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Janel Moloney
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Janel Moloney

Emmy Award nominee Janel Moloney, who was born and raised in Woodland Hills, California, studied ballet from ages 5 to 15, but acting was her first passion.

As a high school student, Moloney appeared in her first play, Taming of the Shrew, in the role of Bianca. After graduation, she studied acting briefly at the State University New York-Purchase, but soon returned to Los Angeles to begin classes with acting teacher Roy London, whom Moloney cites as her biggest inspiration.

Moloney's film credits include appearances in the critically acclaimed independent feature The Souler Opposite, as well as Desperate Measures and ‘Til There Was You. She guest-starred on the Christmas episode of the television series Sports Night thus introducing her to Sports Night (and The West Wing) executive producers Aaron Sorkin and Thomas Schlamme.

Moloney will appear alongside Tom Cavanagh (NBC's Ed) and Ben Foster in the upcoming cable film Bang, Bang You're Dead! Her additional television credits include roles on NBC's ER, which introduced her to The West Wing's other executive producer, John Wells. She also appeared in the television movies Then She Was Gone and To Save a Child.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.

Janel Moloney Facts

BirthdayOctober 3, 1969 (51)
BirthplaceWoodland Hills, California, USA

Selected Filmography

Bang, Bang, You're Dead (2002) tv-movie
Desperate Measures (1998)
'Til There Was You (1997)
The Souler Opposite (1997)
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