• Kay Lenz is an American actress best known for appearing in the TV series “Reasonable Doubts” and voicing the American Maid in the animated series “The Tick”.
• She launched her acting career in 1967 at the age of 14 and won a Daytime Emmy Award and Primetime Emmy Award for her performances.
• She is a lover of animals and likes to travel, eat various cuisines and watch films.
• She is 67 years old and has a net worth of over $3 million.
• She is currently living a peaceful life in Los Angeles.

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SpouseDavid Cassidy
FactGodmother of Carlyle Taylor.

Who is Kay Lenz and where is she today? Wiki Bio

Kay Ann Lenz was born in Los Angeles, California USA, on 4 March 1953 – her zodiac sign is Pisces and she holds American nationality. She is an actress best known for portraying Maggie Zombro in the TV series “Reasonable Doubts”, and for voicing the American Maid in the animated series “The Tick”. Kay has retired from acting, and is now apparently leading a peaceful life at her home in Los Angeles.

Early life and education

Kay was raised an only child in Los Angeles by her mother Kay Miller who was a model and a radio engineer, and her father Ted Lenz who was a producer and a commentator.

One can say that her career was launched when she was still a toddler, as she appeared in a TV show which her father produced when she was around one year old. She attended a public high school in Los Angeles where she started acting and appearing in school’s plays, while she was also playing soccer and volleyball. Upon matriculation, she didn’t enroll at college but started pursuing a career in acting.

Appearances in TV series

Kay launched her acting career in 1967 at the age of 14, when she appeared in the TV series “This Is The Life” and then in “The Andy Griffith Show” in the same year.

She was in a single episode of “Gunsmoke” in 1974, and after portraying Dorie in “The ABC Afternoon Playbreak”, she was awarded a Daytime Emmy Award for an Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Special, which recognition saw her invited to guest star in several TV series, including “Nakia”, “McCloud”, and “Petrocelli” among others.

In 1976, she portrayed Kate Jordache in “Rich Man, Poor Man” which starred Peter Strauss and Nick Nolte and follows the Jordache family during and after the World War II – for her performance, Kay was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for an Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie. Some of her next roles were in “Jigsaw John”, “How The West Was Won” (three episodes), and “Magnum P.I.” in 1984.

Kay Lenz

In 1985, she portrayed Jenny Wells in “Murder She Wrote”, and was then invited to guest star in “Hunter” in 1986 and “Mr. Belvedere” in 1987. The year 1988 saw her star as Tina Cassidy in “Midnight Caller”, winning a Primetime Emmy Award. In 1991 she played the recurring role of Maggie Zombro in the crime drama TV series “Reasonable Doubts”, which starred Mark Harmon and Marlee Matlin and followed a relationship between a detective and his assistant. For her role, Kay won a Viewers for Quality Television Award, and was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award.

She had her debut voicing role in 1994, to the American Maid in “The Tick” and then appeared in a single episode of many TV series, some of which were “Touched by an Angel” in 1996, “The Magnificent Seven” in 2000, and “Once and Again” in 2001. Some of Kay’s latest appearances in TV series have been in “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” in 2013, “Bones” in 2014, and “Adventure Time” in 2015.

Appearances in movies

Kay made her debut film appearance in 1973 portraying Jane in “American Graffiti”, and in the same year appeared in “Breezy”, being nominated for a Golden Globe Award for the Most Promising Newcomer – Female.

She went on to appear in many movies in the following years, including “Moving Violation” in 1976, “The Initiation of Sarah” in 1978, and “Fast-Walking” in 1982, while she gained recognition when she portrayed Sandy Sinclair in “House”, and was nominated for a Saturn Award for the Best Supporting Actress for her performance.

She played Deborah in “Physical Evidence” in 1989, and then starred as P.J. Parks in “Falling From Grace” in 1992, which starred John Mellencamp and Mariel Hemingway and follows the life of a rock singer as he finds a lover although he has a wife. In 1995, she played a supporting character in “Shame II: The Secret”, and was nominated for a CableACE Award. Some of Kay’s latest appearances in movies have been in “Southside” in 2003, “The Secret Lives of Dorks” in 2013, and “The Downside of Bliss” in 2017.

Love life and relationships

Kay started dating an actor and a musician David Cassidy in 1974, and the two married on 3 April 1977. After they married, Kay started receiving letters from women about how some of them have children with David, which eventually led to Kay not wanting his children but the two stayed married for six years, thend their divorce was finalized on 28 December 1983. Kay did not marry after that, but has allegedly been in relationships with J.D. Souther who is a musician, and Scott Baio who is an actor.

David went on to marry Meryl Tanz, a horse breeder, in 1984 but they divorced in 1988 due to David’s problems with alcohol and being unfaithful as his mistress Sherry Williams gave birth to his daughter Katie Cassidy in 1986.

In March 1991, David married Sue Shifrin and their daughter Beau was born in the same year, but they divorced in 2014. David went bankrupt in 2015 and he died on 21 November 2017 due to liver failure, caused by his abuse of alcohol.

