Bio

 

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 450 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 “Sister Dominick” on Disney’s THE SUITE LIFE OF ZACK AND CODY and as “Nana” on the Disney XD hit ZEKE & LUTHER. Additionally, Muellerleile has guest-starred in over 150 television series including recent appearances on PARENTHOOD, NCIS, CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM, CSI,  THE MIDDLE and THE MENTALIST. She is currently recurring as Connie on MIKE & MOLLY.

 

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.

 

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, NINA and most  recently, DAMN FOREIGNERS.

 

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 Webers BBQ Sauce.

 

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, member of the Heifer International Los Angeles Leadership Council,  President and Founder 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 St. Francis Center, Los Angeles Pregnancy Services, Visitation Academy of St. Louis, West Adams Heritage Association and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

 

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.

 

 

March 2014

 

 

Filmography

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Maron Cohen, Rob 2013 Jan 31
Nina (feature) Mort, Cynthia 2012 Nov 1
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
Amen Robins, John 1986
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
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
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 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 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 1 May 2014
Chicago Hope Heath, John 1998 Jan 5
Childs Cry (TV film) Cates, Gilbert 1985
Chore Boy (commercial) Steinberg, David 1989
Christmas Gift (a 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
Crosstown Steinmetz, Dennis 1990
CRW/McGraw Hill (Industrial) Jordan, Peter 1986 Jan 27
CSI Hunt, Jeffery 2009 Nov 9-11
Curb Your Entusiasm 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 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
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
Doritos (commercial) Chase, Steve 1998 Dec 8

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