Melissa McCarthy Biography
Melissa McCarthy whose full name is Melissa Ann McCarthy is an American actress, comedian, producer, writer, and fashion designer. She rose to fame as one of the main characters in the hit sitcom ‘Mike and Molly.’
Melissa McCarthy Age | Birthday
McCarthy was born on August 26, 1970 in Plainfield, Illinois, U.S. She is 51 years old as of 2021. She celebrates her birthday on 26th August every year.
Melissa McCarthy Height
McCarthy stands at a height of approximately 1.57 meters tall.
Melissa McCarthy Family
McCarthy is the daughter of Sandra and Michael McCarthy. McCarthy came from a large Catholic family who raised him on a farm. Her father is Irish, while her mother is English, German, and Irish. She is cousins with actress and model Jenny McCarthy and Jenna Perusich.
Melissa McCarthy Husband
McCarthy is happily married to her longtime boyfriend Ben Falcone, an actor and alumnus of The Groundlings, since October 8, 2005. The two are blessed with two daughters, Vivian and Georgette. McCarthy’s pregnancy with Vivian was a plot point in Gilmore Girls’ final season. Both Vivian and Georgette appeared in the 2016 film The Boss, with the former portraying a younger version of her mother’s role.
Melissa McCarthy Education
She is an alumnus of St. Francis Academy (now Joliet Catholic Academy) in Joliet, Illinois. She also studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology and Southern Illinois University. McCarthy is also an alumna of The Groundlings, an improvisational and sketch comedy troupe based in Los Angeles, California.
Melissa McCarthy Career
McCarthy began her acting career in the late 1990s. Her first television job was in the NBC comedy series ‘Jenny,’ in which she co-starred with her cousin Jenny McCarthy. Her debut film role was in the comedy picture ‘Go’ (1999), in which she played a supporting role. Following that, she appeared in films like ‘Drowning Mona’ (2000), ‘Charlie’s Angels (2000), ‘The Third Wheel’ (2002), and ‘The Life of David Gale’ (2003). She gave the voiceover for the character DNAmy in the anime series ‘Kim Possible’ for three episodes in 2000. She also starred in two episodes of the TV show ‘D.C.’ as Molly.
In 2007, she appeared in the science fiction film “The Nines.” John August directed the film, which starred her alongside Ryan Reynolds. Following that, she appeared in a number of independent films, including ‘The Captain’ (2007), ‘Just Add Water (2008), and ‘Pretty Ugly People (2008).
Melissa McCarthy Samantha Who
She got her second big break after being cast as Dena Stevens in the ABC sitcom “Samantha Who?” Melissa reprised her role as the protagonist’s best friend but with a twist this time.. She appeared in all episodes despite being a supporting character. From 2007 to 2009, the show aired for two years. ‘Rita Rocks,’ in which she played Mindy Boone in a guest appearance, was one of her other TV gigs in 2009. In an episode titled ‘Best Laid Plans,’ she appeared as Lynn McDonald on ‘Private Practice.’ She appeared in tiny roles in the 2010 films ‘The Back-Up Plan’ and ‘Life as We Know It.’ This would clear the way for her to take on the most important role of her life.
Melissa McCarthy Mike & Molly
In September 2010, she was cast as a lead in the comedy ‘Mike & Molly.’ Molly Flynn, a member of Overeaters Anonymous, meets Mike and falls in love with him. The series follows them as a pair as they try to figure out who they are and what they want to do with their lives. From 2010 to 2016, Mike and Molly aired six seasons. She was nominated for an Emmy five times and won her first one in 2017 for her work on this show. She starred alongside Kristen Wiig, Rose Byrne, and Ellie Kemper in the film ‘Bridesmaids’ in 2011. The ‘Women in Film Crystal and Lucy Awards’ were hosted by her in 2011.
She got supporting roles in ‘This is 40’ (2012) and ‘The Hangover: III’ following her popularity (2013). In 2013, she co-starred alongside Jason Bateman in the comic crime film ‘Identity Thief.’ At the box office, the film was a commercial triumph.
In the film ‘The Heat,’ she co-starred with Sandra Bullock (2013). The film was a critical and commercial triumph all over the world. She went on to work as a scriptwriter, co-writing the screenplay for ‘Tammy’ (2014). The film, in which she played the major role, was a moderate box office success. She appeared in the 2014 film ‘St. Vincent’ alongside Bill Murray. The movie did well at the box office and earned excellent reviews.
Melissa McCarthy Spy
She made her acting debut in the comedy ‘Spy,’ which she starred in in 2015. McCarthy was nominated for a Golden Globe for her role in the film, which proved a success. She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame as a result of her accomplishments. Melissa was named the world’s third-highest-paid actress by in 2015. She was also cast in the film ‘Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life,’ a Netflix revival, which was released in 2016. McCarthy starred in the commercially successful film ‘The Boss’ later that year. She also played Julianne Moore’s replacement in the film ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ She was also featured in the films “Life of the Party” (2018) and “The Happytime Murders” (2018).
Melissa McCarthy Gilmore Girls
Melissa got her big break when she was cast in the TV show “Gilmore Girls” as Sookie St. James. She played the protagonist’s cheery best friend as well as her business partner in the film. Sookie remained a recurring character throughout the run of the show. When she joined the regular cast of ‘Gilmore Girls,’ she rose to greater prominence in the industry. She was able to acquire more roles thanks to the hit Warner Bros. TV show.
Melissa McCarthy Bridesmaids
McCarthy is most known for her part in the comedy ‘Bridesmaids’ as Megan Price (2011). The film, directed by Paul Feig, was a commercial and critical triumph, grossing over $288 million worldwide.
Melissa McCarthy Weight Loss
Melissa went on a ridiculous diet after landing a role in Gilmore Girls, which she claims she will never return to! She shed 70 pounds in four months after starting a doctor-supervised liquid diet. “Half of the time, I feel starved and insane,” she said.
Melissa McCarthy Movies
- The Back-Up Plan
- Life as We Know It
- This Is 40
- Identity Thief
- The Hangover Part III
- The Heat
- St. Vincent
- The Boss
- Central Intelligence
- Life of the Party
- The Happytime Murders
- Can You Ever Forgive Me?
- The Kitchen
- Thunder Force
- The Starling
- Thor: Love and Thunder
- The Little Mermaid
Melissa McCarthy Net Worth
McCarthy has an estimated net Worth of approximately $23 Million which she gained through her career in acting.