Katherine Helmond

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Katherine Marie Helmond (July 5, 1929 – February 23, 2019) was an American film, theater, and television actress and director. Over her five decades of television acting, she was known for her starring role as ditzy matriarch Jessica Tate on the ABC prime time soap opera sitcom Soap (1977–1981) and her co-starring role as feisty mother Mona Robinson on Who's the Boss? (1984–1992). She also played Doris Sherman on Coach and Lois Whelan, the mother of Debra Barone, on Everybody Loves Raymond. She also appeared as a guest on several talk and variety shows. Helmond had supporting roles in films such as Alfred Hitchcock's Family Plot (1976) and Terry Gilliam's Brazil (1985). She also voiced Lizzie in the three Cars films by Disney/Pixar.

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Brazil (1985)

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Low-level bureaucrat Sam Lowry escapes the monotony of his day-to-day life through a recurring daydream of himself as a virtuous hero saving a beautiful damsel. Investigating a case that led to the wrongful arrest and eventual death of an innocent man instead of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Terry Gilliam
CAST:  Jonathan Pryce  •  Robert De Niro  •  Katherine Helmond  •  Ian Holm

Low-level bureaucrat Sam Lowry escapes the monotony of his day-to-day life through a recurring daydream of himself as a virtuous hero saving a beautiful damsel. Investigating a case that led to the wrongful arrest and eventual death of an innocent man instead of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Terry Gilliam
CAST:  Jonathan Pryce  •  Robert De Niro  •  Katherine Helmond  •  Ian Holm

Cars (2006)

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Lightning McQueen, a hotshot rookie race car driven to succeed, discovers that life is about the journey, not the finish line, when he finds himself unexpectedly detoured in the sleepy Route 66 town of Radiator Springs. On route across the country to the big Piston ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Lasseter
CAST:  Owen Wilson  •  Paul Newman  •  Bonnie Hunt  •  Larry the Cable Guy

Lightning McQueen, a hotshot rookie race car driven to succeed, discovers that life is about the journey, not the finish line, when he finds himself unexpectedly detoured in the sleepy Route 66 town of Radiator Springs. On route across the country to the big Piston ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Lasseter
CAST:  Owen Wilson  •  Paul Newman  •  Bonnie Hunt  •  Larry the Cable Guy

Family Plot (1976)

Spiritualist Blanche Tyler is asked to locate a missing heir, whom she pursues with her cab driver boyfriend George Lumley, an unemployed actor.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  Barbara Harris  •  Bruce Dern  •  Karen Black  •  William Devane

Spiritualist Blanche Tyler is asked to locate a missing heir, whom she pursues with her cab driver boyfriend George Lumley, an unemployed actor.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  Barbara Harris  •  Bruce Dern  •  Karen Black  •  William Devane

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)

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Raoul Duke and his attorney Dr. Gonzo drive a red convertible across the Mojave desert to Las Vegas with a suitcase full of drugs to cover a motorcycle race. As their consumption of drugs increases at an alarming rate, the stoned duo trash their hotel room and fear ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Terry Gilliam
CAST:  Johnny Depp  •  Benicio del Toro  •  Tobey Maguire  •  Christina Ricci

Raoul Duke and his attorney Dr. Gonzo drive a red convertible across the Mojave desert to Las Vegas with a suitcase full of drugs to cover a motorcycle race. As their consumption of drugs increases at an alarming rate, the stoned duo trash their hotel room and fear ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Terry Gilliam
CAST:  Johnny Depp  •  Benicio del Toro  •  Tobey Maguire  •  Christina Ricci

Overboard (1987)

Heiress, Joanna Stayton hires carpenter, Dean Proffitt to build a closet on her yacht—and refuses to pay him for the project when it's done. But after Joanna accidentally falls overboard and loses her memory, Dean sees an opportunity to get even.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Garry Marshall
CAST:  Goldie Hawn  •  Kurt Russell  •  Edward Herrmann  •  Katherine Helmond

Heiress, Joanna Stayton hires carpenter, Dean Proffitt to build a closet on her yacht—and refuses to pay him for the project when it's done. But after Joanna accidentally falls overboard and loses her memory, Dean sees an opportunity to get even.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Garry Marshall
CAST:  Goldie Hawn  •  Kurt Russell  •  Edward Herrmann  •  Katherine Helmond

The Hindenburg (1975)

