" play by Lanford Wilson (Union Square Theater, New York City, New York, USA). See more »

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[on her harshest rejection]: "One director said I just wasn't sexy. It was hard, really hard. I left town for two months with my tail between my legs. But you have to kind of go, okay, maybe I'm not their idea of [sexy], but hell, I can have sex!" See more »


Appeared in three films with Philip Seymour Hoffman: Capote (2005), Synecdoche, New York (2008) and A Late Quartet (2012). See more »


Often works with Nicole Holofcener and Spike Jonze

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