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Eileen Brennan ACTOR

Eileen Brennan was born on September 3rd, 1932 in Los Angeles, California with the birth name Verla Eileen Regina Brennen, born to Irish parents, Regina Manahan and John Gerald Brennan.  After high school, Brennan went on to study at Georgetown University in Washington D.C and also became involved with stage acting at the same time.
She then enrolled at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York and soon began appearing in more stage productions such as, "Little Mary Sunshine", a role for which she won an Obie Award as well as a Theatre World Award for, "Promising New Personality".

As her career as a stage performer progressed she added a variety of stage roles to her resume appearing in, "The Miracle Worker", "The King and I", "The Student Gypsy" and "Hello, Dolly!.
With all her stage success, she had now caught the attention of Hollywood and soon she began working as a film actress adding such credits as, "Divorce American Style" (1967) starring Dick Van Dyke, Debbie Reynolds, Jean Simmons, Jason Robards, Lee Grant, Tom Bosley, Joe Flynn, Tim Matheson and Van Johnson, "The Last Picture Show" (1971) co-starring Timothy Bottoms, Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd, Ben Johnson, Ellen Burstyn, Cloris Leachman, Clu Gulager, Randy Quaid in his film debut and John Hillerman, "The Sting" (1973) starring Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw, Harold Gould, Charles Durning, Ray Walston, Dana Elcar, Sally Kirkland and Jack Kehoe, "Daisy Miller" (1974) also starring Cybill Shepherd, Barry Brown, Mildred Natwick, Cloris Leachman and James McMurtry, "At Long Last Love" (1975) starring Burt Reynolds, Cybill Shepherd, Madeline Kahn, John Hillerman, M. Emmet Walsh and Mildred Natwick, "Murder by Death" (1976) also starring Truman Capote, James Coco, Peter Falk, Alec Guinness, Elsa Lanchester, David Niven, Peter Sellers, Maggie Smith, Nancy Walker and Estelle Winwood, "The Death of Richie" (1977) starring Robby Benson, Ben Gazzara and Lance Kerwin, "The Cheap Detective" (1978) starring Peter Falk, Madeline Kahn, Louise Fletcher, Ann Margret, Stockard Channing, Marsha Mason, Sid Caesar, John Houseman, Dom DeLuise, Abe Vigoda, James Coco, Phil Silvers, Fernando Lamas, Nicol Williamson, Scatman Crothers and Paul Williams and "Private Benjamin" (1980) starring alongside Goldie Hawn, Armand Assante, Robert Webber, Sam Wanamaker, Mary Kay Place, Barbara Barrie, Craig T. Nelson and Harry Dean Stanton.

Along with her success as a film actress, she also added a variety of television roles such as, "Private Benjamin", "Barnaby Jones", "The Most Deadly Game", "All in the Family", "Jigsaw", "Wide World Mystery", "Insight", "Kojak", 'Visions", "A New Kind of Family", "American Playhouse", "Off the Rack" and "Magnum, P.I.".
More well known film roles followed such as, "Clue" (1985) starring Tim Curry, Martin Mull, Lesley Ann Warren, Christopher Lloyd, Michael McKean, Madeline Kahn, Colleen Camp and Lee Ving, "Rented Lips" (1988) starring Robert Downey Jr., Martin Mull, Dick Shawn and Jennifer Tilly, "Texasville" (1990), starring with Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd, Cloris Leachman, Timothy Bottoms, Randy Quaid, Annie Potts and William McNamara, "Stella" (1990) starring Bette Midler, John Goodman, Marsha Mason, Stephen Collins, Linda Hart, Ben Stiller and Trini Alvarado, "Changing Habits" (1997) with Moira Kelly, Taylor Negron and Teri Garr, "Pants on Fire" (1998) starring Christy Baron and Harry O'Reilly, "Jeepers Creepers" (2001) with Gina Philips, Jonathan Breck and Justin Long, "Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous" (2005) starring Sandra Bullock, Regina King, William Shatner, Ernie Hudson, Enrique Murciano, Diedrich Bader, Heather Burns, Regis Philbin and Treat Williams and "Naked Run" (2011) starring Charles Durning and Richard Tyson.

