Who is Kathy Kinney?

Kathy Kinney is an American actress, who enjoyed fame in the ‘80s and ‘90s with roles in such projects as the films “Parting Glances” (1986), then “This Boy’s Life” (1993), and her role of Mimi Bobeck Carey in the TV series “The Drew Carey Show”, from 1995 until 2004, among other roles.

Kathy Kinney Biography- Age, Childhood, and Education

Kathy Kinney was born on the 3rd November 1954 in Stevens Point, Wisconsin USA; she is of Irish ancestry, as she is a daughter of Irish-Americans Harold Kinney and his wife Marian.

She went to Stevens Point Area Senior High School, and after matriculation joined the California Conservation Corps for two years. She did a six-month Back Country season in Kings Canyon, which gave her thousands of dollars in scholarships, and she then enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Although she attended the university in the ‘70s, she only got her degree 40 years later, in 2016.

Career Before Acting

Kathy switched Wisconsin for New York in 1976, and started working as a secretary at WCBS-TV; her boss was a hunting enthusiast, and she would often ask him about his achievements while on trips, saying “So, did you kill anything this week”, which later helped her to acquire the role of Mimi.

Concurrently she was also performing at New York comedy clubs, honing her improvisational comedy skills.

Acting Career Beginnings

Once she gathered her comedy skills together, she started teaching improve classes, and was noticed by Bill Sherwood, who then wrote a part just for her in the film “Parting Glances” in 1986; the role of Joan was her acting debut. Two years later, she continued her acting career by working on several projects, including television movies “Promised a Miracle” and “Inherit the Wind”, while she also appeared in the comedy film “Scrooged”, starring Bill Murray, Karen Allen and John Forsythe.

Kathy Kinney

The following year she secured her first recurring role, as Miss Goddard in the TV comedy series “Newhart”.

Her career continued on the rise with the start of the ‘90s, featuring in the fantasy horror film “Arachnophobia” (1990), with Jeff Daniels, Julian Sands and John Goodman, and until 1995 had a string of minor roles in such TV series as “Grand”, “The Larry Sanders Show” (1992), then “Seinfeld” (1993), and “Grace Under Fire” (1995).

Rise to Prominence

In 1995, Kathy won the role of her career, when she was chosen as Mimi Bobeck Carey in the TV comedy series “The Drew Carey Show”, which showcased the professional and personal life of the comedy legend, Drew Carey. She starred in all 233 episodes of the Primetime Emmy Award-nominated series, and in addition to popularity, she received a TV Land Award for her work on the show. During this period Kathy also appeared in several other projects, including the TV series “Norm” (1999-2000), and in the film “Lost in the Pershing Point Hotel” (2000), while from 1999 to 2001 she was the voice of Jenny the Monkey in the animated series “Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot”.

Career Decline

From 2005 onwards, Kathy didn’t have many roles; she featured in the film “Lenny the Wonder Dog” in 2005, then in 2007 portrayed Officer Bobby Bowman in the TV series “My Name Is Earl”. In 2009, she joined the cast of the TV series “The Secret Life of the American Teenager”, and until the series ended in 2013, appeared in 33 episodes as Bunny, also known as Butcher Shop Lady. Since then, she has made just a few more appearances, first as a guest star in the TV series “Baby Daddy” (2016), and then another guest-starring role in the TV comedy series “American Housewife” in 2019.

Most recently, she appeared as Franny Lewis in the crime-drama series “Stumptown”.

Kathy Kinney Net Worth, Height, Weight Loss, and Appearance

Kathy Kinney is a veteran actress with a career spanning more than 30 years, during which she’s had a number of prominent roles, and her success has increased her wealth by a large margin. According to sources, Kathy Kinney’s net worth is estimated at over $5 million, as of mid-2020.

Kathy Kinney stands at 5ft 4ins (1.64m) tall, while her weight is unknown, though she has struggled with weight, and though she would lose some weight just by accident over her career, she never went on any diets, and never bothered about her weight problems. She has brown hair and blue eyes.

Kathy Kinney Personal Life, Dating, Married, Single, Lesbian?

Kathy Kinney hasn’t shared much from her personal life but some facts have been made available. Kathy has been married to a man named Rob for years, but that’s all we know about him, and there’s no information as to whether the couple has children or not.

Kathy Kinney News, Interests, Facts

Kathy has loved traveling ever since she could remember, and used her career to travel through Europe, filming in various locations. She has been to a number of countries, from Spain to England.

Kathy is also a published author, having co-written the book “Queen of Your Own Life: The Grown-up Woman’s Guide to Claiming Happiness and Getting the Life You Deserve”, with Cindy Ratzlaff, published in March 2010.

Kathy is allergic to cheese, which is one of the rarest allergies in the world.

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