Missi Pyle

Missi Pyle

Born: November 16, 1972
Age: 51
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States
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Andrea Kay "Missi" Pyle (born November 16, 1972) is an American actress and singer. She has appeared in several films, including the Academy Award-winning film The Artist, Galaxy Quest, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, Big Fish, 50 First Dates, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay and Gone Girl.

She has also appeared in various television roles, on shows such as Mad About You, Friends, Heroes, Two and a Half Men, Frasier, My Name Is Earl, 2 Broke Girls, and Jennifer Falls. She is also half of Smith & Pyle, a desert country-rock band, with actress Shawnee Smith.


Early life

Pyle, the youngest daughter of Linda and Frank Pyle, was born in Houston, Texas, and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. She has two older sisters, Debbie and Julie, two older brothers, Sam and Paul, one younger half-brother, Gordon, and a half-sister, Meredith. Pyle attended the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and graduated in 1995. For her achievements, Pyle was honored by the Poplar Pike Playhouse at her alma mater Germantown High School in Germantown, Tennessee.


Pyle has guest starred on many television shows, including Heroes, Mad About You, Boston Legal, Frasier, The Sarah Silverman Program, and 2 Broke Girls. She started her film career with a minor role in As Good as It Gets, starring Helen Hunt and Jack Nicholson. After her breakout role in Galaxy Quest, she had supporting roles in Bringing Down the House (for which she and Queen Latifah were nominated for an MTV Movie Award for Best Fight), Josie and the Pussycats, Home Alone 4, Exposed, Big Fish, Along Came Polly, Soul Plane, Stormbreaker, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. She was also the female lead in BachelorMan. Barely recognizable, she appears in Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story. She also had a brief appearance in 50 First Dates.

Pyle played Jake's Elementary School teacher Ms. Pasternak on Two and a Half Men. The role was recast in 2009 for undisclosed reasons, but Pyle returned to the series in the same role in 2011 and again in the series finale "Of Course He's Dead" in 2015.

In 2008, Missi starred in the Broadway play Boeing-Boeing opposite Christine Baranski, Mark Rylance, Greg Germann, Paige Davis and Rebecca Gayheart. The play closed in January 2009.

Pyle was scheduled to ring the closing bell for the trading day at the New York Stock Exchange on September 29, 2008 to promote Boeing-Boeing, but backed out minutes before the close of trading in order to not associate herself with ending a calamitous day of financial turmoil which resulted in the Dow Jones Industrial Average losing 778 points, the largest point loss ever in a session in the wake of the global financial crisis of September-October 2008. She watched from the floor as an NYSE staffer pushed the button and gaveled the end of trading instead.

She is currently part of a country music group with actress Shawnee Smith called Smith & Pyle. The two actresses met while filming an ABC comedy pilot titled Traveling in Packs. The band started after Smith invited Pyle to join her in attending the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. While stuck in traffic, Pyle talked about her dream to be a rock star and Smith agreed to form a band with her. Their first album, "It's OK to Be Happy", was released digitally through iTunes and Amazon.com in July 2008. The debut album was recorded in Joshua Tree, California at Rancho de la Luna and was produced by Chris Goss. The two actresses have also become business partners and formed their own record label called Urban Prairie Records, under which "It's OK to be Happy" was released. According to an interview Smith did with pretty-scary.net in August 2008, a Smith & Pyle television or webisode series might be in the works. Smith also mentioned the idea of a series on Fangoria radio with Dee Snider. Currently there are 3 videos posted on YouTube that show the making of the record. They also have a 10-minute "making of" video on Vimeo called Smith & Pyle: Desert Sessions.

Personal life

Pyle married naturalist Casey Anderson on September 12, 2008. The wedding was country-western themed and took place in Montana. Wedding guests included bandmate Shawnee Smith and comedian Steve Agee. Anderson's pet grizzly bear, Brutus, served as his best man in the ceremony. Pyle and Anderson appeared in "Grizzly Dogs", the October 22, 2010 episode of Dog Whisperer, in which they sought the help of Cesar Millan to rehabilitate their dog. They are no longer together.

Pyle "married" actress and bandmate Shawnee Smith in a faux ceremony at the All Love is Equal Launch Party in West Hollywood on November 18, 2009. The two actresses pretended to get married in support of repealing Prop 8 in California. Actor Hal Sparks dressed as a priest and performed the ceremony with them using rainbow-colored hula hoops as rings.

The drag queen "Pissi Myles" is named after her.