For her roles on the television series, "Newhart", "Thirtysomething" and "Will and Grace", Brennan has received Emmy nominations.  Other more recent roles include the television series, "7th Heaven" and the film, "The Kings of Appletown" (2009) starring Dylan Sprouse, Cole Sprouse, Victoria Justice and Malcolm David Kelley.

She married only once to David John Lampson in 1968 and the couple had two children before the marriage came to an end in 1974.  She has overcome her alcohol addiction and is also a breast cancer survivor.


2011         Naked Run
2009         The Kings of Appletown
2007         Peanut Butter 
2001-2006     Will & Grace 
1996-2006     7th Heaven 
2005         Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous
2005         The Amateurs
2004         The Hollow 
2003         Cheaper by the Dozen
2003         Strong Medicine 
2003         Dumb Luck
2003         Lizzie McGuire
2002         Comic Book Villains
2002         Arli$$
2001         Jeepers Creepers
2000         The Fearing Mind
2000         Moonglow
1999         Touched by an Angel 
1999         The Last Great Ride
1998         Pants on Fire
1998         Mad About You 
1998         Nash Bridges
1997         Veronica's Closet
1997         Toothless 
1997         Changing Habits
1997         Boys Life 2
1996         ER 
1996         If These Walls Could Talk 
1995         Trail of Tears
1995         Reckless
1995         Freaky Friday
1995         Thunder Alley
1995         Walker, Texas Ranger
1994         Take Me Home Again
1994         In Search of Dr. Seuss
1994         Nunzio's Second Cousin
1987-1994     Murder, She Wrote 
1994         My Name Is Kate 
1993         All-New Dennis the Menace
1993         Tales from the Crypt
1993         Bonkers 
1993         Precious Victims
1993         Jack's Place
1993         Tribeca 
1993         Poisoned by Love: The Kern County Murders
1993         Recycle Rex 
1992         Home Improvement 
1992         I Don't Buy Kisses Anymore
1992         Taking Back My Life: The Nancy Ziegenmeyer Story 
1991         Joey Takes a Cab
1991         American Dreamer
1991         Deadly Intentions... Again?
1991         thirtysomething 
1991         Blossom
1990         White Palace
1990         Texasville
1990         The Ray Bradbury Theater
1990         Stella
1990         Gravedale High
1989         It Had to Be You
1988-1989     Newhart 
1988         Going to the Chapel
1988         CBS Summer Playhouse 
1988         Rented Lips
1988         Sticky Fingers
1988         The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking
1987         Magnum, P.I. 
1987         Blood Vows: The Story of a Mafia Wife 
1986         Babes in Toyland
1986         The History of White People in America: Volume II
1985         Clue
1984-1985     Off the Rack 
1985         The Fourth Wise Man 
1985         The History of White People in America
1984         The Love Boat
1983         The Funny Farm
1981-1983     Private Benjamin
1982         Pandemonium
1982         American Playhouse
1981         Incident at Crestridge
1981         Taxi
1981         When the Circus Came to Town
1980         Private Benjamin
1979-1980     A New Kind of Family
1979         My Old Man 
1979         When She Was Bad... 
1979         13 Queens Boulevard 
1978         Visions
1978         The Cheap Detective
1978         FM
1978         Black Beauty 
1977         The Great Smokey Roadblock
1977         All That Glitters 
1977         The Death of Richie
1976         Murder by Death
1975         Hustle
1975         Kojak
1975         Barnaby Jones
1975         The Night That Panicked America
1975         Knuckle 
1975         My Father's House 
1975         At Long Last Love
1975         Insight 
1974         Daisy Miller
1974         Nourish the Beast 
1974         Wide World Mystery 
1974         Come Die with Me
1973         The Sting
1973         The Blue Knight 
1973         Scarecrow
1973         Jigsaw 
1972         Playmates 
1972         McMillan & Wife 
1972         All in the Family
1971         The Last Picture Show
1970         The Most Deadly Game
1970         The Ghost & Mrs. Muir 
1968         Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In 
1967         NET Playhouse 
1967         Divorce American Style
1966         The Star Wagon

Matinee Classics - The Death of Richie starring Ben Gazzara, Eileen Brennan, Robby Benson, Lance Kerwin, Shirley O'Hara, Jennifer Rhodes and John Zaremba

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