Maura Tierney

Maura Tierney

Feb. 3rd, 1965
Born in
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
160 cm

Maura Tierney's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
ER TV Show
Parenthood TV Show
The Affair TV Show
The Affair
NewsRadio TV Show
The Whole Truth TV Show
The Whole Truth
704 Hauser TV Show
704 Hauser
The Van Dyke Show TV Show
The Van Dyke Show

Main Movie Roles

2008 - Baby Mama
2008 - Semi-Pro
2008 - Finding Amanda
2007 - The Go-Getter
2006 - Diggers
2004 - Welcome to Mooseport
2003 - Melvin Goes to Dinner
2002 - Insomnia
2001 - Scotland, Pa.
1999 - Forces of Nature
1999 - Oxygen
1999 - Instinct
1998 - Primary Colors
1997 - Liar Liar
1996 - Primal Fear
1993 - The Temp
1992 - White Sands
1991 - The Linguini Incident

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Kelly McPhee
Maddie Hayward
Donna Cofax
Patricia 'Patti' Blaine
Tanya (Voiced)
Mrs. California
[Complete List]


On the viewing horizon since the late 1980s, actress Maura Tierney has been a steady product of independent features, some hits and some misses, for close to a decade and a half. An odd and compelling beauty, she came from an upperscale Bostonian family and was raised in the Hyde Park district. Born February 3, 1965, the eldest child of three to a prosperous politician and city councilman father and real estate agent mother, Maura initially studied at New York University but left school prior to graduation when she hooked up with the Circle-in-the-Square theater school. Following some stage plays including "Baby with the Bathwater" and "Danny and the Deep Blue Sea," she moved to the West Coast in the late 1980s finding minor roles here and there in TV-movies and making the rounds on episodic shows such as "Growing Pains" (1985), "Family Ties" (1982) and "Law & Order" (1990). She met actor/husband Billy Morrissette after both were fired from the set of an eventually-scrapped Ralph Macchio series. After a few other failed pilots and a short-lived TV series, Maura made a minor film debut with The Linguini Incident (1991) and progressed to leading lady status in the B-movie spoof Dead Women in Lingerie (1991), which didn't go over well. She finally hit paydirt on TV when she won a female co-lead as smart but insecure newswriter Lisa Miller on the comedy series "NewsRadio" (1995). The show was mediocre at best but sailed along for a number of seasons due to the fine comedy instincts of Dave Foley (I), Andy Dick (I) and the late "Saturday Night Live" (1975) player Phil Hartman (I). The show lost its oomph, however, as well as its audience after Hartman's tragic 1998 shotgun slaying, despite an assured replacement in fellow "Saturday Night Live" (1975) alumni Jon Lovitz. The show couldn't escape its bad aura, and it was gone the following year.

Maura's work on the TV sitcom thrust her into the film comedy limelight with prominent roles in such films as the Jim Carrey vehicle Liar Liar (1997). She also showed up as sly, darker-edged femmes in the thriller Primal Fear (1996), Primary Colors (1998) and Instinct (1999). She received one of her best art-house roles as a heavy in her husband's feature Scotland, Pa. (2001)--he wrote and directed. It was back to steady TV work, however, into the millennium with the role of Abby, who was first a nurse and then a doctor, in the long-established and critically-acclaimed medical drama series "ER" (1994), where she still resides on the staff. The L.A.-based actress and her husband enjoy traveling in their spare time.

  • While being interviewed on Irish chat show _"Tubridy Tonight" (2004)_ (qv), Maura admitted that she has had Botox although she did not like the experience. (February 2009).
  • On _"Last Call with Carson Daly" (2002)_ (qv), she admitted that she was fired from the television show _"Growing Pains" (1985)_ (qv). The show was supposed to have an episode arc in Europe, but the idea was scrapped when 'Kirk Cameron (I)' (qv) expressed a fear of flying.
  • Attended Notre Dame Academy, an all-girls Catholic high school in Hingham, Massachusetts (SE of Boston).
  • One of her closest friends is her _"ER" (1994)_ (qv) co-star, 'Laura Innes (I)' (qv).
  • Attended New York University and Circle in the Square Theatre School.
  • Owns a black pug, with her husband 'Billy Morrissette' (qv), named Rose- Kennedy. They take her everywhere with them.
  • Maura was added to the cast of _"NewsRadio" (1995)_ (qv) the day before they shot the pilot.
  • Of Irish extraction.

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