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Kathy Najimy

Birth Place: San Diego, CA, USA

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Najimy’s memorable television roles include Numb3rs, 13 seasons on King of the Hill, Desperate Housewives, Drop Dead Diva, Make It or Break It, Franklin & Bash, Mr. Sunshine and Ugly Betty. She also starred for three seasons on Veronica’s Closet, for which she received an American Comedy Award nomination. Najimy is internationally known for her portrayal of Sister Mary Patrick in the blockbuster hits Sister Act I and II, which won her an American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Actress. In the theater, she starred as legendary Mae West on Broadway in the hit play, Dirty Blonde, to critical acclaim. With Mo Gaffney, Najimy starred in and wrote the Kathy and Mo Show, her long-running off- Broadway play that won an Obie Award and became two HBO specials: Parallel Lives and Kathy and Mo: The Darkside.

Najimy's work includes over 20 films, including the upcoming The Guilt Trip alongside Barbra Streisand and starring roles in Hocus Pocus, RatRace, Say Uncle, Hope Floats, This is My Life, The Fisher King, Soapdish and The Wedding Planner. For her nearly 20 years of AIDS activism, Najimy has been honored with the L.A. Shanti’s Founder award as well as the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center's Distinguished Achievement award. Najimy has been published in The New York Times, as well as several national magazines. She contributed a chapter to the book The Choices We Made, which was released on the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, as well as Five Minutes with the President. She also voiced Wally Lamb's best-selling novel She’s Come Undone.

Kathy Najimy Photos


Barrow Street Theatricals Off-Broadway Production, 2018

New York Premiere Production, 2016
Performer [Replacement]


Original Broadway Production, 2000
Jo/Mae [Replacement]

Jo, Mae [Replacement]

Jo [Replacement]

Mae [Replacement]




Kathy Najimy Movies

[1991]The Hard Way Lang's Girl Friday

[1991]The Fisher King Crazed Video Customer

[1991]Soapdish Tawny Miller

[1992]Topsy and Bunker: The Cat Killers Marge

[1992]This Is My Life Angela

[1992]Sister Act Mary Patrick

[1993]Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit Sister Mary Patrick

