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Amy Marie Hill (born May 9, 1953)[citation needed] is an American stand-up comedian, actress and voice actress known for often playing grandmother or motherly type roles in both live action and voice roles. Hill's first major role was as Yung-Hee "Grandma" Kim on All-American Girl where her character became the breakout character of the short lived television series.

Amy Hill
Amy Hill interprets Wayne Wang's film direction on shooting a scene in "Dim Sum- A Little Bit of Heart".jpg
Wayne Wang and Amy Hill on the set of Dim Sum: A Little Bit of Heart in 1983
Born
Amy Marie Hill

(1953-05-09) May 9, 1953 (age 66)
NationalityAmerican
OccupationStand-up comedian, actress, voice actress
Years active1984–present
ChildrenPenelope

Hill has been a mainstay on American television in her work, many of her roles being recurring roles the most notable roles being, Mrs. DePaulo on That's So Raven, Mama Tohru on Jackie Chan Adventures, Mrs. Hasagawa in Lilo & Stitch: The Series (reprising the same character she played in Lilo & Stitch), Ah-Mah Jasmine Lee in The Life and Times of Juniper Lee, Judy Harvey in Enlightened, Mah Mah Ling in American Dad!, Beverly Tarantino in Mom and Ms. Mannering in Preacher.

Hill is currently a series regular on the Amazon Video Web television show Just Add Magic as Mama P along with recurring in UnReal as Dr. Wagerstein on the basic cable network Lifetime and The CW romantic comedy musical Crazy Ex-Girlfriend as Lourdes Chan.

In film, she is perhaps best known for her roles as Mrs. Kwan in The Cat in the Hat, Sue in 50 First Dates, and Mrs. Ho-Kim in Next Friday. She plays Teuila "Kumu" Tuileta the cultural curator of Robin Master's estate in the 2018 reboot series Magnum P.I..

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Early lifeEdit

Hill was born in Deadwood, South Dakota, to Japanese national Ayako Yoneoka Hill (1914–2008) and Archie Russell Hill, a Finnish American who died after an automobile accident in 1979.[1] She became an acclaimed actress working with the famed Asian American Theater Company in San Francisco, California. Hill is also known in the theatre world as a respected performance artist, having written and performed a number of one-woman shows, including the trilogy of Tokyo Bound, Reunion, and Beside Myself.

CareerEdit

Hill first became noticed in the industry for her involvement on Margaret Cho's short-lived sitcom All-American Girl in the role of grandmother Yung-hee, better known as Grandma or Grandma Kim. Through the run of the show her character eventually became the show's breakout character and this was noted in the show's 2006 DVD release in an interview with Hill and former co-star Margaret Cho.

A little after All-American Girl was cancelled she would later be cast in the role of Kay Ohara on Maybe This Time, which would eventually lead her to working and co-starring with TV legend Betty White and former All American Girl co-star Ashley Johnson.

Some of her notable films that she starred in are Max Keeble's Big Move, Big Fat Liar, The Cat in the Hat, Let's Go To Prison, Lilo & Stitch, and as Dr. Barrenbottom in 2013's Big Gay Love, but her most notable film role was as Sue in the film 50 First Dates.

She has had many notable guest starring roles on shows such as Night Court, Six Feet Under, Desperate Housewives, Two and a Half Men, King of the Hill, 3rd Rock from the Sun, The Sarah Silverman Program, and My Wife & Kids. She has had many notable recurring roles on TV shows as well, such as the lesbian daughter of D. L. Hughley's neighbor (played by Pat Morita) on The Hughleys, the upstairs neighbor of Monica and Rachel on Friends, Mrs. DePaulo on That's So Raven, Mama Tohru on Jackie Chan Adventures, Mrs. Hasagawa on Lilo & Stitch: The Series, Penny Candy on The Puzzle Place, Maureen Nervosa, the owner of Cafe Nervosa on Frasier, Mah Mah the adopted mother of Francine on American Dad!, Dr. Lauren Brown on General Hospital, and Suji on The Naked Truth. In the final episode of season six of Seinfeld, she played the part of Frank Costanza's long lost girlfriend during his Korean War service. She also played Pang Bing, the final antagonist of the series finale of Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness.

She also had notable regular roles on Strip Mall and one of her better known roles as "Ah-Mah" Jasmine Lee on The Life and Times of Juniper Lee. Hill has recurring roles as Beverley on Mom and Ms. Mannering on Preacher.

