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Amy Aquino, born March 20, 1957, is a 57-year-old American television, film, and stage actress. She is a graduate of both Harvard and Yale Universities, and has appeared in television series such as Brooklyn Bridge, ER and Being Human. She was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for her role in Picket Fences. She is currently co-secretary-treasurer of the Screen Actors Guild.

On Glee, she guest starred as the Funny Girl producer.

Personal Life

Aquino was born in Teaneck, New Jersey, and is the daughter of Adele Frances (Mesiti) and Salvatore Aquino. She first acted in junior high school productions. She went onto Harvard University, studying pre-medical with biology as a major. In her final year, she realized that she was spending more time acting than studying and so left to travel to New York to take acting classes whilst working as at a law firm. She stayed there for three years without landing any acting jobs, before travelling to Minneapolis on a recommendation where she gained her first roles. She enrolled at Yale University's Drama School in 1986 after two years of rejections.

Aquino met Drew McCoy after being to California. They were married in 1995 at Saint Malachy's Roman Catholic Church in Manhattan. Together they purchased the Villa Royale, an Inn in Palm Springs, California, which they renovated over a two year period. She joined the Screen Actors Guild in 1987, and was named the co-secretary-treasurer on September 24, 2009. She was elected for a second term in 2011 without opposition. She has also previously served two terms as first vice-president.


After three years at Yale, she spent the following five years based in New York. Whilst there she appeared with Kevin Spacey at Playwrights Horizons and joined the Circle Repertory Company. She appeared in Wendy Wasserstein's The Heidi Chronicles, which won the Tony Award for Best Play in 1989. During the same year she appears in both Moonstruck and had a brief scene in Working Girl where she played Melanie Griffith's secretary at the end of the film, her first film roles. In 1991, she gained a main cast role in the pilot for the CBS series Brooklyn Bridge. It was picked up and after being renewed for a second series, Aquino moved to California to be closer to where it was being filmed. After moving, she has primarily been in television roles, including ER, and Everyone Loves Raymond. She was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for playing the part of Dr Joanna "Joey" Diamond in Picket Fences. She appeared in another play of Wasserstein's, Third, in the off-Broadway production at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in 2005. Aquino also appeared off-Broadway at the 59E59 Theaters in Secrets of the Trade by Jonathan Tolins.

She was cast as the witch Donna in the second series of Being Human. In 2013, Aquino was cast in the ABC Television pilot Divorce: A Love Story. However, the role was recast when the producers decided that she looked too young to play Jason Jones' mother. The actor was sixteen years younger than her.


