Not to be confused with Kate Segal.
, Sagal at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2010.
Catherine Louise Sagal, (1954-01-19) January 19, 1954 (age 59), Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Actress, voice actress, singer-songwriter
Freddy Beckmeier, (1977-1981),
Jack White, (1993-2000), Kurt Sutter, (2004-present)
2 daughters, 1 son
Catherine Louise "Katey" Sagal (born January 19, 1954) is an American actress, voice actress and singer-songwriter. She is best known for her role as Gemma Teller Morrow on the FX series Sons Of Anarchy, and for her role as Peggy Bundy on Married... with Children. She's also known for voicing the character Leela on the animated science fiction series Futurama since 1999, as well as for starring on the show 8 Simple Rules in the role of Cate Hennessy. In the latter role, she worked with John Ritter until his death, leading to Sagal taking over as the series lead for the remainder of the show's run.
Since 2008, she has portrayed Gemma Teller Morrow in the FX drama series Sons of Anarchy, for which she won a Golden Globe in 2011. She has been married to Sons of Anarchy creator, Kurt Sutter, since 2004.
1 Early life,
2 Acting career,
3 Musical career,
4 Personal life,
7 Awards and nominations,
9 External links,
Sagal was born in California to a show business family of five children, including younger twin sisters Jean and Liz Sagal, and brother Joe Sagal, all three of whom are actors, and David Sagal, an attorney married to actor McNally Sagal. Her mother, Sara Zwilling, was a writer and producer who died of heart disease; her father, Boris Sagal, was a Ukrainian-born director of Jewish background. who died in 1981 in an accident on the set of the television movie World War III. Sagal and her siblings grew up in Brentwood, Los Angeles. Her godfather is Norman Lear.
Sagal graduated from California Institute of the Arts, and began her acting career in Hollywood, appearing in several made for TV movies between 1971 and 1975, including a small role as a receptionist in the Columbo installment Candidate for Crime (directed by her father). Sagal's first major role was as a newspaper columnist in the series Mary starring Mary Tyler Moore. This led to her being cast as Peggy Bundy on the sitcom Married... with Children (1987-1997). She portrayed the lower-class, sex-starved wife of shoe salesman Al Bundy. Sagal brought her own red bouffant wig to audition for the role, and with the producers' approval, the look transitioned into the show. As Peg, she wore the wig, capri-length leggings with a large belt, and high slip-on heels, which were all fashion styles from the 1960s. The series ran for eleven years.
After the end of Married With Children, several more television films followed; she also contributed to the children's cartoon Recess as the voice of Spinelli's mother. In 1999, Matt Groening cast her as the purple-haired, cyclopian spaceship captain, Leela, in his science fiction animated comedy Futurama. The show developed a cult following but was cancelled after four seasons. However, airings in syndication on Adult Swim and Comedy Central increased the show's popularity and led Comedy Central to commission a series of Futurama direct-to-DVD films, which the network later rebroadcast as 16 episodes, season five. She reprised her role as Leela in these films, and in the new season that began airing June 24, 2010.
Sagal guest starred as Edna Hyde, Steven Hyde's mother, in three episodes of That '70s Show. She starred in the short-lived NBC sitcom Tucker the following year.
She was cast as the wife of John Ritter in the sitcom 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter in 2002. Ritter had completed only three episodes of the second season before his death, and the show was cancelled in 2005 after its third season.
In 2005, she made two appearances on Lost as Helen Norwood. In 2007, she had a role in the season finale of The Winner as Glen Abbot's former, and Josh's current, teacher, with whom Glen has his first sexual experience. The following year, she appeared in four episodes of the short-lived series Eli Stone.
In January 2009, Sagal reunited with her TV son David Faustino (Bud Bundy from Married with Children) for an episode of Faustino's show Star-ving. In 2010, she appeared twice more on Lost. In 2009, she starred in the film House Broken with Danny DeVito. In 2010, she returned to the stage in Randy Newman's musical Harps & Angels.
