Jan Hooks

Jan Hooks

57 (passed away Oct. 9th, 2014)
Apr. 23rd, 1957
Born in
Decatur, Georgia, USA

Jan Hooks' Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Designing Women TV Show
Designing Women
Primetime Glick TV Show
Primetime Glick
The Dana Carvey Show TV Show
The Dana Carvey Show
Hiller and Diller TV Show
Hiller and Diller
The Martin Short Show (1994) TV Show
The Martin Short Show (1994)
The 1/2 Hour Comedy Hour TV Show
The 1/2 Hour Comedy Hour

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

[none found]


Janet Vivian Hooks was an American actress and comedian, best known for her work on Saturday Night Live, where she was a repertory player from 1986 to 1991, and continued making cameo appearances until 1994.
Hooks’ other TV credits include Not Necessarily the News, Designing Women, 3rd Rock From the Sun and voicing Kwik-E-Mart owner Apu’s wife, Manjula Nahasapeemapetilon, in a half-dozen episodes of The Simpsons.
In 1998, she was nominated for an Emmy in the outstanding guest actress in a comedy series category for her 3rd Rock From the Sun role. Her film credits include Batman Returns (1992), A Dangerous Woman (1993), Simon Birch (1998) and the Martin Short comedy Jiminy Glick in Lalawood (2004).

In February, 2009 Jan was diagnosed with leukemia, and was treated in March and April (it went into remission that May). In April, 2014 Jan discovered a bump the size of a pencil eraser on her throat. The results weren’t good. The lump on Jan’s neck was growing, and doctors urged her to return in early September for more tests. Faced with a total laryngectomy Jan decided to forgo treatment.

Jan Hooks died in her upstate New York home,

  • Was formerly part of the improv group the Groundlings.
  • Originally turned down for a regular spot on _"Saturday Night Live" (1975)_ (qv) in 1985 because they thought at age 28, she was too old; they hired her the next year, when she was 29.

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