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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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
Doritos (commercial) Chase, Steve 1998 Dec 8
Double Trouble Drake, Jim 1984
Dr. Pepper (commercial) Giraldi, Bob 1998 Aug 9
Dream On Landis, John 1989
Drug Emporium (commercial) Culp, David 1992
Edgar Allan Poe:Terror of the Soul (TV film) Chapra, Joyce 1990 (aired '95)
Eight is Enough Wedding (TV film) Lathan, Stan 1989
Elementary (drama) Lynch, Jennifer 2017 Jan 16 - 25
Elementary (drama) Moore, Christine 2017 Jan 26 - Feb 3
Ellen Cherones, Tom 1994 Oct 31
Endless Love (feature) Feste, Shana 1980 Sept 22
Entertaining Angels: Dorothy Day (feature) Rhodes, Michael 1995
ER Kaplan, Jonathan 1997 Jan 27- Feb 4
Executive Decision (feature) Baird, Stuart 1995 Aug 10
Exorcist II: The Heretic (feature) Boorman, John 1976
Extra Gum-Wrigley's (commercial) Hewitt, Bruce 2001 Feb 8
Falcon Crest Badiyi, Reza 1988
Fallout: New Vegas (video game), (voice) Gleason, Wes 2010 July 7
Family Ties Diamond, Matthew 1989
Family Values Cohen, Gerry 1995 May 3
Film Work (voice) Allen, Jen 1999 Aug 3
Firestone (commercial) Petermann, Fred 1989
First Bank (commercial) Lacy, Lee 1989
First Bank of America (industrial) Lacy, Lee 1989
Fit Modelling Kramer, Beth (POC) 1979 Feb 13
For Goodness Sake (feature) Zucker, Steve 1992 Jan 1
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
Fresno (TV film) Bleckner, Jeff 1986
Friends Bright, Kevin S. 1998 Mar 19
Frito Lay (commercial) Usher, Kinka 2000 Jan 23
FT.com (commercial) Usher, Kinka 2000 Apr 29
GE (commercial) Dayton, Jonathan & Faris, Valerie 2012 Nov 6
Getting By Swick, Joel 1993 Jan 7
Gideon's Crossing Reeves, Matt 2000 Apr 2- 3
Gifts.com (commercial) Kellogg, Chris 1999 Oct 8
Gimme A Break Drake, Jim 1983
GM Credit Card (commercial) Paterson, Willi 1994 Apr 21
GM Spot (Morton, Rocky) (commercial) Jankel, Annabelle 1986
GMA (print) Mangum, Joan (POC) 1986 Dec 11
Going Berserk (feature) Steinberg, David 1982
Going Places Swick, Joel 1990
Going to the Chapel (TV film) Lynch, Paul 1988
Good Grief Storm, Howard 1990
Grace Under Fire Lessac, Michael 1995 Sept 20
Grand #1 Wolff, Art 1990
Grand #2 Hunt, Peter H. 1990
Growing Pains Lacey, John 1989
Guys Like Us Prince, Jonathan 1998 Oct 14
Hallmark (commercial) Lieberman, Rob 1995 Apr 28
Hanes (commercial) Braff, Zach 2007 Nov 20
Harvey (play) Kilburn, Terence 1975 Jan
Haunted Lives Braverman, Charles 1992
Heartbeat (drama) Liddi-Brown, Allison 2016 February 25
Heaven & Earth (feature) Stone, Oliver 1993 Jan 19
Hero At Large (feature) Davidson, Martin 1979 May 14
Highway to Heaven Landon, Michael 1987
Highway to Heaven Landon, Michael 1986
HIP Insurance (commercial) Black, Robert 1992
Holding the Baby Widdoes, James 1998 Mar 24
Home Free O'Donnell, Tim (?) 1992
Home to Home (commercial) Unknown 2000 Nov 10
Homeboys in Outer Space Diamond, Matthew 1996 Sept 15-16
Honey I Shrunk the Kids Bell, John 1998 July 13
Hooperman Wallace, Rick 1987
Hope & Gloria Rafkin, Alan 1996 Feb 26
Hotel Bilson, Bruce 1987
House Arrest Winer, Harry 1995 May 20
House Detectivce Harris, Harry 1984 Mar 13
House to Home (commercial) Unknown 2000 Nov 10
How I Met Your Mother (sitcom) Fryman, Pamela 2010 Feb 24
How the Other Half Loves (play) Kilburn, Terence 1973 Dec
Humulus the Mute (play) Jacobs, Rick 1976 Nov
Hyperion Bay Pressman, Ellen S. 1998 Junly 29
Hyperion Bay Lang, Perry 1998 July 30
I Am Weasel (voice) 1998
I am Weazle (voice) Zimmerman, Kris 1997 June 18
I Think I'm Alone Now (short) Farley, David 2007 Feb 22
I'd Rather Be Calm Day, Linda 1981
IBM Help Desk (commercial) Pytka, Joe 2005 June 7
Independence Day (feature) Mandel, Robert 1981
Infinity (feature) Broderick, Matthew 1994 Jul 25
Instant Mom (sitcom) Fortenberry, John 2013 Nov 4-6
International Delight (vo commercial demos) Berrano, Jeremy 2011 Oct 3
International Delight (vo commercial demos) Berrano, Jeremy 2011 Nov 30
International Delights (VO) Fallon Agency 2016 March 4
Isuzu (commercial) Sonnenfeld, Barry 1993 Nov 15
Jingle All the Way (feature) Levant, Brian 1996 Apr 15
Keebler (commercial) Fries, Kurt 1998 Feb 5
KFC (commercial) Spencer, Bernard 1993 Feb12
Kipper Kids Kountry Johnson, Stephen R. 1989
Kirby Buckets (sitcom) Karas, Jay 2015 June 19-24

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