• Patty McCormack is an American actress, best known for appearing in the sitcom “The Ropers” and the play “Playhouse 90”.
• She started acting at the age of 6 and was the youngest person to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 15.
• She won a Milky Way Award for the most outstanding juvenile performer in 1956 and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and Academy Award for her performance in “The Bad Seed”.
• Patty is currently single and has a net worth of over $5 million.
• She has volunteered in Asia, Africa, and Europe, and her hobbies include travelling and loving animals.

Known for movies

Short Info

Date Of BirthAugust 21, 1945
SpouseBob Catania
FactAttended New Utrecht High School in Brooklyn, New York.

Who is Patty McCormack and where is she today? Wiki Bio

Patricia Ellen ‘Patty’ Russo was born in Brooklyn, New York City USA, on 21 August 1945, so her zodiac sign is Leo and she holds American nationality. She is an actress, best known for appearing in the sitcom “The Ropers” as well as in the play “Playhouse 90”. It has been rumored that Patty has retired from acting, and while this is not true, she is acting less often as she prefers to spend her time at home resting.

Early life and education

Patty was raised in Brooklyn by her mother Elizabeth who was a competitive roller skater, and her father Frank Russo who was a fireman – Patty appears to be an only child.

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She studied at New Utrecht High School where she practiced her acting skills at the school’s drama club, having already started acting long before that when she was six years old, appearing in the comedy movie “Two Gals and a Guy” released in 1951; two years later, she appeared in the TV series “Mama”. At the age of eight, she made her debut theatre appearance in the play “Touchstone”, and then won her first lead role in the play “The Bad Seed” portraying Rhoda Penmark.

After matriculating from high school, Patty didn’t attend college but became a full-time actress.

Career as an actress

She continued her career playing Angel in the film “The Snow Queen” in 1957, and appeared in the melodrama film “All Mine to Give” in the same year. Patty played the lead role of Kathy O’Rourke in the comedy movie “Kathy-O’” in 1958, while the next year saw her portray Torey Peck in the comedy movie “Peck’s Bad Girl”, which was the remake of the original film released in 1918 (which is today lost).

She appeared in single episodes of the TV series’ “Wagon Train” and “Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond” in 1959, while 1960 saw her star in the movie “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” starring Tony Randall and Eddie Hodges, and was a huge hit.

It is based on the story Mark Twain wrote in 1851, which follows two friends, one black and one white boy, who run away from home in search of freedom and exciting adventures.

Patty went on to appear in movies “The Explosive Generation” and “Jacktown” in 1961 and 1962, while the following year saw her portray Karen Kegler in the TV series “The New Breed”. In 1968, she was cast to portray Susan Hoffman in the feature film “Maryjane” which follows an art teacher who ends up in jail after being framed for drug possession. She appeared in two other movies in the same year – “The Mini-Skirt Mob” and “The Young Runaways” – before taking a seven-year long break from acting.

She continued her career in 1975, appearing in the horror movie “Bug”, the of the genre she appeared in, and then took another long break before appearing in the supernatural horror movie “Invitation to Hell”.

She went on to appear in several TV series, including “Murder, She Wrote” and “Cold Case” while she also appeared in the movies “Mommy” and “Mommy’s Day”. She portrayed Helen in “Heart of the Beholder” in 2005 as well as Marcia Gordon in “Criminal Minds”, while the next couple of years saw her guest star in TV series such as “Private Practice”, “Desperate Housewives”, and “Supernatural”.

Patty McCormack

Some of Patty’s most recent roles have been in the comedy TV series “Hart of Dixie” in 2013, “The Bad Seed” horror drama film in 2018, and in the movie “Home Abduction” in 2019.

Awards and recognition

Patty won a Milky Way Award for the most outstanding juvenile performer in 1956, while she has been nominated for a Golden Globe Award and Academy Award for her performance in “The Bad Seed”. She is the youngest person to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at the age of just 15. She was invited to be the guest of honor at the Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention in 2009, at which many of her movies were shown.

Love life and relationships

Patty met Robert Richard Catania, a restaurateur, in 1962 while she was shooting for a movie in Los Angeles, and the two dated for nearly four years before becoming engaged in 1966, and marrying in 1967 at a ceremony attended by over 300 people. On 27 July 1969, Patty gave birth to their son Robert R. Catania, and decided to take time off her acting career to raise her son. Two years later, she gave birth to their second child, but she and Robert divorced in 1973 for to unknown reasons.

