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Date Of BirthNovember 3, 1954
FactIn the early 1980s she was a secretary at WCBS-TV in New York while she pursued her comedic acting/improvisation career.

  • Kathy Kinney, best known for her role as Mimi Bobeck on “The Drew Carey Show,” was born on 3 November 1954, in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA, and holds American nationality.
  • She has ventured into acting and comedy, currently working on a movie project with her husband, Rob.
  • Kathy pursued her higher education at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 2016, marking the start of her journey in comedy and acting.
  • Beyond acting, Kathy co-created, a children’s entertainment website aimed at fostering a love for reading through storytelling, showcasing her passion for child education and literature.
  • Despite her successful career, Kathy prefers to keep her personal life, especially details regarding her marriage and any children, private.

Where’s Kathy Kinney now? Wiki Bio

Kathy Kinney was born in Stevens Point, Wisconsin USA, on 3 November 1954 so under the zodiac sign of Scorpio and holding American nationality – she is popular for her career as an actress, while she is a comedian as well. Kathy is reportedly currently working on a movie together with her husband Rob.

Childhood and education

Both Kathy’s parents, Marian and Harold Kinney are originally from Ireland – her father worked as an automobile dealer before he died when Kathy was only 15 years old. She doesn’t have any siblings, and can rarely be heard talking about her mother, as she respects her privacy as much as she respects her own.

Full NameKathy Kinney
Known ForCareer as an actress and comedian, notably for playing Mimi Bobeck in “The Drew Carey Show”
ProfessionActress, Comedian
OccupationActress, Comedian, Writer
EducationUniversity of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Net Worth$5 million​​​​
SpouseRob (details not provided)
ParentsMarian and Harold Kinney
Date of BirthNovember 3, 1954
Zodiac SignScorpio
Place of BirthStevens Point, Wisconsin, USA
Hair ColorBrown
Eye ColorBlue
Height5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)​​​​
Notable Works/AwardsTV Land Award in 2008 for Co-Worker You’re Least Likely to Invite Out for Happy Hour​​
HobbiesTraveling, volunteering in animal shelters, watching movies, listening to music
Social Profile LinksTwitter


Kathy was somewhat popular during high school, thanks to her free spirit and for being the friendliest person around – she had numerous friends but preferred to spend her free time anywhere in nature rather than to go to parties with her peers (which doesn’t mean she didn’t go to parties).

After she matriculated from high school, Kathy became part of the California Conservation Corps, and after she was done in 1974, she used her scholarship worth several thousand dollars to enroll at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 2016, after which she was ready to pursue a career in comedy.

Kathy Kinney

Career of an actress and a comedian

Kathy decided to move to New York City to pursue a career in stand-up comedy, however, she first landed a job for the WCBS-TV network and served as a secretary there so that she could financially support herself. Her boss served as an inconspicuous source of motivation, and she used all her talks with him for her first stand-up comedy performances at the comedy clubs around New York.

All of this helped Kathy become a teacher of comedy improvisation – a popular director named Bill Sherwood attended one of her classes, which led to their collaboration, as he created a special role just for her in his movie “Parting Glances”, which was released in 1986.

After the movie became a hit, Kathy was motivated to pursue a career in acting, and she moved to Los Angeles to do so – she won support roles as she appeared in a single episode of several TV series, including “Seinfeld”, “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman”, “My Name is Earl”, and a few others.

Kathy was a bit sensitive about her weight, as she was a bit overweight, and didn’t enjoy her role of Mimi in “The Drew Carey Show” due to that – however, she got to like it as time went by. Her character was supposed to apply for a job at a cosmetics company, but when she isn’t hired because of her horrible makeup, she threatens to sue the company.

The audience loved the beginning of the series and wanted it to continue, leading to Mimi being hired as a secretary in this company – Kathy was subsequently part of the series from 1995 to 2004 when the show ended. At one point, Kathy began losing weight and people around her advised her not to do it, because she would lose the role she had in “The Drew Carey Show”, and possibly many others she was supposed to appear in.

Kathy has also appeared in several movies, including “Arachnophobia”, “Stanley & Iris”, “Scrooged”, “This Boy’s Life”, and a few others, and went on to appear as a guest star in “The Penguins of Madagascar” animated TV series.

Kathy has always liked children, which led to her launching the website with a couple of other people in 2008 – the website’s goal is to entertain kids, and Kathy is playing Mrs. P. who is a redhead in love with books and reads books from her enchanted library to children.

