Kate Mulgrew

Actor, Acting instructor, Waitress
Beginning in the mid-1970s, Kate Mulgrew established herself as a remarkably commanding leading lady, mostly in TV, who brought authority to her portrayals of no-nonsense professional women. As Entertainment ... Read more »
Born: 04/28/1955 in Dubuque, Iowa, USA

Filmography

Actor (51)

Conan 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Orange Is the New Black 2012 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

NTSF:SD:SUV 2010 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Warehouse 13 2011 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Best and the Brightest 2011 (Movie)

The Player's Wife (Actor)

Mercy 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Black Donnellys 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Living in TV Land 1994 - 2001, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1986 - 1987, 1993 - 2001, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Perception 2006 (Movie)

Mary Smith (Actor)

America Loves... Star Trek 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Star Trek: Nemesis 2002 (Movie)

Admiral Kathryn Janeway (Actor)

Star Trek: Voyager 1994 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Batman: The Animated Series 1992 - 1999 (TV Show)

Voice

Trekkies 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

Gargoyles: The Goliath Chronicles 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Voice

Star Trek: 30 Years and Beyond 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1996 Emmy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

It's Hot in Here: UPN Fall Preview 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Captain Nuke and the Bomber Boys 1995 (Movie)

(Actor)

The 11th Annual Soap Opera Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Camp Nowhere 1994 (Movie)

Rachel Prescott (Actor)

Danielle Steel's 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Man of the People 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Round Numbers 1991 (Movie)

Judith Schweitzer (Actor)

The Parent Survival Guide 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Expecting Miracles 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Narrator

HeartBeat 1987 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Ryan's Hope 1974 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Throw Momma From the Train 1987 (Movie)

Margaret (Actor)

Cheers 1986 (Tv Show)

Actor

Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins... 1985 (Movie)

Major Rayner Fleming (Actor)

A Stranger Is Watching 1980 (Movie)

Sharon Martin (Actor)

Kate Loves a Mystery 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Mrs. Columbo 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

The Word 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Lovespell 1978 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Time For Miracles (TV Show)

Actor

Fatal Friendship (TV Show)

Actor

For Love and Glory (TV Show)

Actor

Jennifer: A Woman's Story (TV Show)

Actor

My Town (TV Show)

Actor

Riddler's Moon (TV Show)

Actor

Rocketships (TV Show)

Narrator

Roots: The Gift (TV Show)

Actor

Roses Are For the Rich (TV Show)

Actor

The Manions of America (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Beginning in the mid-1970s, Kate Mulgrew established herself as a remarkably commanding leading lady, mostly in TV, who brought authority to her portrayals of no-nonsense professional women. As Entertainment Weekly accurately observed: "With her clear Irish features and throaty, resonant voice, she bears an eerie resemblance to a young Katharine Hepburn." Mulgrew made her TV debut with a two-year stint (1975-77) as Mary Ryan, the strong-willed daughter on the ABC daytime soap "Ryan's Hope". At age 23, she was approached by NBC programming head Fred Silverman with a role intended to keep a valuable property alive--sort of. Mulgrew became a primetime star as the wife to whom Peter Falk's master detective, LAPD Lt. Columbo had always referred but whom audiences had never seen.

Relationships

Alexander Egan

Son
born c. 1984

Ian Egan

Son
born c. 1983

Robert Egan

Husband
married in 1982 divorced in 1993

Timothy Hagen

Husband
born c. 1946 announced engagement in November 1998 married on April 19, 1999 has two daughters from previous marriage in 2002, campaigned to be elected governor of Ohio

Joan Mulgrew

Mother

Thomas Mulgrew

Father

EDUCATION

New York University

New York , New York 1976
left after junior year to pursue acting full-time

Stella Adler Conservatory

New York , New York
accepted into NYU affiliated program

Wallert High School

1973

Northwestern University

Evanston , Illinois

University of Iowa

Iowa City , Iowa

Milestones

2007

Performed the lead role in the off Broadway production, "Our Leading Lady"

2007

Appeared in the NBC series "The Black Donnellys" as Helen Donnelly

2006

Performed in "The Exonerated" at the Riverside Studios in London

2002

Reprised role of Capt. Janeway in the feature "Star Trek: Nemesis"

