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 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 “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, LETTICE & LOVAGE and MARY STUART.


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 the McDonald's Buttermilk Chicken Tenders campaign.

 


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 Distinguished Alumna Award, the St. Louis University Alumni Merit Award and the University of Minnesota Distinguished 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.



March 2018


 

 

Filmography

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An Unmarried Woman (feature) Mazursky, Paul 1978
Co-Ed Unknown 1991 Jan 4
Discover Card (commercial) Smith, Baker 2011 Feb 9
Forever Young at Heart (pilot presentation) Peterson, Shawn Carter 2011 Sept 24-25
Framed: Adventures of Zion Man (short) Lee-Lau, Brenda 2015 August 15
GE (commercial) Dayton, Jonathan & Faris, Valerie 2012 Nov 6
GMA (print) Mangum, Joan (POC) 1986 Dec 11
Hero At Large (feature) Davidson, Martin 1979 May 14
Instant Mom (sitcom) Fortenberry, John 2013 Nov 4-6
Major Crimes (drama) Rubin, Steve 2016 April 26
Nina (feature) Mort, Cynthia 2012 Nov 1
On The Market (webisode) Jwayad Mark 2013 July 15
print model Mangum, Joan (POC) 1987 Nov 8
Ship n Shore (print) Bates, Ted & Meistre, Mercedes (POC) 1977 Nov 11
shot commercial in Detroit unknown 1976 Dec 15
Some Kind of Beautiful (feature) Vaughan, Tom 2013 October 30
Sr. Judy (short) LaVoi, Greg 2014 Feb 23 - 24
Superior Court (reality) unknown 1987 Jan 15
The Middle (sitcom) Evans, Blake 2011 Dec 15
The Wizards of Waverly Place (sitcom) Gonzalez, Victor 2011 Jan 5 - 7
Virginia Slims (print) Noble, Richard 1984 Feb 23
Virginia Slims (print) Noble, Richard 1984 May 18
Virginia Slims (print) Noble, Richard 1984 Dec 5
Virginia Slims (print) Noble, Richard 1985 Feb 22
Virginia Slims (print) Noble, Richard 1985 Mar 12
Virginia Slims (print) Noble, Richard 1987 Mar 3
Virginia Slims (print) Noble, Richard 1988 Feb 10
Webers BBQ Sauce (commercial) Hoffman Brothers, The 2013 Mar 27
Zeke & Luther (sitcom) Hobson, Gregory 2010 Nov 15-18
Zeke & Luther (sitcom) Rosenbaum, Jon 2010 Dec 14
Zeke & Luther (sitcom) Dearborn, Matt 2011 April 6-7
I'd Rather Be Calm Day, Linda 1981
Magnum, PI Vejar, Michael 1981
The Greatest American Hero Dixon, Ivan 1981
Amanda's by the Sea Storm, Howard 1983
Archie Bunker's Place Myerson, Alan 1983
Gimme A Break Drake, Jim 1983
The A Team Holcomb, Rod 1983
The Jeffersons Lally, Bob 1983
Double Trouble Drake, Jim 1984
One Day At A Time Singletary, Tony 1984
Blacke's Magic Reisner, Allan 1985
The Twilight Zone Larry, Sheldon 1985
Amen Robins, John 1986
Highway to Heaven Landon, Michael 1986
Moonlighting Werner, Peter 1986
Night Court #2 Melman, Jeff 1986
One Big Family Sweeney, Bob 1986
You Again? Bowab, John 1986
Highway to Heaven Landon, Michael 1987
Hooperman Wallace, Rick 1987
Hotel Bilson, Bruce 1987
Mr. Belvedere Corvan, Don 1987
Murphy Brown Kellman, Barnett 1987
Roxie Bowab, John 1987
The Judge Walton, Kip 1987
thirtysomething Winant, Scott 1987
Britny Fox (rock video) Reshovsky, Marc 1988
Divorce Court No Director 1988
Falcon Crest Badiyi, Reza 1988
Sledge Hammer Martin, Dick 1988
Superior Court Behan, Joe 1988
The Bronx Zoo Lynch, Paul 1988
America's Most Wanted De Galazin, Phillipe 1989
America's Most Wanted Kline, Tom 1989
Day by Day Weisman, Sam 1989
Dream On Landis, John 1989
Family Ties Diamond, Matthew 1989
Growing Pains Lacey, John 1989
Kipper Kids Kountry Johnson, Stephen R. 1989
Life Goes On Damski, Mel 1989
Mr. Belvedere Corvan, Don 1989
American Night (PBS) Balshi, Ralph 1990
Crosstown Steinmetz, Dennis 1990
Going Places Swick, Joel 1990
Good Grief Storm, Howard 1990
Grand #1 Wolff, Art 1990
Grand #2 Hunt, Peter H. 1990
Sons & Daughters Baggott, King 1990
The Bobby & Larry Show Whitesell, John 1990
The Hogan Family Shea, Jack 1990
The World According to Straw Swick, Joel 1990
Dennis Miller Promo Komnenich, John 1991
Morton & Hayes Guest, Christopher 1991
Night Court #3 Unknown 1991
Sunday Dinner Lear, Norman 1991
The Top of the Heap Cohen, Gerry 1991
The Trials of Rosie O'Neill Malone, Nancy 1991
Dennis Miller Show Grossman, David 1992
Haunted Lives Braverman, Charles 1992
Home Free O'Donnell, Tim (?) 1992
Middle Ages Werner, Peter 1992
Night Court #4 Anderson, Harry 1992
Sisters Contner, James A. 1992
Camp Wilder Trainer, David 1992 Oct 14-15
Getting By Swick, Joel 1993 Jan 7
My First Husband Swick, Joel 1993 Apr 20
Trouble With Larry #1 Swick, Joel 1993 July 12
Trouble With Larry #2 Trainer, David 1993 July 19
Trouble With Larry #3 Berlinger, Bob 1993 July 27

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