Hobbies and other interests

Kay likes to travel and her job as an actress took her all around the US, while she has also been to many countries in Europe, and has visited Australia and Africa as well. She has her own favorites when it comes to Hollywood actors and actresses, some of whom are Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Meryl Streep, and some of her favorite movies are “Catch Me If You Can”, “Shutter Island”, and “To Kill a Mockingbird”.

She is a lover of animals and has a pet dog. She is keen on tasting various cuisines, with her favorite being Mexican but being physically active has been eating healthy foods since she was a teenager. She started going to the gym at the age of 18, having up to five training sessions each week and was following a strict diet, eating no sugar nor fast food except on Sundays.

Appearance and net worth

Kay is 67 years old. She has long brown hair and brown eyes, is 5ft 1in (1.55m) tall, and weighs around 112lbs (51kgs). As of March 2020, her net worth is estimated at over $3 million.

General Info

Full NameKay Lenz
Height1.54 m


SpouseDavid Cassidy
ParentsTed Lenz, Kay Miller Lenz


AwardsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series, Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Actress In A Daytime Drama Special
NominationsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, Golden Globe Award for Best New Star of the Year – Actress, Primetime Emmy Award For Outstanding Single Performance By A Supporting Actress In A Comedy Or Drama Series
MoviesBreezy, Death Wish 4: The Crackdown, The Great Scout & Cathouse Thursday, White Line Fever, Fast-Walking, Stripped to Kill, The Passage, American Graffiti, The Initiation of Sarah, Gunfighter's Moon, House, Prisoners of the Lost Universe, Physical Evidence, Falling from Grace, Moving Violation, A Gu...
TV ShowsCover Me, The Tick, Wild West C.O.W.-Boys of Moo Mesa, Reasonable Doubts, Heart of the City, Rich Man, Poor Man Book II, Rich Man, Poor Man

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1First wife of David Cassidy.
2Was Ron Shelton's first choice for "Annie" in Bull Durham (1988), but the studio didn't feel she was bankable enough.
3Turned down the role that eventually went to Tuesday Weld in Once Upon a Time in America (1984).
4Made her legitimate stage acting debut at age 13 in a production of "Dark of the Moon" at the Pasadena Playhouse.
5Only legal witness at the wedding of Anne Lockhart and Adam C. Taylor in 1986.
6Godmother of Carlyle Taylor.
7Ex-daughter-in-law of Evelyn Ward and Jack Cassidy.
8A former teen rider on the rodeo circuit.