2002

Cast as actress Katharine Hepburn in the stage play "Tea at Five", produced at the Hartford Stage

1999

Reportedly told a reporter that she wanted to leave "Voyager" at the end of the 1998-1999 season

1995

Starred as Captain Kathryn Janeway on "Star Trek: Voyager"

1994

Broadway debut, "Black Comedy"

1994

Replaced Genevieve Bujold as the star early in the production of the pilot for "Star Trek: Voyager", the flagship series for the fledgling UPN network

1992

Acclaimed for a guest shot as an alcoholic anchor on "Murphy Brown"

1991

Played Mayor Lisbeth Chardin on the short-lived NBC political sitcom, "Man of the People", starring James Garner

1988

Starred as gynecologist Dr. Joanne Springsteen (subsequently Halloran) on the ABC medical drama, "HeartBeat"

1987

Most high-profile feature supporting role, played the shrewish wife of Billy Crystal in Danny De Vito's "Throw Momma From the Train"

1986

Portrayed Councilwoman Janet Eldridge, a love interest of Sam Malone, on a three-part storyline on "Cheers"

1985

Briefly reprised the role of Mary Ryan on "Ryan's Hope"

1982

Taught audition technique at the Cornish Institute in Seattle, Washington

1981

Feature acting debut, "A Stranger Is Watching"

1979

Debut as a primetime series star, "Mrs. Columbo/Kate the Detective/Kate Loves A Mystery"

1978

TV miniseries debut, "The Word"

1975

TV series debut, played Mary Ryan on the ABC daytime serial, "Ryan's Hope"

1975

TV-movie debut, "Alien Lover"

1975

Played the role of Emily in a production of "Our Town" at the American Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Connecticut

1970

On her own by 16 (date approximate)

1968

Began working at 13-years-old (date approximate)

1967

Delivered a school recitation of Matthew Arnold's poem "Dover Beach" (date approximate)

Worked in diners to finance her education

Trained at the Tyrone Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis

Grew up in Dubuque, Iowa

Bonus Trivia

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Mulgrew won the Tracey Humanitarian Award for her performance as driven alcoholic news anchor Hillary Wheaton on a May 4, 1992 episode of "Murphy Brown" entitled "On the Rocks".

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Mulgrew received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters for Artistic Contribution from Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pennsylvania

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"As the oldest girl of eight children, Mulgrew says she has always had 'a deep understanding of regimentation--leadership without sacrificing the maternal, but always maintaining control. It's also been a curse for many years,' she notes, 'because there's an inherent strength there, which Hollywood has not been famous for adoring. I don't walk into a room and radiate vulnerability. It's a kind of natural and inherent command that my mother expected of me when I was 4.'" --From "Boldly Going..." by Jon Burlingame in New York Newsday, January 15, 1995.

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"Nothing, she says, suits her better than hard labor. 'I love getting up at 3:30 in the morning and driving to the studio in absolute pitch darkness. I love being the first on the set and the last to leave. I love being a captain. I love being responsible for it all. I love protocol."--Mulgrew quoted in "Wonder Woman" by Michael Logan in TV Guide Star Trek Special, Spring 1995.

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"'A female captain has a lot of leeway that a male captain wouldn't have,' says Mulgrew, sitting in her trailer between scenes and methodically working her way through a pack of cigarettes. . . .' Women have an emotional accessibility that our culture not only accepts but embraces. We have a tactility, a compassion, a maternity--and all these things can be revealed within the character of a very authoritative person.'" --From "Star Trip" by Albert Kim in Entertainment Weekly, January 20, 1995.

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"Kate is wonderful. We had a couple big scenes, and several scenes together. She should be a director. She's had quite a bit of experience with it, and she was admirable with her focus. I was brought up as an actor, to a higher level, I think, because of the pressure and the people around me . . . She was generous. I think she is a very, very generous woman, as an actress, it ain't easy. She has the ability to be very sensitive to where other people are. At the same time, she can pull things together real quick and be strong, and funny. It was a good experience. It's like working with Shakespeare. It can be touchy, not just for the words, but for the meaning. Simple is best. But we both had a lot of stuff going on." --John Savage to Anna Kaplan in Cinefantastique, April 1999, Volume 31, No 11.

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