Mar. 28th, 1943
Charleston, West Virginia, USA
Conchata Ferrell's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2007 - Kabluey
2002 - Mr. Deeds
2001 - K-PAX
2000 - Crime and Punishment in Suburbia
2000 - Erin Brockovich
1996 - My Fellow Americans
1996 - Freeway
1993 - True Romance
1993 - Heaven & Earth
1991 - Chains of Gold
1990 - Edward Scissorhands
1988 - For Keeps
1988 - Mystic Pizza
1986 - Where the River Runs Black
1976 - Network
Guest TV Roles
It took 30 years since it was first predicted, but Conchata Ferrell finally achieved television stardom, albeit of the supporting variety, as the housekeeper Berta in the situation-comedy "Two and a Half Men'. Ferrell originally had been tipped for stardom with her turn as the prostitute April in the Norman Lear'-produced series "Hot L Baltimore" (1975), in which she recreated her role in Lanford Wilson's off-Broadway hit. However, what was a hit play in New York turned out to be a flop on national TV, and though she worked steadily ever since, it took her role in support of stars Charlie Sheen (I) and Jon Cryer in "Men" to get her the attention her talent richly deserved. For her role as Berta, Conchata was nominated for an Emmy Award as Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in both 2005 and 2007. She has three Emmy nominations in toto, having previously gotten a nod in 1992 for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for "L.A. Law" (1986).
Born Conchata Galen Ferrell on March 28, 1943 in Charleston, West Virginia to Luther Martin Ferrell and Mescal Loraine (George) Ferrell, she attended West Virginia University and Marshall University. Conchata graduated from Marshall with a degree in social studies in education. Eventually, she sought a life in the theater, and achieved success off-Broadway as a member of the Circle in the Square theatrical company in Wilson's "Hot L Baltimore". For her next off-Broadway appearance, as Gertrude Blum in Edward J. Moore's "The Sea Horse", Ferrell won Drama Desk, Theatre World and Obie Awards as best actress in 1974. She has worked steadily in television and films ever since.
Ferrell is married to Arnie Anderson and has one daughter.
- Has one daughter named Samantha.
- In 1974, she won both the Drama Desk (Vernon Rice) award and Obie for the off-Broadway "The Sea Horse."