Megyn Samantha Price is an American film and television actress. She has gained fame for portraying Claudia Finnerty in the FOX Network/WB sitcom ‘Grounded for Life’, Audrey Bingham in the CBS sitcom ‘Rules of Engagement’, and Mary Roth in the Netflix sitcom ‘The Ranch’. A native of Washington, Price was initially not as interested in acting as she was in writing plays. She decided to study economics in college and ventured into a career in finance. However, in later years, she quit her work as an investment banker to become an actress. Price made her screen debut in 1993 in an episode of ‘Quantum Leap’. In 1996, she portrayed Nancy Slaton, her first substantial role, in USA Network’s comedy-drama ‘Common Law’. She had her cinematic debut three years later, in the romantic drama ‘Love Happens’. Over the course of her career so far, Price has established herself as a prominent TV actress.
After leaving Stanford, Megyn Price was an investment banker for about a year before finally deciding to pursue a career in acting. Her first TV role came about in 1993, in a season five episode of ‘Quantum Leap,’ a science fiction TV show that aired on NBC from 1989 to 1993. She subsequently made a series of guest appearances in shows like ‘Saved by the Bell: The New Class’ (1994), ‘Renegade’ (1996), ‘The Drew Carey Show’ (1995-96), ‘Will & Grace’ (2000), and ‘Drop Dead Diva’ (2012). In 1996, she portrayed Nancy Slaton in nine episodes of the short-lived ABC comedy show ‘Common Law’.
From 1998 to 1999, she portrayed news producer Gale Ingersoll in NBC’s comedy ‘LateLine’. Despite receiving rave reviews from the critics, the show was cancelled after two seasons.
She made her big screen debut in the 1999 romantic comedy ‘Love Happens’, portraying the side character Lisa Harris. That year, she shared screen space with Russell Crowe, Hank Azaria, Mary McCormack, and Lolita Davidovich in the comedy drama ‘Mystery, Alaska’. From 2001 to 2005, she appeared as Claudia Finnerty in the sitcom ‘Grounded for Life’, that aired first on Fox and later on The WB. Cast opposite Donal Logue, Price’s character and her husband Sean Finnerty are Irish Catholic expatriates living in New York.
Price lent her voice to Linda Memari, a woman of Iranian descent, in Seth MacFarlane’s animated show ‘American Dad!’ (2005-09). She starred opposite Patrick Warburton in the CBS sitcom ‘Rules of Engagement’ (2007-13), While the show garnered largely negative reviews from the critics, it continued to maintain good ratings throughout its seven-season run.
In 2013, she was cast as Jenny Gibson in the telefilm ‘A Country Christmas Story’. Three years later, she appeared in another telefilm, ‘Hometown Hero’. In 2018, she played a small role in the science fiction action film ‘Bumblebee’, the latest instalment in the Transformers film franchise. Price is a member of the supporting cast of the Netflix series ‘The Ranch’ (2016-present), in which she portrays Mary Roth, a waitress who was once in a relationship with Jameson "Rooster" Bennett (Danny Masterson). She is set to star in Netflix’s upcoming comedy series ‘Mr. Iglesias’.
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Family & Personal Life
Born on March 24, 1971, in Seattle, Washington, USA, Megyn Price grew up in a Mormon home. The family relocated to Oklahoma after some time and she began studying at Norman High School. During this period, she penned a play, titled ‘Here Comes the Sun’. However, she was not much interested in acting at the time, believing it to be "the dumbest career choice anyone could possibly make".
After graduating high school, she enrolled at Stanford University, pursuing degrees in economics and communication. During this period, she developed a deep passion for acting and appeared in various school productions. She was also affiliated with a conservatory theatre in San Francisco.
Megyn Price is twice married. Her first husband was the writer, director, and producer Bill Lawrence, known for creating shows like ‘Scrubs’ (2001-10), ‘Cougar Town’ (2009-15), and ‘Spin City’ (1996-2002). After the dissolution of that marriage, she exchanged wedding vows with her childhood friend, Edward Cotner, an emergency department doctor. They presently reside in Montecito, California.