Kathy is also somewhat of a writer, as she wrote a book with her friend Cindy Ratzlaff.

Love life and relationships

Kathy becomes very secretive when asked about her love life as she prefers to separate her love life from her business life, however, being a popular actress as she is, it is very hard for her to hide from the curiosity of the media.

Kathy has been married to her other half Rob for decades now. She hasn’t shared any details regarding her husband, including when the two met for the first time, how long they’ve been together, and when they exchanged their wedding vows. Kathy doesn’t have any kids, while most of her fans believe her to have been focused on her career, and thought how kids would only be a distraction for her, while others believe that she can’t have children – none of these rumors have been confirmed by Kathy.

It is not known whether or not her husband Rob has any kids from his past marriages (if he has any) or relationships.

Nothing is known about Kathy’s love life before she married Rob, as she hasn’t talked about any other men she might have dated throughout the years.

Hobbies and interests

Kathy has been very passionate about acting ever since she tried it for the first time, and although it takes up most of her time, she still finds some time for her other interests.

Kathy has always been in love with traveling and has traveled to Europe more than the US, as she wanted to learn more about it, as the mentality of the European people completely differs from those in the US. She used her acting career as an instrument of travelling, as all her movies were shot in differing locations – she even got to visit Iraq while she was working on a documentary.

Kathy has been helping animals since she was a little girl, as she would bring home stray cats and dogs which was something her parents didn’t like, but they were happy to see how kind their daughter was – when she was old enough, she began volunteering in an animal shelter and eventually adopted a dog.

Kathy Kinney

Kathy also enjoys watching movies rather than just acting in them – she has seen many movies from French cinematography, mostly created by the popular French director Francois Truffaut. She has always been passionate about music as well and has been to numerous concerts throughout the years, while she now prefers to listen to classical music as well as operas.

Appearance and net worth

Kathy is currently 69 years old. She has brown hair, and blue eyes, and is 5ft 4ins (1.63m) tall, while her weight is not known.

Kathy Kinney

According to authoritative sources, as of 2024 her net worth is estimated to be more than $5 million and is steadily rising thanks to her continuing career as an actress.

Fun fact

Kathy is allergic to cheese, which is one of the rarest allergies in the world.

Social media presence

Kathy is a bit of an old-fashioned spirit, and she doesn’t appear to be that active on the internet – she only seems to be using her Twitter account, while only fan pages of her can be found on Instagram and Facebook, and a couple of other networks.

Kathy launched her Twitter account in March 2009 but it appears that she only has 27 followers while she’s tweeted over 170 times.

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General Info

Full NameKathy Kinney
Date Of BirthNovember 3, 1954
Height1.62 m
ProfessionStand-up comedian, Actor
EducationUniversity of Wisconsin–Stevens Point


ParentsMarian Kinney, Harold Kinney


AwardsTV Land "Co-Worker You're Least Likely to Invite Out for Happy Hour" Award
MoviesParting Glances, Scrooged, Three Fugitives, Stanley & Iris, Arachnophobia, This Boy's Life, Mr. Jones, Lost in the Pershing Point Hotel, Lenny the Wonder Dog
TV ShowsDrew Carey's Improv-A-Ganza, Drew Carey's Green Screen Show, The Drew Carey Show, 3 South, Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot

Social profile links


1Between 2009 and 2010, she reprised her role as Mimi Bobeck on 2 episodes of The Price Is Right (1972) with Drew Carey.
2Best friends with Drew Carey.
3Best known by the public for her role as Mimi Bobeck on The Drew Carey Show (1995).
4Release of her book, "Queen of Your Own Life: The Grown-up Women's Guide to Claiming Happiness and Getting the Life You Deserve" by Kathy and 'Cindy Ratzlaff'. [March 2010]
5Allergic to cheese
6Appeared as a dog trainer in the very first episode of The Larry Sanders Show (1992).
7In the early 1980s she was a secretary at WCBS-TV in New York while she pursued her comedic acting/improvisation career.




