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Jane Kaczmarek Bio

Jane Kaczmarek won an American Comedy Award for best female in a comedy series.
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Lois' husband, Hal, is played by Bryan Cranston.
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Birth Date:December 21, 1955

Plain Jane Kaczmarek

Jane Kaczmarek was born inot a regular, Milwaukee, Wisconsin family. Her mom was a school teacher and her dad worked in the defense department. Jane Kaczmarek was the oldest of the four Kaczmarek kids, which also included brothers Jim and Bill and a sister, Mary. It wasn't until Jane Kaczmarek attened the University of Wisconsin as a theatre major that she really started thinking about being a star. At U of W, Kaczmarek met fellow a actor, Tony Shaloub, and he help motivate Jane to follow her acting dreams.

Jane Kaczmarek: Malcolm's Mom

Jane Kaczmarek worked as a drama teacher for a while after graduation. Then, Kaczmarek scored her graduate degree in theatre (from Yale,) before landing roles on Broadway and TV - including Felicity and Fraser. Jane Kaczmarek is a lot like the hard-nosed and slightly crazy mother she plays on Malcolm in the Middle. Jane Kaczmarek may not answer the door wearing a skirt and a bra, or embarrass her kids at any given moment like Lois does, but Jane still thinks parents should lay down the law. Kaczmarek tells Fox TV, "When there are things you want a kid to do, take control. Don't tell them why. Just say, 'Because I'm the mother, that's why.'"

Jane Kaczmarek - Did U Know?

  • Jane Kaczmarek is married to actor Bradley Whitford, who plays the Deputy Chief of Staff on the West Wing.
  • Jane Kaczmarek and Brad Whitford have two daughters, Frances and Mary Louisa, and a son named George.
  • For the record, Frances Kaczmarek has never been to military school.

Jane Kaczmarek Says...

"Lois is a great mother. They can't afford any help so she takes care of the kids along with working. They have dinner together every night. Those kids don't get away with anything."

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