Kathryn Joosten

Actress

Actress


Kathryn is best known for her portrayals of "Karen McCluskey" on Desperate Housewives (2004) on ABC and of "Mrs. Landingham", secretary to the President (Martin Sheen), on the critically-acclaimed NBC drama, The West Wing (1999). She has also recurred on Dharma & Greg (1997), and guest-starred on many hit television series, such as Becker (...
Birth date
1939-12-20
Death date
2012-06-02
Awards
Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 7 nominations.
Height
5' 3" (1.6 m)

Known For


Desperate Housewives
Desperate Housewives
Karen McCluskey (2005-2012)
Wedding Crashers
Wedding Crashers
Chazz's Mom (2005)
Hostage
Hostage
Louise (2005)
Bedtime Stories
Bedtime Stories
Mrs. Dixon (2008)
 

Activities


RoleTitleYear
ActressWild Card
(TV Series) Dottie - The Pilot (2014) ... Dottie
2014
ActressWish Wizard
(Short) Mrs. Inkwell
2014
ActressDesperate Housewives
(TV Series) Karen McCluskey - Finishing the Hat (2012) ... Karen McCluskey - Give Me the Blame (2012) ... Karen McCluskey - Women and Death (2012) ... Karen McCluskey - You Take for Granted (2012) ... Karen McCluskey - She Needs Me (2012) ... Karen McCluskey Show all 87 episodes
2005-2012
ActressHarry's Law
(TV Series) Maisie Joyce - Class War (2012) ... Maisie Joyce
2012
ActressThe Mentalist
(TV Series) Gloria Williams - At First Blush (2012) ... Gloria Williams
2012
ActressThe Cleveland Show
(TV Series) Hazel - Sex and the Biddy (2011) ... Hazel (voice)
2011
ActressMega Python vs. Gatoroid
(TV Movie) Angie Polk
2011
ActressMitzvah Communion
(Short) Leticia Lovell
2011
ActressThe Committee Ep. 2: Butterfly Enclosure
(Video short)
2010
ActressThe Committee Ep 1: Bad Dog
(Video short)
2010
ActressAlvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel
Aunt Jackie
2009
ActressThe Bake Shop Ghost
(Short) Miss Cora Lee Merriweather
2009
ActressScrubs
(TV Series) Mrs. Tanner - My Finale: Part 2 (2009) ... Mrs. Tanner (uncredited) - My First Kill (2004) ... Mrs. Tanner - My Old Lady (2001) ... Mrs. Tanner
2001-2009
ActressBedtime Stories
Mrs. Dixon
2008
ActressMonk
(TV Series) Neysa Gordon - Former Babysitter / Nurse Stempel - Mr. Monk's 100th Case (2008) ... Neysa Gordon - Former Babysitter - Mr. Monk and the Sleeping Suspect (2003) ... Nurse Stempel
2003-2008
ActressThe Gold Lunch
(Short) Judge
2008
ActressMy Name Is Earl
(TV Series) Donny's Mom - Camdenites: Part 1 (2008) ... Donny's Mom (uncredited) - Quit Smoking (2005) ... Donny's Mom
2005-2008
ActressLas Vegas
(TV Series) Robby - Win, Place, Bingo (2008) ... Robby
2008
ActressRails & Ties
Mrs. Brown
2007
ActressThe Closer
(TV Series) Nurse Townsend - The Round File (2007) ... Nurse Townsend
2007
ActressIn Case of Emergency
(TV Series) Mrs Walsh - The Picture (2007) ... Mrs Walsh
2007
ActressJane Doe: Ties That Bind
(TV Movie) Cara Goodman
2007
ActressSaved
(TV Series) Evelyn Wilson - Who Do You Trust? (2006) ... Evelyn Wilson
2006
ActressThe Evidence
(TV Series) Midge - And the Envelope Please (2006) ... Midge
2006
ActressThe TV Set
Lois
2006
ActressThe Suite Life of Zack & Cody
(TV Series) Grandma Marilyn - Not So Suite 16 (2006) ... Grandma Marilyn
2006
ActressDark Mind
Nurse
2006
ActressReba
(TV Series) Director - Brock's Got Stones (2006) ... Director
2006
ActressLife on a Stick
(TV Series) Edith - Things People Stand For (2005) ... Edith
2005
ActressCheaper by the Dozen 2
Theatre Patron
2005
ActressMalcolm in the Middle
