Carol Kane as Mallory O'Brien
is an Academy Award nominated and two-time Emmy-winning actor who most recently can be seen as Lillian Kaushtupper on the hit Netflix series "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt." The New York Times raves: “… the great comic actress Carol Kane is as vital and dirty-funny as ever...” She is currently shooting the new Nazi-hunting Amazon series "The Hunt," with Al Pacino.
Kane owes her film debut to Mike Nichols in Carnal Knowledge. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in Joan Micklin Silver’s film Hester Street. Other films include: Wedding in White co-starring with Donald Pleasance; The Last Detail for director Hal Ashby; Dog Day Afternoon for director Sidney Lumet; Annie Hall, directed by Woody Allen; The Lemon Sisters, co-starring Diane Keaton and Kathryn Grody; The Princess Bride, directed by Rob Reiner; Scrooged, directed by Richard Donner; My Blue Heaven, written by Nora Ephron; Racing with the Moon, starring Sean Penn and Nicolas Cage; Addams Family Values; When a Stranger Calls; Flashback, starring Dennis Hopper; The World’s Greatest Lover, co-starring Gene Wilder; and The Muppet Movie. Independent films include Steve Buscemi’s Trees Lounge; Cindy Sherman’s Office Killer; Mike Birbiglia’s Sleepwalk with Me; and Clutter.
Kane made her theatrical debut in the 1966 production of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, starring Tammy Grimes. Since then she has appeared on the New York stage both On- and Off-Broadway. Plays include Beth Henley’s Family Week and The Debutante Ball. She co-starred with Gena Rowlands in A Woman of Mystery, written and directed by John Cassavetes. At Lincoln Center for Joe Papp her performances include The Tempest and Macbeth. Plays at Mr. Papp’s Public Theatre include: Wasp and Other Plays by Steve Martin. She starred alongside Shelley Winters on Broadway in The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds.
In addition, Kane has been seen on Broadway and in Los Angeles starring as Madame Morrible in Wicked. She was seen as Gingy in Nora and Delia Ephron’s Off-Broadway hit Love, Loss, and What I Wore; in the Broadway production of Harvey at the Roundabout; and in Ian Rickson’s West End production of The Children’s Hour, with Keira Knightly, Elisabeth Moss and Ellen Burstyn. Television work includes her arc on Fox’s hit "Gotham" as the Penguin’s mother, Gertrude Kapelput. She first shined on the small screen as Simka, wife of Latka (Andy Kaufman) on the television series “Taxi” for which she won two Emmy Awards. Additional TV credits include "Pearl," "All is Forgiven," "Seinfeld" and "Chicago Hope," (where she garnered another Emmy nomination), and "Girls"; she was also seen as Richard Belzer’s ex-wife on “Law & Order: SVU."