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Missi Pyle

Pyle at the Dallas Comic Con in 2008
Born Andrea Kay Pyle
November 16, 1972 (1972-11-16) (age 37)
Houston, Texas, U.S.
Occupation Actress/Singer
Years active 1997–present
Spouse(s) Casey Anderson (2008–present)
Antonio Sacre (2000–2005) (divorced)

Andrea Kay "Missi" Pyle (born November 16, 1972) is an American actress and singer. She has appeared in several films, including Galaxy Quest, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay. She is also the other half of Smith & Pyle, a desert country-rock band, with actress Shawnee Smith.

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Personal life

Pyle, the daughter of Linda and Frank Pyle, was born in Houston, Texas but raised in Tennessee.[1] She has two older sisters, Debbie and Julie, two older brothers Sam and Paul, and one younger half-brother Gordon, and a half-sister Meredith. Pyle attended the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, NC and graduated in 1995. For her achievements, Pyle was honored by the Poplar Pike Playhouse at her alma mater Germantown High School in Germantown, Tennessee.

Pyle married Casey Anderson, a grizzly bear specialist for National Geographic, on September 12, 2008. The wedding was country-western themed and took place in Montana. Wedding guests included Anderson's bear, Brutus, comedian Steve Agee, and Pyle's bandmate, Shawnee Smith.[2]

Pyle was ranked #98 of Maxim's "100 Sexiest Women" in 2004.[3]

Pyle married fellow actress, and bandmate, Shawnee Smith in a faux ceremony at the All Love is Equal Launch Party in West Hollywood on November 18, 2009. The two actresses pretended to get married in support of repealing Prop 8 in California. Actor Hal Sparks dressed as a priest and performed the ceremony with them using rainbow-colored hula hoops as rings.[4]

Career

Pyle has guest starred on many television shows, including Heroes, Mad About You, Boston Legal, Frasier and The Sarah Silverman Program. She started her film career with a minor role in As Good as It Gets, starring Helen Hunt and Jack Nicholson. After her breakout role in Galaxy Quest, she had supporting roles in Bringing Down the House (for which she and Queen Latifah were nominated for an MTV Movie Award for Best Fight), Josie and the Pussycats, Home Alone 4, Exposed, Big Fish, Along Came Polly, Soul Plane and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Barely recognizable, she stars in Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story. She also had a brief appearance in 50 First Dates. Missi had an appearance on Two and a Half Men (2004). She was ranked #98 on the Maxim Hot 100 Women of 2004.[5]

In 2008, Missi starred in the Broadway play, Boeing-Boeing opposite Christine Baranski, Mark Rylance, Greg Germann, Paige Davis and Rebecca Gayheart. The play closed in January 2009.

Missi and Shawnee Smith as Smith & Pyle

Pyle was scheduled to ring the closing bell for the trading day at the New York Stock Exchange on September 29, 2008 to promote Boeing-Boeing, but backed out minutes before the close of trading in order to not associate herself with ending a calamitous day of financial turmoil which resulted in the Dow Jones Industrial Average losing 778 points, the largest point loss ever in a session in the wake of the global financial crisis of September–October 2008. She watched from the floor as an NYSE staffer pushed the button and gaveled the end of trading instead.[6]

She is currently part of a country music group with actress Shawnee Smith called Smith & Pyle. The two actresses met while filming an ABC comedy pilot titled Traveling in Packs. The band started after Smith invited Pyle to join her in attending the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. While stuck in traffic, Pyle talked about her dream to be a rock star and Smith agreed to form a band with her. Their first album, "It's OK to Be Happy", was released digitally through iTunes and Amazon.com in July 2008. The debut album was recorded in Joshua Tree, California at Rancho de la Luna and was produced by Chris Goss. The two actresses have also become business partners and formed their own record label called Urban Prairie Records, which "It's OK to be Happy" was released under. According to an interview Smith did with pretty-scary.net in August 2008, a Smith & Pyle television or webisode series might be in the works. Smith also mentioned the idea of a series on Fangoria radio with Dee Snider.[7] Currently there are 3 videos posted on YouTube that show the making of the record. They also have a 10-minute "making of" video on Vimeo called Smith & Pyle: Desert Sessions.[8][9]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1997 As Good as It Gets Cafe 24 Waitress
1998 Number One Laurel
1999 Trick Actress with Flowers
Galaxy Quest Laliari
2000 But Enough About Me... Catherine Grey
2001 Neurotic Tendencies TV movie
Josie and the Pussycats Alexandra Cabot
Let It Snow Ily
2002 Home Alone 4 Vera
2003 Bringing Down the House Ashley
BachelorMan Heather
Big Fish Mildred
Exposed Amy
2004 50 First Dates Noreen
Soul Plane Barbara
Along Came Polly Roxanne
Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story Fran Stalinovskovichdavidovitchsky
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy Zoo Keeper Uncredited
2005 Blue Skies Claire TV movie
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Mrs. Beauregarde
The Civilization of Maxwell Bright Cop
2006 Haskett's Chance Melicent Bauers TV movie
Just My Luck Peggy Brayden
Stormbreaker Nadia Vole
Mojave Phone Booth Sarah
2007 Live! Plummy
Entry Level Liz
Feast of Love Agatha Smith
2008 Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay Raylene
Meet Market Ericka
Giants of Radio Dr. Amelia Moran TV movie
Visioneers Sara
American Crude Gigi
Soccer Mom Wendy Handler/Coach Lorenzo
Pretty Ugly People Lucy
Point View Terrace Mary TV movie
2009 The Big D Mary Margaret TV movie
Still Waiting... Rocky Rhoades/Exotic Dancer
Spring Breakdown Charlene
Taking Chances Faith Fishback

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1999 Mad About You Beautiful Woman
The Drew Carey Show Stacey
Friends Hillary
2000 Battery Park Suzanne
2001 Ally McBeal Marcia Hooper
Roswell Windy Sommers
The Tick Stacy Waxman
The Wayne Brady Show Various appearances
2002 Philly Charise DuPree
2003 Frasier Shannon Palmer
2004 Two and a Half Men Delores Pasternak
2005 My Name Is Earl Shelly Stoker
2006 Boston Legal Renee Winger 3 episodes
2007 The Sarah Silverman Program Scarlett Lacey 3 episodes
Heroes Hope 2 episodes
The Wedding Bells Amanda Pontell 4 episodes
Traveling in Packs Mary Unsold TV Pilot
2008 American Dad! Voice
In Plain Sight Treena Morris
Pushing Daisies Betty Bee
2009 Numb3rs Janet Galvin

Broadway

Discography

References

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