Kate McNeil

Kate McNeil (born August 17, 1959) is an American actress. She starred in the CBS daytime soap opera As the World Turns from 1981 to 1984, and in 1983 had the leading role in the slasher film The House on Sorority Row. McNeil was also the female lead in the 1988 horror film Monkey Shines.

Kate McNeil
Born (1959-08-17) August 17, 1959 (age 62)
Years active1981–present
Roy Friedland
(m. 1987)
ChildrenTwo children

Early yearsEdit

The daughter of the president of U.S. Cocoa Corporation, McNeil grew up in a suburb of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In high school, she said, "I was in a lot of plays, and I was a bit wild."[1] She went on to study theater at Ithaca College.[1]


McNeil began her acting career on the soap opera As the World Turns in 1981. In 1982, she appeared in the low-budget comedy Beach House. The following year, she starred in the slasher film The House on Sorority Row.[2] 1985 saw Kate McNeil appearing in the miniseries Kane & Abel and in 1986 she was featured in another miniseries, North and South Book II. She co-starred in director George A. Romero's horror film Monkey Shines in 1988. In the 1990s, Kate McNeil appeared as Janet Gilchrist in the final three Waltons TV movies.

In the early 1990s, McNeil was a cast member of two television shows, WIOU and Bodies of Evidence.[3] Kate McNeil has also made numerous television guest appearances. She has appeared on Amazing Stories, Simon & Simon, Designing Women, Midnight Caller, Quantum Leap, The X-Files, Murder, She Wrote, Babylon 5, Diagnosis Murder, Veronica Mars, Bones, The Mentalist, and Mad Men.

Personal lifeEdit

McNeil has been married to Roy Friedland, a director and script writer,[1] since 1987. They have two children.



Year Title Role Notes
1982 Beach House Cindy
1983 The House on Sorority Row Katherine 'Katey' Rose
1988 Monkey Shines Melanie Parker
1994 I'll Do Anything Stacy
1995 Sudden Death Kathi
1997 Shadow Dancer Det. Frances Hayes
2001 The Caveman's Valentine Betty
2001 Glitter Karen Diana
2002 Until Morning Gillian Scott


Year Title Role Notes
1981–1984 As the World Turns Karen Haines Stenbeck Dixon TV series
1985 Kane and Abel Florentyna Rosnovski TV miniseries
1986 Vital Signs Kristi TV film
1986 North and South Augusta Barclay TV miniseries
1987 Amazing Stories Patty O'Neil Episode: "Blue Man Down"
1988 Simon & Simon Trish Van Alder Episode: "The Richer They Are the Harder They Fall"
1988, 1993 Murder, She Wrote Carrie Palmer, Kate Walden Episodes: "Harbinger of Death", "A Virtual Murder"
1989 Designing Women Libby Coker Episode: "The Junies"
1989–90 Anything but Love Gail Episodes: "Hearts and Bones", "Partying Is Such Sweet Sorrow"
1990 Midnight Caller Rev. Summer Episode: "Planes"
1990 The Bakery Dana Buchanan TV film
1990–91 WIOU Taylor Young Main role
1991 Dear John Carol Episode: "Kirk's Ex-Wife"
1992–93 Bodies of Evidence Det. Nora Houghton Main role
1993 Quantum Leap Olivia Barrett Covington Episode: "The Leap Between States"
1993 a Walton Thanksgiving Reunion Janet Gilchrist TV film
1994 Babylon 5 Janice Rosen Episode: "The Quality of Mercy"
1995 A Walton Wedding Janet Gilchrist TV film
1995 Best Defense Michelle Best TV film
1996 Diagnosis: Murder Jennifer Stratton / Joan Episode: "Murder Murder"
1996 Escape Clause Sarah Ramsay TV film
1997 A Walton Easter Janet Gilchrist Walton TV film
1997 Sleeping with the Devil Liz TV film
1997 Promised Land Laura Dunbar Episode: "To Everything a Season"
1998–99 Love Boat: The Next Wave Pat Kennedy Episodes: "Smooth Sailing", "Getting to Know You", "Love Floats: The St. Valentine's Day Massacre"
1999 Providence Randi Episode: "Pig in Providence"
1999 Ally McBeal Marianne Harper Episode: "Let's Dance"
1999 Half a Dozen Babies Lynda Smirz TV film
2000 The X-Files Nan Wieder Episode: "Theef"
2000 Nash Bridges Rose Torry Episode: "Hard Cell"
2000 One Kill Maj. Leslie Nesbitt TV film
2000 American Tragedy Dr. Clarkson TV film
2001 Family Law Jenny TV series
2001 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Sharon Woodbury Episode: "Chaos Theory"
2001 ER Mrs. Pendry Episode: "Partly Cloudy, Chance of Rain"
2002 Touched by an Angel Sarah Berrington Episode: "For All the Tea in China"
2003–04 American Dreams Doris Mason Episodes: "The Long Goodbye", "Chasing the Past", "No Way Out"
2004 NCIS Comm. Margaret Green Episode: "The Good Samaritan"
2004 Without a Trace Atty. Marian Costello Episode: "Two Families"
2005 Cold Case Beth Adams Episode: "Blank Generation"
2005 Star Trek: Enterprise Cmdr. Collins Episode: "Affliction"
2005 Veronica Mars Betina Casablancas Episode: "Nobody Puts Baby in a Corner"
2005 Bones Audrey Schilling Episode: "The Girl in the Fridge"
2008 The Mentalist Katherine Blakely Episode: "The Thin Red Line"
2010 Proposition 8 Trial Re-Enactment Christine Van Aken TV documentary
2010 Law & Order: LA Patricia Nelson Episode: "Pasadena"
2011 Big Love Sister Mary Episodes: "A Seat at the Table", "Certain Poor Shepherds"
2012 Mad Men Edith Huff Episode: "Dark Shadows"
2012 Longmire Maureen Mace Episode: "An Incredibly Beautiful Thing"
2012 NCIS: Los Angeles Carol Adams Episode: "Recruit"
2016 Code Black Anne Stringer Episode: "Blood Sport"
2016 Grey's Anatomy Tess' Mom Episode: "I Am Not Waiting Anymore"
2021 Them Dr. Frances Moynihan Episodes: "Day 9", "Day 10"


  1. ^ a b c Hughes, Mike (October 31, 1990). "Kate McNeil's role reflection of real life". California, San Bernardino. The San Bernardino County Sun. p. 34. Retrieved November 2, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  
  2. ^ Mannikka, Eleanor. "The House on Sorority Row (1983) - Mark Rosman,Paul Schiff - Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related". AllMovie. Retrieved 20 June 2015.
  3. ^ "Kate McNeil Biography ((?)-)". Retrieved 20 June 2015.

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