Maggie Wheeler

Maggie Wheeler
Maggie Wheeler
Born Margaret Emily Jakobson
August 7, 1961 (1961-08-07) (age 50)
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1982–present

Maggie Wheeler (born August 7, 1961) is an American actress, best known for her role as Janice on the TV show Friends.


Personal life

Wheeler was born Margaret Emily Jakobson in Manhattan. She and her husband Daniel Wheeler have two daughters, Juno and Gemma.


In the 1980s, Wheeler (under her maiden name of Jakobson) briefly dabbled in voice acting on the animated series SilverHawks, where she provided all the female voices, specifically the villainess Melodia and the heroine Steelheart/Emily Hart.

She auditioned for the role of Monica Geller, on the American sitcom Friends. Although she did not land that role, she was invited to play Janice Litman, a recurring character who was a frequent love interest of main character Chandler Bing.

She also auditioned for the role of Debra Barone, on the American sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond. Although she was the producers' choice, CBS ended up selecting Patricia Heaton. Instead, Wheeler played the recurring role of Debra's friend, Linda.

According to Kathy Griffin's autobiography, Official Book Club Selection, Wheeler was cast in the role of Vicki for the pilot episode of Suddenly Susan and was eventually replaced by Griffin.[1]

She had a star billing in the first season of Ellen. She appeared on the hit comedy Seinfeld in the episode "The Fix-Up", as one of Elaine's friends who is set up with George. She has appeared in many other TV roles, including Drake & Josh, ER, The X Files, The War at Home, Will & Grace, Jack and Jill, How I Met Your Mother and Curb Your Enthusiasm.

In 1997, Wheeler voiced Harley Quinn's replacement in the Batman: The Animated Series episode "Joker's Millions". In 1998, she appeared in the remake of Disney's The Parent Trap, playing the younger of a mother-daughter pair of camp counselors. She also guest starred in the Disney Channel Original Series Shake It Up as Dina's Mom. In 2005, Wheeler starred opposite David DeLuise on the NBC pilot The Sperm Donor. Wheeler provided the voice of Odile in Barbie of Swan Lake, and in 2010 she voiced Trinette in two episodes of Archer on FX.


At age 15, she was a babysitter for Nim Chimpsky, the famous chimpanzee who was raised as a human child in the 1970s.[citation needed]

She was David Duchovny's long-time girlfriend before he married Tea Leoni.[2]


Year Title Role Notes
1982 Soup for One Nurse
1983 Portfolio Assistant Chereographer
1984 New Show, TheThe New Show Various 4 episodes
1985 Paper Chase, TheThe Paper Chase Episode: "The Day Kingsfield Missed Class"
1986 Silverhawks Melodia / Steelheart (voice) TV series
1987 Comic Strip, TheThe Comic Strip (voice) TV series
1987 Someone to Love Attendee
1989 Mortal Sins Marie
1989 New Year's Day Lucy
1990 L.A. Law Paula Lights Episode: "The Good Human Bar"
1991 Dream On Bonnie Decker Episode: "So Funny I Forgot to Laugh"
1992 Seinfeld Cynthia Episode: "The Fix-Up"
1992 Civil Wars Episode: "Mob Psychology"
1992 Doogie Howser, M.D. Elena Spencer Episode: "What You See Ain't Necessarily What You Get"
Episode: "The Patient in Spite of Himself"
1993 Sexual Healing Suzanne
1994 X-Files, TheThe X-Files Det. Sharon Lazard Episode: "Born Again"
1994–2004 Friends Janice Litman-Garelnick-Nae-Hozenstein 19 episodes
1994–1996 Ellen Anita Warrell 13 episodes
1995 Pride & Joy Flight Attendant Episode: "Terror at 30,000 Feet"
1996–2004 Everybody Loves Raymond Linda Gruenfelder 11 episodes
1998 New Batman Adventures, TheThe New Batman Adventures Fake Harley (voice) Episode: "Joker's Millions"
1998 Love Boat: The Next Wave Cindy Episode: "True Course"
1998 Parent Trap, TheThe Parent Trap Marva Kulp, Jr
1999 Get Real Jennifer Episode: "Pilot"
2001 Jack & Jill Kristen Moss Episode: "Crazy Like a Fox, Hungry Like the Wolf"
Episode: "Bag Full of Love"
2001 It's Like, You Know... Rachel Episode: "Walking Tall"
2002 Will & Grace Polly Episode: "Dyeing Is Easy, Comedy Is Hard"
2002 Justice League Antiope / Perfume Lady
Firefighter / Pilot (voice)
Episode: "Fury: Part 1"
Episode: "Fury: Part 2"
2003 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Stand-Up Comedian Episode: "Last Laugh"
2003 Barbie of Swan Lake Odile (voice) Video
2003 Lilo & Stitch: The Series Additional Voices Episode: "Kixx: Experiment 601"
2004 Kim Possible Dr. Renton (voice) Episode: "Motor Ed"
2005 Paine Management Jeanine Bernsen TV movie
2005 Fat Actress Woman Diapering Baby Episode: "Charlies Angels or Too Pooped to Pop"
2005 Higglytown Heroes Street Sweeper Hero (voice) Episode: "Higgly Frog Day/Eubie's Ele-Fantastic Adventure"
2005 E-Ring Investigator Episode: "Escape and Evade"
2006 Drake & Josh 3rd Cousin Denise Episode: "Alien Invasion"
2006 Dr. Dolittle 3 Brown Hen / Fluffy Hen (voice) Video
2006 ER Amy Kellerman Episode: "Ames v. Kovac"
2006 Friday Night Lights Teacher Episode: "It's Different for Girls"
2007 War at Home, TheThe War at Home Mindy Episode: "It's a Lower-Middle-Upper-Middle Class Problem"
Episode: "The War of the Golds"
2007 Waking Dreams Jenny
2007 How I Met Your Mother Margaret Episode: "Dowisetrepla"
2009 Without a Trace Gail Menken Episode: "Wanted"
2009 Breakdown, TheThe Breakdown Jennifer
2009 Archer Receptionist (voice) Episode: "Mole Hunt"
2010 Archer Trinette (voice) Episode: "Training Day"
Episode: "Dial M for Mother"
2010 Glenn Martin DDS (voice) Episode: "Jackie of All Trades"
2011 Shake It Up Mrs. Garcia Episode: "Twist it Up"
2011 Curb Your Enthusiasm Ilene Solotaroff Episode: "Palestinian Chicken"


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