Kathryn Joosten (1939–2012)


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Kathryn is best known for her portrayals of "Karen McCluskey" on Desperate Housewives (2004) on ABC and of "Mrs. Landingham", secretary to the President (Martin Sheen), on the critically-acclaimed NBC drama, The West Wing (1999). She has also recurred on Dharma & Greg (1997), and guest-starred on many hit television series, such as Becker (... See full bio »

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Desperate Housewives Karen McCluskey
(2005-2012)
Wedding Crashers Chazz's Mom
(2005)
Hostage Louise
(2005)
Bedtime Stories Mrs. Dixon
(2008)

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 2014 Wild Card (TV Series)
Dottie
- The Pilot (2014) ... Dottie
 2014 Wish Wizard (Short)
Mrs. Inkwell
 2005-2012 Desperate Housewives (TV Series)
Karen McCluskey
- Finishing the Hat (2012) ... Karen McCluskey
- Give Me the Blame (2012) ... Karen McCluskey
- Women and Death (2012) ... Karen McCluskey
- You Take for Granted (2012) ... Karen McCluskey
- She Needs Me (2012) ... Karen McCluskey
 2012 Harry's Law (TV Series)
Maisie Joyce
- Class War (2012) ... Maisie Joyce
 2012 The Mentalist (TV Series)
Gloria Williams
- At First Blush (2012) ... Gloria Williams
 2011 The Cleveland Show (TV Series)
Hazel
- Sex and the Biddy (2011) ... Hazel (voice)
 2011 Mega Python vs. Gatoroid (TV Movie)
Angie Polk
 2011 Mitzvah Communion (Short)
Leticia Lovell
 2010 The Committee Ep 1: Bad Dog (Video short)
 2009 The Bake Shop Ghost (Short)
Miss Cora Lee Merriweather
 2001-2009 Scrubs (TV Series)
Mrs. Tanner
- My Finale: Part 2 (2009) ... Mrs. Tanner (uncredited)
- My First Kill (2004) ... Mrs. Tanner
- My Old Lady (2001) ... Mrs. Tanner
 2008 Bedtime Stories
Mrs. Dixon
 2003-2008 Monk (TV Series)
Neysa Gordon - Former Babysitter / Nurse Stempel
- Mr. Monk's 100th Case (2008) ... Neysa Gordon - Former Babysitter
- Mr. Monk and the Sleeping Suspect (2003) ... Nurse Stempel
 2008 The Gold Lunch (Short)
Judge
 2005-2008 My Name Is Earl (TV Series)
Donny's Mom
- Camdenites: Part 1 (2008) ... Donny's Mom (uncredited)
- Quit Smoking (2005) ... Donny's Mom
 2008 Las Vegas (TV Series)
Robby
- Win, Place, Bingo (2008) ... Robby
 2007 Rails & Ties
Mrs. Brown
 2007 The Closer (TV Series)
Nurse Townsend
- The Round File (2007) ... Nurse Townsend
 2007 In Case of Emergency (TV Series)
Mrs Walsh
- The Picture (2007) ... Mrs Walsh
 2007 Jane Doe: Ties That Bind (TV Movie)
Cara Goodman
 2006 Saved (TV Series)
Evelyn Wilson
- Who Do You Trust? (2006) ... Evelyn Wilson
 2006 The Evidence (TV Series)
Midge
- And the Envelope Please (2006) ... Midge
 2006 The TV Set
Lois
 2006 The Suite Life of Zack & Cody (TV Series)
Grandma Marilyn
- Not So Suite 16 (2006) ... Grandma Marilyn
 2006 Dark Mind
Nurse
 2006 Reba (TV Series)
Director
- Brock's Got Stones (2006) ... Director
 2005 Life on a Stick (TV Series)
Edith
- Things People Stand For (2005) ... Edith
 2005 Cheaper by the Dozen 2
Theatre Patron
 2005 Malcolm in the Middle (TV Series)
Claire
- Malcolm Defends Reese (2005) ... Claire
 2005 Love, Inc. (TV Series)
Doris
- The Honeymooners (2005) ... Doris
 2005 Halfway Decent
Bonnie's Mom
 2005 Breadwinners (TV Movie)
Phyllis
 2005 Wedding Crashers
Chazz's Mom
 2005 Grey's Anatomy (TV Series)
Stephanie Drake
- Shake Your Groove Thing (2005) ... Stephanie Drake
 2005 Fathers and Sons (TV Movie)
Gene's Mom (uncredited)
 2003-2005 Joan of Arcadia (TV Series)
Old Lady God
- Common Thread (2005) ... Old Lady God
- Trial and Error (2005) ... Old Lady God
- Independence Day (2005) ... Old Lady God
- Out of Sight (2004) ... Old Lady God
- Only Connect (2004) ... Old Lady God
 2005 Taking Your Life
Helen
 2005 Hostage
Louise
 2005 McBride: It's Murder, Madam (TV Movie)
