Katey Sagal

Active - 1987 - 2016  |   Born - Jan 19, 1954 in Hollywood, Calfornia, United States  |   Genres - Comedy, Science Fiction

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Biography by Jason Buchanan

A versatile entertainer who first shot to fame as redheaded housewife Peg Bundy on the long-running television sitcom Married with Children, Katey Sagal has since established herself as one of the small screen's most reliable and prolific actresses.

It was at the tender age of five that the talented youngster first began to show promise as a singer, and after honing her talent with years of practice, Sagal went on to perform as a Harlette opposite future superstar Bette Midler. After performing as a backup singer for the likes of Etta James, Olivia Newton-John, and Tanya Tucker in the mid-'80s, Sagal made her television debut on the Mary Tyler Moore sitcom Mary. Though that particular show didn't make it past the one-season mark, it did open up a world of opportunity for the aspiring young actress, who would subsequently earn three Golden Globe nominations as gaudily attired suburbanite Peg Bundy on the raunchy Fox Television sitcom Married with Children. A stinging satire of suburban dysfunction, Married with Children's gleefully lowbrow humor earned it as many fans as detractors over the course of the show's impressive ten-year run. When the plug was finally pulled on Married with Children in 1998, Sagal teamed with former Three's Company star John Ritter in the made-for-television romance Chance of a Lifetime before making appearances on such series as That '70s Show and Disney's animated show Recess.

While performances in a number of made-for-television movies hinted at dramatic abilities that had never been tapped during her extended stint on Married with Children, it was cartoon voice-over work that would soon prove the bread and butter of her career during the millennial crossover. Despite the fact that it never achieved the popularity of The Simpsons, Matt Groening's animated sci-fi comedy series Futurama did gain a fairly devoted fan base during its four-year run, with Sagal in particular getting a fair amount of laughs in her role as voluptuous one-eyed alien Leela. In 2002, Sagal partnered with former Chance of a Lifetime star Ritter for the Emmy Award-winning sitcom 8 Simple Rules...for Dating My Teenage Daughter, though the tragic and unexpected death of star Ritter -- who collapsed on-set at the beginning of the second season -- brought the show to an untimely end in 2005. A pair of appearances on the phenomenally successful small-screen thriller Lost followed in 2005, and in 2006 Sagal traded barbs with William Shatner and James Spader on Boston Legal. She was a member of the cast of Sons of Anarchy when that show debuted in 2008, and she returned to voicing Leela on Futurama when the show began production again after a multi-year layoff.

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  • Appeared in The Dream Makers, a TV-movie directed by her father, Boris Sagal, but disliked the experience and decided to spend the rest of the 1970s focusing on her singing.
  • Performed backup for a variety of singers, including Gene Simmons, Olivia Newton-John, Etta James and Tanya Tucker.
  • Longest-running singing gig was with Bette Midler, as one of her Harlettes, for five years in the late 1970s.
  • Garnered much attention from TV producers for an appearance in a Los Angeles stage production of The Beautiful Lady. That catapulted her acting career, beginning with the short-lived '80s sitcom Mary.
  • Younger brother, Joey Sagal, appeared in a couple of episodes of Married...With Children.
  • Appeared in the choir for the music video of "Voices that Care."
  • Released her first album, Well, in 1995, writing or helping to write nearly all of the album's tracks; and her second album, Room, in 2004.
  • Husband Kurt Sutter wrote the role of Gemma in Sons of Anarchy especially for her. 
  • Got her first tattoo at age 50.
  • Performed four tracks on the soundtrack album Songs of Anarchy: Music from Sons of Anarchy Seasons 1-4, which was released in November 2011.