[1993]Hocus Pocus Mary

[1994]It's Pat: The Movie Tippy

[1994]In Search of Dr. Seuss Kathy Lane

[1995]The Kathy & Mo Show: The Dark Side Kathy Najimy

[1995]Jeffrey Acolyte

[1997]Nevada Ruth

[1997]Cats Don't Dance Tillie Hippo - Voice

[1998]Zack and Reba Ivy Simpson

[1998]Hope Floats Toni Post

[1998]Bride of Chucky Motel Maid

[1999]The Sissy Duckling Mother Duck 1 - Voice

[1999]Snowden's Christmas Tiny - Voice

[1999]Sesame Street: CinderElmo Stepmother

[1999]Jackie's Back! Lola Molina

[2000]Attention Shoppers Penelope

[2000]If These Walls Could Talk 2 Doctor

[2001]The Wedding Planner Geri

[2001]Rat Race Beverly Pear

[2002]The Scream Team Mariah

[2005]Say Uncle Maggie Butler

[2005]American Express Jam Sessions

[2005]Bam Bam and Celeste Legba

[2005]Getting Played Dr. Heidi Z. Klemmer

[2008]Two Sisters

[2008]WALL·E Mary - Voice

[2010]Step Up 3D Moose's Mom

[2011]Five Rocky

[2011]Deck the Halls Alvirah Meegan

[2012]TinkerBell and the Secret of the Wings Minister of Summer - Voice

[2012]BearCity 2: The Proposal Rose

[2012]Stars in Shorts Sid's Mother

[2012]The Dating Coach Kim

[2012]The Guilt Trip Gayle

[2013]A Madea Christmas Kim

[2013]Clutter Ethel Bradford

[2015]Descendants: Set It Off! Evil Queen

[2015]Descendants Evil Queen

[2015]A Christmas Melody Aunt Sarah

[2015]No Letting Go Dr. Nancy Harris

[2016]BearCity 3 Rose Dean

[2016]Blowtorch Peg

[2017]A Change of Heart Ruthie

[2017]Dating My Mother Lisa

[2018]All You Can Eat Debra

[2018]Dumplin' Millie's Mom

[2021]Single All the Way Carole

[2021]Music Evelyn's Mom

[2022]Hocus Pocus 2 Mary Sanderson

Kathy Najimy TV Shows

Dumb and Dumber: The Animated Series Bunny, Horselady, Female Dealer

Adventures from the Book of Virtues The Old Woman

Chicago Hope Dr. Barbara 'Bix' Konstadt

Clueless Buyer #1

[ 1994-1996]Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man Mayor

Muppets Tonight Registration Clerk

Early Edition Claire

[ 1994-1997]Ellen Woman in Gay Bar, Lorna Irons, Theresa

For Your Love Dr. Tyra

The Wild Thornberrys Ostrich #1, Sand Grouse

[ 1997-1999]Hey Arnold! Madame Blanche

[ 1998-1999]Hercules Miss Thespis

[ 1997-2000]Pepper Ann Coach Doogan, Margot LeSandre

[ 1997-2000]Veronica's Closet Olive Massery

Just for Me Stories Narrator

The Legend of Tarzan Dania

[ 2001-2002]Oswald Bingette Bunny

The Mummy Calliope, Aglaophone #2

Ozzy & Drix Loretta Epstein

Stuart Little Margalo

[ 2000-2003]Little Bill Mrs. Shapiro

The Best of Rocket Power Patsy

Higglytown Heroes Photographer Hero

Rugrats Goosey

That's So Raven Lora Stelladora

The Suite Life of Zack & Cody Mrs. Militich

[ 2006-2007]Numb3rs Dr. Mildred Finch

Privileged Patty Kingston

Drop Dead Diva Claire Porter

Desperate Housewives Detective Denise Lapera

Ugly Betty Dr. Frankel

[ 1997-2010]King of the Hill Peggy Hill, Additional Voices

Franklin & Bash Judge Alice Sturgess

Mr. Sunshine Myrna

Men at Work Sasha Ryan

[ 2011-2012]Make It or Break It Sheila, Sheila Baboyon, Kelly's Mom

Twisted Mrs. Fisk

The Big C Cathy's Therapist

[ 2014-2015]Inside Amy Schumer Kathy

Difficult People Carol Donato

Harvey Beaks Hanzi, Angry Bride

[ 2015-2016]Unforgettable Captain Sandra Russo

The Jamz Dan

[ 2016-2017]Graves Isaiah's Mother

Elementary Rayna Carno

BoJack Horseman Marcie

The President Show Ivana Trump

Tangled: The Series Mother

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Kathy Najimy

American Dad! Cheryl

[ 2014-2019]Veep Wendy Keegan

The Good Fight Judge Gayle Eno

Good Witch Willow

[ 2019-2020]The Rocketeer Sareena Secord, Lunching Lady

Robot Chicken Mary Sanderson

Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Mayor Mira

Elena of Avalor Peaches

The Morning Show Sylvia Portman

[ 2015-2021]Younger Denise Heller

[ 2020-2022]Duncanville Mayor Jen, Helen Diggins, Major Jen

Kathy Najimy Videos

Kathy Najimy News

Second Stage Founder Carole Rothman Will Depart After 45 Years

Carole Rothman, the founder of Second Stage, the prestigious theater company that has launched the careers of some of the greatest American playwrights over the past 45 years, is leaving the company. 

Photos: First Look At JANE: ABORTION AND THE UNDERGROUND At Idle Muse Theatre Company

Idle Muse Theatre Company’s Jane: Abortion and the Underground, written by Paula Kamen and directed by Morgan Manasa, is now playing through October 15, at The Edge Off-Broadway Theater.

Corey Stoll, Natalie Gold & Alyssa Emily Marvin to Join Sarah Paulson in APPROPRIATE

Golden Globe Award nominee Corey Stoll (“House of Cards,” “Billions”), Natalie Gold (“Succession”), and Alyssa Emily Marvin (Grey House) join Emmy, Golden Globe, and SAG Award winner Sarah Paulson in Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ APPROPRIATE at Second Stage Theater, directed by Lila Neugebauer.

NAATCO Names Mona Moriya as Managing Producer, Expanding Leadership Team

NAATCO has appointed Mona Moriya as its new Managing Producer. With her extensive experience, Moriya will play a vital role in driving growth and innovation at the New York Asian American Theatre Company, enhancing its creative direction and operations. Learn more about NAATCO's exciting new addition and their plans for the future.

Jessica Lange, Jim Parsons, Celia Keenan-Bolger Will Lead Paula Vogel's MOTHER PLAY on Broadway

The world premiere of MOTHER PLAY, written by Pulitzer Prize winner Paula Vogel and directed by Tina Landau is coming to Broadway. We have all the details on who will star in the new play!

