Who is Missi Pyle?

A former singer and half of the country rock duo Smith & Pyle, now an actress with nearly 195 acting credits to her name, Missi Pyle, is perhaps known best for her roles in the movies “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, “Gone Girl”, “Galaxy Quest”, and “Captain Fantastic”, among many others. Television series fans will probably recognize her as Sue in the series “Greetings from Home”, or as Eileen in “Cleaners”, while the younger audience saw her as Roxanne in the 2021 action drama “Y: The Last Man”.

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Early life, family, and education

Born Andrea Kay Pyle under the zodiac sign of Scorpio on 16 November 1972, Missi is aged 50 as of June 2023. A native of Houston, Texas USA, she holds American nationality, and comes from a family of Swedish, German, Irish, Scottish and English descent. Raised by her parents, Joseph and Linda, alongside her four siblings, Paul, Sam, Julie, and Debbie, Missi dreamed of becoming an actress from an early age, so upon matriculating from high school in 1990, she enrolled at the University of North Carolina School of Arts, from which she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts in 1994.

Career beginnings

Missi made her acting debut in the 1996 movie “The Cottonwood”, followed with her part as Café 24 Waitress in the 1997 hit comedy “As Good as It Gets”, starring Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt, who both won Oscars for their performances.

Missi’s first notable role came in 1999, when she was cast to play Laliari in “Galaxy Quest”, a science-fiction comedy, which followed the story of the cast of a space TV series who must help an alien race to defeat a reptilian warlord. The movie had 14 award nominations and seven wins, including the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Nebula Award for Best Script.

Later that year, Missi made her first TV series appearance, as a Beautiful Woman in “Mad About You”, followed by her guest role as Hillary in an episode of the popular comedy-drama “Friends”.

Notable movie roles

The early 2000s saw Missi in “Josie and the Pussycats” (2001) before she was cast to play Ashley in the 2003 comedy “Bringing Down the House”, also starring Steve Martin, Eugene Levy, and Queen Latifah, with whom Missi shares the MTV Movie + TV Award nomination for Best Fight.

She was next seen in “Along Came Polly” (2004) and “The Civilization of Maxwell Bright” in 2005, before her role as Mrs Beauregarde in the Oscar-nominated “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, starring Johnny Depp, David Kell, and Freddie Highmore. This adventure comedy had 52 award nominations, including the Oscar for Best Achievement in Costume Design, and 15 wins.

Missi followed with her support roles in “Just My Luck” (2006), “Entry Level” (2007), “Pretty Ugly People” (2008), and “Spring Breakdown” (2009), among many others. She was seen as Constance in the 2011 romantic drama “The Artist”, which followed the love story of an egomaniacal movie star and a young dancer, written and directed by Michel Hazanavicius; starring Berenice Bejo, Jean Dujardin, and John Goodman, the movie had 204 award nominations and 162 wins, including five Oscars (Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Achievement in Directing, Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures – Original Score, Best Achievement in Costume Design, and Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role – J. Dujardin).

Missi shares with the rest of the crew a nomination for the Golden Derby Award for Ensemble Cast, and the CinEuphoria Award for Best Ensemble – International Competition.

In the following years, Missi co-starred in “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters” (2013) and “Kiss Me” (2014), among many others before she landed the role of Ellen Abbott in the 2014 mystery thriller “Gone Girl”, starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, which followed the story of Nick whose wife Amy has gone missing, but who soon became the main suspect. The movie had 188 award nominations, including one Oscar for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (R. Pike), and 64 wins. Missi shares with the rest of the crew the Gold Derby Award nomination for Ensemble Cast.

In 2016, Missi was cast to play Ellen in the comedy-drama “Captain Fantastic”, starring Viggo Mortensen, Annalise Basso, George MacKay and Samantha Isler. Their performance in the movie brought Missi and her co-stars a nomination for the Screen Actors Guild Award- Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, and a CinEuphoria Award nomination for Best Ensemble – International Competition.

Missi followed with her roles in “Deidra & Laney Rob a Train” (2017), “Traffik” (2018), and “Unthinkable” in 2019, which earned her the Sunny Side Up Film Festival Award for Supporting Actress (Feature).

Most recently, Missi co-starred in “Deported” (2020), “Bring It On: Cheer or Die” (2022), and “If You Were the Last” (2023), among several others.

She has two upcoming movies – “Empire Waist” and “Blind Psychosis” – and we’re happy to say that Missi finally landed the lead roles. The movies are currently in development.

Notable TV series roles

Missi’s mostly guest starred in numerous series, and the early 2000s saw her in “Frasier” (2003), “My Name Is Earl” (2005), “Heroes” (2007), and “Boston Legal” (2008).

Her first notable TV series role came in 2012, when she was cast to play Sue in the comedy “Greetings from Home”, which although having no nominations was well-rated by the audience (7.6/10).

From 2013 through 2014, Missi played Eileen in the series “Cleaners”, starring opposite Emmanuelle Chriqui and Emily Osment. The show followed the story of highly trained contract killers, who turn into hunted targets.

Concurrently, Missi was seen as Dina in all ten episodes of the 2014 series “Jennifer Falls”, in which she starred opposite Jaime Pressly and Ethan Suplee.

She had a recurring role as Celery Savoy Bellacourt in the series “Another Period” (2015-2018), followed by Missi’s guest appearances in several hit series. Worth mention is her role as Alicia in the 2016 series “The Soul Man” – she was seen in 11 episodes of this comedy, concurrently playing Marcy in “Sing It”, in which she appeared in 10 episodes.

During 2018 and 2019, Missi played Cleo Coles in “Impulse”, a science-fiction action drama, about a woman with an extraordinary power of teleportation, starring Maddie Hasson.

Missi was next seen in “Dirty John” (2020), “The Big Leap” (2021), and in “Y: The Last Man”, based on the eponymous comic series. as mentioned, Missi,  played Roxanne, and was seen in the first season of the show.

Most recently, in 2023, she was seen as Ms. Crawford in an episode of the series “Doogie Kamealoha, M.D.”, a family comedy about a teenage wunderkind, starring Peyton Elizabeth Lee.

Love life, marriage, and divorce

Missi has been the subject of numerous rumors about her love life, and has been romantically linked to many of her co-stars over the years. It’s known that back in the late ’90s, she dated Josh Meyers, an actor and stand-up comedian.

Missi has been married twice. Her first husband was Antonio Sacre, an American author and storyteller; the two married in 2000 and divorced five years later.

Missi’s second husband was filmmaker and naturalist Casey Anderson, whom she met on the set of the movie “Pretty Ugly People” in 2007. The two married on 12 September 2008, with Casey’s best man in the wedding ceremony being his pet, grizzly bear Brutus. Missi and Casey divorced in 2012, amid various rumors, one of them saying that the two split up because they couldn’t have children, however, neither Missi nor Casey have commented on these speculations.

In one of her interviews, Missi shared that she had three miscarriages. On 25 September 2015, she posted a photo of her holding a baby girl, and shared with her Facebook followers that the day before, she brought home her adopted daughter, whom she named Zooey.

As of June 2023, Missi is reportedly in a relationship with Josh Ross. The two were seen together for the first time in 2016, attending the premiere of the movie “Captain Fantastic”.

How rich is Missi Pyle? Net worth

Although to date, Missi hasn’t had any major movie roles, many critics said that she left an undeniable mark in show business. Her acting talent brought her recognition but also a decent amount of money into her bank account. According to sources as of June 2023, her net worth has been estimated at over $3 million.

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