Patricia Belcher

Patricia Belcher (born April 7, 1954) is an American film, stage and television actress, known for her roles as Ms. Dabney in the Disney Channel sitcom Good Luck Charlie, and as United States Attorney Caroline Julian in the FOX crime procedural comedy-drama series Bones.

Patricia Belcher
Born (1954-04-07) April 7, 1954 (age 66)
OccupationActress
Years active1984–present

Life and careerEdit

Belcher was born in Helena, Montana. She is of African American descent.[1] Prior to becoming an actress, Belcher was a contestant on Jeopardy! losing to then attorney Ron Black in one of his 5 games.[2] She studied acting under the guidance of many drama teachers, including the Oscar-nominated actress, Beah Richards.

Belcher is known for playing judges, doctors, nurses, government officials, and other authority figures, often to comic effect. She has made many appearances in films and television series including The Number 23, Unknown, Jeepers Creepers, Heartbreakers and (500) Days of Summer. She also has made appearances in television series, including Everybody Loves Raymond, Boston Legal, The Jake Effect, Twins, The Proud Family, Seinfeld, Sister, Sister, In Plain Sight, The Middle, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Still Sitting down, Beverly Hills, 90210, and How to Get Away with Murder. She is also one of the most active actors appearing in commercials. Products include GEICO, Staples, Time Warner, American Cancer Society and Wells Fargo.

In 2001, Belcher was cast as Jezelle Gay Hartman, a psychic, in the horror film Jeepers Creepers. The film received mixed reviews from critics, however received positive awards from audiences.[3][4] The film was a commercial success, opening in 2,944 theaters and took in a domestic gross of $37,904,175; it later made $21,313,614 internationally, making a total of $59,217,789 worldwide.[5] In 2003, Belcher was originally going to appear again as Jezelle Gay Hartman in Jeepers Creepers 2, as the plot was about her character and Gina Philips' character hunting down The Creeper, while a school bus full of teens terrorized by The Creeper was just a subplot. But the more writer and director Victor Salva worked on the script, the more the bus plot became more interesting. So he decide to scrap both her and Philip's plot and concentrate the film on the bus instead.[6]

From 2006 until 2017, she recurred on Bones as attorney Caroline Julian. Belcher produced her 2008 role in the film Lower Learning as Colette.

In 2009, she played Millie in the romantic comedy (500) Days of Summer. The film received positive reviews from critics upon its release. Based on over 214 professional reviews, it obtained a "Certified Fresh" seal on Rotten Tomatoes with an approval rating of 86% and an average score of 7.6 out of 10. The film was a box office success as well, becoming a "sleeper hit" and earning over $60 million in worldwide returns, far exceeding its $7.5 million budget. Also that year through 2010, Belcher had a recurring role on Better Off Ted as Janet S. Crotum, the head of human resources of Veridian Dynamics. On May 13, 2010, ABC officially canceled the series due to low viewing figures.[7] After the cancellation of Better Off Ted Belcher moved on and began another recurring role on the Disney Channel sitcom Good Luck Charlie, playing the strict and easily annoyed neighbor, Estelle Dabney.[8] It ran for four seasons ending in 2014. [9][10]

In 2013, she appeared as Ingrid in Bad Words, and she voiced Chimamanda Lobo in the video game Dead Island: Riptide. Later that year Belcher again teamed with Jeepers Creepers writer and director Victor Salva for his horror film Dark House. As well as appearing on The Millers, and Partners.

In 2015, she appeared in the GEICO commercial with the band Europe. She was Grandmother in Wells Fargo's 2017 commercial "Lost Debit Card". She also appeared in 2 other GEICO commercials once as a DMV picture taker and a waitress in a 24 hour diner.

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Film Role Notes
1990 Flatliners Edna
1994 Clear and Present Danger INS Officer Mattie
1995 Species Susan the Hospital Admittance Clerk
1996 Lawnmower Man 2: Beyond Cyberspace Judy
1996 Eye for an Eye Dorothy
1999 Message in a Bottle Annie
1999 Molly Margaret Duffy
1999 The Wood Mrs. Huges
2001 Heartbreakers Miranda
2001 Jeepers Creepers Jezelle Gay Hartman
2002 The Board Room Stephens
2003 Spin, Shoot & Run Abagail
2003 I Love Your Work Dr. Fein
2004 Cut and Run Roberta Short
2004 Criminal Rita
2004 Reflections: A Story of Redemption Mom Short
2005 Edmond Sheila
2006 The Still Life Meter Maid Ellen
2006 Unknown Nia
2007 The Number 23 Dr. Alice Mortimer
2008 Over Her Dead Body Helen
2008 El Superstar: The Unlikely Rise of Juan Frances Sister Agatha
2008 Lower Learning Colette Bamboo
2008 Desertion Barbara
2009 500 Days of Summer Millie
2010 5 Star Day Patty the Waitress
2010 Cyrus: Mind of a Serial Killer Maybelle
2011 Shuffle Dr. Robin Daniels
2011 Forever Young at Heart Mae Belle-Jackson-Jenksins-Dubois Short
2012 Walking the Halls Principal Jenkins
2012 I Do Gloria
2012 Sistaah Friend Super Shero of Unity Short
2013 Bad Words Ingrid
2014 Dark House Lee Knox
2014 Sister Miss Thompson
2015 I'll See You in My Dreams Shelter Worker Donna
2016 The Tiger Hunter Sandy - HR Officer
2018 The Week Of Thelma
2018 The Way We Weren't Dr. Dietz Post-production

