Melissa McCarthy Movies and Career Information

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Aug 26, 1970
Actor, Director and Writer

Melissa McCarthy (born August 26, 1970) is an American actress known most for her portrayal of chef Sookie St. James, Lorelai Gilmore's best friend, on the television series Gilmore Girls, and currently as the title character Molly Flynn on the CBS sitcom Mike & Molly. McCarthy, a cousin of actress Jenny McCarthy, was born in Plainfield, Illinois. She graduated from Joliet Catholic Academy (Formerly St. Francis Academy) in Joliet, Illinois. Her career started with stand-up comedy and includes film, television and theater. She has had small roles in the films Disney's The Kid, Charlie's Angels, Go, The Third Wheel and The Life of David Gale. She also did voice work in three episodes of Kim Possible, where she played DNAmy. McCarthy is a member of the Los Angeles-based Groundlings improvisational comedy troupe. In 2007, she acted opposite Ryan Reynolds in The Nines, written and directed by John August. Between her runs on Gilmore Girls and Mike & Molly, McCarthy played Dena on the ABC sitcom Samantha Who? from 2007 to 2009. McCarthy is an alumnus of The Groundlings, an improvisational and sketch comedy troupe based in Los Angeles, CA. McCarthy married her longtime boyfriend, Ben

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