(TV Series) Claire - Malcolm Defends Reese (2005) ... Claire
2005
ActressLove, Inc.
(TV Series) Doris - The Honeymooners (2005) ... Doris
2005
ActressHalfway Decent
Bonnie's Mom
2005
ActressBreadwinners
(TV Movie) Phyllis
2005
ActressWedding Crashers
Chazz's Mom
2005
ActressGrey's Anatomy
(TV Series) Stephanie Drake - Shake Your Groove Thing (2005) ... Stephanie Drake
2005
ActressFathers and Sons
(TV Movie) Gene's Mom (uncredited)
2005
ActressJoan of Arcadia
(TV Series) Old Lady God - Common Thread (2005) ... Old Lady God - Trial and Error (2005) ... Old Lady God - Independence Day (2005) ... Old Lady God - Out of Sight (2004) ... Old Lady God - Only Connect (2004) ... Old Lady God Show all 8 episodes
2003-2005
ActressTaking Your Life
Helen
2005
ActressHostage
Louise
2005
ActressMcBride: It's Murder, Madam
(TV Movie) Judge Broderick
2005
ActressBreaking Dawn
Neighbor
2004
ActressGilmore Girls
(TV Series) Maisy Fortner - Written in the Stars (2004) ... Maisy Fortner
2004
ActressFather of the Pride
(TV Series) - Catnip and Trust (2004) ... (voice)
2004
ActressCombustion
(TV Movie) Miss Knight
2004
ActressEverwood
(TV Series) Mrs. Hammerhill - Last Looks (2004) ... Mrs. Hammerhill
2004
ActressLife with Bonnie
(TV Series) Phyllis - Therabeautic (2004) ... Phyllis
2004
ActressYes, Dear
(TV Series) Claire Atkinson - Dead Aunt, Dead Aunt... (2004) ... Claire Atkinson (as Kathryn Joostyn)
2004
ActressWill & Grace
(TV Series) Felicia - Ice Cream Balls (2004) ... Felicia
2004
Actress10-8: Officers on Duty
(TV Series) Mrs Unterberger - Wild and the Innocent (2004) ... Mrs Unterberger
2004
ActressCurb Your Enthusiasm
(TV Series) Jenny - Woman at Reception - The Weatherman (2004) ... Jenny - Woman at Reception
2004
ActressHighway to Oblivion
(TV Movie) Nancy
2003
ActressThe King of Queens
(TV Series) Maureen - Santa Claustrophobia (2003) ... Maureen
2003
ActressSecret Santa
(TV Movie) Winifred
2003
ActressRed Roses and Petrol
Nurse
2003
ActressStrong Medicine
(TV Series) Mrs. Nolan - Coming Clean (2003) ... Mrs. Nolan
2003
ActressLess Than Perfect
(TV Series) Old Lady - Rules (2003) ... Old Lady
2003
ActressCharmed
(TV Series) Wife - My Three Witches (2003) ... Wife
2003
ActressHope & Faith
(TV Series) Funeral Guest - Remembrance of Rings Past (2003) ... Funeral Guest (uncredited)
2003
ActressWasabi Tuna
Erma
2003
ActressThe Drew Carey Show
(TV Series) Natalie / Ruth - A Speedy Recovery (2003) ... Natalie - Drew Dates a Senior (1998) ... Ruth
1998-2003
ActressA.U.S.A.
(TV Series) Ginny Romano - The Kiss (2003) ... Ginny Romano - Pilot (2003) ... Ginny Romano
2003
ActressJudging Amy
(TV Series) Judge Drabowsky - Wild Card (2003) ... Judge Drabowsky
2003
ActressGeneral Hospital
(TV Series) Ida Warren - Episode #1.10183 (2003) ... Ida Warren - Episode #1.10182 (2003) ... Ida Warren - Episode #1.10180 (2002) ... Ida Warren - Episode #1.10179 (2002) ... Ida Warren - Episode #1.10178 (2002) ... Ida Warren
2002-2003
ActressLehi's Wife
(Short) Ida Smith
2002
ActressEven Stevens
(TV Series) Edna Manning - Stevens Manor (2002) ... Edna Manning
2002
ActressThe West Wing
(TV Series) Dolores Landingham - Debate Camp (2002) ... Dolores Landingham - Bartlet for America (2001) ... Dolores Landingham - Two Cathedrals (2001) ... Dolores Landingham - 18th and Potomac (2001) ... Dolores Landingham - Bad Moon Rising (2001) ... Dolores Landingham Show all 30 episodes
1999-2002
ActressCojones
(Short) Old Lady
2002
