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Kate Mulgrew

Mulgrew at the 2009 Metropolitan Opera premiere
Born Katherine Kiernan Maria Mulgrew
April 29, 1955 (1955-04-29) (age 54)
Dubuque, Iowa, United States
Spouse(s) Robert H. Egan
(1982 – 1993)
Tim Hagan
(1999 - present)
Official website

Katherine Kiernan Maria Mulgrew born April 29, 1955) is an American actress, most famous for her roles as Mary Ryan on Ryan's Hope and Captain Kathryn Janeway on Star Trek: Voyager.

Mulgrew has performed in multiple television shows, theatre productions and movies, she has also earned multiple awards for her acting, including an Obie Award, a Golden Satellite Award and a Saturn Award. She has also been nominated for a Golden Globe Award.

She is also an active member of the Alzheimer's Association National Advisory Council and the voice of Cleveland's Metro Health System.


Early life

Mulgrew was born April 29, 1955 in Dubuque, Iowa, to Thomas James "T.J." Mulgrew II, a contractor, and Joan Virginia Kiernan Mulgrew, an artist and painter.

Born into an Irish Catholic family, she is the second oldest of eight siblings.

At the age of 17, Mulgrew was accepted into the Stella Adler Conservatory of Acting in conjunction with New York University in New York City.

Mulgrew left NYU after her junior year, receiving her Associate of Arts degree in 1976.


Her early career included portraying Mary Ryan for two years on the ABC soap Ryan's Hope (1975) She became a fan favorite and is still associated with the show long after its cancellation. Mulgrew remains friends with former co-star Ilene Kristen and presented a special Soap Opera Digest Award to Ryan's Hope creator Claire Labine in 1995.

While in Ryan's Hope she also played the role of "Emily" in the American Shakespeare Theatre production of Our Town in Stratford, Connecticut. In 1979 she began playing Kate Columbo in Mrs. Columbo, a series created specifically for her.

In 1993, Kate separated from her husband, Robert H. Egan, with whom she had been married for 12 years. In 1995, the divorce became final, and she was on the verge of having to sell her house and move into an apartment in Westwood when something out of the blue happened. She had been called to resume a role in a TV show she was originally rejected for after the original actress, Geneviève Bujold , left two days into filming, stating that a TV series work schedule was too demanding. What she did not know then was that this role was going to become the most famous of her career; the role in question was Captain Kathryn Janeway in Star Trek: Voyager, the fourth incarnation of Star Trek, which ran from 1995 to 2001. She made history in the Star Trek franchise when she became the first female captain as a series regular in a leading role. Voyager was the first show broadcast on the new UPN channel and also the only TV show on UPN to run seven seasons, making it the network's longest running show, and the only show left over from its first year. Mulgrew won the Saturn Award for "Best TV Actress" in 1998 thanks to her stunning and thought-provoking performances as Janeway. Mulgrew also took part in the PS2 and PC game Star Trek: Voyager - Elite Force and Star Trek: Voyager - Elite Force 2 by lending her voice to both games. PC Gamer UK rated the game Star Trek: Voyager - Elite Force 93% and fans consider this game to be one of the best Trek games of all time.[1]

Mulgrew in 2007.

During Voyager she also played the role of Titania in the animated series, Gargoyles and Victoria Riddler in Riddler's Moon, a made for TV movie.

She is also one of six Star Trek actors (the other actors being Jonathan Frakes, Michael Dorn, George Takei, Avery Brooks and Majel Barrett), to lend her voice to Star Trek: Captain's Chair, reprising her role as Captain Kathryn Janeway when users visit the U.S.S Voyager bridge in Star Trek: Captain's Chair

Star Trek: Voyager

Mulgrew originally auditioned for the role of Captain Kathryn Janeway when Voyager was being cast. She initially sent in a videotaped audition, which she made in New York City in August 1994. However she was unhappy with this audition and auditioned in person a few weeks later. On that same day, Genevieve Bujold was selected to play Janeway over Mulgrew. But Bujold left the role after only two days of filming, due to the demanding production schedule. Mulgrew was the runner-up between the two actresses and eventually was assigned to replace Bujold. After taking the part, she requested the name be changed from Nicole to Kathryn and the producers agreed. Among the actresses Mulgrew beat out for the role were Helen Shaver, Chelsea Field and Karen Austin.[citation needed]

Voyager co-creator and executive producer Jeri Taylor states that Mulgrew "had an ineffable quality that put her ahead of the pack. She has proven to be a remarkably accurate choice".

