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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Trouble With Larry #4 Baker, Mark Lynn 1993 Aug 16
Trouble With Larry #5 Day, Linda 1993 Aug 27
Melrose Place Chalmers, Chip 1993 Oct 25
The Nanny Mc Kenzie, Will 1994 Jan 5
SBTB: The New Class Barnhart, Don 1994 May 9
StoryTime (CD Rom) Berris, Ken 1994 July 12
Sister, Sister Mc Coy, Terri 1994 Sept 26
Ellen Cherones, Tom 1994 Oct 31
Coach Rafkin, Alan 1994 Dec 6
Me & The Boys Weyman, Andy 1995 Jan 4
Family Values Cohen, Gerry 1995 May 3
House Arrest Winer, Harry 1995 May 20
Grace Under Fire Lessac, Michael 1995 Sept 20
SBTB: The New Class Barnhart, Don 1995 Sept 20
Partners Burrows, James 1995 Oct 13
Minor Adjustments Halvorson, Gary 1995 Oct 19
The Faculty Meyer, Jeff 1995 Nov 8
Campus Cops Ginty, Robert 1995 Dec 12
Cybill Weyman, Andy 1996 Feb 5
Hope & Gloria Rafkin, Alan 1996 Feb 26
Partners Lazarus, Paul 1996 Mar 11
The Wayans Bros. Gerrin, Keith 1996 July 22
Married With Children Orender, Sam W. 1996 Sept 11-13
Homeboys in Outer Space Diamond, Matthew 1996 Sept 15-16
Lois & Clark Ginty, Robert 1996 Sept 27-30
900 Lives of Jackie Frye Lehman, Michael 1997 Mar 11
Meego Swick, Joel 1997 Apr 3-11
The Journey of Allen Strange #1 Spiro, Lev 1997 Nov 10
Caroline in the City Burrows, James 1997 Dec 15
Chicago Hope Heath, John 1998 Jan 5
Friends Bright, Kevin S. 1998 Mar 19
Holding the Baby Widdoes, James 1998 Mar 24
Carly Unknown 1998 Apr 15
Costello #1 Whitesell, John 1998 Apr 24
The Journey of Allan Strange #3 Liddi, Allison 1998 June12
Honey I Shrunk the Kids Bell, John 1998 July 13
The Journey of Allan Strange #4 Spiro, Lev 1998 July 20
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
Love Boat: the Next Wave Mordente, Tony 1998 Sept 17
Guys Like Us Prince, Jonathan 1998 Oct 14
Costello #2 Shallot-Chenel, Lee Ms. 1998 Oct 19
3rd Rock from the Sun #5 Hughes, Terry 1998 Dec16
The Journey of Allen Strange #5 McNeill, Robbie 1999 Jan 6
3rd Rock from the Sun #6 Hughes, Terry 1999 Jan 11-12
The Journey of Allen Strange #6 Hoen, Paul 1999 Jan 18-22
The Journey of Allen Strange #7 Spiro, Lev 1999 Jan 26
Smart Guy Kendall, David 1999 Feb 1-5
7th Heaven Laidman, Harvey 1999 Oct 20
Party of Five Samples, Keith 1999 Oct 22
Gideon's Crossing Reeves, Matt 2000 Apr 2- 3
The Lot Wager, Doug 2000 June12-16
Home to Home (commercial) Unknown 2000 Nov 10
Life with Bonnie Bohab, John 2002 3 epi
Life with Bonnie Hunt, Bonnie 2002 12 epi
The Bonnie Hunt Project Hunt, Bonnie 2002 Apr 8-16
Life with Bonnie Hunt, Bonnie 2003 22 epi
Life with Bonnie Hunt, Bonnie 2004 6 epi
Method & Red Dugan, Dennis 2004 July 23
A Flea in Her Ear (play) Lawless, Sue 1978
Ameritech (commercial) Wittenminer, Charles 1992
April Fish (play) 1978
Based on an Untrue Story (TV film) Drake, Jim 1992
Beethovan (feature) Levant, Brian 1991
Bell South (commercial) Moir, Michael 1992
Bold (commercial) Lai, Brian 1987
California Lottery (commercial) Petermann, Fred 1988
Childs Cry (TV film) Cates, Gilbert 1985
Chore Boy (commercial) Steinberg, David 1989
Clifford (feature) Flaherty, Paul 1990
Conoco (commercial) Lacy, Lee 1990
Curse II: The Bite (feature) Cutry, Claudio 1988
Dangerous Woman (feature) Gyllenhaal, Stephen 1992
Dirty Business (feature) McCauley, John 1986
Disaster at Silo 7 (TV film) Elikann, Larry 1988
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
Entertaining Angels: Dorothy Day (feature) Rhodes, Michael 1995
Firestone (commercial) Petermann, Fred 1989
First Bank (commercial) Lacy, Lee 1989
First Bank of America (industrial) Lacy, Lee 1989
For Goodness Sake (feature) Zucker, Steve 1992 Jan 1
Fresno (TV film) Bleckner, Jeff 1986
GM Spot (Morton, Rocky) (commercial) Jankel, Annabelle 1986
Going Berserk (feature) Steinberg, David 1982
Going to the Chapel (TV film) Lynch, Paul 1988
Harvey (play) Kilburn, Terence 1975 Jan
HIP Insurance (commercial) Black, Robert 1992
Independence Day (feature) Mandel, Robert 1981
Lean Cuisine (commercial) Seff, Norman 1991
Life Stinks! (feature) Brooks, Mel 1990
Marshalls (commercial) Roberts, Randy 1992
McDonalds (commercial) Richardson, Peter 1985
Melody Sisters (play) Commire, Anne 1984
Meritt Paper Towels (commercial) Dragoti, Stan 1983
Midway Airlines (commercial) Petermann, Fred 1989
New England Bell (commercial) Seff, Norman 1991
Night Eyes III: On Guard (feature) Stevens, Andrew 1992

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