Judge Broderick
 2004 Breaking Dawn
Neighbor
 2004 Gilmore Girls (TV Series)
Maisy Fortner
- Written in the Stars (2004) ... Maisy Fortner
 2004 Father of the Pride (TV Series short)
- Catnip and Trust (2004) ... (voice)
 2004 Combustion (TV Movie)
Miss Knight
 2004 Everwood (TV Series)
Mrs. Hammerhill
- Last Looks (2004) ... Mrs. Hammerhill
 2004 Life with Bonnie (TV Series)
Phyllis
- Therabeautic (2004) ... Phyllis
 2004 Yes, Dear (TV Series)
Claire Atkinson
- Dead Aunt, Dead Aunt... (2004) ... Claire Atkinson (as Kathryn Joostyn)
 2004 Will & Grace (TV Series)
Felicia
- Ice Cream Balls (2004) ... Felicia
 2004 10-8: Officers on Duty (TV Series)
Mrs Unterberger
- Wild and the Innocent (2004) ... Mrs Unterberger
 2004 Curb Your Enthusiasm (TV Series)
Jenny - Woman at Reception
- The Weatherman (2004) ... Jenny - Woman at Reception
 2003 Highway to Oblivion (TV Movie)
Nancy
 2003 The King of Queens (TV Series)
Maureen
- Santa Claustrophobia (2003) ... Maureen
 2003 Secret Santa (TV Movie)
Winifred
 2003 Red Roses and Petrol
Nurse
 2003 Strong Medicine (TV Series)
Mrs. Nolan
- Coming Clean (2003) ... Mrs. Nolan
 2003 Less Than Perfect (TV Series)
Old Lady
- Rules (2003) ... Old Lady
 2003 Charmed (TV Series)
Wife
- My Three Witches (2003) ... Wife
 2003 Hope & Faith (TV Series)
Funeral Guest
- Remembrance of Rings Past (2003) ... Funeral Guest (uncredited)
 2003 Wasabi Tuna
Erma
 1998-2003 The Drew Carey Show (TV Series)
Natalie / Ruth
- A Speedy Recovery (2003) ... Natalie
- Drew Dates a Senior (1998) ... Ruth
 2003 A.U.S.A. (TV Series)
Ginny Romano
- The Kiss (2003) ... Ginny Romano
- Pilot (2003) ... Ginny Romano
 2003 Judging Amy (TV Series)
Judge Drabowsky
- Wild Card (2003) ... Judge Drabowsky
 2002-2003 General Hospital (TV Series)
Ida Warren
- Episode #1.10183 (2003) ... Ida Warren
- Episode #1.10182 (2003) ... Ida Warren
- Episode #1.10180 (2002) ... Ida Warren
- Episode #1.10179 (2002) ... Ida Warren
- Episode #1.10178 (2002) ... Ida Warren
 2002 Lehi's Wife (Short)
Ida Smith
 2002 Even Stevens (TV Series)
Edna Manning
- Stevens Manor (2002) ... Edna Manning
 1999-2002 The West Wing (TV Series)
Mrs. Landingham / Dolores Landingham
- Debate Camp (2002) ... Dolores Landingham
- Bartlet for America (2001) ... Dolores Landingham
- Two Cathedrals (2001) ... Dolores Landingham
- 18th and Potomac (2001) ... Dolores Landingham
- Bad Moon Rising (2001) ... Dolores Landingham
 2002 Cojones (Short)
Old Lady
 2002 So Little Time (TV Series)
Louise Van Horn
- The Volunteer (2002) ... Louise Van Horn
 2002 The Division (TV Series)
Constance 'Connie ' Langtry
- Journey (2002) ... Constance 'Connie ' Langtry
 2002 Titus (TV Series)
Betty
- Bachelor Party (2002) ... Betty
 2002 The X-Files (TV Series)
Agent Edie Boal
- Trust No 1 (2002) ... Agent Edie Boal
 2001 Spin City (TV Series)
Sister Agnes
- She's Gotta Habit (2001) ... Sister Agnes
 2001 Raising Dad (TV Series)
Mrs. Paultis
- Baby, You Can't Drive My Car (2001) ... Mrs. Paultis
 2001 Dead Last (TV Series)
Nurse
- Gastric Distress (2001) ... Nurse
 1999-2001 Providence (TV Series)
Mrs. Nielsen / Miss O'Meara
- Dad (2001) ... Mrs. Nielsen
- Home Again (1999) ... Miss O'Meara
 2001 Arli$$ (TV Series)
Kirby's Mother
- You Are Your Priorities (2001) ... Kirby's Mother
 1998-2001 Dharma & Greg (TV Series)
Claire / Elderly Woman
- How This Happened (2001) ... Claire
- The Story of K (2001) ... Claire
- For Pete's Sake (2001) ... Claire
- Let's Get Fiscal (2001) ... Claire
- Playing the Field (2000) ... Claire
 2001 Ally McBeal (TV Series)
Sister Alice
- Falling Up (2001) ... Sister Alice
 2000 Becker (TV Series)
Mrs. Goldsmith
- Smoke'em If You Got 'Em (2000) ... Mrs. Goldsmith
 2000 Code Blue (Video Game)
Gladys Reilly (voice)