ActressSo Little Time
(TV Series) Louise Van Horn - The Volunteer (2002) ... Louise Van Horn
2002
ActressThe Division
(TV Series) Constance 'Connie ' Langtry - Journey (2002) ... Constance 'Connie ' Langtry
2002
ActressTitus
(TV Series) Betty - Bachelor Party (2002) ... Betty
2002
ActressThe X-Files
(TV Series) Agent Edie Boal - Trust No 1 (2002) ... Agent Edie Boal
2002
ActressSpin City
(TV Series) Sister Agnes - She's Gotta Habit (2001) ... Sister Agnes
2001
ActressRaising Dad
(TV Series) Mrs. Paultis - Baby, You Can't Drive My Car (2001) ... Mrs. Paultis
2001
ActressDead Last
(TV Series) Nurse - Gastric Distress (2001) ... Nurse
2001
ActressProvidence
(TV Series) Mrs. Nielsen / Miss O'Meara - Dad (2001) ... Mrs. Nielsen - Home Again (1999) ... Miss O'Meara
1999-2001
ActressArli$$
(TV Series) Kirby's Mother - You Are Your Priorities (2001) ... Kirby's Mother
2001
ActressDharma & Greg
(TV Series) Claire / Elderly Woman - How This Happened (2001) ... Claire - The Story of K (2001) ... Claire - For Pete's Sake (2001) ... Claire - Let's Get Fiscal (2001) ... Claire - Playing the Field (2000) ... Claire Show all 7 episodes
1998-2001
ActressAlly McBeal
(TV Series) Sister Alice - Falling Up (2001) ... Sister Alice
2001
ActressBecker
(TV Series) Mrs. Goldsmith - Smoke'em If You Got 'Em (2000) ... Mrs. Goldsmith
2000
ActressCode Blue
(Video Game) Gladys Reilly (voice)
2000
ActressHellraiser: Inferno
(Video) Mother
2000
ActressBuffy the Vampire Slayer
(TV Series) Genevive Holt - Where the Wild Things Are (2000) ... Genevive Holt
2000
ActressKiss Toledo Goodbye
Wheelchair Lady
1999
ActressThanks
(TV Series) Mrs. Sturges - Privacy (1999) ... Mrs. Sturges - Tobacco (1999) ... Mrs. Sturges - Pilot (1999) ... Mrs. Sturges
1999
ActressTracey Takes On...
(TV Series) Diner Waitress - End of the World (1999) ... Diner Waitress
1999
ActressHome Improvement
(TV Series) Thelma McCready - Chop Shop 'til You Drop (1999) ... Thelma McCready
1999
ActressNothing Sacred
(TV Series) Church secretary - HIV Priest! Film at Eleven (1998) ... Church secretary
1998
ActressMaggie
(TV Series) Mrs. Garimore - The Other Woman (1998) ... Mrs. Garimore
1998
ActressPhoenix
Esther
1998
ActressThe Nanny
(TV Series) Ward Nurse - The Pre-Nup (1998) ... Ward Nurse
1998
ActressJust Shoot Me!
(TV Series) Mrs. Pierce - The Kiss (1998) ... Mrs. Pierce
1998
ActressPrey
(TV Series) Landlady - Discovery (1998) ... Landlady
1998
ActressEating Las Vegas
(Short) Landlady
1997
ActressBest Men
Edie
1997
ActressBrooklyn South
(TV Series) Mrs. Mariah Westbrook - Touched by a Checkered Cab (1997) ... Mrs. Mariah Westbrook - Why Can't Even a Couple of Us Get Along? (1997) ... Mrs. Mariah Westbrook
1997
ActressNYPD Blue
(TV Series) Mrs. Prows - Is Paris Burning? (1997) ... Mrs. Prows
1997
ActressMen Behaving Badly
(TV Series) Saleswoman - After Midnight (1997) ... Saleswoman
1997
ActressProfiler
(TV Series) Morganna Styles - Into the Abyss (1997) ... Morganna Styles
1997
ActressFrasier
(TV Series) Vera - Roz's Turn (1997) ... Vera
1997
ActressTemporarily Yours
(TV Series) Woman - Independence Day (1997) ... Woman
1997
ActressLife with Roger
(TV Series) Mrs. Mitchell - Dial M for Muffin (1997) ... Mrs. Mitchell
1997
ActressSeinfeld
(TV Series) Betsy - The Little Jerry (1997) ... Betsy
1997
ActressBoston Common
(TV Series) Mrs. Schuster - Trustee and Sympathy (1996) ... Mrs. Schuster
1996
ActressMurphy Brown