About her years on Voyager, Kate said:

"I'm proud of it. It was difficult; it was hard work. I'm proud of the work because I think I made some little difference in women in science. I grew to really love Star Trek: Voyager, and out of a cast of 9, I've made 3 great friends, I managed to raise 2 children. I think, "It's good. I used myself well." Speaking about the best and worst part about playing a Star Trek captain, she said: "The best thing was simply the privilege and the challenge of being able to take a shot at the first female captain, transcending stereotypes that I was very familiar with. I was able to do that in front of millions of viewers. That was a remarkable experience - and it continues to resonate. The downside of that is also that it continues to resonate, and threatens to eclipse all else in one's long career if one does not up the ante and stay at it, in a way that may not ordinarily be necessary. I have to work at changing and constantly reinventing myself in a way that probably would not have happened had Star Trek not come along. I knew that going in, and I think that all of the perks attached to this journey have been really inexpressively great. So the negatives are small." [2]

The series was best known for its familial crew, science fiction based plots, engaging action sequences and light humor. The writers often noted that many episodes had underlying themes and messages or were metaphors for current social issues. Additionally, from the end of season 3 onwards the show gained in popularity for its storylines which frequently featured the Borg and the scenes between Janeway, former Borg drone turned Voyager crew member Seven of Nine and The Doctor.

Post-Star Trek

After Voyager came to the end of the full 7 seasons, Mulgrew went back to theatre and starred in a one-woman play called Tea at Five, a monologue reminiscence based on Katharine Hepburn's memoir Me: Stories of My Life. Tea at Five was a critical success and Mulgrew received two awards, one from Carbonell (Best actress) and the other from (Audience Award for Favorite Solo Performance)

In 2006, Mulgrew performed in The Exonerated at the Riverside Studios located in London, England. In the spring of 2007, she appeared in the NBC television series The Black Donnellys as Helen Donnelly which lasted for 1 season. She also performed the lead role in an off Broadway production called Our Leading Lady by Charles Busch in which she picked up a nomination from the Drama League due to her performance.

In the Fall of 2007, Mulgrew went on to grace the New York theater stage, yet again, as Clytemnestra for Charles L. Mee's Iphigenia 2.0. She won the Obie Award for outstanding performance.

In June 2008, Mulgrew appeared in Equus on Broadway, playing Hesther Saloman, a sympathetic public official who is empathetic toward the play's central character. The play opened on September 5, 2008 for a strictly limited 22-week engagement through February 8, 2009.

Also in 2008, Mulgrew filmed the 30 minute courtroom drama "The Response" which is based on actual transcripts of the Guantanamo Bay tribunals, it was researched and fully vetted in conjunction with the University Of Maryland School of Law and was shot in 3 days and all the crew and cast agreed to defer their salaries so it could be made. Mulgrew plays Colonel Sims. According to The Response website they are currently looking at ways to distribute the film.

In 2009, Mulgrew returned to television in the NBC medical series, Mercy playing the recurring role of "Jeannie Flanagan" (the mother of the show's lead, Veronica).

Due for release in 2010, is "The Best and the Brightest", a comedy based in the world of New York City's elite private kindergartens. Mulgrew will play "The Player's wife" and in development is "The Incredible Story of Joyce McKinney and the Manacled Mormon".

In a message to her fans on her official website she said, "I am looking for a play and hope that it will come to me before I become irritated. But I realize, even in this wish, that I have been a little spoiled as an actress and that in the waiting there is a kind of lovely discipline."

Personal life

Mulgrew has a daughter who she gave up for adoption born in 1977 and reunited in 2001,she also has two sons: Ian Thomas and Alexander "Alec" James from her first marriage to Robert H. Egan as well as 2 stepdaughters,Marie and Eleanor from her marriage to Tim Hagan.

In 1999, Mulgrew married politician Tim Hagan, a former Ohio governatorial candidate and a current commissioner of Cuyahoga County, Ohio.

Kate's mother Joan introduced them and he proposed to Kate on the set of Star Trek: Voyager.

