Mary Lynn Rajskub

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Mary Lynn Rajskub
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Rajskub at a screening of the 24 season 7 finale in 2009
BornMary Lynn Rajskub
(1971-06-22) June 22, 1971 (age 43)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
OccupationActress, comedian
Years active1995–present
Spouse(s)Matthew Rolph (m. 2009–present)
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Mary Lynn Rajskub
Mary Lynn Rajskub at 24 finale 2009 crop.jpg
Rajskub at a screening of the 24 season 7 finale in 2009
BornMary Lynn Rajskub
(1971-06-22) June 22, 1971 (age 43)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
OccupationActress, comedian
Years active1995–present
Spouse(s)Matthew Rolph (m. 2009–present)

Mary Lynn Rajskub (/ˈrskəb/; born June 22, 1971) is an American actress and comedian, best known for portraying Chloe O'Brian in the Fox action thriller series 24.

Early life[edit]

Rajskub was born in Detroit, Michigan and raised in nearby Trenton. Her father is a pipefitter of Czech descent,[citation needed] and her mother worked as a pharmacist's assistant.[1] Rajskub played the clarinet in a school band and portrayed Frenchie in the musical Grease. One of her childhood inspirations was the television series Moonlighting. She later moved to Los Angeles, California, where she worked as a waitress in a Hard Rock Cafe and a ticket-taker at the Beverly Center movie theater.


Rajskub's first part was as an Oompa-Loompa in a community theater production of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, and her first starring role was Raggedy Ann.[2] Her most notable role is CTU systems analyst Chloe O'Brian on 24, which she joined in 2003 at the start of the show's third season. Her character was a hit with viewers and critics and was one of the few cast members to return in the show's fourth season. After being a regular guest star for two seasons, Rajskub became a main cast member in the show's fifth season. By the end of the series, she was the lead female, with top billing second only to Kiefer Sutherland. Her character also had the honor of saying the final words of the series in the season 8 series finale. Rajskub and Sutherland appeared briefly as their 24 characters in a 2007 episode, "24 Minutes", of the Fox animated series The Simpsons. In August 2013, it was announced that she will reprise her Chloe O'Brian role in the 2014 limited series 24: Live Another Day.[3]

Rajskub was one of the original cast members of Mr. Show, but was "not allowed on the set anymore" following her breakup with David Cross.[4] She appeared in Kelsey Grammer's The Sketch Show on Fox Television, The King of Queens as a character named "Priscilla", a waitress at a pirate-themed kiddie restaurant in an episode of Newsradio ("The Secret of Management"), and in numerous films including Mysterious Skin, Legally Blonde 2, Sweet Home Alabama, Dude, Where's My Car?, Man on the Moon, Punch-Drunk Love, The Anniversary Party, Firewall, Little Miss Sunshine, music videos for Beck, Weezer and Sheryl Crow, as well as portraying a blind girl in the film Road Trip.

Rajskub (right) in June 2011

Rajskub was part of a comic duo (with Karen Kilgariff) called Girls Guitar Club. In 2006, she made a cameo appearance in "Partings", the 6th season finale of Gilmore Girls, where she played a troubadour looking for her big break. (Rajskub had previously appeared on Gilmore Girls as the female lead in A Film by Kirk, a short film made by the character Kirk Gleason.) She has volunteered as an actress with the Young Storytellers Program. She has an educational background as a painter, having attended the San Francisco Art Institute.

Rajskub has been nominated twice for a Screen Actors Guild Award; once in 2005, and again in 2007 for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. She guest starred on Flight of the Conchords episode "Prime Minister" as Karen, an Art Garfunkel fanatic. She guest starred as "Gail the Snail" in an episode of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia titled "The Gang Gives Frank an Intervention", and reprised the role in the ninth season finale, "The Gang Squashes Their Beefs". In 2009, she also appeared in the film Julie & Julia as Sarah, one of Julie Powell's close friends. In 2010, Rajskub performed stand-up on John Oliver's New York Stand Up Show. In June 2010, she appeared in the "Lovesick" episode during the second season of the USA series Royal Pains.

From July through October 2010, she performed in her solo show, Mary Lynn Spreads Her Legs, at the Steve Allen Theater in Los Angeles. Reviewer F. Kathleen Foley of the Los Angeles Times wrote "that cheerfully vulgar title sums up the overall tone, which is often breezily obscene".[5] The show, written by Rajskub with help from director/developer Amit Itelman, was inspired by Rajskub’s experiences with pregnancy, childbirth and early motherhood.

In January 2011, Rajskub guest starred in the episode "Our Children, Ourselves" on the second season of ABC's Modern Family. In the fall of 2011, Rajskub appeared in the short-lived sitcom How to Be a Gentleman. Also in 2011, Rajskub's webseries, Dicki, began airing on My Damn Channel.[6] Dicki is based on a number of people that Rajskub grew up with in and around Michigan. The title character is a 40-year-old woman who lives at home with her parents, makes crafts, and takes her art seriously. Dicki has been one of My Damn Channel's most successful web series to date. The first season concluded in November 2011, but a second season is currently in development. Rajskub performed in the June 2012 edition of Don't Tell My Mother! (Live Storytelling), a monthly showcase in which celebrities share true stories they would never want their mothers to know.[7] She currently hosts a podcast on the Nerdist Network called Kickin' it Mary Lynn Style.[when?]