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1985 Dim Sum: A Little Bit of Heart Amy Tam
1992 Judgement Dorothy Moys
1993 Rising Sun Hsieh
1998 Yellow Snake Ajima
2000 Next Friday Mrs. Ho-Kym
2000 Straight Right Mrs. Geddes
2000 Auggie Rose Karla
2001 Pavilion of Women Madame kang
2001 The New Women Gaia
2001 Max Keeble's Big Move Mrs. Rangoon
2002 Big Fat Liar Joscelyn Davis
2002 Lilo & Stitch Mrs. Hasagawa (voice)
2002 When Angels Cry Pam Short
2003 The Cat in the Hat Mrs. Kwan
2003 Cheaper by the Dozen Miss Hozzie
2004 50 First Dates Sue
2006 Let's Go to Prison Judge Eva Fwae Wun
2007 Finishing the Game Mrs. Tyler
2007 South of Pico Maria
2009 Legally Blondes Ms. Chang Video
2012 White Frog Dr. King
2012 Family Restaurant Christienne Short
2013 Big Gay Love Dr. Barrenbottom
2015 Man Up Eileen
2015 Imperfect Sky Dr. Lowe
2016 The Unbidden Rachel
2016 Coffee House Chronicles: The Movie Myrtle
2016 Catfight Aunt Charlie
2019 Remind Me Cathy Short

