Steady working character actor Amy Aquino has a knack for playing tough, maternal supporting roles. With an impressive history involving Harvard, Yale, Broadway, and repertory theater, she settled down in what could be termed "repertory television." A brief start in films during the late '80s saw small parts in Moonstruck and Working Girl, followed by success on the small screen. In addition to reoccurring roles on Law & Order, Ally McBeal, The Larry Sanders Show, and numerous others, she was a cast member on Picket Fences and the short-lived but well-loved CBS series Brooklyn Bridge. Soon after its cancellation she joined the Screen Actor's Guild board, married a stage carpenter, and played OB/GYN Dr. Janet Coburn on ER. Other choice roles followed, including the therapist Dr. Toni Pavone on Felicity and guest appearances on Judging Amy, Freaks & Geeks, and Zoe, Duncan, Jack & Jane. Though she had small roles in a few films after that (White Oleander, Undisputed, The Singing Detective), she maintained a strong television presence, appearing on the highly rated shows Everybody Loves Raymond, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Crossing Jordan.
Biography by Andrea LeVasseur
- Began acting in junior high school, at which time she also became involved in student government.
- After graduating from Harvard with a degree in biology, decided to pursue acting and worked the night shift at a law firm in New York City in order to fund her dream.
- Was rejected from Yale University's School of Drama twice before being accepted.
- First professional acting job was in The Girl in the Freudian Slip at the Old Log Theater in Minneapolis.
- Made her Broadway debut in 1989 as Susan in The Heidi Chronicles.
- Elected Secretary Treasurer of the Screen Actors Guild in 2009.
- In 2010, played the role of Joanne in a stage production of Secrets of the Trade in New York.
- Was a speaker at the Harvard in Hollywood 2011 symposium titled The Social Impact of Art, Media, and Entertainment.