Cynthia Stevenson

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Cynthia Stevenson
Born (1962-08-02) August 2, 1962 (age 59)
Years active1986–present
Tom Davies
(m. 1992)

Cynthia Stevenson (born August 2, 1962) is an American actress. She first played a leading role in the syndicated parody comedy series My Talk Show (1990–91), before starring in a number of sitcoms, including Bob (CBS, 1992–93), Hope & Gloria (NBC, 1995–96), and Oh Baby (Lifetime, 1998-2000).

Stevenson made her big screen debut in Robert Altman's 1992 satirical film The Player. She later has appeared in a number of films including Forget Paris (1995), Home for the Holidays (1995), Happiness (1998), Air Bud: Golden Receiver (1998) and its sequels, and Agent Cody Banks (2003) and its sequel. Stevenson also starred in the Showtime comedy-drama Dead Like Me (2003–04) and ABC comedy-drama Men in Trees (2006–08).

Life and career

Stevenson was born in Oakland, California, the daughter of Gayle, an editor, and Al Stevenson, an upholstery warehouse owner.[citation needed] She grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia. She lived from age 10–20 in Vancouver, and moved back when worked there from 2001 to 2008.[1] She attended University of Victoria in Victoria, BC.[2]

In 1987, Stevenson made her television debut appearing in an episode of Max Headroom. She later starred in the made-for-television movies A Father's Homecoming and Double Your Pleasure, and played a leading role alongside Suzie Plakson in the 1989 pilot for Married to the Mob. Also in 1989, she appeared as Norm Peterson's high-strung secretary Doris in two episodes of Cheers.


Stevenson played a leading role in the short-lived syndicated comedy series My Talk Show from 1990 to 1991. The following year, she was cast alongside Bob Newhart and Carlene Watkins in the CBS sitcom Bob).[2][3][4] The series was canceled after two seasons. Also in 1992, she made her big screen debut in the comedy film The Player directed by Robert Altman.[5][6] She later had roles in a number of comedy films, including Watch It (1993), Forget Paris (1995), Home for the Holidays (1995), Live Nude Girls (1995), Happiness (1998), Air Bud: Golden Receiver (1998) and its sequels.[7] From 1995 to 1996, she starred as Hope, a high-strung television producer, in the NBC sitcom Hope and Gloria, which ran for two seasons and 35 episodes. In 1998, she played Jane Conrad, former wife of astronaut Pete Conrad in the HBO miniseries From the Earth to the Moon. Later that year, Stevenson began starring as a single working woman who decides to have a child through artificial insemination in the Lifetime comedy series, Oh Baby.[8] The series ended in 2000.


Stevenson played mother of Frankie Muniz's character in the 2003 spy comedy film Agent Cody Banks and in its sequel Agent Cody Banks 2 the following year. From 2003 to 2004, she was a regular cast member in the Showtime dark comedy-drama series Dead Like Me, playing lead character George (Ellen Muth)'s mother.[9] In 2009, she starred in its sequel film, Dead like Me: Life After Death. In April 2006, she completed filming a sitcom pilot for CBS called You've Reached the Elliotts, starring opposite Chris Elliott as his wife, which was not picked up by the network. She had a recurring role on the Showtime drama series The L Word, and co-starred with Judy Davis in the 2006 comedy-drama film A Little Thing Called Murder. She also appeared in Six Feet Under, Monk and in multiple episodes of According to Jim. She also appeared in films Neverwas (2005), Full of It (2007), Will You Marry Me? (2008), I Love You, Beth Cooper (2009) and Case 39 (2009).

From 2006 to 2008, Stevenson starred in the ABC comedy-drama series, Men in Trees, which was taped in Vancouver. In April 2009, she co-starred opposite Bob Saget on the short-lived ABC sitcom Surviving Suburbia. In 2010, she had a recurring role as Shiri Appleby's character's mother on The CW drama series Life Unexpected. In 2010, she also appeared in the music video for the song "Fuckin' Perfect" by Pink.

Stevenson appeared in Shonda Rhimes dramas Grey's Anatomy in 2010, Off the Map and Private Practice in 2011, Scandal in 2013, and from 2018 to 2020 played Pam Walsh, Connor's mother on How to Get Away with Murder.[9][10] In 2014, she played villainous housekeeper in the Lifetime television film Killing Daddy and in 2015, starred alongside Ed Begley Jr. in the TBS comedy series Your Family or Mine.[11]



Year Title Role Notes
1991 To the Moon, Alice Perky Girl Short film
1992 The Player Bonnie Sherow
1993 Watch It Ellen
1995 Forget Paris Liz
1995 Home for the Holidays Joanne Larson Wedman
1995 Live Nude Girls Marcy
1998 Happiness Trish Maplewood National Board of Review Award for Best Acting by an Ensemble
1998 Air Bud: Golden Receiver Jackie Framm
2002 Air Bud: Seventh Inning Fetch Jackie Framm DVD Exclusive Award for Best Supporting Actress
2003 Agent Cody Banks Mrs. Banks
2003 Air Bud Spikes Back Jackie Framm
2004 Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London Mrs. Banks
2005 Neverwas Sally
2006 Air Buddies Jackie Framm
2007 Full of It Mrs. Leonard
2008 Snow Buddies Jackie Framm
2009 Dead Like Me: Life After Death Joy Lass
2009 Reunion Emily
2009 I Love You, Beth Cooper Mrs. C
2009 Case 39 Nancy
2009 Jennifer's Body Chip's Mom
2012 Tiger Eyes Bitsy Kronick
2018 Baja Josey Johnson


