MARIANNE MUELLERLEILE is a distinguished actress well regarded for her vast range of comedic and dramatic work in film, television, and stage.
Perhaps best known for her role as “Gloria” on LIFE WITH BONNIE and the axe-wielding “Norma” on PASSIONS, Muellerleile’s credits number well over 500 and continue to increase as she remains one of the most sought after character actresses in Hollywood.
Born on November 26, in St. Louis, Missouri, Muellerleile was the fourth of five children born to Margaret Keaney and Cecil E. Muellerleile. Devout Catholics, Muellerleile attended Catholic school from pre-school through University, and was a natural for the performing arts; always in class plays, speech contests, debate club, and musicals. She received her undergraduate degree and teaching certificate from the Jesuit institution, St. Louis University, with every intention of becoming a high school drama teacher. Determined to learn as much about theatre as possible, Muellerleile enrolled at the University of Minnesota to obtain her masters of fine arts degree in Acting, and studied under the guidance of teacher, and legendary stage actor, Charles Nolte, PhD. It was here that Muellerleile’s horizons expanded and she realized that acting was her gift and her future career.
Dr. Nolte cast Muellerleile as “Eunice” in Tennessee Williams’ A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE and invited the infamous playwright, who also happened to be his good friend, to see the production. In a newspaper interview following the performance, Williams called Muellerleile, along with her two co-stars, “the future of the American Theatre.” Soon after, Muellerleile was offered an Equity contract, and the direction of life took a dramatic turn.
She spent six seasons at the Meadow Brook Theater, just north of Detroit, Michigan where under the direction of Artistic Director Terence Kilburn, the original “Tiny Tim” in A CHRISTMAS CAROL, Muellerleile performed Shakespeare, Agatha Christie, William Inge, Moliere and many more. During this time she moved to New York, working at other resident theaters and on Off-Off Broadway. While in the “Big Apple”, Muellerleile became the first “large” model to be signed at the original agency to feature plus size models and spent a year of runway, print and fit modeling.
Muellerleile soon headed to Los Angeles to expand her horizons and banked her first, and second, television auditions, garnering her guest-star roles on the hit series MAGNUM P.I. and THE GREATEST AMERICAN HERO. These roles were the first of what has become an impressive list of illustrious credits for the actress.
In addition to her series regular roles on LIFE WITH BONNIE and PASSIONS, Muellerleile recurred as "Lucy" on THIRD ROCK FROM THE SUN, “Sister Dominick” on Disney’s THE SUITE LIFE OF ZACK AND CODY, "Connie" on MIKE & MOLLY and as “Nana” on the Disney XD hit ZEKE & LUTHER. Additionally, Muellerleile has guest-starred in over 150 television series including recent appearances on ELEMENTARY, CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM, CSI,THE MIDDLE, INSTANT MOM, MARON, KIRBY BUCKETS, RECOVERY ROAD, NCIS and MAJOR CRIMES.
Her most recent stage appearances have been in Brian Bedford’s company of THE SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL at the Mark Taper Forum and THE SOUND OF MUSIC at the Hollywood Bowl.
As a member of the New Phoenix Theatre-Los Angeles, Marianne has appeared in workshops, readings and chamber theater presentations of ROMEO and JULIET, PHAEDRE, TWELFTH NIGHT, MEDEA, PRESENT LAUGHTER and LETTICE & LOVAGE.
She has also starred in numerous feature and made for television films including RETURN TO ME, LIAR, LIAR, THE TERMINATOR, SMOKIN’ACES, THANK YOU FOR SMOKING, MEMENTO, PASSION FISH, A SMILE LIKE YOURS, DAMN FOREIGNERS and most recently, SOME KIND OF BEAUTIFUL.
Muellerleile’s exceptional acting ability to perform many accents and dialects, has also given her the opportunity to a have a stellar career in the voice over field. Her recent voice over credits include AMERICAN DAD, Mrs. Cleveland in THE ROBBER'S CAVE for the Lamplighter Theater, multiple voices for the video game FALLOUT: NEW VEGAS and Rachel Lynde on the national radio drama ANNE OF GREEN GABLES. She has starred in over 80 national commercials for companies including Pizza Hut, 7-Eleven, Nationwide Insurance, Frito Lay, IBM, Pepsi, Sprint, Hallmark, Discover Card and Chex Mix.
