Nancy Travis is recognized as one of the most versatile actresses in the movie industry. What is less known is that she is a rather private woman, who respects and admires her family above all. How did she find herself in the acting industry? Who is she married to?
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Early life and education
Nancy Ann Travis was born on 21 September 1961 in Queens, New York City USA. Her parents are Gordon Travis, who was a sales executive, and Theresa Travis, who was a social worker. Travis was raised Catholic, and grew up in Framingham, Massachusetts US, but later moved to Baltimore, Maryland US.
In 1979 she matriculated from Framingham North High School, then attended New York University where she studied drama, and later enrolled at Circle in the Square Theatre School, the only accredited school that is attached to the Broadway theatre.
After graduating, Travis landed a role in the “It’s Hard to Be a Jew” play that was performed in New York City’s American Jewish Theatre. Travis also appeared in the play “Brighton Beach Memoirs”, written by Neil Simon’s, and soon co-founded Naked Angels, the off-Broadway theatre company. For the company, she appeared in “Aven U-Boys”, the play written by Frank Pugliese, and in “King of Connecticut”.
She made her debut on Broadway portraying a character from “I’m Not Rappaport”, and soon starred in “My Children, My Africa”, which was directed by Athol Fugard at the La Jolla Playhouse.
After her successful theatre career, Travis continued on to act in many Hollywood movies and various TV series. One of her first feature film roles was in the “Three Men and a Baby” that aired in 1987, as well as in its 1990 sequel “Three Men and a Little Lady”. That same year, she could be seen next to Robert Downey Jr. and Mel Gibson in the action-comedy film “Air America”, and acted in the crime-thriller “Internal Affairs”, in which she portrayed the wife of the character played by Andy Garcia.
In 1992 she once again acted alongside Robert Downey Jr. as she portrayed Joan Barry in the biography film “Chaplin”, in which Downey Jr. played the character of the famous late comic actor, Charlie Chaplin. She portrayed the spouse of Mike Myers in “So I Married an Axe Murderer”, a romantic comedy film from 1993, and the same year, she was in the “The Vanishing”, and landed a guest role in the critically acclaimed TV series “Fallen Angels”. In 1994 she appeared in “Greedy”, next to Michael J. Fox, and then co-starred in the TV series, “Duckman: Private Dick / Family Man”, remaining in the show for three years.
In 1995, Travis acted in “Destiny Turns on the Radio” and in the family drama film “Fluke”.
The next year, she appeared next to Whoopi Goldberg in the political comedy “Bogus”, in which she portrayed Lorraine Franklin. In 1999 she was in the TV movie “My Last Love” as Susan Morton, and in the TV series “Work with Me”, in the recurring character called Julie Better.
In 2000, Travis portrayed Jennifer Jenny Pryce in the TV movie “Running Mates”. In 2002, she was in two TV series, “Rose Red” – the TV adaptation of Stephen King’s horror book – and “Becker” in which she remained a regular for two seasons. In the next several years, Travis could be seen in movies such as “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” and “The Jane Austen Book Club”.
She was also a guest character in several TV series, including “Boys Life”, “Medium”, “The Bill Engvall Show”, and “Desperate Housewives”. For her performance in “The Party Never Stops: Diary of a Binge Drinker”, she even won the Prism Award in the Performance in a TV Movie or Miniseries category. In 2010, she starred in TV films “In My Shoes” and “The Pregnancy Pact”.
During 2011, Travis guest-starred in popular television series “How I Met Your Mother”, “Hart of Dixie” and “Grey’s Anatomy”, and appeared in the ABC sitcom called “Last Man Standing”, cast as the lead female role, and has remained in eight seasons of the show, which is on-going.
Concurrently Nancy portrayed Mrs. Koll in the 2015 drama film “The Submarine Kid”, and in 2017, co-starred as Donna Hodges in TV series “Mr. Mercedes”, and portrayed the character of Mona in adventure comedy “Bernard and Huey”. The next year, she had the recurring role of Lisa in the first two seasons of comedy TV series directed by Chuck Lorre, “The Kominsky Method”, alongside Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin, and was nominated for the Screen Actor Guild Awards in the Outstanding Performance category.
Travis also had a guest role in TV series “The Ranch” in 2018, and in 2019 portrayed Rachel in the comedy film “Married Young”.
She has also voiced characters in several animated series and video games, including “The Wild Thornberry’s”, “Duckman: The Video Game” and “Superman”
Nancy Travis married her long-term boyfriend Robert N. Fried in 1994. Fried is a producer and a writer, known for movies such as “Godzilla”, “Rudy” and “The Boondock Saints”. He is also an executive and the CEO of the Feeln Company, the founder and CEO of Hallmark Movies Now, and he used to be the president of Savoy Pictures. Four years after their marriage, in 1998 the couple welcomed their first son, Benjamin E. In 2001, Travis gave birth to their second son, Jeremy. According to many sources, she is doing her best to approach motherhood with the same amount of dedication she is giving her career.
Nancy Travis is often connected with the musician Randy Travis, but despite having the same last name, the two are not related or married.
Through her husband, she is the sister-in-law of the movie producer Daniel Fried. Travis is active on social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Travis’ exact earnings are being kept private, but as of April 2020 her net worth is estimated at around $3 million. Together with her husband, she owns a house in Los Angeles, California that was bought for more than $1.3 million, has five bedrooms, five bedrooms and covers an area of more than 77,000 square feet. In 2010, she sold the previous property that she bought in 1999 for $699,000, that had four bedrooms and four bathrooms.
Travis has a height of 5ft 4ins (1.63 meters) and weighs around 142lbs (64kgs), with vital statistics of 36-27-38 ins. She has curly, blond to light brown hair and hazel eyes.