In 1981, she started dating Ernest Thompson who is a playwright and screenwriter best known 117lbs (53kgs).

As of March for writing the drama movie “On Golden Pond”. The two dated for the next eight years without marrying or having children together. Patty is currently single, and is still acting.

Hobbies and other interests

Patty has been a philanthropist since the launch of her career, and has donated large amounts of money to charity organizations while she has also volunteered in Asia, Africa, and Europe as well. Her main hobby during her teenage years was travelling, and she has visited many European countries such as Germany, France and Italy while her dream travel destination is Miami in Florida.

She has her own favorite actor and actress, who are Robert De Niro and Meryl Streep while some of her favorite movies include “One Day”, “Message in a Bottle”, and “Life is Beautiful”. Patty is a lover of animals, and has had several pets including dogs, cats and parrots. She was very good at sports while she was younger, especially tennis and lacrosse, but no longer plays any.

Appearance and net worth

Patty is 74 years old. She has long blonde hair and blue eyes, is 5ft 3ins (1.6m) tall, and weighs around 2020, her net worth is estimated at over $5 million.

General Info

Full NamePatty McCormack
Date Of BirthAugust 21, 1945


SpouseBob Catania
ChildrenRobert Catania, Danielle Catania
ParentsFrank Russo, Elizabeth McCormack


NominationsAcademy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
MoviesThe Bad Seed, Shallow Ground, Frost/Nixon, Kathy O', All Mine to Give, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Mini-Skirt Mob, The Explosive Generation, Mommy, The Master, The Young Runaways, Mommy 2: Mommy's Day, Silent Predators, Bug, Saturday the 14th Strikes Back, Don Quixote, Elevator Girl, Bor...
TV ShowsThe Ropers, The Best of Everything

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1Gave birth to her 1st child at age 23, a son Robert R. Catania on July 27, 1969. Child's father is her [now ex] husband, Robert Catania.
2She was awarded the 1983 Drama Logue Award for Outstanding Performance for "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" at the Mark Taper Forum Theatre in Los Angeles, California.
3As of 2016 she is the 9th earliest surviving recipient of a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination, tied with Dorothy Malone and behind only Olivia de Havilland, Angela Lansbury, Ann Blyth, Nancy Olson, Lee Grant, Terry Moore, Eva Marie Saint and Marisa Pavan. She was nominated in 1956 for The Bad Seed (1956).
4In the early 1950's she was one of the child "spoke-children" for Red Goose Shoes, advertised on "Tom Corbett: Space Cadet" on the Dumont TV network.
5Has been asked, in real life, for "Kathy O'Rourke's" autograph... and given it.
6Is one of Hollywood's Youngest Academy Award and Golden Globe Nominees (Best Supporting Actress for The Bad Seed).
7Has a "Star" on the Hollywood Walk of Fame just off the corner of Hollywood and Vine.
8Attended New Utrecht High School in Brooklyn, New York.
9Received the Milky Way Gold Star Award as the nation's most outstanding juvenile performer of 1956.




