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      Debra Jo Rupp

      Debra Jo Rupp

      Highest Rated: 85% Clockwatchers (1997)

      Lowest Rated: 2% Kickin' It Old Skool (2007)

      Birthday: Feb 24, 1951

      Birthplace: Glendale, California, USA

      Petite and relentlessly perky actress Debra Jo Rupp became one of the most familiar faces on television with roles that capitalized on her matronly, yet frequently madcap, persona. After garnering strong notices in several performances on and off-Broadway in the late-1980s, she began racking up steady appearances on series such as "Kate & Allie" (CBS, 1984-89), as well as in major feature films, including the Tom Hanks comedy "Big" (1988). Although regular cast work on a successful series initially eluded her, Rupp gained recognition with memorable recurring roles on hit comedies such as "Seinfeld" (NBC, 1990-98) and "Friends" (NBC, 1994-2004). She at last found a stable home on a long-running series when she joined the ensemble cast of the comedy "That '70s Show" (Fox, 1998-2006). Surrounded by a talented cast of veteran actors and fresh faces, Rupp played the standard sitcom mom with a wonderfully manic twist in a show that lovingly looked back at a kinder, gentler decade. The actress maintained her profile on TV and film after "That '70s Show" finished its run, although her regular role on the sitcom "Better with You" (ABC, 2010-11) failed to become the next hit series she had hoped for. Whether she was playing an inept talent manager, the "older woman" in a May/December romance, or the high-strung mother of a promiscuous 1970s-era teen, Rupp brought undeniable energy and impeccable comic timing to every character she inhabited.

      Highest rated movies

      Clockwatchers
      She's Out of My League
      Spymate
      Kickin' It Old Skool

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      KICKIN IT OLD SKOOL, Debra Jo Rupp, Christopher McDonald, 2007. ©Yari Film Group Releasing SHE'S OUT OF MY LEAGUE, from left: Adam LeFevre, Debra Jo Rupp, 2010. ph: Darren Michaels/©DreamWorks SKG CLOCKWATCHERS, Jamie Kennedy, Parker Posey, Toni Collette, Lisa Kudrow, Alanna Ubach, Debra Jo Rupp, 1998, (c)Artistic License

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Teacher's Pet Mary Lou Helperman (Voice) - 2024
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fair Market Value Carol Coogan (Character) - 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Social Ones Sheila Berger (Character) - 2019
      No Score Yet 8% The Opposite Sex Tracy (Character) - 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Congratulations Nancy Riley (Character) - 2012
      No Score Yet 53% She Wants Me Ruth Baum (Character) - 2012
      57% 59% She's Out of My League Mrs. Kettner (Character) $31.6M 2010
      2% 42% Kickin' It Old Skool Sylvia Schumacher (Character) $4.5M 2007
      17% 39% Spymate Edith (Character) - 2006
      No Score Yet 28% Lucky 13 Mrs. Baker (Character) - 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Act Unknown (Character) - 2005
      76% 48% Disney's Teacher's Pet Mrs. Mary Lou Moira Angela Darling Helperman (Voice) $6.5M 2004
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Reasons of the Heart Viv Rushton (Character) - 1998
      85% 61% Clockwatchers Barbara (Character) $444.4K 1997
      No Score Yet 42% In the Line of Duty: Ambush in Waco Dorrie (Character) - 1993
      No Score Yet 74% A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story Alice (Character) - 1992

      TV

      Credit
      75% 71% That '90s Show Kitty Forman (Character),
      Executive Producer
      2023
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Talk Guest 2023
      31% 69% I Feel Bad Victoria (Guest Star) 2018
      94% 80% This Is Us Linda (Guest Star) 2017-2018
      No Score Yet 63% NCIS: Los Angeles Ginger (Guest Star) 2017
      95% 89% Elementary Unknown (Guest Star) 2017
      81% 88% Hart of Dixie Betsy Maynard (Guest Star) 2013
      65% No Score Yet Better With You Vicky (Character) 2010-2011
      78% 81% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Debra Hartnell (Guest Star) 2006
      No Score Yet 82% That '70s Show Kitty Foreman (Character) 1998-2006
      No Score Yet 91% Robot Chicken Unknown (Guest Voice) 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Teacher's Pet Unknown (Voice) 2000-2004
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Hughleys Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
      78% 93% Friends Alice Knight Buffay (Guest Star) 1997-1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet To Have & to Hold Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
      No Score Yet 83% From the Earth to the Moon Marilyn See (Character) 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Touched by an Angel Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
      20% No Score Yet Crisis Center Marilyn (Guest Star) 1997
      89% 92% Seinfeld Katie (Guest Star) 1995-1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet High Incident Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
      15% No Score Yet The Jeff Foxworthy Show Unknown (Character),
      Unknown (Guest Star)
      1995-1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet If Not for You Eileen (Character) 1995
      No Score Yet 85% ER Mrs. Dibble (Guest Star) 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Office Beth Avery (Character) 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Civil Wars Florence Herrigan (Guest Star) 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Newhart Unknown (Guest Star) 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Kate & Allie Unknown (Guest Star) 1987