Debra Monk, born February 27, 1949, is an American actress, singer, and writer. She is known for her roles on NYPD Blue, Grey's Anatomy, Damages and guest starred on Glee.

Personal life

Monk was born in Middletown, Ohio. She was voted "best personality" by her peers in the graduating class Wheaton High School located at Silver Spring, Maryland. Monk graduated in 1973 from Frostburg State University.[1]


Monk made her television on American Playhouse in 1990. She had a recurring role on NYPD Blue for seventeen episodes for five years till 2001 and on A Nero Wolfe Mystery for eight episodes for a year till 2002. She was on Law & Order for three episodes between 1994, 2002, and 2005.

Monk had a recurring role on Grey's Anatomy for seven episodes for five years till 2011 and a recurring role on Damages for twelve episodes for five years till 2012. She had a two episode guest role on Girls in 2014.

Monk appeared on Broadway in "Pump Boys and Dinettes" for a year till 1983, "Prelude to a Kiss" for a year till 1991, "Nick & Nora" in Dec. 1991, and a Tony Award performance in "Redwood Curtain" for two months in 1993. She was also in "Picnic" for a month in 1994, "Company" for a month and three days in 1994, "Chicago" since Nov. 1996, and "Steel Pier" for two months in 1997. Also, "Ah, Wilderness!" in 1998, "Thou Shalt Not" between 2001 - 2002, "Reckless" in 2004, "Curtains" between 2007 - 2008 and "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" in 2013.


Year Title Role Notes
1990 American Playhouse Psychiatrist (Women & Wallace)
1992 Lifestories: Families in Crisis Karen Bell (Public Law 106: The Becky Bell Story)
Prelude to a Kiss Aunt Dorothy
1993 Fearless Alison
For Love or Money Mrs. Wegman
1994 Quiz Show Kintner's Secretary
Loving Sandra Thorpe
Law & Order Kathleen O'Brie/Dr. Madelyn Stahl/Judge G. Proctor (Coma, Born Again and In God We Trust)
1995 New York News (Yankee Glory)
Reckless Therapist
Jeffrey Mom
The Bridges of Madison County Madge
Redwood Curtain Geneva, Laird's Sister TV Movie
1996 Extreme Measures Dr. Judith Gruszynski
The First Wives Club Jilted Lover
The Substance of Fire Martha Hackett
Mrs. Winterbourne Lieutenant Ambrose
Bed of Roses Lewis' Mom
NYPD Blue Katie Sipowicz 1996 - 01 (17 episodes)
1997 Ellen Foster Aunt Nadine TV Movie
The Devil's Advocate Pam Garrety
In & Out Mrs. Lester
KnitWits Catherine short
1998 Bulworth Helen
LateLine Clare Cunningham (Requiem for a Horse)
Dellaventura Madison Harcourt (Made in America)
1999 KnitWits Revisited Catherine TV Movie
Trinity (Breaking In, Breaking Out, Breaking Up, Breaking Down)
2000 Center Stage Nancy
2001 A Nero Wolfe Mystery Madame Zorka /Mrs. Yeager/Mrs. Boone 2001 - 02 (8 episodes)
Kristin Jeannie Yancey (The Mother)
2003 Eloise at Christmastime Maggie TV Movie
Frasier Nurse Karen (No Sex Please, We're Skittish)
Eloise at the Plaza Maggie TV Movie
The Music Man Mrs. Paroo TV Movie
Milwaukee, Minnesota Edna Burroughs
Briar Patch Officer Avon
2004 Palindromes Mama Sunshine
2005 The Producers Lick Me-Bite Me
Dark Water Young Dahlia's Teacher
2006 Desperate Housewives Marcella (Children and Art)
2007 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Warden Pellis (Untethered)
Notes from the Underbelly Andrew's Mom (Mother's Milk)
The Savages Nancy Lachman
2008 The Great Buck Howard Doreen
2009 Ghost Whisperer Anne Sullivan (Till Death Do Us Start)
Glee Mrs. Schuester (Acafellas)
The Other Woman Laura
The Closer Mary Summers (Blood Money)
2010 Brothers & Sisters Alexandra Kirby (Call Mom)
2011 Good Luck Charlie, It's Christmas! Petunia TV Movie
2012 The Brass Teapot Trudy
White Collar Mrs. Mitchell (Pulling Strings)
One for the Money Mrs. Plum
2013 Ass Backwards Pawn Shop Owner
2014 Reaching Home Janet short and completed
Feed Me
This Is Where I Leave You Linda Callen
Hot in Cleveland Loretta (Win Win)
Girls Dr. Sterns (Females Only and Truth or Dare)
Mozart in the Jungle Betty (7 episodes)
Reckless Judge Gertrude Moss (5 episodes)
2015 Sneaky Pete Connie Persikof TV Movie
The Jack and Triumph Show Young June (Triumph Comes Home and Dog House)
Madam Secretary Mary Lou Boris (The Ninth Circle)
What's Your Emergency Meredith Chatsworth (Corporate Hell)
2016 Mercy Street Bossy Lady/Mrs. Foster (The Uniform)
The Good Wife Tracy Mintz (Judged)