Katey Sagal

Katey Sagal Biography

Catherine Louise "Katey" Sagal (born January 19, 1954) is an American actress and singer-songwriter. She is best known for her role as Peggy Bundy on the long-running Fox comedy series Married... with Children, for which she was nominated for four Golden Globe Awards for Best Actress in a Comedy Television Series and two American Comedy Awards during the show's run.

Sagal is also well known for voicing the character Leela on the animated science fiction series Futurama and its related direct-to-DVD movies since 1999, as well as for starring on the show 8 Simple Rules in the role of Cate Hennessy. In the latter role, she worked with John Ritter until his death, leading to Sagal taking over as the series lead for the remainder of the show's run.

Since 2008, she has portrayed Gemma Teller Morrow in the FX drama series Sons of Anarchy, for which she won a Golden Globe in 2011. She has been married to Sons of Anarchy creator, Kurt Sutter, since 2004.

Early life

Sagal was born in California to a show business family of five children, including younger twin sisters Jean and Liz Sagal, and brother Joe Sagal all three of whom are actors and David Sagal. Her mother, Sara Zwilling, was a writer and producer who died of heart disease; her father, Boris Sagal, was a Ukrainian-born director of Jewish background. who died in 1981 in an accident on the set of the television movie World War III. Sagal and her siblings grew up in Brentwood, Los Angeles. Her godfather is Norman Lear.

Acting career

Sagal graduated from California Institute of the Arts, and began her acting career in Hollywood, appearing in several made for TV movies between 1971 and 1975, including a small role as a receptionist in the Columbo installment Candidate for Crime (directed by her father). Sagal's first major role was as a newspaper columnist in the series Mary starring Mary Tyler Moore. This led to her being cast as Peggy Bundy on the sitcom Married... with Children (1987-1997). She portrayed the lower-class, sex-starved wife of shoe salesman Al Bundy. Sagal brought her own red bouffant wig to audition for the role, and with the producers' approval, the look transitioned into the show. As Peg, she wore the wig, capri-length leggings with a large belt, and high slip-on heels, which were all fashion styles from the 1960s. The series ran for eleven years.

After the end of Married With Children, several more television films followed; she also contributed to the children's cartoon Recess as the voice of Spinelli's mother. In 1999, Matt Groening cast her as the purple-haired, cyclopian spaceship captain, Leela, in his science fiction animated comedy Futurama. The show developed a cult following but was cancelled after four seasons. However, airings in syndication on Adult Swim and Comedy Central increased the show's popularity and led Comedy Central to commission a series of Futurama direct-to-DVD films, which the network later rebroadcast as 16 episodes, season five. She reprised her role as Leela in these films, and in the new season that began airing June 24, 2010.

Sagal guest starred as Edna Hyde, Steven Hyde's mother, in three episodes of That '70s Show. She starred in the short-lived NBC sitcom Tucker the following year.

She was cast as the wife of John Ritter in the sitcom 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter in 2002. Ritter had completed only three episodes of the second season before his death, and the show was cancelled in 2005 after its third season.

In 2005, she made two appearances on Lost as Helen Norwood. In 2007, she had a role in the season finale of The Winner as Glen Abbot's former, and Josh's current, teacher, with whom Glen has his first sexual experience. The following year, she appeared in four episodes of the short-lived series Eli Stone.

In January 2009, Sagal reunited with her TV son David Faustino (Bud Bundy from Married with Children) for an episode of Faustino's show Star-ving. In 2010, she appeared twice more on Lost. In 2009, she starred in the film House Broken with Danny DeVito. In 2010, she returned to the stage in Randy Newman's musical Harps & Angels.

She currently stars as Gemma Teller Morrow on the TV show Sons of Anarchy, created by her husband, Kurt Sutter.

In 2013, Sagal had a cameo on Glee as Nancy Abrams, Artie Abrams' mother.

Musical career

Sagal started her career in show business as a singer and songwriter. In 1973, she worked as a backing vocalist for various singers, including Bob Dylan and Tanya Tucker. In 1976, while a member of The Group With No Name, she contributed to the album Moon over Brooklyn. She was a member of Bette Midler's backup group The Harlettes in 1978, and again from 1982-83. She performed backing vocals on the self-titled Gene Simmons solo album, the Molly Hatchet album Take No Prisoners and on Olivia Newton-John's 1985 single "Soul Kiss". Sagal also provided the vocals for "Loose Cannons", the theme song for the movie featuring Gene Hackman and Dan Aykroyd in 1990. The song featured her singing most of the song, while Aykroyd sang the chorus and did some background impersonations from the movie.

On April 19, 1994, she released her first solo album, Well... On June 1, 2004, she released her second album, Room. She has also contributed to the Sons of Anarchy soundtrack.

Personal life

Sagal was married to German American musician Freddie Beckmeier (1978-1981).

In 1991, while working on "Married... with Children", Sagal learned she was pregnant with husband Jack White's child. This was unexpected so the pregnancy was written into the storyline of the show. However, in October 1991, she had to have an emergency Caesarean section in her seventh month of pregnancy, ending in the stillbirth of a daughter. The pregnancy on the show was then regarded as a "dream", which was mentioned only briefly at the end of the episode "Al Bundy, Shoe Dick". Sagal and White eventually had two children " a daughter in 1994 and a son in 1996. The writers of Married... with Children deliberately did not write Sagal's two later pregnancies into the show due to the earlier stillbirth, opting instead to shoot her in instances where her midsection was obscured, such as in a taxicab or at a craps table in Las Vegas.

Sagal married writer-producer Kurt Sutter in a private ceremony on October 2, 2004, at their home in Los Feliz, California. They have a daughter born in 2007 through a surrogate mother.