Year Title Role Notes
1997 As Good as It Gets Cafe 24 waitress
1998 Number One Laurel Short film
1999 Trick Actress with flowers
1999 Galaxy Quest Laliari
2000 But Enough About Me... Catherine Grey Short film
2001 Josie and the Pussycats Alexandra Cabot
2001 Let It Snow Ily
2002 Home Alone 4 Vera
2003 Bringing Down the House Ashley
2003 BachelorMan Heather
2003 Exposed Amy
2003 Big Fish Mildred
2004 Along Came Polly Roxanne
2004 50 First Dates Noreen Uncredited
2004 Soul Plane Barbara Hunkee
2004 DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story Fran Stalinovskovichdavidovitchsky
2004 Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy Zoo keeper Uncredited
2005 Civilization of Maxwell Bright, TheThe Civilization of Maxwell Bright Cop
2005 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Mrs. Beauregarde
2006 Just My Luck Peggy Brayden
2006 Mojave Phone Booth Sarah
2006 Stormbreaker Nadia Vole
2007 Live! Plummy
2007 Entry Level Liz
2007 Feast of Love Agatha Smith
2008 Meet Market Ericka
2008 Pretty Ugly People Lucy
2008 Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay Raylene
2008 American Crude Gigi
2008 Visioneers Sahra
2008 Soccer Mom Wendy Handler/Coach Lorenzo
2009 Spring Breakdown Charlene
2009 Still Waiting... Rocky Rhoades/Exotic dancer Direct-to-DVD
2009 Taking Chances Faith Fishback
2009 Fork in the Road, AA Fork in the Road Nola
2010 Barry Munday Lida Griggs
2010 Miss Nobody Charmaine
2011 Artist, TheThe Artist Constance Nominated - Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
2011 Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song, AA Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song Gail Van Ravensway Direct-to-DVD
2012 My Uncle Rafael Blair Schumacher
2013 Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters Gray Sister #3
2013 Bakersfield, Earth Judy Short film
2013 #Rip Lydia Walters Short film
2014 Haunted House 2, AA Haunted House 2 Noreen
2014 Just Before I Go Officer CT
2014 Dragula Maggie Short film
2014 Gone Girl Ellen Abbott
2014 Kiss Me Pam
2015 Uncle Nick Michelle In post-production
2015 Captain Fantastic Filming
2015 Slash Filming
2016 Director's Cut Missi Pyle


Year Title Role Notes
1999 Mad About You Beautiful woman Episode: "The Final Frontier: Part 2"
1999 Drew Carey Show, TheThe Drew Carey Show Stacey Episode: "Drew's Reunion"
1999 Friends Hillary Episode: "The One with Ross's Teeth"
2000 Battery Park Suzanne Episode: "Walter's Rib"
2001 Ally McBeal Marcia Hooper Episode: "Reach Out and Touch"
2001 Wayne Brady Show, TheThe Wayne Brady Show Various 6 episodes
2001 Roswell Windy Sommers Episode: "Control"
2001 Tick, TheThe Tick Stacy Waxman Episode: "Arthur Needs Space"
2002 Philly Charise DuPree Episode: "Mojo Rising"
2002 Home Alone 4 Vera Merchants Television film
2003 Frasier Shannon Palmer Episode: "Maris Returns"
2004-15 Two and a Half Men Dolores Pasternak 3 episodes
2005 My Name Is Earl Shelly Stoker Episode: "Broke Joy's Fancy Figurine"
2006, 2008 Boston Legal Renee Winger 3 episodes
2007-10 Sarah Silverman Program, TheThe Sarah Silverman Program Scarlett Lacey 4 episodes
2007 Heroes Hope Episodes: "Run!"
2007 Wedding Bells, TheThe Wedding Bells Amanda Pontell Main cast; 5 episodes
2008 American Dad! Tracy, drunk girl, sorority girl Voice; episode: "Spring Breakup"
2008 In Plain Sight Teri Ranzino/Treena Morris Episode: "Never the Bride"
2008 Pushing Daisies Betty Bee Episode: "Bzzzzzzzzz!"
2009 Numb3rs Janet Galvin Episode: "Ultimatum"
2010 Grey's Anatomy Dr. Baylow Episode: "The Time Warp"
2010 Rizzoli & Isles Merch owner Episode: "I Kissed a Girl"
2010-11 Mentalist, TheThe Mentalist Karen Cross 2 episodes
2010-11 $h*! My Dad Says Katie Palmer 2 episodes
2011 American Dad! N/A Voice; episode: "Fart-Break Hotel"
2011 Up All Night Kaye Episode: "Mr. Bob's Toddler Kaleidoscope"
2011 Family Guy Kitty Hawk woman Voice; episode: "Amish Guy"
2012 Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 Angie Beckencort Episode: "Whatever It Takes..."
2013 Newsreaders Rebecca Lionwek Episode: "Auto Erotic"
2013 1600 Penn Agent Sarah Harlan Episode: "Frosting/Nixon"
2013 2 Broke Girls Charity Channing Episode: "And Not-So-Sweet Charity"
2013 Warehouse 13 Lily Abbott Episode: "The Big Snag"
2013-14 Inside Amy Schumer Various roles 3 episodes
2013-14 Exes, TheThe Exes Sabrina/Julie 2 episodes
2013 Mindy Project, TheThe Mindy Project Nancy Episode: "Mindy Lahiri Is a Racist"
2014 Crazy Ones, TheThe Crazy Ones Melora Episode: "Dead and Improved"
2014 Jennifer Falls Dina Simac Main cast
2015 Hot in Cleveland Canadian Joy Episode: "About a Joy"
2015 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Trudy Malco Episode: "Granting Immunity"
2015 Z Nation Bernadette Episode: "Rozwell"
2016 Bordertown Gert Buckwald Main role (3 episodes)
2016 The Soul Man Alicia Recurring role (Season 5)
2016 Sing It! Marcy Main role
2016 Lady Dynamite Carol Simples Episode: "A Vaginismus Miracle"


Year Title Role Notes
2012 Greetings from Home Sue 12 episodes
2013-14 Cleaners Eileen Main role (18 episodes)


Year Title Role Notes
1996 900 Oneonta Burning Jewel Circle Repertory Theatre
September 15-22, 1996
2008 Boeing-Boeing Gretchen Longacre Theatre
September 9 - October 7, 2008
2012-13 Bare Sister Joan New World Stages
December 19, 2012 - February 3, 2013



  • It's OK to Be Happy, Smith & Pyle (2008)


  • "One Night Stand", Smith & Pyle (2010)
  • "Rafael", Smith & Pyle (2010)

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