Lily Mariye

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Lily Mariye
BornSeptember 25, 1964
Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
SpouseBoney James (1985–present)
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Lily Mariye
BornSeptember 25, 1964
Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
SpouseBoney James (1985–present)

Lily Mariye is an American actress and filmmaker.


Early Life

Mariye was born in Las Vegas, Nevada and graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Theatre Arts.


From 1994-2009 she had a regular role as nurse Lily Jarvik on the NBC television series ER, for which she has won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Ensemble in a Drama Series four times.

She has since appeared in many films such as The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Mighty Joe Young, The Shadow, The New Age, and The Doctor. Lily has guest-starred in over 25 television shows including Judging Amy, Ally McBeal, Family Ties, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and Chicago Hope. She is also an award-winning theatre actress, performing in New York, Los Angeles and other regional theatres around the country.

Her debut feature as a writer and director, "Model Minority" had its World Premiere at the 2012 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, where it received three awards: Special Jury Outstanding Director, Breakthrough Performance by a New Actor and Outstanding Cinematography as well as being a nominee for the Grand Jury Prize in Narrative Feature Filmmaking. She was also chosen for the 2012-2014 Disney/ABC/DGA Directing Program.

She has written several full-length screenplays, one of which, The Shangri-la Cafe, was accepted into the second round of the application process for development in the Sundance Feature Film Labs, has won Best Screenplay in the Ohio International Independent Film Festival, the Gaffers Film Festival, and is the basis for her short film endeavor, which won her a grant from the AFI Conservatory's prestigious Directing Workshop for Women, 13th Cycle.

Lily has also directed four short films for Instant Films, an independent film project held every two months in which eight short films are written, filmed, edited and screened in 48 hours.

Personal Life

A resident of Los Angeles, Mariye lives with husband, 3 time Grammy-nominated recording artist, saxophonist Boney James, who also contributed to the soundtracks for The Shangri-la Cafe" and "Model Minority."



Extraordinary MeasuresTom Vaughan
HancockPeter Berg
American Pie Presents: Band CampDr. Susan Choi
Mighty Joe Young (1998 film)Ron Underwood
Signs And WondersMaurice Phillips
The ShadowRussell Mulcahy
California MythMichel Katz
The New AgeMichael Tolkin
Ted & VenusBud Cort
The DoctorRanda Haines
SwitchBlake Edwards
The Best Little Whorehouse in TexasColin Higgins


ShamelessJohn DahlGuest Star
Judging AmyJames KramerGuest Star
ER (4 SAG Awards, Best Ensemble)Jonathan Kaplan (et al.)Recurring, 15 seasons
Ally McBealBilly DicksonGuest Star
ReunitedAsaad KeladaRecurring
Chicago HopeSandy SmolinGuest Star
Melrose PlaceJames DarrenGuest Star, 2 episodes
Murphy BrownBarnet KellmanGuest Star
Star Trek: Deep Space NineDavid CarsonGuest Star


Tea (Dramalogue Award)Julianne BoydManhattan Theatre Club, NY
Old Globe Theatre, San Diego
Kokoro (L.A Weekly Best Actress Nom.)Jan LewisOdyssey Theatre
Into the WoodsDTim DangEast/West Players
DelicaciesBruce Whitney
RunawaysMatt CasellaRichmond Shepard
Trojan WomenCBS Studios
The BacchaeMark Taper Workshop
PastoraleSusan DietzBeverly Hills Playhouse
CabaretJohn Allison
Kimchee & ChitlinsMark Taper Workshop
Daniel in BabylonMatt CasellaL.A. Stage Co.
Lesbian SeagullsCatherine CokeCelebration Theatre, L.A.

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