 2000 Hellraiser: Inferno (Video)
Mother
 2000 Buffy the Vampire Slayer (TV Series)
Genevive Holt
- Where the Wild Things Are (2000) ... Genevive Holt
 1999 Kiss Toledo Goodbye
Wheelchair Lady
 1999 Thanks (TV Series)
Mrs. Sturges
- Privacy (1999) ... Mrs. Sturges
- Tobacco (1999) ... Mrs. Sturges
- Pilot (1999) ... Mrs. Sturges
 1999 Tracey Takes On... (TV Series)
Diner Waitress
- End of the World (1999) ... Diner Waitress
 1999 Home Improvement (TV Series)
Thelma McCready
- Chop Shop 'til You Drop (1999) ... Thelma McCready
 1998 Nothing Sacred (TV Series)
Church secretary
- HIV Priest! Film at Eleven (1998) ... Church secretary
 1998 Maggie (TV Series)
Mrs. Garimore
- The Other Woman (1998) ... Mrs. Garimore
 1998 Phoenix
Esther
 1998 The Nanny (TV Series)
Ward Nurse
- The Pre-Nup (1998) ... Ward Nurse
 1998 Just Shoot Me! (TV Series)
Mrs. Pierce
- The Kiss (1998) ... Mrs. Pierce
 1998 Prey (TV Series)
Landlady
- Discovery (1998) ... Landlady
 1997 Eating Las Vegas (Short)
Landlady
 1997 Best Men
Edie
 1997 Brooklyn South (TV Series)
Mrs. Mariah Westbrook
- Touched by a Checkered Cab (1997) ... Mrs. Mariah Westbrook
- Why Can't Even a Couple of Us Get Along? (1997) ... Mrs. Mariah Westbrook
 1997 NYPD Blue (TV Series)
Mrs. Prows
- Is Paris Burning? (1997) ... Mrs. Prows
 1997 Men Behaving Badly (TV Series)
Saleswoman
- After Midnight (1997) ... Saleswoman
 1997 Profiler (TV Series)
Morganna Styles
- Into the Abyss (1997) ... Morganna Styles
 1997 Frasier (TV Series)
Vera
- Roz's Turn (1997) ... Vera
 1997 Temporarily Yours (TV Series)
Woman
- Independence Day (1997) ... Woman
 1997 Life with Roger (TV Series)
Mrs. Mitchell
- Dial M for Muffin (1997) ... Mrs. Mitchell
 1997 Seinfeld (TV Series)
Betsy
- The Little Jerry (1997) ... Betsy
 1996 Boston Common (TV Series)
Mrs. Schuster
- Trustee and Sympathy (1996) ... Mrs. Schuster
 1996 Murphy Brown (TV Series)
Secretary #83
- That's the Way the Corky Crumbles (1996) ... Secretary #83
 1996 Goode Behavior (TV Series)
- Goode Cause (1996)
 1996 Roseanne (TV Series)
Carol, woman in dance class / Supermarket customer
- Ballroom Blitz (1996) ... Carol, woman in dance class
- The Thrilla near the Vanilla Extract (1996) ... Supermarket customer
 1996 ER (TV Series)
Lois
- A Shift in the Night (1996) ... Lois
 1996 The Making of a Hollywood Madam (TV Movie)
Mrs. Oshotz
 1996 3rd Rock from the Sun (TV Series)
Cafeterial Lady
- Dick, Smoker (1996) ... Cafeterial Lady
 1995 Grace Under Fire (TV Series)
Ida Reilly
- Daycare (1995) ... Ida Reilly
 1995 Chicago Hope (TV Series)
Cleaning woman
- A Coupla Stiffs (1995) ... Cleaning woman (uncredited)
 1995 Picket Fences (TV Series)
Waitress
- Reap the Whirlwind (1995) ... Waitress
 1995 The Stranger Beside Me (TV Movie)
Judge
 1995 Pointman (TV Series)
Lois
- The Jumper (1995) ... Lois
 1995 Family Matters (TV Series)
Grocery Checker
- My Bodyguard (1995) ... Grocery Checker
 1989 The Package
Waitress
 1987 Sable (TV Series)
Waitress
- Hunt (1987) ... Waitress
 1985 Lady Blue (TV Series)
Margo
- Pilot (1985) ... Margo
 1984 Grandview, U.S.A.
Mrs. Clark
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Personal Details

Other Works:

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Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 3 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Kathryn Joostyn

Height:

5' 3" (1.6 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

My fans are people... kinda... youngsters who look at me as a grandmother. People who wanna make a change, people who are on the edge of saying - this is not the life I chose and I wanna do something about it.

Trivia:

Mother of two boys. See more »

Nickname:

Kathy

Star Sign:

Sagittarius

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