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Andrea Kay "Missi" Pyle (born November 16, 1972) is an American actress. She has appeared in several films, including Galaxy Quest, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay. She is also the other half of Smith & Pyle, a desert country-rock band, with actress Shawnee Smith.

Personal life

Pyle, the daughter of Linda and Frank Pyle, was born in Houstonmarker, Texasmarker but raised in Tennesseemarker. She has two older sisters, Debbie and Julie, two older brothers Sam and Paul, and one younger half-brother Gordon, and a half-sister Meredith. Pyle attended the North Carolina School of the Artsmarker in Winston-Salem, NC and graduated in 1995. For her achievements, Pyle was honored by the Poplar Pike Playhouse at her alma mater Germantown High School in Germantown, Tennesseemarker.

Pyle married Casey Anderson, a grizzly bear specialist for National Geographicmarker, on September 12, 2008. The wedding was country-western themed and took place in Montanamarker. Wedding guests included Anderson's bear, Brutus, comedian Steve Agee, and Pyle's bandmate, Shawnee Smith.

Pyle was ranked #98 of Maxim's "100 Sexiest Women" in 2004.

Career

Pyle has guest starred on many television shows, including Heroes, Mad About You, Boston Legal, Frasier and The Sarah Silverman Program. She started her film career with a minor role in As Good as It Gets, starring Helen Hunt and Jack Nicholson. After her breakout role in Galaxy Quest, she had supporting roles in Bringing Down the House (for which she and Queen Latifah were nominated for an MTV Movie Award for Best Fight), Josie and the Pussycats, Home Alone 4, Exposed, Big Fish, Along Came Polly, Soul Plane and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Barely recognizable, she stars in Dodgeball . She also had a brief appearance in 50 First Dates. Missi had an appearance on Two and a Half Men (2004). She was ranked #98 on the Maxim Hot 100 Women of 2004.

In 2008, Missi starred in the Broadway play, Boeing-Boeing opposite Christine Baranski, Mark Rylance, Greg Germann, Paige Davis and Rebecca Gayheart. The play closed in January 2009.

Missi and Shawnee Smith as Smith & Pyle
Pyle was scheduled to ring the closing bell for the trading day at the New York Stock Exchangemarker on September 29, 2008 to promote Boeing-Boeing, but backed out minutes before the close of trading in order to not associate herself with ending a calamitous day of financial turmoil which resulted in the Dow Jones Industrial Average losing 778 points, the largest point loss ever in a session in the wake of the global financial crisis of September–October 2008. She watched from the floor as an NYSE staffer pushed the button and gaveled the end of trading instead.

She is currently part of a country music group with actress Shawnee Smith called Smith & Pyle. The two actresses met while filming an ABC comedy pilot titled Traveling in Packs. The band started after Smith invited Pyle to join her in attending the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festivalmarker. While stuck in traffic, Pyle talked about her dream to be a rock star and Smith agreed to form a band with her. Their first album, "It's OK to Be Happy", was released digitally through iTunes and Amazon.com in July 2008. The debut album was recorded in Joshua Tree, Californiamarker at Rancho de la Lunamarker and was produced by Chris Goss. The two actresses have also become business partners and formed their own record label called Urban Prairie Records, which "It's OK to be Happy" was released under. According to an interview Smith did with pretty-scary.net in August 2008, a Smith & Pyle television or webisode series might be in the works. Smith also mentioned the idea of a series on Fangoria radio with Dee Snider. Currently there are 3 videos posted on YouTube that show the making of the record. They also have a 10-minute "making of" video on Vimeo called Smith & Pyle: Desert Sessions.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1997 As Good as It Gets Cafe 24 Waitress
1998 Number One Laurel
1999 Trick Actress with Flowers
Galaxy Quest Laliari
2001 Josie and the Pussycats Alexandra Cabot
Let It Snow Ily
2002 Home Alone 4 Vera
2003 Bringing Down the House Ashley
Big Fish Mildred
Exposed Amy
2004 50 First Dates Noreen
Soul Plane Barbara
Along Came Polly Roxanne
Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story Fran Stalinovskovichdavidovitchsky
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy Zoo Keeper Uncredited
2005 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Mrs. Beauregarde
The Civilization of Maxwell Bright Cop
2006 Just My Luck Peggy Brayden
Stormbreaker Nadia Vole
Mojave Phone Booth Sarah
2007 Feast of Love Agatha Smith
2008 Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay Raylene
Meet Market Ericka
Visioneers Sara
Soccer Mom Wendy/Coach Lorenzo
2009 Spring Breakdown Charlene
Patriotville Faith Fishback
Pretty Ugly People Lucy


Television

Year Title Role Episode
1999 Mad About You Beautiful Woman "The Final Frontier"
The Drew Carey Show Stacey "Drew's Reunion"
Friends Hillary "The One with Ross' Teeth"
2001 Ally McBeal Marcia Hooper "Reach Out and Touch"
Roswell Windy Sommers "Control"
The Tick Stacy Waxman "Arthur Needs Space"
2002 Philly Charise DuPree "Mojo Rising"
2003 Frasier Shannon Palmer "Maris Returns"
2004 Two and a Half Men Delores Pasternak "A Bag Full of Jawea"
2005 My Name Is Earl Shelly Stoker "Broke Joy's Fancy Figurine"
2006 Boston Legal Renee Winger "Lincoln: Part 1", "On the Ledge: Part 2"
2007 The Sarah Silverman Program Scarlett Lacey "Humanitarian of the Year"
Heroes Hope "Run!", "Unexpected"
The Wedding Bells Amanda Pontell Series Regular
2008 In Plain Sight Treena Morris "Never the Bride"
Pushing Daisies Betty Bee "Bzzzzzzz!"


Broadway



Discography



References

  1. Missi Pyle Biography (1972-)
  2. Smith & Pyle Blog, "Weddin' on the Prairie!"
  3. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0701512/bio
  4. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/01/business/01bell.html?ref=business
  5. http://www.fangoriaradio.com/Audio2.html Shawnee Smith on Fangoria radio
  6. Smith & Pyle Official MySpace Page
  7. Smith & Pyle Official Website

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