Married to Tom Norris (Lt. Col, USAF, Retired), since 1988, Muellerleile is an active philanthropist and when not acting, devotes her time and energy to a plethora of worthy causes. She currently is a trustee of the Msgr. Al George Endowment Trust Fund, a long time donor and volunteer for Heifer International, Founder and Past Chair of the Müllerleile Family Global Reunion and the Keaney Clan Global Reunion, Founder and Past President of California Visitation Academy Alumnae Chapter, Member and Past President of the Adams/Normandie Neighborhood Association and is a 40+year blood donor for the American Red Cross. She is a long standing Lay Minister and choir member at Christ the King Catholic Church. Marianne also volunteers for short term projects with Visitation Academy of St. Louis and the West Adams Heritage Association, among others.
Marianne is a recipient of the USC Good Neighbor Award, the City of Los Angeles, 8th District: Pioneer Woman of the Year, the Southern California Earthquake Center Ourtreach Award for Public Awareness, the Visitation Academy St. Jane de Chantal Distinguised Alumna Award, the St. Louis Univeisty Alumni Merit Award and the University of Minnesota Distinguised Alumnus Award.
Muellerleile and Norris make their home in the West Adams historic district of Los Angeles in a home built in 1905, which the couple have lovingly restored and registered as a historic landmark.
|3rd Rock from the Sun #1||Hughes, Terry||1998 Mar 11|
|3rd Rock from the Sun #2||Hughes, Terry||1998 Aug 17|
|3rd Rock from the Sun #3||Hughes, Terry||1998 Aug 25|
|3rd Rock from the Sun #4||Hughes, Terry||1998 Sept 16|
|3rd Rock from the Sun #5||Hughes, Terry||1998 Dec16|
|3rd Rock from the Sun #6||Hughes, Terry||1999 Jan 11-12|
|7- Eleven (commercial)||Kent, Billy||1998 Apr 21|
|7th Heaven||Laidman, Harvey||1999 Oct 20|
|900 Lives of Jackie Frye||Lehman, Michael||1997 Mar 11|
|A Flea in Her Ear (play)||Lawless, Sue||1978|
|A Smile Like Yours (feature)||Samples, Keith||1996 June 30|
|Activision (commercial)||Massey, Adam||1999 Aug 27|
|Adventures of Johnny Tao (feature)||Scott, Kenn||2005 Apr-May|
|Ah Real Monsters (voice)||Jim ?||1995 Apr11|
|Ah Real Monsters (voice)||Jim ?||1995 July 24|
|Amanda's by the Sea||Storm, Howard||1983|
|America's Most Wanted||De Galazin, Phillipe||1989|
|America's Most Wanted||Kline, Tom||1989|
|American Dad! (voice)||Wietzman, Matt||2009 Jan 16|
|American Dad! (voice)||Barker, Mike||2009 Jan 20|
|American Night (PBS)||Balshi, Ralph||1990|
|Ameritech (commercial)||Wittenminer, Charles||1992|
|Amoco (commercial)||Story, Mark||1996 Sept 10|
|An American Tail:The Treasures…(voice)||Huse, Michael F.||1997 Sept 10|
|Anger Management (sitcom)||Koherr, Bob||2014 Oct 16|
|Anne of Green Gables (voice)||Arnold, Dave||2003 7 epi|
|Apple Computers (commercial)||Usher, Kinka||2002 Feb 22-23|
|April Fish (play)||1978|
|Archie Bunker's Place||Myerson, Alan||1983|
|As You Like It (play)||Kilburn, Terence||1974 Mar|
|As You Like It (play)||Montel, Michael||1978 Oct|
|Bahama Tourism (commercial)||Granger, Martin||2006 Oct 18|
|Bank of America (commercial)||Gillespie, Craig||2015 May 15|
|Based on an Untrue Story (TV film)||Drake, Jim||1992|