Mulgrew is also a member of the National Advisory Committee of the Alzheimer's Association. Mulgrew's mother, Joan Mulgrew, died on July 27, 2006, after a long battle with the disease.[3]

According to a Women's Health TV show report, in 2002, Kate Mulgrew had raised over 2 Million US Dollars for the association.[citation needed]

As well as being a member of the National Advisory Committee she is also an opponent of abortion as well as capital punishment. She received an award from Feminists for Life, a pro-life feminist group. She is quoted as saying "Execution as punishment is barbaric and unnecessary", "Life is sacred to me on all levels" and "Abortion does not compute with my philosophy."[4]

More recently Kate Mulgrew has become the voice of MetroHealth in Cleveland, Ohio.

Kate was also a friend of the late John Kennedy Jr. and attended his funeral with husband Tim Hagan.



Television programs

Year Title Role
1974 The Six Million Dollar Man Lt. Kolby
1975 - 1978, 1983; 1986; 1989 Ryan's Hope Mary Ryan Fenelli
1975 Wide World Mystery: Alien Lover Susan
1976 The American Woman: Portraits of Courage Deborah Samson
1978 The Word Tony Nicholson
1978 Dallas Garnet McGee
1979 Jennifer: A Woman's Story Joan Russell
1979 Mrs. Columbo: Kate Loves a Mystery Kate Columbo / Callahan
1981 Manions of America Rachel Clement
1985 Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins Major Rayner Fleming
1986 Cheers Janet Eldridge
1987 Hotel Leslie Chase
1987; 1992; 1994 Murder, She Wrote Sonny Greer, Joanna Grimsky Rollins, Maude Gillis
1988 Heartbeat Dr. Joanne Springsteen / Halloran
1988 Roots: The Gift Hattie Carraway
1991 Danielle Steel's 'Daddy' Sarah Watson
1991 Man of the People Mayor Lisbeth Chardin
1991 Fatal Friendship Sue Bradley
1992 Batman: The Animated Series Red Claw
1992 The Pirates of Dark Water Cressa
1992 Murphy Brown Hillary Wheaton
1993 For Love and Glory Antonia Doyle
1995 - 2001 Star Trek: Voyager Captain Kathryn Janeway
1996 Gargoyles Anastasia Reynard / Titania
1998 Riddler's Moon Victoria Riddler
2006 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Assistant US Attorney Donna Geysen
2007 Star Trek: Beyond the Final Frontier Herself
2007 The Black Donnellys Helen Donnelly
2009 Mercy Jeannie Flanagan


Year Title Role
1980 A Time for Miracles Mother Seton
1981 Lovespell Isolt
1982 A Stranger is Watching Sharon Martin
1985 Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins Major Rayner Fleming
1987 Throw Momma from the Train Margaret
1992 Round Numbers Judith Schweitzer
1994 Camp Nowhere Rachel Prescott
1995 Captain Nuke and the Bomber Boys Mrs. Pescoe
2002 Star Trek Nemesis Admiral Kathryn Janeway
2004 Of Ashes and Atoms Narrator
2005 Perception Dr. Mary Smith
2008 The Response Colonel Carol Simms
2010 The Best and the Brightest The Player's wife


