Rhea Perlman

Rhea Jo Perlman (born 31 March 1948) is an American actress and writer. She is best known for her role as head-waitress Carla Tortelli in the sitcom Cheers (1982–1993). Over the course of 11 seasons, Perlman was nominated for ten Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress – winning four times – and was nominated for a record seven Golden Globe Awards for Best Supporting Actress in a Television Series. She has also appeared in films, including Canadian Bacon (1995), Matilda (1996), The Sessions (2012), and Poms (2019).

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Canadian Bacon (1995)

The U.S. President, low in the opinion polls, gets talked into raising his popularity by trying to start a cold war with Canada.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Moore
CAST:  John Candy  •  Alan Alda  •  Rhea Perlman  •  Kevin Pollak

Carpool (1996)

A man with an important business meeting finds himself having to take care of the carpool for the neighborhood school children when his wife gets sick. Stopping to get donuts for the kids, things go even more awry when he finds himself a victim of a robbery. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Arthur Hiller
CAST:  Tom Arnold  •  David Paymer  •  Rhea Perlman  •  Rod Steiger

Matilda (1996)


An extraordinarily intelligent young girl from a cruel and uncaring family discovers she possesses telekinetic powers and is sent off to a school headed by a tyrannical principal.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Danny DeVito
CAST:  Mara Wilson  •  Danny DeVito  •  Embeth Davidtz  •  Rhea Perlman

My Little Pony: The Movie (1986)

The first day of Spring is on its way and the Little Ponies are preparing for it with a big festival. But all the fun may come to an end if the witch Hydia has her way! Can the Ponies defeat Hydia and her evil daughters, Reeka and Draggle? More importantly, can ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mike Joens
CAST:  Danny DeVito  •  Madeline Kahn  •  Cloris Leachman  •  Rhea Perlman

We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story (1993)

Captain New Eyes travels back in time and feeds dinosaurs his Brain Grain cereal, which makes them intelligent and non-violent. They agree to go to the Middle Future in order to grant the wishes of children in New York city. They are to meet Dr. Bleeb of the Museum ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Phil Nibbelink  •  Simon Wells  •  Ralph Zondag  •  Dick Zondag
CAST:  John Goodman  •  Jay Leno  •  Walter Cronkite  •  Blaze Berdahl

Class Act (1992)

Duncan is a genius straight A student, Blade is juvenile delinquent. But because of a mix up with their school records, everyone thinks each is the other one. Now, Duncan kind of likes the attention from being thought of as a real bad dude, if only the school bully ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Randall Miller
CAST:  Meshach Taylor  •  Mariann Aalda  •  Loretta Devine  •  Karyn Parsons

To Grandmother's House We Go (1992)

When the twins feel like their mom is tired of them, they take off on an exciting adventure to grandmother's house and encounter a pair of villains along the way.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jeff Franklin
CAST:  Ashley Olsen  •  Mary-Kate Olsen  •  Rhea Perlman  •  Cynthia Geary

Hot Dogs for Gauguin (1972)

A down-on-his-luck photographer determined to capture visual magic and fame. He concocts an intricate plot to blow up the Statue of Liberty and sets his camera to record the exact moment of its destruction.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Brest
CAST:  Danny DeVito  •  Rhea Perlman  •  Martin Brest  •  William Duff-Griffin

Like Normal People (1979)

A mentally-challenged man and woman meet, fall in love and are determined to get married, despite the initial objections of their families and friends. Based on a true story.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Harvey Hart
CAST:  Shaun Cassidy  •  Linda Purl  •  Zalman King  •  James Keach

The Ratings Game (1984)

A New Jersey trucker creates a hit TV show with help from his girlfriend in the ratings business.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Danny DeVito
CAST:  Danny DeVito  •  Rhea Perlman  •  Cisse Cameron  •  Gerrit Graham

The Earth Day Special (1990)

The Earth Day Special is a television special revolving around Earth Day that aired on ABC on April 22, 1990. Sponsored by Time Warner, the two hour special featured an all-star cast addressing concerns about global warming, deforestation, and other environmental ills.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dwight Hemion
CAST:  Robin Williams  •  Barbra Streisand  •  Bette Midler  •  Meryl Streep

The Sessions (2012)

Though a childhood bout with polio left him dependent on an iron lung, Mark O'Brien maintains a career as a journalist and poet. A writing assignment dealing with sex and the disabled piques Mark's curiosity, and he decides to investigate the possibility of ...  (more)

CAST:  John Hawkes  •  Helen Hunt  •  William H. Macy  •  Moon Bloodgood

Mary Jane Harper Cried Last Night (1977)

A disturbed young mother with some serious psychological problems begins to take them out on her infant daughter.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Allen Reisner
CAST:  Susan Dey  •  John Vernon  •  Kevin McCarthy  •  Tricia O'Neil

The Trouble with Bliss (2011)

35-year-old Morris Bliss (Michael C. Hall) is clamped in the jaws of New York City inertia: he wants to travel but has no money; he needs a job but has no prospects; he still shares an apartment with his widowed father; and the premature death of his mother has ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Knowles
CAST:  Michael C. Hall  •  Lucy Liu  •  Sarah Shahi  •  Brie Larson

Intimate Strangers (1977)

The pressures of problems at home and at work are taking a tremendous toll on a middle-aged husband, and he begins to take it out on his wife.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Llewellyn Moxey
CAST:  Sally Struthers  •  Dennis Weaver  •  Tyne Daly  •  Larry Hagman

The Christmas Choir (2008)

A chance encounter with a homeless man named inspires a workaholic accountant to start a choir at a homeless shelter, allowing him to find a purpose to his life and discover the power of music, while providing the choir members with a chance at a new, better life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Svatek
CAST:  Jason Gedrick  •  Tyrone Benskin  •  Michael Sarrazin  •  Marianne Farley

Sesame Street: Put Down the Duckie: An All-Star Musical Special (1988)

The stars come out on Sesame Street in this fun-filled video featuring the show's most memorable moments. Sing-along in this star-studded celebration!  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jon Stone  •  Ted May
CAST:  Caroll Spinney  •  Jerry Nelson  •  Richard Hunt  •  Frank Oz

Enid Is Sleeping (1990)

Enid only looks like she's sleeping. In fact, she's dead. Shortly after Enid caught her husband Harry in bed with her sister June, a row ensued, whereupon June accidently killed Enid. June's problem now is to hide the truth from the authorities, including her ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Maurice Phillips
CAST:  Elizabeth Perkins  •  Judge Reinhold  •  Jeffrey Jones  •  Maureen Mueller

Houdini (1998)

The life and times of escape artist/magician Harry Houdini.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pen Densham
CAST:  Johnathon Schaech  •  Stacy Edwards  •  Paul Sorvino  •  Rhea Perlman

Love Child (1982)

It's an extraordinarily touching true-story about Terry Jean Moore, the determined, independent and young woman who is imprisoned for 7 years on account of a "five dollar" robbery. In the prison she will be pregnant by a jailer and she has to fight for bear and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Larry Peerce
CAST:  Amy Madigan  •  Beau Bridges  •  Mackenzie Phillips  •  Albert Salmi
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