Catherine Keener Biography |
  • Catherine Keener Biography

    Born: March 23, 1959 in Miami, Florida, USA

    An accomplished actress at once vibrantly potent and firmly grounded in her roles, CATHERINE KEENER continues to be a dominant force on screen. Most recently, she completed the Untitled Nicole Holofcener Project alongside Julia Louis-Dreyfus and James Gandolfini. This past summer, she filmed Can a Song Save Your Life, produced by Judd Apatow, and she starred alongside Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightley. Keener recently completed work on Captain Phillips for Sony, directed by Paul Greengrass and co-starring Tom Hanks, A Late Quartet with Philip Seymour Hoffman and Christopher Walken, and Maladies with James Franco.

    Other recent credits include such varied films as Peace, Love, and Misunderstanding, directed by Bruce Beresford and co-starring Jane Fonda, the dramedy The Oranges, co-starring Hugh Laurie, Oliver Platt and Allison Janney, the thriller Trust alongside Clive Owen and Viola Davis, the family film Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, and the dark comedy Cyrus with John C. Reilly and Jonah Hill.  She has also worked several times with acclaimed independent director Nicole Holofcener, most recently in Please Give with Oliver Platt and Rebecca Hall, and previously in Friends with Money, Lovely and Amazing, and Walking and Talking.

    Additional projects include The Soloist with Robert Downey, Jr. and Jamie Foxx; Spike Jonze’s Where the Wild Things Are, and Showtime’s An American Crime opposite Ellen Page, for which Keener earned both a Golden Globe and Emmy® nomination.

    Previous roles include her Oscar®-nominated roles in Charlie Kaufman’s Being John Malkovich and Bennett Miller’s Capote (as novelist Harper Lee); Barry Levinson's What Just Happened; Andrew Fleming's Hamlet 2, Sean Penn's Into the Wild,  Judd Apatow's The 40 Year Old Virgin, Sydney Pollack's The Interpreter with Sean Penn and Nicole Kidman; Rebecca Miller's The Ballad of Jack and Rose, opposite Daniel Day-Lewis; Spike Jonze's Adaptation; Andrew Niccol's S1m0ne; Steven Soderbergh's Full Frontal and Out of Sight; Danny DeVito's Death to Smoochy; Neil LaBute's Your Friends and Neighbors; and the screen adaptation of Sam Shepard's Simpatico. She also appeared in four films by Tom DiCillo: Box of Moonlight, Johnny Suede, Living in Oblivion, and The Real Blonde.

    Keener’s television work also include HBO's critically acclaimed anthology, If These Walls Could Talk, directed by Nancy Savoca, and a notable guest appearance on Seinfeld.  On stage, she starred opposite Edward Norton in the Signature Theater Company's critically acclaimed off-Broadway revival of Langford Wilson's Burn This.

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