In 2013, Rajskub appeared in the web series All Growz Up with Melinda Hill.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Rajskub dated David Cross, who introduced her to Mr. Show,[4] and left the show when they broke up after the end of the second season. Afterwards, she dated music producer Jon Brion for five years until they broke up in the fall of 2002. Rajskub later dated comedian Duncan Trussell.[9]

Rajskub met personal trainer Matthew Rolph when he approached her after one of her comedy sets. They began dating, and she became pregnant three months later.[10] Their son, Valentine Anthony, was born in 2008.[11] Rajskub married Rolph on August 1, 2009 in an impromptu wedding in Las Vegas.[12] Rajskub discussed her past relationships with women in an article for[13]



Rajskub at The Heart Truth Fashion Show, February 1, 2008
1997Who's the Caboose?Cheeseball
1998The Thin Pink LineSuzy Smokestack
1999Man on the MoonFriday's Mary
2000Road TripBlind Brenda
2000Dude, Where's My Car?Zelmina
2000Sunset StripEileen
2001The Anniversary PartyMary-Lynn
2002Punch-Drunk LoveElizabeth
2002Sweet Home AlabamaDorothea
2002Run Ronnie RunHerself
2003Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & BlondeReena Giuliani
2004Mysterious SkinAvalyn Friesen
2004Helter SkelterLynette "Squeaky" Fromme
2006FirewallJanet Stone
2006Little Miss SunshinePageant Assistant Pam
2007American ForkPeggy Orbison
2008Sunshine CleaningLynn
2009Julie & JuliaSarah
2012Safety Not GuaranteedBridget
2013The Kings of SummerCaptain Davis


1995Mr. ShowVarious Characters10 episodes
1996–1998The Larry Sanders ShowMary Lou Collins18 episodes
1998NewsRadioWaitress1 episode
1999Shasta McNastyDiana1 episode
1999–2000Veronica's ClosetChloe15 episodes
2001Just Shoot MePenny1 episode
2002Gilmore GirlsGirlfriend in Kirk's film1 episode
2002The King of QueensPriscilla Stasna1 episode
2003–201024Chloe O'Brian125 episodes
2004JAGCI Administrative Assistant1 episode
2005The Sketch ShowVarious Characters
2006Gilmore GirlsTown Troubadour1 episode
2007Human GiantMindy2 episodes
2007The SimpsonsChloe O'BrianEpisode: "24 Minutes"
2008The MiddlemanDr. Gibbs1 episode
2009Flight of the ConchordsKaren1 episode
2009-2013It's Always Sunny in PhiladelphiaGail the Snail2 episodes
2010Royal PainsBlake1 episode
2010The Benson InterruptionHerself1 episode
2010Stargate UniverseExtra1 episode
2011Modern FamilyTracyEpisode: "Our Children, Ourselves"
2011Raising HopeTanya1 episode
2011How to Be a GentlemanJanet9 episodes
2012The L.A. ComplexHerself1 episode
2012Dirty WorkRoxy3 episodes
2012Chelsea LatelyHerself
2012The Burn with Jeff RossHerself
2012Mash UpHerself
2012Grey's AnatomyMarion Steiner1 episode
2013The MentalistSusie Hamplin1 episode
2013New GirlPeg1 episode
2013Arrested DevelopmentHeartfireSeason 4
20132 Broke GirlsBebeSeason 3
2014CalifornicationGoldie4 episodes
201424: Live Another DayChloe O'BrianLimited Series12 episodes
2014@midnightHerselfEpisode dated July 15, 2014

Episode dated October 15, 2014

2014Talking DeadHerselfEpisode dated October 26, 2014


  1. ^ "Mary Lynn Rajskub Biography (1971-)". Retrieved July 31, 2010. 
  2. ^ "25 Things You Don't Know About Me: Mary Lynn Rajskub". January 21, 2010. Retrieved July 31, 2010. 
  3. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (August 1, 2013). "Mary Lynn Rajskub Clocks in For '24: Live Another Day'". Zap2It. FOX press release. Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Featurette: Interview with Mary Lynn Rajskub (2007). Not Just the Best of The Larry Sanders Show (Disc 3) (Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC) (DVD). Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. ASIN B000MTFDB0. Retrieved February 11, 2012. 
  5. ^ F. Kathleen Foley (July 2, 2010). "Theater review: 'Mary Lynn Spreads Her Legs' at the Steve Allen Theater". Retrieved September 14, 2010. 
  6. ^ "DICKI - The Official Website". November 3, 2011. Retrieved December 5, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Don't Tell My Mother: Post Father's Day Special". Retrieved July 9, 2012. 
  8. ^ Carrie, Stephanie. "Steph’s LA Weekly Feature Series – Melinda Hill’s Romantic Encounters". 
  9. ^ Rogan, Joe. "Joe Rogan Experience #202". Retrieved April 5, 2012. 
  10. ^ Friday May 2, 2014 The Wendy Williams Show
  11. ^ "Real Life Mirrors Stage Life for Mary Lynn Rajskub". February 1, 2009. Retrieved July 31, 2010. 
  12. ^ "'24's Mary Lynn Rajskub Married To Trainer Matthew Rolph". TV Shark. August 4, 2009. Retrieved July 31, 2010. 
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