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1984 Partners in Crime Mai Ling Episode: "Celebrity"
1987 The Real Ghostbusters Anne Lawson (voice) Episode: "The Revenge of Murray the Mantis"
1988 Growing Pains Dr. Celeste Buhai Episode: "State of the Union"
1988 Night Court Namilama Episodes: "Danny Got His Gun: Parts 1 & 2"
1988 It's a Living Martha Dumond Episode: "The New Guy Show"
1990 Perfect Strangers Roy Episode: "The Men Who Knew Too Much: Part 2"
1991 Baby Talk Mrs. Vitale Episode: "A Star Is Newborn"
1993 Nurses Joanna Joyce Episode: "No, But I Played One on TV"
1994–95 All-American Girl Yung-hee 'Grandma' Kim Main role
1995 Seinfeld Kim Episode: "The Understudy"
1995 The Puzzle Place Penny Candy Episode: "Cute Is as Cute Does"
1995, 1997, 1999 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child Ma-Ma/Mrs. Oolong, Ming, The Empress (voice) Episodes: "Little Red Riding Hood", "The Little Mermaid", "The Empress' Nightingale"
1995–96 Maybe This Time Kay Ohara Main role
1996 Spider-Man Agent Susan Choi (voice) Episodes: "Sins of the Fathers: Chapters 6 & 7"
1997 Boston Common Mrs. Sakini Episode: "The Occidental Purists"
1997 Pauly Sumi Main role
1997–98 The Naked Truth Suji Guest role (season 3)
1998 Twelfth Night Maria TV film
1999–00 The Hughleys Mrs. Fujino, Joanie Park Episodes: "I Ain't Heavy, I'm Your Father", "Seoul Brother Next Door", "Guess Who's Coming Out for Dinner?"
2000 Unauthorized: The Mary Kay Letourneau Story Vili's Mother TV film
2000–01 Strip Mall Fanny Sue Chang Main role
2001 3rd Rock from the Sun Rita Episode: "A Dick Replacement"
2001 Virtually Casey Principal Ono TV film
2001 The Wild Thornberrys: The Origin of Donnie Ibu (voice) TV film
2001 My Wife and Kids Nurse Lorraine Episodes: "Michael's Garden", "Let Them Eat Pie"
2001–02, 2005 Jackie Chan Adventures Mama Tohru (voice) Recurring role (seasons 2–3), guest (season 5)
2002 One on One Ms. Kim Episode: "Me & My Shadow"
2002 Andy Richter Controls the Universe Sylvia Episode: "Grief Counselor"
2002 The Proud Family Mrs. Wong (voice) Episode: "Romeo Must Wed"
2002 MDs Amy Park Episode: "A La Casa"
2003 Still Standing Mrs. Cutler Episode: "Still Excelling"
2003 Frasier Maureen Nervosa Episode: "Farewell, Nervosa"
2003 Eve Maribel Episode: "The Talk"
2003–2005 That's So Raven Mrs. DePaulo Guest role (seasons 1–3)
2003–2005 Lilo & Stitch: The Series Mrs. Hasagawa (voice) Recurring role (seasons 1–2)
2004 Kim Possible Dr. Wanda Wong (voice) Episode: "The Truth Hurts"
2004 Six Feet Under Madame Mana Lisa Episode: "Can I Come Up Now?"
2004 Hot Momma Ruth TV film
2004 Without a Trace Pacita Ojeda Episode: "Upstairs Downstairs"
2004–05 North Shore Bobbie Seau Episodes: "Ties That Bind", "Shark"
2005 Jake in Progress Gert Episode: "Sign Language"
2005 The Closer Franny Episodes: "The Big Picture", "Show Yourself"
2005 Hot Properties Mary Main role
2005–06 Related Grace Episodes: "Pilot", "Movin Out, Moving In, Moving On", "Sisters Are Forever"
2005–06 The Life and Times of Juniper Lee Ah Mah (voice) Guest role (seasons 1–2)
2006 Desperate Housewives Mrs. Pate Episode: "Don't Look at Me"
2006 Just for Kicks Lucy Costello Episode: "I Love Lucy"
2006 American Dragon: Jake Long Aunt Cathy (voice) Episode: "Feeding Frenzy"
2007 In Case of Emergency Mrs. Lee Episode: "Your Goose Is Cooked"
2007 The Sarah Silverman Program Judge Gu Episode: "Joan of Arf"
2007 Grey's Anatomy Joanne Episode: "Let the Truth Sting"
2007–2013 American Dad! Mah Mah (voice) Recurring role
2008 Boston Legal Dr. Kathleen Rosewell Episode: "Mad About You"
2008 The Return of Jezebel James Dr. Koe Episode: "Pilot"
2008 Ghost Whisperer Adrienne Episode: "Firestarter"
2008 Eli Stone Judge Uchimura Episode: "Happy Birthday, Nate"
2009 General Hospital Dr. Laura Brown Guest role
2009 DJ & The Fro Karen / Amy Jarowski TV series
2009 The Goode Family Kiki / Jacki (voice) Episodes: "Pleatherheads", "Goodes Gone Wild", "Freeganomics", "A Goode Man Is Hard to Find"
2009 Glee Dr. Chin Episode: "Throwdown"
2009 Castle Alma Episode: "Vampire Weekend"
2010 Two and a Half Men Mrs. Wiggins Episode: "Ixnay on the Oggie Day"
2010 Law & Order: LA Judge Taryn Tanabe-Ford Episode: "Pasadena"
2011 The Mentalist Nurse Viola Hearn Episode: "Bloodstream"
2011 State of Georgia Li Episode: "There's a Place for Us"
2011 Reed Between the Lines Mrs. McDonaugh Episode: "Let's Talk About Dishonesty"
2011 Family Practice Jenny Kim TV film
2011–12, 2016 Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness Su, Mrs. Gow, Fangbing (voice) Episodes: "Ladies of the Shade", "In with the Old", "Emperor's Rule"
2011–2013 Enlightened Judy Harvey Recurring role
2012 Retired at 35 Mary Episode: "The Apartment"
2013 Arrested Development Noh Episode: "Queen B."
2013 You and Your Fucking Coffee Amy Episode: "Election Day"
2013 The League Mrs. Hatch Episode: "Heavy Petting"
2013 Sean Saves the World Mrs. Ling Episode: "Of Moles and Men"
2014 Jessie Keahi Episode: "Jessie's Aloha Holidays with Parker and Joey"
2016 Life in Pieces Principal Bundy Episode: "Prank Assistant Gum Puppy"
2015–16 Unreal Dr. Wagerstein Recurring role (seasons 1–2)
2015–2018 Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Lourdes Chan Recurring role (seasons 1–3)
2015–2017 Mom Beverly Tarantino Recurring role (seasons 2–5)
2016–17 The Great Indoors Carol Episodes: "Pilot", "No Bad Ideas", "Office Romance", "The Company Retreat"
2016–2019 Just Add Magic Ida 'Mama P' Perez Main role
2017 Preacher Ms. Mannering Recurring role (season 2)
2018 Black-ish Nana Jean Episodes: "R-E-S-P-E-C-T", "White Breakfast"
2018 Santa Clarita Diet Dr. Kellog Episode: "No Family Is Perfect"
2018 3 Year Plan Coral Castaneda TV series
2018–19 Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny Grandma Panda (voice) Main role
2018–19 Magnum P.I. Kumu Main role
2019 Costume Quest Lily Chu 2 episodes
20?? UDrive Me Toni TV series, pre-production

Awards and nominationsEdit

  • Hill was nominated for a regional Emmy (Los Angeles Area) as writer/host of Get Real, an Asian American teen talkshow on KSCI.

Personal lifeEdit

Hill has an adopted daughter named Penelope and they have performed in numerous shows together across the United States.[citation needed]

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