Year Title Role Notes
1986 Off the Wall Various
1988 A Father's Homecoming Toni Television movie
1989 Newhart Nancy Episode: "Shoe Business Is My Life"
1989 Married to the Mob Marie Scarlotti Unsold television pilot
1989 Double Your Pleasure Nicole Television movie
1989 Cheers Doris Episodes: "The Two Faces of Norm" and "Feeble Attraction"
1990 Booker Penny Episode: "Hacker"
1990 Empty Nest Amy Episode: "Everything But Love"
1990–1991 My Talk Show Jennifer Bass Main role, 59 episodes
1991 Major Dad Anita Episode: "Flying Solo"
1992–1993 Bob Trisha McKay Main role, 28 episodes
1995 Dream On Abby Kaplow Episode: "Off-Off Broadway Bound"
1995–1996 Hope and Gloria Hope Davidson Main role, 35 episodes
1998 From the Earth to the Moon Jane Conrad Television miniseries
1998 Ally McBeal Hayley Chisolm Episode: "Alone Again"
1998–2000 Oh Baby Tracy Calloway Main role, 44 episodes
2003–2004 Dead Like Me Joy Lass Main role, 28 episodes
2005 Six Feet Under Joy Solomon Episode: "The Silence"
2005 Joan of Arcadia Woman at Joan's Award Ceremony Episode: "The Rise & Fall of Joan Girard"; uncredited[citation needed]
2006 You've Reached the Elliotts Tracy Elliott Unsold television pilot
2006 A Little Thing Called Murder Beverly Bates Television movie
2006 The L Word Roberta Collie 3 episodes
2006 Monk Dianne Brooks Episode: "Mr. Monk and the Class Reunion"
2003–2007 According to Jim Cindy Devlin 4 episodes
2006–2008 Men in Trees Celia Bachelor Main role, 27 episodes
2008 Will You Merry Me? Marilyn Kringle Television movie
2009 Surviving Suburbia Anne Patterson Main role, 13 episodes
2010 Grey's Anatomy Ruthie Carlin Episode: "Blink"
2010 Life Unexpected Laverne Cassidy 5 episodes
2011 Off the Map Charlene Episode: "Hold on Tight"
2011 Chaos Violet Green Episode: "Defending Sophia"
2011 Private Practice Karen Episode: "Step One"
2012 The Soul Man Carolyn Episode: "How to Be a Church Lady"
2013 Scandal Mary Nesbitt Episode: "Mrs. Smith Goes to Washington"
2014 Killing Daddy Emma Granger Television movie
2014 Kingdom Marilyn Wheeler Episode: "Please Refrain from Crying"
2014 Sleepy Hollow Gina Lambert Episode: "Mama"
2015 Your Family or Mine Jan Main role
2015 Tim & Eric's Bedtime Stories Matt's mother Episode: "Tornado"
2018 Supergirl Mrs Queller Episode: "Shelter from the Storm"
2018-2020 How to Get Away with Murder Pam Walsh Recurring role, 5 episodes
2021 The Good Doctor (TV series) Senator Marian Clark Episode: "Letting Go"


  1. ^ "Interview with Cynthia Stevenson of "Killing Daddy" on Lifetime - Primetime Article From The TV MegaSite".
  2. ^ a b "Cynthia Stevenson Biography". November 28, 2012. Retrieved October 12, 2013.
  3. ^ "Cynthia Stevenson | Movies and Biography – Yahoo Movies". Retrieved October 12, 2013.
  4. ^ "Profile : 'Bob's' Begotten : Cynthia Stevenson is the daughter sitcom creators write home about". Los Angeles Times. April 4, 1993.
  5. ^ Canby, Vincent (April 10, 1992). "Review/Film; Inside Hollywood: An Impious Tale" – via
  6. ^ Kehr, Dave. "A TEEMING 'PLAYER'".
  7. ^ "CNN - Review: Your kids should pass on 'Air Bud: Golden Receiver' - August 19, 1998".
  8. ^ "TV Show Reviews: 'Any Day Now'; 'Maggie'; 'Oh Baby'".
  9. ^ a b "'Scandal' Books 'Dead Like Me' Star for Season 3 (Exclusive)". August 19, 2013. Retrieved October 4, 2013.
  10. ^ Napoli, Jessica (October 26, 2018). "'How to Get Away With Murder' Wedding: Meet Connor's 'Unpredictable' Mom". TV Insider. NTVB Media, Inc. Retrieved January 10, 2019.
  11. ^ "Cynthia Stevenson Joins 'Your Family Or Mine'; Ana De La Reguera In 'Narcos'". October 9, 2014.

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