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Lily Mariye is an American television director, filmmaker and actress.

Lily Mariye
Born (1964-09-25) September 25, 1964 (age 54)
Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Spouse(s)Boney James (1985–present)


Early lifeEdit

Mariye was born in Las Vegas, Nevada and graduated from UCLA with a BA in Theater Arts.


From 1994 to 2009 she had a regular role as nurse Lily Jarvik on the NBC television series ER, for which she has won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Ensemble in a Drama Series four times. She has appeared in many films such as The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Mighty Joe Young, The Shadow, The New Age, The Doctor and Extraordinary Measures. Lily has guest-starred in over 25 television shows including Teen Wolf, Criminal Minds, Shameless, NCIS L.A., Judging Amy, Ally McBeal, Family Ties, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Chicago Hope. She is also an award-winning theatre actress, performing in New York, Los Angeles and other regional theatres around the country.

Lily Mariye's debut feature film as a writer and director, Model Minority had its world premiere at the 2012 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, where it received three awards: Special Jury Outstanding Director, Breakthrough Performance by a New Actor and Outstanding Cinematography as well as being a nominee for the Grand Jury Prize in Narrative Feature Filmmaking. Model Minority also won Best Micro-Budget Film and Best Female Director at The London Independent Film Festival, and Outstanding Feature at The Sacramento International Film Festival.

She has written several full-length screenplays, one of which, The Shangri-la Cafe, was accepted into the second round of the application process for development in the Sundance Feature Film Labs. The Shangri-la Cafe won Best Screenplay at the Ohio International Independent Film Festival and the Gaffers Film Festival, and won her a grant from the AFI Conservatory's prestigious Directing Workshop for Women, 13th Cycle. While at AFI she produced and directed an award-winning short film version of the script (Best Short Film Award - Moondance International Film Festival, Best Screenplay Award - Brussels Independent Film Festival). The short film version of The Shangri-la Cafe was included on a DVD release of AFI shorts entitled Celebrating AFI.

In 2012 Mariye was chosen to participate in the Disney/ABC/DGA Directing Program. In 2016 she directed Episode 14, Season 4 of ABC's Nashville (season 4) and Episode 4 after Nashville (season 5) moved to CMT. She also directed an episode of Season 2 of Amazon's "Just Add Magic" and episode 17, Season 4 of Freeform's "The Fosters."

In 2017 she participated in The CBS Directing Initiative. Also in 2017, Mariye directed episodes of Chicago P.D. (TV series), NCIS: Los Angeles and helmed her third episode on Nashville (season 6).

In 2018 Mariye directed two episodes of CBS's Criminal Minds, Chicago P.D. (TV series), NCIS: Los Angeles, MacGyver (2016 TV series) and The Enemy Within (TV series).

In 2018 she received a DGA Award Nomination at the 70th Annual DGA Awards for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children’s Program for her work on Just Add Magic (TV series).

Personal lifeEdit

A resident of Los Angeles, Mariye lives with husband, four time Grammy-nominated recording artist, saxophonist Boney James, who also contributed to the soundtracks for The Shangri-la Cafe and Model Minority.

Directing CreditsEdit

Acting CreditsEdit


Title Director
Extraordinary Measures Tom Vaughan
Hancock Peter Berg
American Pie Presents: Band Camp Dr. Susan Choi
Mighty Joe Young (1998 film) Ron Underwood
Signs And Wonders Maurice Phillips
The Shadow Russell Mulcahy
California Myth Michel Katz
The New Age Michael Tolkin
Ted & Venus Bud Cort
The Doctor Randa Haines
Switch Blake Edwards
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas Colin Higgins


Title Director Role
General Hospital Frank Valentini Guest Star
Criminal Minds Glenn Kershaw Guest Star
Teen Wolf (2011 TV series) Tim Andrew et al. Recurring
NCIS: Los Angeles Eric Laneuville Guest Star
Shameless John Dahl Guest Star
Judging Amy James Kramer Guest Star
ER (4 SAG Awards for Best Ensemble) Lesli Linka Glatter (et al.) Recurring, 15 seasons
Ally McBeal Billy Dickson Guest Star
Reunited Asaad Kelada Recurring
Chicago Hope Sandy Smolin Guest Star
Melrose Place James Darren Guest Star, 2 episodes
Murphy Brown Barnet Kellman Guest Star
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine David Carson Guest Star, "Emissary"
"Family Ties" John Pasquin Guest Star ("Eleanor"), S3 E8 "Best Man"


Title Director Location
Tea (Dramalogue Award) Julianne Boyd Manhattan Theatre Club, NY
Old Globe Theatre, San Diego
Kokoro (L.A Weekly Best Actress nomination) Jan Lewis Odyssey Theatre
Into the Woods DTim Dang East/West Players
Delicacies Bruce Whitney
Runaways Matt Casella Richmond Shepard
Trojan Women CBS Studios
The Bacchae Mark Taper Workshop
Pastorale Susan Dietz Beverly Hills Playhouse
Cabaret John Allison
Kimchee & Chitlins Mark Taper Workshop
Daniel in Babylon Matt Casella L.A. Stage Co.
Lesbian Seagulls Catherine Coke Celebration Theatre, L.A.

External linksEdit

  • Lily Mariye on IMDb
  • Lily Mariye at Rotten Tomatoes
  • " Latest News for September 2002". Retrieved April 11, 2008.