She currently stars as Gemma Teller Morrow on the TV show Sons of Anarchy, created by her husband, Kurt Sutter.
In 2013, Sagal had a cameo on Glee as Nancy Abrams, Artie Abrams' mother.
Sagal started her career in show business as a singer and songwriter. In 1973, she worked as a backing vocalist for various singers, including Bob Dylan and Tanya Tucker. In 1976, while a member of The Group With No Name, she contributed to the album Moon over Brooklyn. She was a member of Bette Midler's backup group The Harlettes in 1978, and again from 1982-83. She performed backing vocals on the self-titled Gene Simmons solo album, the Molly Hatchet album Take No Prisoners and on Olivia Newton-John's 1985 single "Soul Kiss." Sagal also provided the vocals for "Loose Cannons", the theme song for the movie featuring Gene Hackman and Dan Aykroyd in 1990. The song featured her singing most of the song, while Aykroyd sang the chorus and did some background impersonations from the movie.
On April 19, 1994, she released her first solo album, Well... On June 1, 2004, she released her second album, Room. She has also contributed to the Sons of Anarchy soundtrack.
Sagal was married to German American musician Freddie Beckmeier (1978-1981).
In 1991, while working on Married... with Children, Sagal learned that she was pregnant with husband Jack White's child. This was unexpected so the pregnancy was written into the storyline of the show. However, in October 1991, she had to have an emergency Caesarean section in her seventh month of pregnancy, ending in the stillbirth of a daughter. The pregnancy on the show was then regarded as a "dream," which was mentioned only briefly at the end of the episode "Al Bundy, Shoe Dick." Sagal and White eventually had two children--a daughter, Sarah Grace, in 1994 and a son, Jackson James, in 1996. The writers of Married... with Children deliberately did not write Sagal's two later pregnancies into the show due to the earlier stillbirth, opting instead to shoot her in instances where her midsection was obscured, such as in a taxicab or at a craps table in Las Vegas.
One after-effect of Sagal having lost her stillborn daughter was that the tragedy inspired her to write the lyrics for "(You) Can't Hurry The Harvest." She recorded this selection on her debut album, Well..., which was released in April 1994.
Sagal married writer-producer Kurt Sutter in a private ceremony on October 2, 2004, at their home in Los Feliz, California. They have a daughter Esmé Louise born in 2007 through a surrogate mother.
The Failing of Raymond
Credited as "Catherine Louise Sagal"; TV film
The Bold Ones: The New Doctors
Credited as "Katie Sagal"
Maid to Order
The Good Mother
No Higher Love
Recess: School's Out
Mrs. Flo Spinelli (voice)
Connie St. John
Three Wise Guys
I'm Reed Fish
Futurama: Bender's Big Score
Futurama: The Beast with a Billion Backs
Futurama: Bender's Game
Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder
Jack and the Beanstalk
Harps & Angels
Episode: "Candidate for Crime"
The Dream Makers
Married... with Children
Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme
Mary Quite Contrary
Tales from the Crypt
Episode: "For Cryin' Out Loud"
She Says She's Innocent
Trail of Tears
Episode: "February 10th, 1995"
Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man
Episode: "The Germ Turns"
Episode: "Mother Knows Best"
Chance of a Lifetime
That '70s Show
Leela (voice only)
The Geena Davis Show
Episode: "Girls' Night Out"
8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter
Cate S. Hennessy
When Angels Come to Town
Monica the Police Officer
Episode: "Undead Comic"
The Search for the Funniest Mom in America
Episode: "Hot for Teacher"
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Annabelle Bundt/Natasha Steele
Episode: "Two and a Half Deaths"
Sons of Anarchy
Gemma Teller Morrow
Comedy Central Roast Of Roseanne
Super Duper Rocket
Chrystal Findlee (voice)