Nancy McKeon

Nancy McKeon

Birth name: Nancy Justine McKeon
Born: April 4, 1966
Age: 58
Birthplace: Westbury, New York, U.S.
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Nancy Justine McKeon (born April 4, 1966) is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Jo Polniaczek on the NBC sitcom The Facts of Life.



McKeon and her older brother Philip appeared in numerous commercials. McKeon also appeared on the soap operas The Secret Storm and Another World. The McKeons moved to Los Angeles in 1975, when Philip won the role and began appearing on the television series Alice with Linda Lavin.

In 1979, McKeon was discovered by a casting director for The Facts of Life on the basis of her performance in a Hallmark greeting cards advertisement, in which she was able to cry on cue.

She was cast as tomboy Jo Polniaczek in the fall of 1980 during the show's second season when she replaced most of the first season's cast, including Molly Ringwald. This is her most famous role and she portrayed the character throughout the series until the show was canceled in 1988. McKeon also provided the voice for many ABC Weekend Special cartoon characters, including the voice for Scruffy.

Following The Facts of Life, McKeon was courted by NBC executives for the title role in the TV sitcom adaptation of the 1988 film Working Girl; the role, played by Melanie Griffith in the movie, instead went to then-unknown Sandra Bullock for the TV series. In 1994, both McKeon and Courteney Cox auditioned for the role of Monica Geller on Friends. The role went to the latter. When asked in interviews about the auditions, McKeon said, "I have no hard feelings. The role went to the right person. Courteney was brilliant. Now, I can't see anybody playing the role, not even myself." In 1995, she starred in her own series, Can't Hurry Love, which lasted one season. In 1998, she starred in a sitcom with Jean Smart titled Style & Substance. McKeon portrayed Inspector Jinny Exstead on the Lifetime police drama The Division from 2001 to 2004, with her pregnancy incorporated into the storyline of the last year of the series. From 2009 to 2010, McKeon appeared in a recurring role in the Disney Channel Original Series Sonny with a Chance, as Connie Munroe, the mother of Demi Lovato's title character.

McKeon also starred in numerous made-for-TV movies throughout the 1980s and 1990s, including A Cry for Help: The Tracey Thurman Story, in which she portrayed the title role of Tracey Thurman, and The Wrong Woman, portraying a woman framed for killing her boss. In 2003, McKeon starred in the film Comfort and Joy.

Personal life

While McKeon was on The Facts of Life, she and her parents, all devout Catholics, were granted a private audience with Pope John Paul II.

McKeon lives in Austin, Texas. She married Marc Andrus on June 8, 2003, and they have two daughters, Aurora and Harlow.



Year Title Role Notes
1991 Where the Day Takes You Vikki
1994 Teresa's Tattoo Sara
1995 Wrong Woman, TheThe Wrong Woman Melanie
1997 Just Write Bride


Year Title Role Notes
1977 Starsky & Hutch Vikki Mayer "The Crying Child"
1978 Fantasy Island Ann "Return to Fantasy Island"
1978 Alice Girl Orphan "Who Ordered the Hot Turkey?"
1978 A Question of Love Susan Moreland TV film
1979 The Love Boat Penny Barrett "The Brotherhood of the Sea"
1979 ABC Weekend Special Dolly (voice) "The Puppy's Great Adventure"
1980 Stone Jill Stone Regular role (9 episodes)
1980 ABC Weekend Special Dolly (voice) "The Puppy's Amazing Rescue"
1980 ABC Weekend Special Amelia Daley (voice) "The Trouble with Miss Switch"
1980 ABC Weekend Special Scruffy (voice) "Scruffy"
1980 Thundarr the Barbarian Tye (voice) "Harvest of Doom"
1980 ABC Afterschool Special Lucy Twining "Schoolboy Father"
1980-88 The Facts of Life Jo Polniaczek Main role (189 episodes)
1981 ABC Weekend Special Dolly (voice) "The Puppy Saves the Circus"
1981 ABC Afterschool Special Nancy Parks "Please Don't Hit Me, Mom"
1981 Thundarr the Barbarian Tai (voice) "Last Train to Doomsday"
1981 Alice Kimberly "Alice's Halloween Surprise"
1982 ABC Weekend Special Amelia Daley (voice) "Miss Switch to the Rescue"
1982 The Scooby & Scrappy-Doo/Puppy Hour Dolly (voice) Regular role (13 episodes)
1982 The Facts of Life Goes to Paris Jo Polniaczek TV film
1983 Dusty Slugger TV film
1983 The Puppy's Further Adventures Dolly (voice) Regular role (8 episodes)
1983 High School U.S.A. Beth Franklin TV film
1985 Poison Ivy Rhonda Malone TV film
1985 This Child Is Mine Kimberly Downs TV film
1986 Firefighter Cindy Fralick TV film
1987 The Facts of Life Down Under Jo Polniaczek TV film
1987 Strange Voices Nicole Glover TV film
1989 A Cry for Help: The Tracey Thurman Story Tracey Thurman TV film
1990 The Hitchhiker Dawn Wilder "New Dawn"
1991 Lightning Field Martha TV film
1992 Baby Snatcher Karen Williams TV film
1993 Love, Honor & Obey: The Last Mafia Marriage Rosalie Profaci Bonanno TV film
1995 A Mother's Gift Margaret Deal TV film
1995-96 Can't Hurry Love Annie O'Donnell Main role (19 episodes)
1998 In My Sister's Shadow Joan Connor TV film
1998 Style & Substance Jane Sokol Main role (13 episodes)
1999 Touched by an Angel Rachel Waters "The Last Day of the Rest of Your Life"
2001-04 The Division Inspector Jinny Exstead Main role (88 episodes)
2003 Comfort and Joy Jane Berry TV film
2004 Category 6: Day of Destruction Amy Harkin TV miniseries
2006 Wild Hearts Emmy TV film
2007 Without a Trace Gail Sweeney "Absalom"
2009-10 Sonny with a Chance Connie Munroe Recurring role (5 episodes)
2011 Love Begins Millie TV film

Awards and nominations

Marco Island Film Festival

  • 2000: Won, "Audience Award for Best Short Drama" - A Wakening
  • 2000: Won, "Crystal Palm Award for Best Short Film" - A Wakening

Prism Awards

  • 2003: Nominated, "Best Performance in a Drama Series Episode" - The Division
  • 2003: Nominated, "Best Performance in a Drama Series" - The Division
  • 2004: Nominated, "Best Performance in a Drama Series Multi Episode Storyline" - The Division

TV Land Awards

  • 2007: Nominated, "The 'When Bad Teens Go Good' Award" - The Facts of Life

Young Artist Awards

  • 1982: Nominated, "Best Young Comedienne in Motion Picture or Television" - The Facts of Life
  • 1983: Won, "Best Young Actress in a Television Special" - Please Don't Hit Me, Mom
  • 1983: Won, "Best Young Actress in a Movie Made for Television" - The Facts of Life Goes to Paris
  • 1983: Won, "Best Young Actress in a Comedy Series" - The Facts of Life
  • 1984: Nominated, "Best Young Actress in a Comedy Series" - The Facts of Life

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