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Kate Walsh Bio
Kate Walsh (born October 13, 1967 as Kathleen Erin Walsh) is an American film and television actress, best known for her role as Dr. Addison Montgomery on the ABC dramas Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice. She subsequently starred as Rebecca Wright on the short-lived NBC sitcom Bad Judge.
After playing Cathy Buxton in the Homicide: Life on the Street episode “Stakeout” in 1996 and Navy Lieutenant Kirstin Blair in the Law & Order episode “Navy Blues”, her first major television appearance was in 1997, when she appeared on The Drew Carey Show as Drew Carey‘s love interest, Nicki Fifer. She wore a fatsuit in some episodes of the show, as the Nicki character was a formerly obese woman who lost weight and slowly started to gain it back. She went on to portray Carol Nelson in HBO‘s The Mind of the Married Man television series, and played Norm Macdonald‘s romantic interest in the sitcom The Norm Show. Walsh also made a guest appearance on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation as Mimosa, a transsexual. She sometimes appeared in sketches on Late Night with Conan O’Brien. She had a recurring role on Karen Sisco as Detective Marley Novak in 2003 and 2004.
It was announced in February 2007 that Walsh’s Grey’s Anatomy character would be in a spin-off of Grey’s Anatomy that began airing in September 2007. Taye Diggs, Tim Daly, Amy Brenneman, Chris Lowell, and Audra McDonald were cast in the spin-off, Private Practice. Walsh returned to Seattle Grace as a special guest star for episode thirteen in Season 4 and episodes 15 and 16 in Season 5 of Grey’s Anatomy. She also briefly returned for one episode in season 6 and two episodes in the seventh and eighth seasons.
She continued playing the character of Addison Montgomery on the fourth season of Private Practice, for which ABC ordered a full season of episodes. On January 10, 2011, ABC picked up Private Practice for the 2011–2012 fall season (5th season). Walsh guest-starred in “Song Beneath The Song”, a musical episode of Grey’s Anatomy.
Beginning in September 2007, Walsh has appeared in television commercials for the 2008 Cadillac CTS. She is also the current spokeswoman for Caress’ Exotic Oil Infusions body wash. On June 12, 2012, Walsh announced that the sixth season of Private Practice would be her final season. However, she mentioned she’d be open to reprise her role in Grey’s Anatomy for a few guest spots.
In 2014, Walsh had a supporting role in the first season of FX’s television series Fargo She had a guest starring role in Hulu’s original series The Hotwives of Orlando and later starred in the NBC series Bad Judge, which aired for one season.
The crime drama Normal Life marked her film debut; she played the sister of a bank robber played by Luke Perry. She portrayed a kleptomaniac in the film Peppermills. Walsh appeared in the cult movie, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, Part 2. She had her first significant role in a major Hollywood production as Will Ferrell‘s character’s wife in the family comedy, Kicking & Screaming, alongside Robert Duvall and Mike Ditka. Walsh has appeared in several other films with Ferrell, including Bewitched (with Nicole Kidman) and an “alternate film” to Anchorman titled, Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie.
In 2003, Walsh appeared in Under the Tuscan Sun, with Diane Lane and Sandra Oh. She played the partner of Sandra Oh’s character. Regarding her lesbian roles, Walsh said: “Do I give off a girl-on-girl vibe, I wonder? Or is it because I’m tall? I guess the chicks just dig me!”
Walsh was set to star opposite John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson in the supernatural thriller 1408, but she had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts. Walsh starred alongside Dennis Quaid and Paul Bettany in the biblical horror film Legion, that was released on January 22, 2010. She played the mother of Charlie (Logan Lerman) and Candice (Nina Dobrev) in The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012).
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