Kristin Chenoweth & Josh Bryant Say 'I Do'! At Labor Day Weekend Wedding

Congratulations to Kristin Chenoweth and her new husband Josh Bryant, who celebrated their love in a pink wedding ceremony over Labor Day weekend.

Photos: Susie Mosher & John Boswell Return To Birdland In CASHINO!

“CASHINO,” the long-running LA and NYC cult hit returned to Birdland for one night only on August 28. See photos from the event.

Idle Muse Theatre Company Reveals Cast and Creative Team for JANE: ABORTION AND THE UNDERGROUND

Get the inside scoop on Idle Muse Theatre Company's production of JUNE: ABORTION AND THE UNDERGROUND, including the cast and creative team behind this thought-provoking play.

Marin Ireland, Zachary James & Erik Lochtefeld to Star in SPAIN at Second Stage Theater

Get all the details on the upcoming production of SPAIN at Second Stage Theater, including the star-studded cast featuring Marin Ireland, Zachary James, and Erik Lochtefeld. Find out when and where you can catch this highly anticipated show.

Paul Iacono To Return to The Green Room 42 With New Show UNFILTERED

Step into The Green Room 42 and immerse yourself in Paul Iacono's unfiltered performance. Get ready to laugh, be entertained, and have an unforgettable evening of unapologetic humor. Don't wait, book your tickets now!

Photos: Debra Messing Reunites with WILL & GRACE Co-Star Sean Hayes at GOODNIGHT, OSCAR!

Check out photos of Debra Messing visiting Will & Grace co-star Sean Hayes at Good Night, Oscar on Broadway!

Frank Wood, Abubakr Ali & b Join TOROS at Second Stage Theater Uptown

Complete casting has been set for Second Stage Theater's TOROS by Danny Tejera and directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch. See who is starring, and learn how to purchase tickets!

New Plays by Paula Vogel, Jen Silverman and Branden Jacobs-Jenkins Included in Second Stage Theater's 2023/24 Season

Second Stage Theater has just announced three initial productions for its upcoming 45th Anniversary Season. Check out the full lineup here!

Wake Up With BWW 6/6: Jason Arrow in HAMILTON International Tour, and More!

Top stories: Jason Arrow will lead the international tour of Hamilton, Anthony Ramos says he is heading back to Broadway as Mozart in Amadeus, and more!

HOCUS POCUS 3 In the Works at Disney

A third Hocus Pocus film is in the works! Sean Bailey, president of Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production, confirmed that a third film will be happening. Hocus Pocus stars Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy, with the sequel featuring Sam Richardson, Tony Hale, Hannah Waddingham, and more.

Photos: Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, and More Celebrate Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman's Sardi's Caricature Unveiling

Wednesday afternoon, May 24th, at the iconic theatre district’s Sardi’s, the Tony-nominated songwriting team of Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman were honored with original portraits as they join the legendary walls full of their esteemed peers. Check out our photos from the event here!

Video: The Company of SOME LIKE IT HOT and Darlene Love Pay Tribute To Tina Turner At Sardi's

This afternoon at the iconic theatre district’s Sardi’s, the Tony nominated songwriting team of Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman were honored with original portraits as they join the legendary walls full of their esteemed peers. Before revealing their new caricatures, Shaiman brought Darlene Love and Annie Golden to the piano with him. He paused the ceremony to acknowledge the passing of the Queen of Rock and Roll, Tina Turner. Taking a moment to honor all she has contributed to music, he began to play “River Deep, Mountain High” with Darlene and Annie on vocals. Soon the whole room joined in the sing-along to honor her memory. See the video!

2023 Second Stage Theater Uptown Series to Present TOROS By Danny Tejera This Summer

Second Stage Theater will present TOROS, written by Danny Tejera and directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch, this summer at Second Stage Theater Uptown.

Photos: The Cast Arrives on the Red Carpet at Opening Night of SHUCKED

Shucked is officially open at the Nederlander Theatre and BroadwayWorld was on the red carpet for all of the excitement on opening night. Check out photos of the cast's arrivals!


Kathy Najimy has appeared on Broadway in 1 shows.

Kathy Najimy has not appeared in the West End

Kathy Najimy has written 3 shows including The Further Adventures of Kathy and Mo (Author), The Kathy & Mo Show: Parallel Lives (Playwright), Afterbirth: Kathy & Mo's Greatest Hits (Playwright).

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