Year Title Role Notes
1971 The Failing of Raymond Girl patient credited as "Catherine Louise Sagal"
television film
1972 The Bold Ones: The New Doctors Young nurse credited as "Katie Sagal"
1973 Columbo Secretary episode: "Candidate for Crime"
1974 Larry Cashier television film
1975 The Dream Makers Unemployment manager television film
1985-1986 Mary Jo Tucker Series Regular: 13 Episodes
1987 Maid to Order Louise
1987-1997 Married... with Children Peggy Bundy Series Regular: 250 Episodes
1988 The Good Mother Ursula
1990 Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme Mary Quite Contrary television film
Tales from the Crypt Ms. Kilbasser episode: "For Cryin' Out Loud"
1991 She Says She's Innocent Susan Essex television film
1995 Trail of Tears Annie Cook television film
Nachtshow episode: "February 10th, 1995"
Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man Duckman's mother animated series
episode: "The Germ Turns"
1996 Space Cases Ma (voice only) episode: "Mother Knows Best"
1997-2001 Recess Flo Spinelli animated series
episodes: "Parents' Night"
"Weekend at Muriel's"
"Dance Lessons"
1998 Chance of a Lifetime Irene Dunbar television film
Mr. Headmistress Harriet Magnum television film
1999 No Higher Love Ellen Young
Smart House Pat television film
That '70s Show Edna Hyde episodes: "Career Day"
"Prom Night"
"Punk Chick"
1999-2013 Futurama Turanga Leela (voice only) Series Regular: 136 Episodes
2000 Dropping Out Wendy
Tucker Claire Wennick Series Regular: 13 Episodes
2001 The Geena Davis Show Ashley episode: "Girls' Night Out"
Recess: School's Out Mrs. Flo Spinelli voice only
animated film
2002 Following Tildy Connie St. John
Imagine That Barb Thompson Series Regular: 2 Episodes
2002-2005 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter Cate S. Hennessy Series Regular: 76 Episodes
2004 When Angels Come to Town Jo television film
2004-2006 Higglytown Heroes Monica the Police Officer episodes: "First Snow/Snow Dazed"
"Smells Like a Myster/Ship Ahoy!"
"Wayne's Day Out"
2005 Campus Confidential Naomi Jacobs television film
Three Wise Guys Shirley Crown
2005 Ghost Whisperer Francie Lewis episode: "Undead Comic"
2005-2007 The Shield Nancy Gilroy episodes: "Grave"
2005-2010 Lost Helen Norwood episodes: "Orientation"
"The Substitute"
"The Candidate"
2006 I'm Reed Fish Maureen
Boston Legal Barbara Little episodes: "New Kids on the Block"
"Desperately Seeking Shirley"
"Fine Young Cannibal"
"Whose God Is It Anyway?"
"The Verdict"
The Search for the Funniest Mom in America Host reality series
2007 Futurama: Bender's Big Score Turanga Leela voice only
animated film
The Winner Lydia Berko episode: "Hot for Teacher"
2008 Eli Stone Marci Klein episodes: "Patience"
"Waiting For That day"
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Annabelle Bundt/Natasha Steele episode: "Two and a Half Deaths"
Futurama: The Beast with a Billion Backs Turanga Leela voice only
animated film
Futurama: Bender's Game Turanga Leela/Leegola voice only
animated film
2008-present Sons of Anarchy Gemma Teller Morrow Series Regular: 53 Episodes
2009 House Broken Mom
Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder Turanga Leela voice only
animated film
2010 Chadam Sandy voice only
animated web series
Jack and the Beanstalk Jack's mum
Harps & Angels
2012 The Comedy Central Roast Of Roseanne Herself
2013 Glee Nancy Abrams episode: "Wonder-ful"
2013-present Super Duper Rocket Chrystal Findlee voice only
animated series



Year Title Chart positions
1976 Moon Over Brooklyn
  • Released: 1976
  • Label:
1994 Well...
  • Released: April 19, 1994
  • Label: Virgin/EMI Records
Billboard Top Heatseekers - 33
2004 Room
  • June 1, 2004
  • Label: Valley Entertainment
2009 Sons of Anarchy: Shelter - EP
  • Nov 24, 2009
  • Label: 20th Century Fox
Top Independent Albums " 33 Top Soundtracks " 23

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Film or series Result
1989 American Comedy Awards Funniest Female Performer in a TV Series Married... with Children
1991 Golden Globe Award Best Actress - Television Series Musical or Comedy Married... with Children
1992 Golden Globe Award Best Actress - Television Series Musical or Comedy Married... with Children
1993 Golden Globe Award Best Actress - Television Series Musical or Comedy Married... with Children
1993 American Comedy Awards Funniest Female Performer in a TV Series Married... with Children
1994 Golden Globe Award Best Actress - Television Series Musical or Comedy Married... with Children
2005 Prism Awards Performance in a Comedy Series 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter
2009 TV Land Awards Innovation Award
(Shared with: Christina Applegate, David Faustino, Ted McGinley, Ed O'Neill)
Married... with Children
2010 Television Critics Association Awards Individual Achievement in Drama Sons of Anarchy
2010 Ewwy Award Best Actress in a Drama Series Sons of Anarchy
2010 Satellite Awards Best Actress - Television Series Drama Sons of Anarchy
2011 Golden Globe Award Best Actress - Television Series Drama Sons of Anarchy
2011 Prism Awards Best Actress - Television Series Drama Sons of Anarchy
2011 Critics' Choice Television Award Best Actress in a Drama Series Sons of Anarchy
2011 Satellite Awards Best Actress - Television Series Drama Sons of Anarchy
2012 Critics' Choice Television Award Best Actress in Drama Series Sons of Anarchy

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