Jun. 22nd, 1971
Detroit, Michigan, USA
Mary Lynn Rajskub's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2009 - Julie & Julia
2008 - Sunshine Cleaning
2006 - Firewall
2006 - Grilled
2006 - Little Miss Sunshine
2004 - Mysterious Skin
2003 - Claustrophobia
2003 - Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde
2002 - Sweet Home Alabama
2002 - Punch-Drunk Love
2001 - Storytelling
2001 - The Anniversary Party
2000 - Dude, Where’s My Car?
2000 - Road Trip
1999 - Man on the Moon
1999 - Magnolia
1996 - The Truth About Cats & Dogs
Guest TV Roles
Mary Lou Collins
Gail the Snail
'Girlfriend' in Kirk's Film
Mary Lynn Rajskub is an American actress, comedienne and singer who is best known as a co-star of Kiefer Sutherland on the popular television series "24" (2001).
She was born Mary Lynn Rajskub on June 22, 1971, in Detroit, Michigan, into a family of Irish, Czech, and Polish ancestry. She was brought up in Trenton, Michigan. In 1989 she graduated from Trenton High School, then attended Detroit's College for Creative Studies, majoring in painting, before she transferred to the San Francisco Art Institute, graduating as a painter. She also studied music and acting, and for a few years she performed as a stand-up comedian at various clubs and restaurants. In 1995, Rajskub made her debut on television, she was cast by David Cross (II) as one of the original cast members of "Mr. Show with Bob and David" (1995). After her split from Cross, she left the show during its second season, and briefly took a job as a coffee brewer at Seattle's Best Coffee. In 1999 she joined the cast of 'Veronica's Closet' TV series, as Cloe, appearing in 15 episodes of the show.
As a skilled guitar player, Rajskub has been part of the comic duo called 'Girls Guitar Club' and appeared on the NBC's 'Late Friday' TV show. In the 2000s she has ventured into more dramatic roles, most notably her role as analyst Chloe O'Brian opposite Kiefer Sutherland on the popular TV series "24" (2001). She joined the show in 2003 at the beginning of the show's third season, then returned in the show's fourth season as a recurring cast member. Her character has been a hit with viewers and critics. Rajskub became a main cast member in the show's fifth season, then replaced Kim Raver as a female lead, with top billing second only to Kiefer Sutherland in the season of 2006 - 2007, until her character was arrested and skipped a few episodes in 2007.
While she has been mainly a television star, Rajskub also played bit parts on the big screen in Magnolia (1999), Man on the Moon (1999), Road Trip (2000), among her other works. She offered mesmerizing performances in Mysterious Skin (2004), Sweet Home Alabama (2002), and in Punch-Drunk Love (2002), then played a few more visible roles such as Janet Stone in Firewall (2006), opposite Harrison Ford (I), and as Pam in Little Miss Sunshine (2006). In 2006 Harrison Ford (I) presented Rajskub with the Female Breakthrough Award for her "high concept comedic stage productions, as well as her TV and film acting skills." She was also nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Awards two times, in 2005, and in 2007.
Besides her work in film and on television, Mary Lynn Rajskub has been performing locally in Hollywood with her Girls Guitar Club show. Outside of her acting profession she is fond of art and is known as a regular visitor of LA's best museums, she also has been writing, painting and exhibiting her works at art shows and art auctions.
Mary Lynn Rajskub is currently residing in Los Angeles, California.
- Owns a poodle named Claire.
- Has played two different characters named "Chloe": on _"Veronica's Closet" (1997)_ (qv) and on _"24" (2001)_ (qv).
- Wrote and starred in a short film called "The Hitman.".
- Is a stand-up comedian, and performs at comedy clubs around L.A.
- She auditioned for the part of Pam in The Office. The part was later given to Jenna Fischer.
- Attended Detroit's College for Creative Studies, majoring in painting, before she transferred to the San Francisco Art Insitute.
- Is currently performing a one woman show called "Complications of Purchasing a Poodle Pillow.".
- Part of the Girls Guitar Club comic duo.