In this highly speculative historical thriller, Colonel Franz Ritter (George C. Scott), a former hero pilot now working for military intelligence, is assigned to the great Hindenburg airship as its chief of security. As he races against the clock to uncover a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Wise
CAST:  George C. Scott  •  Anne Bancroft  •  William Atherton  •  Roy Thinnes

In this highly speculative historical thriller, Colonel Franz Ritter (George C. Scott), a former hero pilot now working for military intelligence, is assigned to the great Hindenburg airship as its chief of security. As he races against the clock to uncover a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Wise
CAST:  George C. Scott  •  Anne Bancroft  •  William Atherton  •  Roy Thinnes

Time Bandits (1981)

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Young history buff Kevin can scarcely believe it when six dwarfs emerge from his closet one night. Former employees of the Supreme Being, they've purloined a map charting all of the holes in the fabric of time and are using it to steal treasures from different ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Terry Gilliam
CAST:  John Cleese  •  Craig Warnock  •  Sean Connery  •  Shelley Duvall

Young history buff Kevin can scarcely believe it when six dwarfs emerge from his closet one night. Former employees of the Supreme Being, they've purloined a map charting all of the holes in the fabric of time and are using it to steal treasures from different ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Terry Gilliam
CAST:  John Cleese  •  Craig Warnock  •  Sean Connery  •  Shelley Duvall

Inside Monkey Zetterland (1992)

An off beat comedy about an out of work screen writing/artist that complains about being too cool, too talented and way too gay.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jefery Levy
CAST:  Steve Antin  •  Patricia Arquette  •  Sandra Bernhard  •  Sofia Coppola

An off beat comedy about an out of work screen writing/artist that complains about being too cool, too talented and way too gay.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jefery Levy
CAST:  Steve Antin  •  Patricia Arquette  •  Sandra Bernhard  •  Sofia Coppola

Save the Dog! (1988)

Becky wants to become an actress. After an audition for a dog food ad she has best chances to get the part - but the day after her dog Petey becomes very ill. She has to come up with $700 until 5 pm for the operation - else Petey will be put to death! Lacking only ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Aaron
CAST:  Cindy Williams  •  Tony Randall  •  Katherine Helmond  •  Al Lewis

Becky wants to become an actress. After an audition for a dog food ad she has best chances to get the part - but the day after her dog Petey becomes very ill. She has to come up with $700 until 5 pm for the operation - else Petey will be put to death! Lacking only ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Aaron
CAST:  Cindy Williams  •  Tony Randall  •  Katherine Helmond  •  Al Lewis

Little Ladies of the Night (1977)

The sister of ex-pimp and current Los Angeles Police detective Lyle York was murdered working the streets a few years ago. Since his reform, he has teamed with Officer Russ Garfield to clear the streets of under-age girls working in prostitution. Pretty, young ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Marvin J. Chomsky
CAST:  David Soul  •  Linda Purl  •  Louis Gossett Jr.  •  Clifton Davis

The sister of ex-pimp and current Los Angeles Police detective Lyle York was murdered working the streets a few years ago. Since his reform, he has teamed with Officer Russ Garfield to clear the streets of under-age girls working in prostitution. Pretty, young ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Marvin J. Chomsky
CAST:  David Soul  •  Linda Purl  •  Louis Gossett Jr.  •  Clifton Davis

Baby Blue Marine (1976)

A would-be Marine fails basic training, and is sent home wearing the "baby blue" fatigues of a washout. En route, he is mugged by a battle-fatigued Marine Raider, who leaves him to hitch-hike home in an undeserved hero's uniform. A small Colorado town takes him in, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John D. Hancock
CAST:  Jan-Michael Vincent  •  Glynnis O'Connor  •  Richard Gere  •  Bert Remsen

A would-be Marine fails basic training, and is sent home wearing the "baby blue" fatigues of a washout. En route, he is mugged by a battle-fatigued Marine Raider, who leaves him to hitch-hike home in an undeserved hero's uniform. A small Colorado town takes him in, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John D. Hancock
CAST:  Jan-Michael Vincent  •  Glynnis O'Connor  •  Richard Gere  •  Bert Remsen

Getting Married (1978)

A man falls madly in love with a pretty newscaster and goes all out to win her heart and her hand in marriage before she weds another man.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Hilliard Stern
CAST:  Richard Thomas  •  Bess Armstrong  •  Mark Harmon  •  Katherine Helmond

A man falls madly in love with a pretty newscaster and goes all out to win her heart and her hand in marriage before she weds another man.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Hilliard Stern
CAST:  Richard Thomas  •  Bess Armstrong  •  Mark Harmon  •  Katherine Helmond

