Kate Mulgrew Bio Information


Kate Mulgrew has had a distinguished career in theatre, television, and film.  She is equally adept at comedy and drama, as proven by the many and varied characters she has played.  A few of her notable theatrical roles include Emily in Our Town, Tracy Lord in The Philadelphia Story, Hedda Gabler, and her award winning turn as Katharine Hepburn in Tea at Five. In 2008 she was honored with Off-Broadway’s Obie Award for her portrayal of Clytemnestra in Iphigenia 2.0.  Mulgrew recently fulfilled a life-long dream when she played Cleopatra in a successful and well received production of Shakespeare’s classic play at Hartford Stage. 

Some noteworthy television roles include Mary Ryan (Ryan’s Hope), Mrs. Columbo, and Dr. Joanne Springsteen (Heartbeat).  And in 1995 Mulgrew created the iconic role of Captain Kathryn Janeway on Star Trek: Voyager, becoming the first female captain of a Star Trek series. Among her films are the classic comedy Throw Momma from the Train, Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins, and most recently the award-winning docudrama The Response.

Kate Mulgrew’s involvement with Alzheimer’s began when her mother, Joan, was diagnosed with the disease.  Joan succumbed in 2006, but Mulgew’s dedication to the cause has remained steadfast.  She has raised millions of dollars for research, and continues to speak passionately and forcefully about the effects of the disease on families, the need for funding, and the ongoing search for a cure, all over the world.

She recently explained her commitment: “It’s grown and blossomed into something that feels right. I’ve had a really good life and a wonderful career. I’ve been comfortable and I’ve been healthy. And I adored my mother. So this is my way to give back.”

FULL NAME: Katherine Kiernan Mulgrew
BORN: April 29, 1955
PARENTS: The late Joan Kiernan Mulgrew and the late Thomas James Mulgrew II
SIBLINGS: Kate is the second oldest child (oldest daughter) in a family of eight children. 
CHILDREN: Two sons - Ian Thomas and Alexander James; one daughter - Danielle 
Wahlert High School
New York University, New York, NY
A.A. Degree, 1976
left after junior year to pursue acting full-time
Stella Adler Conservatory, New York, NY
accepted into NYU affiliated program
In 2008 was awarded an Obie Award for her performance as Clytemnestra in Iphigenia 2.0 at Signature Theatre Co. 
In 2007 was nominated for the 73rd Annual Drama League Award for her performance in 'Our Leading Lady'.
In 2004 received Carbonell Award for Best Actress (Touring, Independent Production - Cuillo Centre) for her portrayal of Katharine Hepburn in Tea at Five
In 2003 received Broadway.com's Audience Award for Favorite Solo Performance in Tea at Five
In 2003 received an Outer Critics Circle nomination for Outstanding Solo Performance in Tea at Five.
In 2003 received a Lucille Lortel nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress for Tea at Five.
Mulgrew won the Saturn award for Best TV Actress presented by the Academy of Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films for her portrayal of Captain Kathryn Janeway on "Star Trek: Voyager". 
Mulgrew won the Golden Satellite Award for the best actress in a TV series drama for her portrayal of Captain Kathyrn Janeway on "Star Trek: Voyager". 
Mulgrew won the Tracey Humanitarian Award for her performance as driven alcoholic news anchor Hillary Wheaton on a 5/4/92 episode of "Murphy Brown" entitled "On the Rocks". 
Mulgrew received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters for Artistic Contribution from Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA.
Mulgrew received a Golden Globe Award nomination for best dramatic actress in a series in 1979 for "Mrs. Columbo"