Year Title Role Notes
1987 Moonstruck Bonnie
Easy Street (Maid in Italy)
1988 Working Girl Alice Baxter
1989 One of the Boys Bernice DeSalvo (6 episodes)
1990 Law & Order Erica Stohlmeyer (Prisoner of Love)
Descending Angel Catherine TV Movie
1991 False Arrest Cathy TV Movie
Roseanne Linda Wagner (Dances with Darlene)
Davis Rules Mrs. Chavez (Habla Espanol?)
The Last to Go Ginny TV Movie
Brooklyn Bridge Phyllis Berger Silver 1991 - 93 (32 episodes)
1992 Alan & Naomi Ruth Silverman
Lifestories: Families in Crisis Carol Di Paolo (Blood Brothers: The Joey DiPaolo Story)
1993 Jack Reed: Badge of Honor Sharon Hilliard TV Movie
A Place to Be Loved Debby Hunter TV Movie
Murphy Brown Julianna (Murphy and the Amazing Leaping Man)
Sisters Iris (The Whole Truth)
1994 Madman of the People Sasha Danziger 1994 - 95 (16 episodes)
Once in a Lifetime Barbara TV Movie
Betrayal of Trust Jeannie Wilcox TV Movie
ER Dr. Janet Coburn 1995 - 09 (26 episodes)
Picket Fences Dr. Joanna 'Joey' Diamond 1995 - 96 (12 episodes)
My Brother's Keeper Terry TV Movie
Boys on the Side Anna
1996 The Larry Sanders Show Rabbi Susan Klein (My Name Is Asher Kingsley)
1997 Ally McBeal Dr. Harper (Boy to the World)
1998 Becker Beverly Stone (Pilot)
1999 Action Connie Hunt 1999 - 00 (Mr. Dragon Goes to Washington and Dead Man Floating)
Judging Amy Judge Greta Anastassio 1999 - 00 (3 episodes)
7th Heaven Ms. Williams (...And Expiation)
Zoe, Duncan, Jack & Jane Mrs. Milch (The Advice and Under Mom's Thumb)
2000 Felicity Dr. Toni Pavone 2000 - 02 (10 episodes)
That's Life Bernadette (Saint Bernadette)
Freaks and Geeks Mrs. Schweiber (The Garage Door and Noshing and Moshing)
Time of Your Life Mrs. Liebowitz (The Time They Got E-Rotic)
NYPD Blue Annabelle Cito (Lucky Luciano)
The West Wing Becky Reeseman (The White House Pro-Am)
2001 Crossing Jordan Detective Lois Carver 2001 - 04 (8 episodes)
Citizen Baines Marina Isaacs (Lost and Found)
Gideon's Crossing Dr. Fieldstone (Orphans)
2002 Everybody Loves Raymond Peggy 2002 - 05 (4 episodes)
Alias Virginia Kerr (The Indicator)
Curb Your Enthusiasm Susan Braudy (The Terrorist Attack and The Corpse-Sniffing Dog)
White Oleander Miss Martinez
Undisputed Darlene Early
2003 The Practice Judge Louise Moreno (Concealing Evidence)
The Singing Detective Nurse Nozhki
National Security Councilwoman
2004 In Good Company Alicia
Strong Medicine Willa James (Code)
Woman Thou Art Loosed Miss Rodgers
2005 Monk Rhonda/Mrs. Bowen 2005/2009 (Mr. Monk and the Red Herring and Mr. Monk Goes to Group Therapy)
Just Legal (Pilot)
Weeds School Psychologist (Lude Awakening)
CSI: NY Diane Lipstone (Supply & Demand)
A Lot Like Love Diane Martin
2006 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation A.D.A. Valerie Nichols 2006/2008 (Post Mortem and Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda)
Heist Captain (3 episodes)
Ghost Whisperer Georgina (Demon Child)
2007 Shark Judge Grant (In Absentia)
Boston Legal Judge Phyllis Tamber (Trial of the Century)
Desperate Housewives Erika Gold (Come Play Wiz Me)
2008 Twenty Good Years Lois (Come Fly with Me)
Grey's Anatomy Marianne Grandy (Brave New World)
The Closer Laura Mayhan (Speed Bump)
Head Case Lorraine Finkelstein (Goode Vibes)
2009 Brothers & Sisters Dr. Joan Avadon 2009 - 10 (5 episodes)
Prison Break Warden Alice Simms (Free and The Old Ball and Chain)
Prison Break: The Final Break Warden Alice Simms
2010 The Whole Truth 2010 - 11 (Young Love and The State Calls Kathryn Peale)
Deal O'Neal Marie O'Neal TV Movie
Private Practice Claire (In the Name of Love)
In My Sleep Detective Curwen
Castle Janine Marks (The Late Shaft)
Big Love Leslie Usher (Next Ticket Out and End of Days)
2011 Harry's Law Judge Marylin Coulis (5 episodes)
2012 The Finder Cristina Farrel (4 episodes)
2013 Being Human Donna Gilchrist 2013 - (9 episodes)
Glee Casting Agent/Funny Girl Producer (Sweet Dreams and All or Nothing)
Armed Response Lena's Mom
The Mentalist Judge Patricia Davis (Days of Wine and Roses and Little Red Corvette)
Divorce: A Love Story TV Movie
2014 Suits Judge (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
Bosch Lieutenant Grace Billets (6 episodes)


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