Barnaby Jones1974TV SeriesAngie McClaine
The Streets of San Francisco1974TV SeriesJill Cameron Lawrence
Police Story1974TV SeriesMarie Hall
O'Hara, U.S. Treasury1972TV SeriesGilda Julian
The Best of Everything1970TV SeriesLinda Warren (1970)
Lancer1969TV SeriesPearl Sickles
The Young Animals1968Janet
The Young Runaways1968Deannie Donford
The Mini-Skirt Mob1968Edie
Maryjane1968Susan Hoffman
The Wild Wild West1968TV SeriesBetsy
The Farmer's Daughter1964TV SeriesHelga
The Doctors1963TV Series
Rawhide1962-1963TV SeriesSarah Higgins / Julie Cannon
Jacktown1962Margaret (as Miss Patty McCormack)
The New Breed1962TV SeriesKaren Kegler
The Explosive Generation1961Janet Sommers
Route 661960-1961TV SeriesJan Emerson / Jenny Slade
Death Valley Days1960TV SeriesVirginia Reed
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn1960Joanna Wilkes
The Chevy Mystery Show1960TV SeriesDotty Halsey
One Step Beyond1959TV SeriesEmmy Horvath
The United States Steel Hour1954-1959TV SeriesRachel Sullivan
Peck's Bad Girl1959TV SeriesTorey Peck
Playhouse 901957-1959TV SeriesKetti Doner / Mahala May / Jane / ...
Young Dr. Malone1958TV SeriesLisha Steele #4 (1962)
Wagon Train1958TV SeriesMary Ellen Thomas
Goodyear Theatre1958TV SeriesGussie
Kathy O'1958Kathy O'Rourke
Studio 571957-1958TV Series
Matinee Theatre1957-1958TV SeriesLucy Smith
Kraft Theatre1953-1958TV SeriesJeannie Bowers
All Mine to Give1957Annabelle Eunson
Cavalcade of America1957TV SeriesTrudy Marshall
The Snow Queen1957Angel, the Robber Girl (English version, voice)
The Bad Seed1956Rhoda Penmark
General Electric Theater1956TV Series
As the World Turns1956TV SeriesKim Sullivan Reynolds Stewart Andropoulos Hughes (1975-1976) (temporary replacement for Ms. Hays)
Climax!1956TV SeriesLovejoy Mason
Mama1949-1956TV SeriesIngeborg / Cousin Ingeborg
Casablanca1955TV Series
Armstrong Circle Theatre1954TV SeriesJudy
The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse1954TV SeriesDovie
The Motorola Television Hour1954TV SeriesGinny Mitchell
Campbell Summer Soundstage1954TV Series
The Web1954TV Series
The Revlon Mirror Theater1953TV Series
Willys Theatre Presenting Ben Hecht's Tales of the City1953TV Series
Man Against Pain1953TV Movie
Here Comes the Groom1951Orphan (uncredited)
Two Gals and a Guy1951Fay Oliver (uncredited)
Vikes2017post-productionMrs. Knudsen
The Garage Sale2016post-productionCeleste
ChicanerycompletedSandra Monescu
A Moving Romance2016TV MovieMrs. Norrell
Hart of Dixie2013-2015TV SeriesSylvie Stephens-Wilkes
Atwill Web Series2014Video shortJoanie Carvell
Buttwhistle2014Grandma Confer
Have You Met Miss Jones?2012-2013TV SeriesConnie Campolotarro / Connie Campolitarro
Have You Met Miss Jones?2012ShortConnie Campolitarro
Scandal2012TV SeriesAnne Pierce
Supernatural2012TV SeriesEleanor Holmes / Betsy
The Master2012Mildred Drummond
Soda Springs2012Beth
GCB2012TV SeriesChessy
Prime Suspect2012TV SeriesLillian Duffy
2ND Take2011Estelle
Desperate Housewives2010TV SeriesTeresa Pruitt
Elevator Girl2010TV MovieRosemary
Greek2009TV SeriesJoan
Citizen Jane2009TV MovieGertrude McCabe
Private Practice2009TV SeriesCynthia
A Christmas Proposal2008TV MovieMaggie
South of Nowhere2008TV SeriesMary Spencer
Frost/Nixon2008Pat Nixon
Shark2008TV SeriesMary Belkin
Psycho Hillbilly Cabin Massacre!2007ShortMa
Smith2007TV SeriesTracy Breen
In the Wall2007ShortDolores
What About Brian2006TV SeriesLillian
Left in Darkness2006VideoGrandmother
Seth2006Mother (credit only)
The Sopranos2000-2006TV SeriesLiz La Cerva
Heart of the Beholder2005Helen
Criminal Minds2005TV SeriesMarcia Gordon
Entourage2005TV SeriesRealtor
Grey's Anatomy2005TV SeriesRebecca Franklin
Gone But Not Forgotten2005TV MovieAndrea Hammerhill (as Patty McCormick)
NYPD Blue2005TV SeriesJeannie Wyatt
Mystery Woman: Snapshot2005TV MovieBarbara Sommers
Shallow Ground2004Helen Reedy
Cold Case2004TV SeriesMavis Breen
The D.A.2004TV SeriesJeanie Carlson
Skin2003-2004TV SeriesIrene
The Kiss2003VideoPriscilla Standhope
The Silvergleam Whistle2003ShortMotel Manager
Inhabited2003VideoOlivia Hagen
Choosing Matthias2001Mrs. Leonard
The Medicine Show2001Janice Piegi
Family Law2001TV SeriesMonica Whitman
Acceptable Risk2001TV MovieLois
The Silencing2000ShortBetty
ER2000TV SeriesMrs. Dwyer
Silent Predators1999TV MovieVera Conrad
Baywatch1997TV SeriesRose O'Hara
Mommy's Day1997Mrs. Sterling
Empty Nest1992TV SeriesFran
Doogie Howser, M.D.1990TV SeriesMarge Lester
Freddy's Nightmares1989TV SeriesEstonia 'Stoney' Adler
The New Lassie1989TV SeriesKatherine Squires
The Flamingo Kid1989TV ShortMrs. Brody
Murder, She Wrote1987-1988TV SeriesDet. Kathleen Chadwick / Lana Whitman
Saturday the 14th Strikes Back1988Kate Baxter
Head of the Class1988TV SeriesMadeline Mardian
Private Road: No Trespassing1987VideoAlice Wilson
The Law and Harry McGraw1987TV SeriesGloria Billings
Second Chance1987TV SeriesWendy Worth
Mr. Sunshine1986TV SeriesEllen
On Wings of Eagles1986TV Mini-SeriesLiz Coburn
Answers1985TV MovieMandy Morgan (Segment "A Good Time")
Partners in Crime1984TV SeriesIrene
Remington Steele1984TV SeriesVera Woodman
Invitation to Hell1984TV MovieMary Peterson (as Patricia McCormack)
Hotel1984TV SeriesPaula
Night Partners1983TV MovieSophie Metzman
Magnum, P.I.1982TV SeriesAssistant District Attorney Carol Baldwin
Romance Theatre1982TV SeriesSally
Dallas1981-1982TV SeriesEvelyn Michaelson
The Ropers1979-1980TV SeriesAnne Brookes
Fantasy Island1979TV SeriesMarg Atkins
Emergency!1972-1979TV SeriesGail / Janet Caldwell
Friends1979TV SeriesVanessa
The Love Boat1978TV SeriesBeth Donaldson
Marcus Welby, M.D.1974-1975TV SeriesDr. Newman / Marilyn Bryson
Mobile One1975TV Series
Bug1975Sylvia Ross
Cannon1975TV SeriesLinda Halsey
The Manhunter1974TV Series
The Wide World of Mystery1974TV SeriesTanya