| 2020 | Kajillionaire | Althea

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1991 Beverly Hills, 90210 Abby Episode: "A Walsh Family Christmas"
1992 Who's the Boss? Nurse Jackson Episode: "Allergic to Love"
1992 Reasonable Doubts Vivian Jones Episode: "Mercury in Retrograde"
1993 Civil Wars Jury Foreperson Episode: "Alien Aided Affection"
1993 Sisters Kate Episode: "Different"
1993 Homefront Terri Episode: "The Lacemakers"
1993 Black Widow Murders: The Blanche Taylor Moore Story Nurse Kitty TV Movie
1993 NYPD Blue Detective Mildred Episode: "Brown Appetit"
1993 Doorways Madge TV Movie
1994 Thea Mrs. Brown Episode: "Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow"
1994 Seinfeld Amy Episode: "The Pie"
1994 Dream On Nurse Monique Episode: "A Face Worse Than Death"
1994 Attack of the 5 Ft. 2 In. Women Judge Harmony TV Movie
1995 Cybill Nurse Jackie Episode: "As the World Turns to Crap"
1995 Martin Inez Episode: "Wedding Bell Blues"
1995 Indictment: The McMartin Trial Juror Pat TV Movie
1995 Body Language Judge May TV Movie
1995 Coach Ms. Henry Episode: "Is It Hot in Here, or Is It Me?: Part 2"
1995 ER Evangeline Jones Episode: "What Life?"
1995 Step by Step Mrs. Sawyer Episode: "Hello, Mister Chips"
1995 Favorite Deadly Sins Judge Nadine TV Movie
1995 Dad, the Angel & Me Christine TV Movie
1996 Murder One Mrs. Harris Episode: "Chapter Eleven"
1996 Woman Undone Judge Hattie TV Movie
1996 Touched by an Angel Ms. Raphael Episode: "Dear God"
1996 Life's Work Gloria Episode: "Pilot"
1996 Married... with Children Eunetta Episode: "A Bundy Thanksgiving"
1996 Everybody Loves Raymond Ruth Episode: "Neighbors"
1996–1998 Sister, Sister Councilwoman Martha Hicks / Selma 4 episodes
1997 Good News Lorraine Hudson Episode: "Pilot"
1997 Brooklyn South Regina Hopkins Episode: "Pilot"
1997 Living Single Florence Jacobs 2 episodes
1997 Chicago Hope Stephanie Plummer Episode: "White Trash"
1997 Players Tante Florence Episode: "Three of a Con"
1997 Van Helsing Chronicles Nurse Carol TV Movie
1997–1999 The Parent 'Hood Mrs. Griffith / Judge / Principal Bobbit 3 episodes
1997–2001 The Practice Candace Levy / The Foreperson 3 episodes
1998 You Lucky Dog Judge Tanner TV Movie
1998–1999 Tracey Takes On... Ida 5 episodes
1998–2000 The Hughleys Jessie Mae 7 episodes
1999 Maggie Winters Ruth Episode: "Sometimes You Feel Like a Nut"
1999 Rude Awakening Dr. Lloyd Episode: "The Grateful Living"
1999 The Drew Carey Show Judge Holloway Episode: "Drew and the Gang Law"
1999–2001 Norm Sheryl 7 episodes
2000 The Dukes of Hazzard: Hazzard in Hollywood Deacon Miller TV Movie
2000 Battle of the Sitcoms Renee 1 episode
2000–2001 The Trouble with Normal Lila 6 episodes
2001 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Professor Hutchins Episode: "Do You See What I See?"
2001 Follow the Stars Home Helen TV Movie
2001–2002 One on One Dr. Gilkes 3 episodes
2002 Yes, Dear Bernice Episode: "You're Out... of Dreams"
2002 Girlfriends Iva Dent Episode: "Willie or Won't He II: The Last Chapter?"
2002 Leap of Faith Nurse Millicent Episode: "The Baby Snugglers"
2002 Ally McBeal Marsha Forrester Episode: "Love Is All Around: Part 2"
2002–2003 Andy Richter Controls the Universe Ms. Machado 2 episodes
2002–2004 Still Standing Miss Bodin 3 episodes
2003–2004 The Proud Family Ms. Hightower 4 episodes
2004 Malcolm in the Middle Dr. Lucille Armstrong Episode: "Reese's Apartment"
2004 Without a Trace Georgia Reston Episode: "Upstairs Downstairs"
2004–2007 Boston Legal Judge Leslie Bishop 3 episodes
2005 The Proud Family Movie Ms. Hightower TV Movie
2005 Close to Home Judge Riker 2 episodes
2005 Hot Properties Nurse Gracie Episode: "Killer Bodies"
2005 My Name Is Earl Karen Episode: "Stole P's HD Cart"
2005–2006 Twins Dolly 5 episodes
2006 Rodney Renette Episode: "A Tisket, a Casket"
2006 The Jake Effect Vice Principal Curtis 6 episodes
2006 How I Met Your Mother Bernadette Bailey Episode: "Atlantic City"
2006 The Loop Pat Swanson Episode: "Stride"
2005–2017 Bones Caroline Julian 51 episodes
2007 Weeds Miriam Walters Episode: "The Brick Dance"
2008 Las Vegas Episode: "Three Weddings and a Funeral: Part 2"
2008 Out of Jimmy's Head Lunchlady Edna Episode: "Lunch Tables"
2008 The Cleaner Sister Alma Episode: "Rag Dolls"
2008 Cold Case Margaret Trudlow '08 Episode: "True Calling"
2009 United States of Tara Gloria Episode: "Snow"
2009 According to Jim Mrs. Kretzer Episode: "I Hate the High Road"
2009 Community Mrs. Honey Episode: "Pilot"
2009 The Middle Mrs. Rettig Episode: "Pilot"
2009 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Judge M. Fishburn Episode: "The World Series Defense"
2009–2010 Better Off Ted Janet 2 episodes
2010–2014 Good Luck Charlie Mrs. Estelle Dabney / Virginia 23 episodes
2011 In Plain Sight Mrs. Anders 2 episodes
2012 Emily Owens M.D. Dolores Episode: "Emily and... the Question of Faith"
2014 The Millers Sunni Episode: "Cancellation Fee"
2014 Partners Judge Reiss Episode: "Paralegal Activity"
2015 Mike & Molly Rose Episode: "Molly's Neverending Story"
2015 I Didn't Do It Candy Episode: "The Doctor Is In"
2016 How to Get Away with Murder Corrine Stefano Episode: "She Hates Us"
2017 Santa Clarita Diet Roberta Episode: "So Then a Bat or a Monkey"
2017 Trial & Error Judge E. Horsedich 9 episodes
2017–2018 The Guest Book Bernice 2 episodes
2017 Mom Gloria Episode: "An Epi-Pen and a Security Cat"
2018–2019 A.P. Bio Superintendent Marsha Green Episode: "Eight Pigs and a Rat"
2018 Code Black Gloria Episode: "Home Stays Home"
2018–2019 Teachers Mavis Recurring role, season 3
2018 Forever Ellen Episode: "June"
2019 No Good Nick Ingrid Episode: "The Man in the Middle Attack"
2019 Young Sheldon Clara Episode: "An Entrepreneurialist and a Swat on the Bottom"
2019 Will & Grace Ellie Episode: "Eat, Pray, Love, Phone, Sex"
2020 Single Parents Vice Principal Sara Yarble Episode: "Welcome to Hilltop!"
2020 911 Ms. Jenkins Episode: “Fools”