The First 36 Hours of Dr. Durant (1975)

A young doctor fresh out of medical school takes a job at a big-city hospital, and on his first day finds himself making life-and-death decisions.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alexander Singer
CAST:  Scott Hylands  •  Lawrence Pressman  •  Katherine Helmond  •  Karen Carlson

A young doctor fresh out of medical school takes a job at a big-city hospital, and on his first day finds himself making life-and-death decisions.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alexander Singer
CAST:  Scott Hylands  •  Lawrence Pressman  •  Katherine Helmond  •  Karen Carlson

Shadey (1985)

A young man discovers that not only does he have the ability to read minds, but that if he holds a camera next to his head he can transmit the thoughts he sees onto film.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Philip Saville
CAST:  Antony Sher  •  Billie Whitelaw  •  Patrick Macnee  •  Katherine Helmond

A young man discovers that not only does he have the ability to read minds, but that if he holds a camera next to his head he can transmit the thoughts he sees onto film.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Philip Saville
CAST:  Antony Sher  •  Billie Whitelaw  •  Patrick Macnee  •  Katherine Helmond

Diary of a Teenage Hitchhiker (1979)

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The girl by the side of the road. You've seen her standing there. Thumb out. Smiling. There are thousands like her all over America. And you've heard about what happens to some of them when they get in the wrong car. This movie is about one of these kids. And about ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ted Post
CAST:  Dominique Dunne  •  Dick Van Patten  •  Katherine Helmond  •  James Carroll Jordan

The girl by the side of the road. You've seen her standing there. Thumb out. Smiling. There are thousands like her all over America. And you've heard about what happens to some of them when they get in the wrong car. This movie is about one of these kids. And about ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ted Post
CAST:  Dominique Dunne  •  Dick Van Patten  •  Katherine Helmond  •  James Carroll Jordan

The Perfect Tribute (1991)

A boy risks life and limb to travel across the war-torn southern states of America during the height of hostilities in the Civil War, hoping to visit his wounded brother in a field hospital on the other side of the country. His accidental meeting with Abraham ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jack Bender
CAST:  Jason Robards  •  Lukas Haas  •  Campbell Scott  •  Ed Flanders

A boy risks life and limb to travel across the war-torn southern states of America during the height of hostilities in the Civil War, hoping to visit his wounded brother in a field hospital on the other side of the country. His accidental meeting with Abraham ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jack Bender
CAST:  Jason Robards  •  Lukas Haas  •  Campbell Scott  •  Ed Flanders

Scout's Honor (1980)

TV movie directed by Henry Levin.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Henry Levin
CAST:  Gary Coleman  •  Katherine Helmond  •  Wilfrid Hyde-White  •  Pat O’Brien

TV movie directed by Henry Levin.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Henry Levin
CAST:  Gary Coleman  •  Katherine Helmond  •  Wilfrid Hyde-White  •  Pat O’Brien

Rosie: The Rosemary Clooney Story (1982)

The story of singer Rosemary Clooney's rise to fame, her marriage to Jose Ferrer, and her nervous breakdown.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jackie Cooper
CAST:  Sondra Locke  •  Tony Orlando  •  Penelope Milford  •  John Karlen

The story of singer Rosemary Clooney's rise to fame, her marriage to Jose Ferrer, and her nervous breakdown.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jackie Cooper
CAST:  Sondra Locke  •  Tony Orlando  •  Penelope Milford  •  John Karlen

Collaborator (2011)

A playwright whose marriage and career are in a free fall has an explosive run-in with his former neighbor, a right-wing ex-con.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Donovan
CAST:  Olivia Williams  •  David Morse  •  Julian Richings  •  Katherine Helmond

A playwright whose marriage and career are in a free fall has an explosive run-in with his former neighbor, a right-wing ex-con.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Donovan
CAST:  Olivia Williams  •  David Morse  •  Julian Richings  •  Katherine Helmond

James Dean (1976)

A dramatization of the story of legendary movie actor James Dean. The film's writer, William Bast, had roomed with Dean in the early '50s, when both were trying to break into films as actors.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Butler
CAST:  Stephen McHattie  •  Brooke Adams  •  Michael Brandon  •  Meg Foster

A dramatization of the story of legendary movie actor James Dean. The film's writer, William Bast, had roomed with Dean in the early '50s, when both were trying to break into films as actors.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Butler
CAST:  Stephen McHattie  •  Brooke Adams  •  Michael Brandon  •  Meg Foster
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