Mommy's Day1997performer: "If Life Was Fair"
The Mini-Skirt Mob1968performer: "The Mini-Skirt Mob"

Music Department

Mommy1995piano solo


Mommy's Day1997co-executive producer


Enfant Terrible: A Conversation with Patty McCormack2004Video short special thanks


Marsha Hunt's Sweet Adversity2015DocumentaryHerself
Eye on Entertainment2012TV SeriesHerself
Enfant Terrible: A Conversation with Patty McCormack2004Video shortHerself
The 33rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1981TV SpecialHerself - Co-Presenter: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series & Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (as Patricia McCormack)
Dinah!1980TV SeriesHerself
The 6th People's Choice Awards1980TV SpecialHerself - Winner
Family Feud1979TV SeriesHerself
The Mike Douglas Show1979TV SeriesHerself - Actress
All-Star Family Feud Special1979TV SeriesHerself - Celebrity Contestant
Celebrity Bowling1972TV SeriesHerself
The Joey Bishop Show1969TV SeriesHerself
The Bob Hope Show1963TV SeriesHerself / 1963 Deb Star
The Arthur Murray Party1959TV SeriesHerself
The Jimmy Dean Show1959TV SeriesHerself
The Garry Moore Show1958TV SeriesHerself
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show1958TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Shower of Stars1958TV SeriesHerself
The Lux Show1957TV SeriesHerself
The 29th Annual Academy Awards1957TV Special documentaryHerself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role & Presenter: Best Short Subject, Cartoons
The Linkletter Show1955TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

Off to See the Wizard1967TV SeriesJoanna Wilkes


Won Awards

1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 8 February 1960. At 6312 Hollywood Blvd.

Nominated Awards

1957OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Supporting RoleThe Bad Seed (1956)
1957Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Supporting ActressThe Bad Seed (1956)

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