Melissa McCarthy Biography |
  • Melissa McCarthy Biography

    Born: August 26, 1970 in Plainfield, Illinois, USA

    MELISSA MCCARTHY first made her mark on the comedy stage performing stand-up in New York.  She received dramatic training from The Actors Studio before spending nine years as a main-stage member of The Groundlings in Los Angeles.

    McCarthy’s standout role as Megan in the smash hit comedy Bridesmaids garnered her Oscar, BAFTA, Critics Choice and SAG Award™ nominations, and she received the 2012 MTV Movie Award for Comedic Performance of the Year. 

    McCarthy most recently starred in the box office hit Identity Thief alongside Jason Bateman.

    McCarthy currently stars on the CBS top-rated comedy Mike & Molly, for which she earned an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy. Her additional feature film work includes: This is 40, The Back-Up Plan, Life As We Know It and Pretty Ugly People. On television, she previously starred in Gilmore Girls and Samantha Who?

    McCarthy has a lead role in and serves as producer of the film Tammy, which she co-wrote with her actor-writer husband Ben Falcone, who will direct.  Also starring in Tammy are Susan Sarandon, Dan Aykroyd, Allison Janney, Kathy Bates and Mark Duplass.  McCarthy also has a starring role in St. Vincent De Van Nuys, alongside Bill Murray and Naomi Watts.

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