Video GamesEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2013 Dead Island: Riptide Chimamanda Uncredited Voice Role

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Coleman, Robin R. Means. Horror Noire: Blacks in American Horror Films from the 1890s to Present. p. 153.
  2. ^ "Jeopardy! Tournament Champions Archive - Best Jeopardy! Players". Archived from the original on 26 April 2015. Retrieved 13 March 2016.
  3. ^ "Jeepers Creepers (2001)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2014-07-25.
  4. ^ "Jeepers Creepers". Metacritic. Retrieved 2014-07-25.
  5. ^ Jeepers Creepers (2001). Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2010-10-24.
  6. ^ "Jeepers Creepers II (2003)". IMDb. Retrieved 13 March 2016.
  7. ^ "Report: FlashForward, Romantically Challenged, Better Off Ted, Scrubs Canceled". Retrieved September 11, 2010.
  8. ^ "Kit and Kaboodle". Good Luck Charlie. Season 1. Episode 12. July 11, 2010. 11:28 minutes in. Disney Channel.
  9. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "Disney Channel's 'Good Luck Charlie' To End Its Run". Deadline.com. Retrieved June 12, 2013.
  10. ^ Schneider, Michael (January 21, 2014). "Exclusive: Disney Channel Schedules Good Luck Charlie Finale". TV Guide. Retrieved January 22, 2014.

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