Catherine Keener Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 03 Feb, 2019
Facts of Catherine Keener
Date of Birth: 1959 , March-23
Age: 62 years old
Birth Nation: United States of America
Height: 5 Feet 8 Inch
Name Catherine Keener
Birth Name Catherine Ann Keener
Father Jim Keener
Mother Evelyn Keener
Nationality American
Birth Place/City Miami, Florida, U.S
Religion Catholic
Ethnicity Mixed-Race
Profession Actress
Net Worth $8 million
Eye Color Grey
Hair Color Dark Brown
Face Color White
Body Measurements 32-27-34
Breast Size 32 B
Waist size 27 inches
Hip Size 34 inches
Shoe Size 8 U.S
Weight in KG 59
Tattoo(s) N/A
Famous for Role in Maxine Lund in Being John Malkovich (1999) and Harper Lee in Capote (2005)
Affair with Not confirmed relationship
Boyfriend Single
Married Divorced
Married to Dermot Mulroney (1990-2007)
Children Clyde (born on 1999)
Divorce Yes
Education Monsignor Pace High School, Miami, Florida, USA (1976), Wheaton College, Norton, Massachusetts, USA (1983)
Awards Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead, NominatedChicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress (Being John Malkovich), NominatedGolden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress-Motion Picture (Being John Malkovich) , NominatedAcademy Award for Best Supporting Actress (Being John Malkovich), NominatedIndependent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead (Lovely and Amazing), won Independent Spirit Robert Altman Award (Synecdoche, New York)
Movies The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Capote, Synecdoche, New York, Lovely & Amazing, Being John Malkovich, Walking and Talking, The Ballad of Jack and Rose, Living in Oblivion, Please Give
TV Show Show Me a Hero, Ohara, Kidding
Sisters Elizabeth Keener
Siblings Elizabeth Keener and Michael Keener
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American actress, Catherine Keener is known for playing Maxine Lund in American fantasy drama film, Being John Malkovich and, nominated for Best Supporting Actress for Academy Award. Keener has also appeared in numerous hit movies such as The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Into the Wild, Synecdoche, and New York. She appeared in a 2017 super duper hit horror movie, Get Out.

The actress is a former wife of American actor and musician, Dermot Mulroney

Early Life And Education Of Catherine Keener

Catherine Keener was born Catherine Ann Keener on 23 March 1959 in Miami, Florida, U.S. She is American and belongs to mixed ethnicity.

Keener is born to Evelyn Keener and Jim Keener, a manager of Mattress store in Hialeah, Florida. Her father is of Irish descent and her mother is of Lebanese descent.

Keener was raised in Roman Catholic along with her four siblings. Her sister, Elizabeth Keener is also an American actress and brother, Michael Keener is Priest.

Keener went to the Catholic schools and joined the Monsignor Edward Pace High School. She then enrolled at Wheaton College, in Norton, Massachusetts.

During her junior year at Wheaton College, Keener made her first theatrical production in Wendy Wasserstein play Uncommon Women and Others.

Keener enrolled in a theater course, majoring in English and history. She graduated with B.A. from Wheaton College in 1983.

Catherine Keener's Career

Catherine Keener debuted in 1986 American romantic comedy-drama film, About Last Night as Cocktail Waitress. The following year, she appeared in American television legal drama series, L.A. Law.

In 1987, Keener was cast as Lt. Cricket Sideris in American television series, Ohara. Between 1988 and 1989, she worked in American drama television series, Knightwatch as Rebecca.

After that, Keener grabbed her first leading role as Yvonne in 1991 American film Johnny Suede, starring Brad Pitt, Calvin Levels, among others. Her performances in the film earned her first Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Female Lead.

The following year, Keener featured in American road film, Thelma & Louise, starring Harvey KeitelSusan Sarandon, and Geena Davis.

Keener appeared in the number of movies, 'The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag', 'The Cemetery Club', 'Living in Oblivion', 'Walking and Talking', 'Boys, Box of Moonlight. She also appeared in television series including 'If These Walls Could Talk', 'How and Why' and many more. 

In 2001, Keener was cast in Nicole Holofcener’s American comedy-drama, Lovely and Amazing, co-starred with Edward Norton. The next year, she worked in four movies, Adaptation, Full Frontal, Death to Smoochy and Simone.