Baby Daddy2016TV SeriesJudy
The Secret Life of the American Teenager2009-2013TV SeriesBunny / Butcher Shop Lady
The Penguins of Madagascar2009-2011TV SeriesRhonda
Love Bites2011TV SeriesKaren (segment "Not to Speak")
Working Class2011TV SeriesDot
Starter Home2010ShortSandi
My Name Is Earl2007TV SeriesOfficer Bowman Officer Bobbi Bowman
Lenny the Wonder Dog2005Lisa Lathers
Al Roach: Private Insectigator2004ShortBetty Earwiggins
A Scooby-Doo! Christmas2004TV ShortSheriff Ellen Perkins
The Drew Carey Show1995-2004TV SeriesMimi Bobeck Mimi Bobeck Carey
Fillmore!2003TV SeriesO'Farrell's Mom
What's New, Scooby-Doo?2002TV SeriesSheriff Ellen Perkins
3-South2002TV Series
Rock & Roll Back to School Special2001TV MovieMimi Bobeck (Money) Carey
Nikki2001TV SeriesVegas Woman
Behind the Seams2000Freddie
Norm1999-2000TV SeriesMimi Bobeck Carey / Betty
Lost in the Pershing Point Hotel2000Red Neck Nurse
Picking Up the Pieces2000Mrs. Tattler
The Hughleys1999TV SeriesMimi Bobeck Carey
Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot1999TV SeriesJenny the Monkey (voice, as Kathryn Kinney)
Chicken Soup for the Soul1999TV Series
Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place1998TV SeriesMimi Bobeck
The Brian Benben Show1998TV SeriesThe Facilitator
General Hospital1998TV SeriesWaitress
Coach1997TV SeriesMimi Bobeck
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman1996TV SeriesKatie Banks
Runway One1995TV MovieProprietor of Motel
Grace Under Fire1995TV SeriesNurse
Boy Meets World1995TV SeriesRifkin
Full House1995TV SeriesMrs. Bedrosian
Bakersfield P.D.1994TV SeriesMrs. Blaisher
Mr. Jones1993Homeless Lady
Fallen Angels1993TV SeriesMrs. Sullivan
Seinfeld1993TV SeriesBystander
This Boy's Life1993Marian
Step by Step1992TV SeriesThe Proctor
The Larry Sanders Show1992TV SeriesDog Trainer
Cruel Doubt1992TV Mini-SeriesSkeptical Neighbor
The Linguini Incident1991Denise
Dream On1991TV SeriesNora
Tagteam1991TV MovieInstructor
Grand1990TV SeriesMarge
Arachnophobia1990Blaire Kendall
Newhart1989-1990TV SeriesMiss Goddard
Stanley & Iris1990Bernice
Three Fugitives1989Receptionist
Scrooged1988IBC Nurse
Promised a Miracle1988TV MovieCindy Wilson
Inherit the Wind1988TV MovieWoman at Depot
Parting Glances1986Joan


A Love Letter to Tom Waits: The Life of Chris Roberts-Antieau2011DocumentaryHerself
Drew Carey's Improv-A-Ganza2011TV SeriesHerself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2006-2010TV SeriesHerself
Good Morning America2010TV SeriesHerself
The Price Is Right2009-2010TV SeriesMimi Bobeck
Patriot Act: A Jeffrey Ross Home Movie2005DocumentaryHerself
TV Guide Close Up: From Comedy Club to Primetime2004TV Movie documentaryHerself
Green Screen Show2004TV SeriesHerself
Hollywood Squares1999-2003TV SeriesGuest Appearance / Mimi
Bitter Jester2003DocumentaryHerself
Pyramid2002TV SeriesHerself - Celebrity
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1997-2001TV SeriesHerself
Improv All Stars2001TV SpecialHerself
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn2000TV SeriesHerself
In the Life2000TV Series documentaryHerself
Business of Acting2000Video documentaryHerself
Jeopardy!1999TV SeriesHerself - Celebrity Contestant
The 26th Annual American Music Awards1999TV SpecialHerself
The 25th Annual American Music Awards1998TV SpecialHerself
The N.Y. Friars Club Roast of Drew Carey1998TV MovieHerself
Whose Line Is It Anyway?1998TV SeriesHerself
Space Ghost Coast to Coast1998TV SeriesHerself
Late Show with David Letterman1997TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Daily Show1997TV SeriesHerself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1996TV SeriesHerself
The 18th Annual CableACE Awards1996TV SpecialHerself - Presenter

Archive Footage

TV's Greatest Sidekicks2004TV Special
50 Most Wicked Women of Primetime2004TV Movie documentaryMimi Bobeck - The Drew Carey Show


Won Awards

2008TV Land AwardTV Land AwardsCo-Worker You're Least Likely to Invite Out for Happy HourThe Drew Carey Show (1995)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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