Megan Mullally is a popular Emmy Award winning American actress best known for her work in the TV series 'Will & Grace', where she played one of the main roles. The show was a huge success, winning a total of sixteen Emmys. Mullally was nominated for seven Emmy awards for her performance out of which she won two. She was also nominated for four Golden Globes for this role. She played significant roles in the series 'Children’s Hospital' and 'Breaking In' as well. She had also hosted a talk show named 'The Megan Mullally Show.' It was later cancelled due to low ratings. In addition to her television roles, she has appeared in numerous films throughout her career. Her big screen performances include her roles in films such as 'Everything Put Together' and 'Why Him?' Her most recent works include a minor role in the comedy drama film 'Lemon', and a guest appearance in the comedy TV series 'Life in Pieces'. She is also a singer and a member of a band named ‘Supreme Music Program’.
Childhood & Early Life
Megan Mullally was born on 12th November 1958 in Los Angeles, California, US. Her parents were Martha and Carter Mullally. She developed an interest in ballet at an early age. She started performing ballet during high school, and also went to the School of American Ballet in New York City.
She completed her high school from Casady School, after which she attended Northwestern University, located in Evanston, Illinois. She studied English Literature and Art History.
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Megan Mullally moved to Los Angeles in 1985 where she initially appeared in commercials. She made her first significant appearance on television with a main role in the TV series ‘The Ellen Burstyn Show’. The show was cancelled after just thirteen episodes.
Over the next few years, she was seen in supporting roles in several shows such as ‘Ned and Stacey’, ‘Mad About You’, ‘Caroline in the City’, and ‘Just Shoot Me’! She also played minor roles in multiple films, such as ‘Last Resort’ (1986), ‘Blue Velvet’ (1986), and ‘Queen’s Logic’ (1991).
She gained prominence in 1998 after portraying one of the main roles in the American comedy series ‘Will & Grace’. The show was a huge success and it earned Mullally several nominations for the Emmy Awards. She won the award twice in 2000 and 2006. She was also nominated for multiple Golden Globes. The show aired from 1998 to 2006. It was restarted in 2017.
Meanwhile, Mullally was also seen in several films, such as ‘Stealing Harvard’ (2002), ‘Rebound’ (2005) and ‘Fame’ (2009). She also started her own talk show ‘The Megan Mullally Show.’ It aired from 2006 to 2007 and was soon cancelled due to low ratings.
In 2008, she started appearing in an important role in the series ‘Children’s Hospital’. The show was a satirical comedy. It initially came out as a webseries, which later made its debut on television. The show won four Emmy awards, along with several other nominations.
She played major as well as minor roles in several TV shows over the next few years, some of them being ‘Parks and Recreation’, ‘Breaking In’ and ‘Axe Cop.’ Her most recent significant role on television was in the TV series ‘You, Me and the Apocalypse’. She has also been seen in several important films such as ‘The Kings of Summer’ (2013) where she played a supporting role.
‘Why Him?’ a 2016 American comedy film is among the most recent works in Mullally’s movie career. The film was about a father trying to stop his daughter’s marriage with a millionaire due to his immature behavior. It was a huge commercial success, grossing more than twice its budget. Along with Mullally, other actors in the film were James Franco, Bryan Cranston and Zoey Deutch.
As a singer, Mullally is a member of a band named ‘Supreme Music Program’. The band has released several albums, which include ‘The Sweetheart Break-In’, ‘Big as a Berry’ and ‘Free Again!’
The American comedy series ‘Will & Grace’ is undoubtedly the most successful and important work in Megan Mullally’s television career. Even though the show received criticism for its stereotypical portrayal of homosexual characters, it became hugely popular. It was nominated for a total of 83 Emmy awards, out of which it won sixteen. It aired from 1998 to 2006. It was restarted again in September 2017. Other actors who starred in the show include Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Shelley Morrison.
Mullally played a supporting role in the 2002 American comedy film ‘Stealing Harvard’. Directed by Bruce McCulloch, the film was about a man who has to resort to crime to pay for his niece’s tuition fees. Other actors in the film included Jason Lee, Tom Green, Leslie Mann, Dennis Farina and Richard Jenkins.
She played an important role in the series ‘Children’s Hospital’. It originally began as a web series, which was later picked up by television. The story revolved around the staff of a children’s hospital. It starred actors Rob Corddry, Malin Akerman, Lake Bell, Erinn Hayes and Rob Huebel. The show was a success and was nominated for multiple Emmys, out of which it won four.
Awards & Achievements
Megan Mullally’s work in the TV series ‘Will & Grace’ earned her seven Emmy nominations, out of which she won two for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. She also earned four Golden Globe nominations for her performance in the show. She won four ‘Screen Actors Guild Awards’ as well.
She won a ‘Women in Film Lucy Award’ in 2005, for enhancing the perception of women through her work on television.
Megan Mullally has been married to actor Nick Offerman since 2003. She was previously married to talent agent Michael Katcher in the 1990s.