(TV Series) Secretary #83 - That's the Way the Corky Crumbles (1996) ... Secretary #83
1996
ActressGoode Behavior
(TV Series) - Goode Cause (1996)
1996
ActressRoseanne
(TV Series) Carol, woman in dance class / Supermarket customer - Ballroom Blitz (1996) ... Carol, woman in dance class - The Thrilla near the Vanilla Extract (1996) ... Supermarket customer
1996
ActressER
(TV Series) Lois - A Shift in the Night (1996) ... Lois
1996
ActressThe Making of a Hollywood Madam
(TV Movie) Mrs. Oshotz
1996
Actress3rd Rock from the Sun
(TV Series) Cafeterial Lady - Dick, Smoker (1996) ... Cafeterial Lady
1996
ActressGrace Under Fire
(TV Series) Ida Reilly - Daycare (1995) ... Ida Reilly
1995
ActressChicago Hope
(TV Series) Cleaning woman - A Coupla Stiffs (1995) ... Cleaning woman (uncredited)
1995
ActressPicket Fences
(TV Series) Waitress - Reap the Whirlwind (1995) ... Waitress
1995
ActressThe Stranger Beside Me
(TV Movie) Judge
1995
ActressPointman
(TV Series) Lois - The Jumper (1995) ... Lois
1995
ActressFamily Matters
(TV Series) Grocery Checker - My Bodyguard (1995) ... Grocery Checker
1995
ActressThe Package
Waitress
1989
ActressSable
(TV Series) Waitress - Hunt (1987) ... Waitress
1987
ActressLady Blue
(TV Series) Margo - Pilot (1985) ... Margo
1985
ActressGrandview, U.S.A.
Mrs. Clark
1984
RoleTitleYear
ThanksSearching
(TV Movie) (in memory of)
2013
ThanksThe 64th Primetime Emmy Awards
(TV Special) (in memory of)
2012
RoleTitleYear
SelfDesperate Housewives: I Guess This Is Goodbye
(Video documentary short) Self
2012
SelfThe Bold and the Beautiful
(TV Series) Self - Episode #1.6000 (2011) ... Self
2011
SelfThe Talk
(TV Series) Self - Episode dated 4 February 2011 (2011) ... Self
2011
SelfRed Carpet Report
(TV Series short) Self - GBK Emmys Gift Suite (2010) ... Self
2010
SelfACME Saturday Night
(TV Series) Self - Guest host - Kathryn Joosten (2010) ... Self - Guest host
2010
SelfThe View
(TV Series) Self - Episode dated 2 November 2009 (2009) ... Self - Episode dated 20 November 2008 (2008) ... Self - Episode dated 15 November 2007 (2007) ... Self
2007-2009
SelfI Know Things Now: Desperate Housewives Celebrates 100
(Video short) Self
2009
SelfAnnul Victory
(Documentary) Self
2009
SelfThe Bonnie Hunt Show
(TV Series) Self - Episode dated 14 November 2008 (2008) ... Self
2008
Self12th Annual Prism Awards
(TV Special) Self
2008
SelfThe 60th Primetime Emmy Awards
(TV Special documentary) Self - Presenter
2008
Self2008 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards
(TV Special) Self - Winner
2008
Self2005 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards
(TV Special) Self - Winner
2005
SelfThe 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards
(TV Special) Self - Winner &Presenter
2005
SelfSoapTalk
(TV Series) Self - Episode dated 29 December 2003 (2003) ... Self
2003
SelfThe Test
(TV Series) Self - Panelist - The Foreplay Test ... Self - Panelist
2001
RoleTitleYear
Archive footage19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards
(TV Special) Self - In Memoriam
2013
Archive footageDesperate Housewives Special: Secrets and Lies
(TV Movie) Karen McCluskey
2007
Archive footageDesperate Housewives Special: The Juiciest Bites
(TV Movie) Karen McCluskey
2007
Archive footageDesperate Housewives Special: The More You Know, the Juicier It Gets
(TV Movie) Karen McCluskey (uncredited)
2006
Archive footageDesperate Housewives Special: All the Juicy Details
(TV Special) Karen McCluskey (uncredited)
2006