Kathy Kinney:
• is an American actress who had roles in films such as "Parting Glances" (1986) and "This Boy's Life" (1993)
• is of Irish ancestry and was born in Stevens Point, Wisconsin
• is best known for her role of Mimi Bobeck Carey in the TV series “The Drew Carey Show”
• has a net worth estimated at over $5 million
• has a published book, "Queen of Your Own Life: The Grown-up Woman's Guide to Claiming Happiness and Getting the Life You Deserve"
• is allergic to cheese

Known for movies

Short Info

Date Of BirthNovember 3, 1954
FactBest friends with Drew Carey.

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.

General Info

Full NameKathy Kinney
Date Of BirthNovember 3, 1954
Height1.62 m
ProfessionStand-up comedian, Actor
EducationUniversity of Wisconsin–Stevens Point


ParentsMarian Kinney, Harold Kinney


AwardsTV Land "Co-Worker You're Least Likely to Invite Out for Happy Hour" Award
MoviesParting Glances, Scrooged, Three Fugitives, Stanley & Iris, Arachnophobia, This Boy's Life, Mr. Jones, Lost in the Pershing Point Hotel, Lenny the Wonder Dog
TV ShowsDrew Carey's Improv-A-Ganza, Drew Carey's Green Screen Show, The Drew Carey Show, 3 South, Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot

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1Between 2009 and 2010, she reprised her role as Mimi Bobeck on 2 episodes of The Price Is Right (1972) with Drew Carey.
2Best friends with Drew Carey.
3Best known by the public for her role as Mimi Bobeck on The Drew Carey Show (1995).
4Release of her book, "Queen of Your Own Life: The Grown-up Women's Guide to Claiming Happiness and Getting the Life You Deserve" by Kathy and 'Cindy Ratzlaff'. [March 2010]
5Allergic to cheese
6Appeared as a dog trainer in the very first episode of The Larry Sanders Show (1992).
7In the early 1980s she was a secretary at WCBS-TV in New York while she pursued her comedic acting/improvisation career.




Baby Daddy2016TV SeriesJudy
The Secret Life of the American Teenager2009-2013TV SeriesBunny / Butcher Shop Lady
The Penguins of Madagascar2009-2011TV SeriesRhonda
Love Bites2011TV SeriesKaren (segment "Not to Speak")
Working Class2011TV SeriesDot
Starter Home2010ShortSandi
My Name Is Earl2007TV SeriesOfficer Bowman Officer Bobbi Bowman
Lenny the Wonder Dog2005Lisa Lathers
Al Roach: Private Insectigator2004ShortBetty Earwiggins
A Scooby-Doo! Christmas2004TV ShortSheriff Ellen Perkins
The Drew Carey Show1995-2004TV SeriesMimi Bobeck Mimi Bobeck Carey
Fillmore!2003TV SeriesO'Farrell's Mom
What's New, Scooby-Doo?2002TV SeriesSheriff Ellen Perkins
3-South2002TV Series
Rock & Roll Back to School Special2001TV MovieMimi Bobeck (Money) Carey
Nikki2001TV SeriesVegas Woman
Behind the Seams2000Freddie
Norm1999-2000TV SeriesMimi Bobeck Carey / Betty
Lost in the Pershing Point Hotel2000Red Neck Nurse
Picking Up the Pieces2000Mrs. Tattler
The Hughleys1999TV SeriesMimi Bobeck Carey
Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot1999TV SeriesJenny the Monkey (voice, as Kathryn Kinney)
Chicken Soup for the Soul1999TV Series
Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place1998TV SeriesMimi Bobeck
The Brian Benben Show1998TV SeriesThe Facilitator
General Hospital1998TV SeriesWaitress
Coach1997TV SeriesMimi Bobeck
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman1996TV SeriesKatie Banks
Runway One1995TV MovieProprietor of Motel
Grace Under Fire1995TV SeriesNurse
Boy Meets World1995TV SeriesRifkin
Full House1995TV SeriesMrs. Bedrosian
Bakersfield P.D.1994TV SeriesMrs. Blaisher
Mr. Jones1993Homeless Lady
Fallen Angels1993TV SeriesMrs. Sullivan
Seinfeld1993TV SeriesBystander
This Boy's Life1993Marian
Step by Step1992TV SeriesThe Proctor
The Larry Sanders Show1992TV SeriesDog Trainer
Cruel Doubt1992TV Mini-SeriesSkeptical Neighbor
The Linguini Incident1991Denise
Dream On1991TV SeriesNora
Tagteam1991TV MovieInstructor
Grand1990TV SeriesMarge
Arachnophobia1990Blaire Kendall
Newhart1989-1990TV SeriesMiss Goddard
Stanley & Iris1990Bernice
Three Fugitives1989Receptionist
Scrooged1988IBC Nurse
Promised a Miracle1988TV MovieCindy Wilson
Inherit the Wind1988TV MovieWoman at Depot
Parting Glances1986Joan


A Love Letter to Tom Waits: The Life of Chris Roberts-Antieau2011DocumentaryHerself
Drew Carey's Improv-A-Ganza2011TV SeriesHerself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2006-2010TV SeriesHerself
Good Morning America2010TV SeriesHerself
The Price Is Right2009-2010TV SeriesMimi Bobeck
Patriot Act: A Jeffrey Ross Home Movie2005DocumentaryHerself
TV Guide Close Up: From Comedy Club to Primetime2004TV Movie documentaryHerself
Green Screen Show2004TV SeriesHerself
Hollywood Squares1999-2003TV SeriesGuest Appearance / Mimi
Bitter Jester2003DocumentaryHerself
Pyramid2002TV SeriesHerself - Celebrity
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1997-2001TV SeriesHerself
Improv All Stars2001TV SpecialHerself
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn2000TV SeriesHerself
In the Life2000TV Series documentaryHerself
Business of Acting2000Video documentaryHerself
Jeopardy!1999TV SeriesHerself - Celebrity Contestant
The 26th Annual American Music Awards1999TV SpecialHerself
The 25th Annual American Music Awards1998TV SpecialHerself
The N.Y. Friars Club Roast of Drew Carey1998TV MovieHerself
Whose Line Is It Anyway?1998TV SeriesHerself
Space Ghost Coast to Coast1998TV SeriesHerself
Late Show with David Letterman1997TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Daily Show1997TV SeriesHerself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1996TV SeriesHerself
The 18th Annual CableACE Awards1996TV SpecialHerself - Presenter

Archive Footage

TV's Greatest Sidekicks2004TV Special
50 Most Wicked Women of Primetime2004TV Movie documentaryMimi Bobeck - The Drew Carey Show


Won Awards

2008TV Land AwardTV Land AwardsCo-Worker You're Least Likely to Invite Out for Happy HourThe Drew Carey Show (1995)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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