JAG2003TV SeriesJudge Smith
Southside2003Claire Coleman
The Agency2003TV SeriesPolice Interrogator
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit2002TV SeriesLinda Cavanaugh
Once and Again2001TV SeriesStephanie Arlen
Cover Me: Based on the True Life of an FBI Family2000-2001TV SeriesLisa Ramone
ER2000TV SeriesKaren Palmieri
The Magnificent Seven2000TV SeriesElla Gaines
Marry Me or Die1998
The Adventures of Ragtime1998Detective Hill
A Gun, a Car, a Blonde1997Peep / Madge
Journey of the Heart1997TV MovieMarvelle
Touched by an Angel1996TV SeriesRocky McCann
The Tick1994-1996TV SeriesAmerican Maid
Gunfighter's Moon1995Linda Yarnell
Shame II: The Secret1995TV MovieGinny
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman1995TV SeriesConstance Hunter
Trapped in Space1995TV MovieGillings
Against Their Will: Women in Prison1994TV MovieLisa Jamison
Wild West C.O.W.-Boys of Moo Mesa1992-1993TV Series
Reasonable Doubts1991-1993TV SeriesMaggie Zombro
Falling from Grace1992P.J. Parks
Shakespeare's Plan 12 from Outer Space1991Sebastian
Hitler's Daughter1990TV MovieLeona Crawford Gordon
Midnight Caller1988-1989TV SeriesTina Cassidy / Tina
ABC Afterschool Specials1989TV SeriesBonnie Green
Hardball1989TV SeriesConnie Villanova
Murder by Night1989TV MovieKaren Hicks
Physical Evidence1989Deborah Quinn
Simon & Simon1984-1988TV SeriesMelissa / Susan Killian / Lolita / ...
Fear1988Sharon Haden
Headhunter1988Katherine Hall
Houston Knights1987TV Series
Charles in Charge1987TV SeriesJoan Robinson
Death Wish 4: The Crackdown1987Karen Sheldon
Hotel1984-1987TV SeriesGail Matthews / Mary Morowsky / Monique Bennett (as Karen Woncemore)
Moonlighting1987TV SeriesMelissa
CBS Summer Playhouse1987TV SeriesRay
Stripped to Kill1987Detective Cody Sheenan
Mr. Belvedere1987TV SeriesSharon Rogers
Starman1987TV SeriesDr. Katherine Bradford
House1986Sandy Sinclair
Heart of the City1986TV SeriesKathy Priester
Hunter1986TV SeriesAlicia Fiori
Riptide1985TV SeriesBrenda Malloy
MacGyver1985TV SeriesKelly Nielson
Murder, She Wrote1985TV SeriesNurse Jennie Wells
Finder of Lost Loves1985TV SeriesEllen Ross
Matt Houston1984TV SeriesCassie Stanley
The Fall Guy1984TV SeriesKim Donnelly
Cagney & Lacey1984TV SeriesLinda Mack
Magnum, P.I.1984TV SeriesSally DeForest
Hill Street Blues1984TV SeriesWhitney Barnes
Whiz Kids1984TV SeriesHelen Langton
Rod Stewart: Infatuation1984Video shortThe Woman
Scene of the Crime1984TV Series
Trial by Terror1983Karen Armstrong
Prisoners of the Lost Universe1983Carrie Madison
Insight1982TV SeriesL.J.
Swan Lake1981Odille (voice)
The Hustler of Muscle Beach1980TV MovieJenny O'Rourke
Escape1980TV MovieBarbara Chilcoate
Sanctuary of Fear1979TV MovieCarol Bain
The Seeding of Sarah Burns1979TV MovieSarah Burns
The Passage1979Leah Bergson
How the West Was Won1978TV SeriesDoreen
Mean Dog Blues1978Linda Ramsey
The Initiation of Sarah1978TV MovieSarah Goodwin
Rich Man, Poor Man - Book II1976-1977TV SeriesKate Jordache
Moving Violation1976Cam Johnson
The Great Scout & Cathouse Thursday1976Thursday
Jigsaw John1976TV SeriesMiriam Buckley
Rich Man, Poor Man1976TV Mini-SeriesKate Jordache
Petrocelli1975TV SeriesJanet / Mary Wade
Saturday Night Live1975TV SeriesSusan (segment 'NBC Super Season')
White Line Fever1975Jerri Kane Hummer
Journey from Darkness1975TV MovieSherry Williams
The One1974TV MovieShirley
The ABC Afternoon Playbreak1974TV SeriesDorie
The F.B.I. Story: The FBI Versus Alvin Karpis, Public Enemy Number One1974TV MovieShirley
Cannon1974TV SeriesSally
Nakia1974TV Series
McCloud1974TV SeriesEve Randall
Kodiak1974TV Series
The Underground Man1974TV MovieSue Crandell
Medical Center1974TV SeriesKitty
Unwed Father1974TV MovieVicky Simmons
Gunsmoke1974TV SeriesLettie Graham
Love Story1974TV SeriesSara
A Summer Without Boys1973TV MovieRuth Hailey
Lisa, Bright and Dark1973TV MovieLisa Schilling
The Streets of San Francisco1973TV SeriesSarah Holt
American Graffiti1973Jane (as Kay Ann Kemper)
Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law1973TV SeriesLucy
The Weekend Nun1972TV MovieAudree Prewitt
Ironside1972TV SeriesStephanie Tucker
The Andy Griffith Show1967TV SeriesJoy
The Monroes1967TV SeriesMaudie
The Downside of Bliss2017post-productionMary
Adventure Time2015TV SeriesBird Woman
Bones2014TV SeriesHarriet White
The Secret Lives of Dorks2013Mrs. Susie Gibson
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation2013TV SeriesLaura Sidle
Southland2011TV SeriesNaomi Chester
The Closer2010TV SeriesMrs. Tatem
Cold Case2009TV SeriesHillary Rhodes '09
NCIS2008TV SeriesConnie Quinn Wheeler
House M.D.2007TV SeriesMrs. Bradberry
Heartland2007TV SeriesNadine


Ladybugs1992ADR voice


The 45th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1993TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
The 44th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1992TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
The National Leukemia Broadcast Council Honors Shirley Jones1979TV MovieHerself
Good Morning America1979TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

Biography2004TV Series documentaryHerself
Midnight Caller1990TV SeriesTina Cassidy
Hill Street Blues1984TV SeriesWhitney Barnes


Won Awards

1993Q AwardViewers for Quality Television AwardsBest Supporting Actress in a Quality Drama SeriesReasonable Doubts (1991)
1989Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actress in a Drama SeriesMidnight Caller (1988)
1975Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama SpecialThe ABC Afternoon Playbreak (1972)

Nominated Awards

1995CableACECableACE AwardsSupporting Actress in a Movie or MiniseriesShame II: The Secret (1995)
1993Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesReasonable Doubts (1991)
1992Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesReasonable Doubts (1991)
1990Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actress in a Drama SeriesMidnight Caller (1988)
1987Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Supporting ActressHouse (1986)
1976Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actress in Comedy or Drama SeriesRich Man, Poor Man (1976)
1974Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USAMost Promising Newcomer - FemaleBreezy (1973)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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  1. you left oUT “THE GREAT SCOUT AND CATHOUSE THURSDAY” in her filmography

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