Dates Title Role Company
June - August 1975 Own Town Emily American Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford, CT
November 1976 Absurd Person Singular Eva Jackson Encore Productions of New York City, performed in South Bend, Indiana; Davenport, Iowa; Roanoke and Norfolk, Virginia; Raleigh, North Carolina; Scranton, Pennsylvania
July 26 1977 Uncommon Women and Others Kate Eugene O'Neill Theater Center; National Playwrights Conference, Waterford, CT
February 1 - February 19 1978 Othello Desdemona Hartman Theater Company, Stamford, CT
September 1980 Chapter Two Jennie Malone Coachlight Dinner Theater, Nanuet, New York
October 28, 1981 - May 16, 1982 Another Part of the Forest Regina Seattle Repertory Theatre
April 12, 1982 - May 16, 1982 Major Barbara Major Barbara Seattle Repertory Theatre
October 22 - November 14, 1982 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Margaret Syracuse Stage, New York
October 26 - November 19, 1983 The Ballad of Soapy Smith Kitty Strong Seattle Repertory Theatre
December 22 1983 - January 13 1984 The Philadelphia Story Tracy Alaska Repertory Theatre
February 15 - March 10, 1984 The Misanthrope Celimene Seattle Repertory Theatre
June 8 - August 4, 1985 Measure for Measure Isabella Center Theater Group, Los Angeles
June 5 - July 13, 1986 Hedda Gabler Hedda Gabler Center Theater Group, Los Angeles
June 5 - July 13, 1986 The Real Thing Charlotte Center Theater Group, Los Angeles
January 9 - February 22, 1987 The Film Society Nan Sinclair The Los Angeles Theater Center
August 4 to September 2, 1989 Titus Andronicus Tamora New York Shakespeare Festival
May 20 - July 1, 1990 Aristocrats Alice Center Theater Group, Los Angeles
July 21 - August 30, 1992 What the Butler Saw Mrs. Prentice La Jolla Playhouse
August 11, 1993 - October 3, 1993 Black Comedy Clea Roundabout Theatre Co., Broadway
2003; 2004; 2005 Tea at Five Katharine Hepburn The Hartford Stage, The Cleveland Play House, American Repertory Theatre
April 25, 2002 Dear Liar Mrs. Patrick Campbell Youngstown State University
March 27 - May 16, 2004 The Royal Family Julie Cavendish Center Theater Group, Los Angeles
November 22, 2004 Mary Stuart Mary Stuart Classic Stage Company, New York, NY
18 April, 2006 - 30 April, 2006 The Exonerated Sunny Jacobs Riverside Studios, London, England
Previews: February 22 - March 18, 2007

Opening Night: March 20, 2007 - April 29, 2007

Our Leading Lady Laura Keene Manhattan Theatre Club at New York City Center Stage II
Previews: February 22 - March 18, 2007

Opening Night: March 20, 2007 - April 29, 2007

Iphigenia Clytemnestra Signature Theatre Company at Peter Norton Space in New York City
21 April, 2008 Farfetched Fables and The Fascinating Foundling Anastasia - The Fascinating Foundling Project Shaw Reading - The Players Club - NYC
22 April, 2008 - 3 May, 2008 The American Dream and The Sandbox Mommy Cherry Lane Theatre, New York, NY
Previews: Sept. 5 - Sept. 24, 2008

Opening Night: September 25, 2008 - February 8, 2009[5]

Equus Hesther Saloman Broadhurst Theatre, 235 West 44th Street New York, NY

Video games

Year Title Role
1997 Star Trek: Captain's Chair Captain Kathryn Janeway
2000 Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force Captain Kathryn Janeway
2002 Run Like Hell Dr. Mek
2003 Lords of Everquest Lady Kreya
2003 Star Trek: Elite Force II Captain Kathryn Janeway
2006 Star Trek: Legacy Admiral Kathryn Janeway
2009 Dragon Age: Origins Flemeth


Won / Nominated For From Date
Nominated Best TV Actress In A Drama - Mrs. Columbo Golden Globe 1980
Won Tracey Humanitarian Award - Received in recognition of Murphy Brown episode On The Rocks The Tracy Humanitarian Association 1992
Won Best Genre TV Actress - Star Trek: Voyager Saturn Award 1998
Nominated Best Genre TV Actress - Star Trek: Voyager Saturn Award 1999
Nominated Best Genre TV Actress - Star Trek: Voyager Saturn Award 2000
Nominated Best Genre TV Actress - Star Trek: Voyager Saturn Award 2001
Won Audience Award for Favorite Solo Performance - Tea at Five 2003
Nominated Outstanding Solo Performance - Tea at Five Outer Critics Circle 2003
Nominated Outstanding Lead Actress - Tea at Five Lucille Lortel Award 2003
Won Best Actress (Touring, Independent Production - Cuillo Centre) - Tea at Five Carbonell Awards 2004
Nominated Distinguished Performance - Our Leading Lady Drama League Award 2007
Won Outstanding Performance - Iphigenia 2.0 Obie Award 2008


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  2. ^ (Sept/Oct 2006, Star Trek Magazine issue #1)
  3. ^ Joan Mulgrew Remembered Totally Kate! Accessed 3 April 2007.
  4. ^ WinterTAF00-01.11-17.quark
  5. ^ Equus Getting Ready for Broadway. Accessed 7 August 2008.

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