|Baylor Health Plan (commercial)||Cole, Chris||1995 Sept 19|
|Beethovan (feature)||Levant, Brian||1991|
|Bell South (commercial)||Moir, Michael||1992|
|Ben 10: Ultimate Alien (voice)||Romano, Andrea||2010 Nov 10|
|Beverly Hills Chihuahua (feature)||Gosnell, Raja||2007 Aug 1-4|
|Big Love (drama)||Petrarca, David||2010 July 15|
|Blacke's Magic||Reisner, Allan||1985|
|Blue Bunny Ice Cream (commercial)||Pritts, Rob||2010 Mar 3|
|BMW (commercial)||Usher, Kinka||2006 Apr 19|
|Body of Proof (drama)||Cragg, Steven||2011 Aug 12|
|Bold (commercial)||Lai, Brian||1987|
|Born Yesterday (play)||Mockus, Anthony||1976 Mar|
|Boston Legal||D'Elia, Bill||2008 Nov 12|
|Bringing Up Jack||Fryman, Pamela||1995 Feb 24|
|Britny Fox (rock video)||Reshovsky, Marc||1988|
|Burn Hollywood Burn (feature)||Hiller, Arthur||1996 Nov 20|
|Bus Stop (play)||Kilburn, Terence||1981 Mar|
|California Lottery (commercial)||Petermann, Fred||1988|
|Camp Wilder||Trainer, David||1992 Oct 14-15|
|Campus Cops||Ginty, Robert||1995 Dec 12|
|Cap'n Crunch (commercial)||Williams, Clay||2006 Nov 1|
|Carly||Unknown||1998 Apr 15|
|Caroline in the City||Burrows, James||1997 Dec 15|
|Chameleon (feature)||Pavone, Michael||1995 Jan 16|
|Charmed||Damski, Mel||2006 Oct 6|
|Chex Mix (commercial)||Fenske, Roderick||2014 May 1|
|Chicago Hope||Heath, John||1998 Jan 5|
|Childs Cry (TV film)||Cates, Gilbert||1985|
|Chore Boy (commercial)||Steinberg, David||1989|
|Christmas Gift (short)||Rice, Tom||2009 Nov 7|
|Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal (commercial)||Boyle, Danny||1999 Nov 16 -19|
|Clark Oil (commercial)||Cicero, Ron||2001 Mar 9|
|Clean Slate (feature)||Jackson, Mick||1993 Mar 2|
|Clifford (feature)||Flaherty, Paul||1990|
|Co-Ed||Unknown||1991 Jan 4|
|Coach||Rafkin, Alan||1994 Dec 6|
|Columbo: Undercover (TV film)||Mc Eveety, Vince||1994 Jan 31|
|Come Back, Little Sheba (play)||Kilburn, Terence||1975 Apr|
|Compaq Computer (commercial)||Coppos, Mark||1993 Oct 4|
|Conoco (commercial)||Lacy, Lee||1990|
|Costello #1||Whitesell, John||1998 Apr 24|
|Costello #2||Shallot-Chenel, Lee Ms.||1998 Oct 19|
|Crossing Jordan||Arkkush, Allan||2005 Oct|
|CRW/McGraw Hill (Industrial)||Jordan, Peter||1986 Jan 27|
|CSI:CrimeScne Investigation (drama)||Hunt, Jeffery||2009 Nov 9-11|
|Curb Your Entusiasm (sitcom)||David, Larry||2009 Mar 20-Apr 2, Apr 28|
|Curse II: The Bite (feature)||Cutry, Claudio||1988|
|Cybill||Weyman, Andy||1996 Feb 5|
|Damn Foreigners (feature)||Khoze, Saeed||2013 July 27|
|Dangerous Woman (feature)||Gyllenhaal, Stephen||1992|
|Day by Day||Weisman, Sam||1989|
|Days of Our Lives (soap)||Alarr, Albert||2008 Jun 9|
|Dell (voice)||Goldberg, Suzanne||1998 Nov 17|
|Dennis Miller Promo||Komnenich, John||1991|
|Dennis Miller Show||Grossman, David||1992|
|Desperate Housewives (drama)||Grossman, David||2009 Sept 10|
|Devil's Prey (feature)||May, Bradford||2000 May 4 - 11|
|DHL (commercial)||Routson, Tom||2005 Aug 12|
|Did You Hear the One Priest & the Nun? (short)||Murray, Joel||2005 June|
|Direct Auto Insurance (commercial)||Adams, John||2014, Nov 20|
|Dirty Business (feature)||McCauley, John||1986|
|Disaster at Silo 7 (TV film)||Elikann, Larry||1988|
|Discover Card (commercial)||Smith, Baker||2011 Feb 9|
|Divorce Court||No Director||1988|