For seven seasons on “Just Shoot Me!,” Wendie Malick starred as Nina Van Horn, the outrageous ex-model and fashion editor, garnering one Emmy and two Golden Globe Award nominations. She then joined the cast of “Frasier” for their final season as Ronee Lawrence. Recently, Malick played a five-time divorced, former soap opera star, in the series “Hot in Cleveland,” alongside Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves and Betty White. Other series include “Big Day,” “Good Company” and “Dream On,” which earned four CableACE Awards. She has guest starred on CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION, on the Network, “The X-Files,” “LA Law,” “NYPD Blue,” “Seinfeld,” “Cybil” and “Law & Order,” among others. She has starred in many movies for television including “Take My Advice,” playing both Ann Landers and Abby Van Buren, “Hello Sister,” “Goodbye Life,” “Will You Merry Me?,” “Apollo 11,” “Dynasty: The Reunion,” “Paper Dolls” and “North Shore Fish,” in a role she originated on stage.
Malick’s feature film credits include “Adventureland,” “Confessions of a Shopaholic,” “Racing Stripes,” “The American President,” “The Emperor’s New Groove,” “Jerome,” “On Edge,” “Trojan Wars,” “Bugsy,” “A Little Sex,” “Funny About Love” and the cult classic “Mr. Mike’s Mondo Video.” Her additional film credits include “The Goods,” “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakqual,” “About Fifty” and “I Was a 7th Grade Dragon Slayer.”
Malick’s theatrical credits Off-Broadway include “North Shore Fish,” “Burleigh Grime$,” Victor Bumbalo’s “Questa” and Oliver Hailey’s “Round Trip,” for which she garnered an Artistic Director’s Award nomination for Best Lead Actress, “Vagina Monologues,” “Santaland Diaries” and Steve Martin’s “The Underpants.” Her regional production credits consist of “The Guys” (Studio Arena), “Don’t Blame Me, I Voted For Helen Gahagan Douglas” (Wooly Mammoth) and “Blithe Spirit” (Williamstown).
In 2000, Malick was honored by Women in Film as “A Woman of Vision,” along with Tipper Gore, Gwen Ifill and Roseanne Barr. She is on the Board of Directors of The Environmental Media Association and The Creative Coalition, which lobbies for the arts, the Board of Advocates for Planned Parenthood, who honored her in 2006 as a “Champion of Choice,” and the Advisory Board of The Humane Society. Through their charitable gift fund, “A Drop in the Bucket,” she and husband Richard Erickson support a medical center in the Congo.
Currently, Malick lives in the Santa Monica mountains with her husband, two horses and a dog. Her birthday is Dec. 13. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @WendieMalick.
Dan Lauria has appeared in more than 70 guest spots on episodic TV and in over 20 Movie of the Week productions. He is best known as “Jack Arnold,” the dad on “The Wonder Years.” Dan’s true passion is the theater, having performed, directed or written more than 50 Equity stage productions throughout the country. He made a notable Broadway debut as the legendary Packer coach, Vince Lombardi, for the year long run of Lombardi with the charming, Tony Award-winner Judith Light and under the directed of Thomas Kail (Hamilton). Dan then returned to Broadway in 2013 and 2014 in the Tony Award-nominated production of “A Christmas Story, The Musical,” in the (mercifully) non-singing role of “Jean Shepard.” Most recently, he portrayed a writer in the Off-Broadway success “Dinner with the Boys.”