Keener played in 2005 drama film, The Ballad of Jack and Rose with Camilla Belle, Daniel Day-Lewis, and Paul Dano. She won two awards, Boston Society of Film Critics Award and Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Keener also won Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for her performance in political thriller film, The Interpreter, starring Sean PennNicole Kidman, and Jesper Christensen.

Keener’s performances in The 40-Year-Old Virgin won her Boston Society of Film Critics Award and Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Keener won Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress and was Nominated for Oscar for Best Supporting Actress and a BAFTA for Best Actress in a Supporting Role among many other wins and nomination for the 2005 Biographical film, Capote

In 2006, Keener acted in comedy-drama film, Friends with Money, starring Jennifer Aniston, Joan Cusack, Frances McDormand, Jason Isaacs, Scott Caan, and others.

Keener then starred in An American Crime, and Into the Wild. Both movies succeed to earned her number of Nomination including, Golden Globe Award for Best Actress, Broadcast Film Critics Association Award and many more.  

In 2008, Keener worked in 'Hamlet 2', 'What Just Happened' and 'Genova'. The same year, she played in Synecdoche, New York, which won her Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast and, Independent Spirit Robert Altman Award.  

In 2009, Keener featured in two movies 'The Soloist' and 'Where the Wild Things Are', Nominated for Saturn Award for Best Actress. The next year, she also worked for Please Give, Cyrus, Trust, and Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief.

Between 2011 and 2017, Keener was cast in numbers of moves including Peace, Love & Misunderstanding, A Late Quartet, Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, Elephant Song, and We Don't Belong Here.

In 2017, Keener appeared in the American Horror movie, Get Out. Her role in the movie earned her massive popularity. She was cast alongside Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford, and Caleb Landry Jones, among others.

In 2018, Keener played the role in the movies such as 'Nostalgia', 'Incredibles 2' and 'Sicario 2: Soldado'. She has been playing the role of Deirdre in the TV series Kidding, alongside Jim Carrey and Frank LangellaIn the same year, she played in Forever. 

Catherine Keener's Personal Life And Relationship 

Catherine Keener is possibly single at the present. She was married to Dermot Mulroney. The duo exchanged a vow in 1990 at an intimate ceremony in the presence of their closed ones and family members. They first met on the set of Survival Quest in 1989.

The couple had a son, Clyde (born on 1999). However, the pair failed to handle their relationship and citing some irreconcilable differences. They separated in May 2005. They filed a divorce in June 2007. But their divorce was finalized after six months on December 19, 2007.

After divorcing, Kenner, Dermot Mulroney married Tharita Cutulle in 2008. The duo is proud parents of two daughters, Mulroney (born 2008) and Sally June Mulroney (born 2009).

Catherine also linked to American-Spanish actor, Benicio Del Toro. They have worked together in an upcoming American action-crime-thriller film, Sicario 2: Soldado. However, the duo considered one another as good friends.

Keener shared a good bonding with Bradd Pitt. Their friendship emerged after they starred together in 1991's movie, Johny Suede. They often attended one another film premieres and also support each other. 

In 1991, Kenner appeared in one of the scenes of Thelma & Louise as the wife of Harvey Keitel's but the scene was later deleted from the movie. However, it is now available at the special edition DVD extras.

Catherine Keener's Net Worth 

Catherine Keener is one of the highest paid Hollywood actresses. Her estimated net worth is $8 million, as per the source by the richest and celebrity net worth.

Keener has appeared in more than 60 movies till the date and gives many hits to her audiences. 

Here's the list of her movies that made a good collection at the box office:


Budget (USD)

Box office collection (USD)

The Interpreter

$80 million

$162.9 million

Out of Sight 

$48 million

$77.7 million

Being John Malkovich

$13 million

$32.4 million

The 40-Year-Old Virgin

$26 million

$177.4 million


$7 million

$49.2 million

Friends with Money

$6.5 million

$18.2 million

Living in Oblivion

$500 thousand

$1.1 million

Captain Phillips

$55 million

$218.8 million


$10 million

$19.6 million

Get Out

$4.5 million

$254.7 million

Apart from successful movies, some of her films were a disaster at the box office also. Her movie, Accidental Love was made under the budget of $26 million but earned only $4500 at the box office.

Similarly, The Oranges earned $366,377 (budget $7 million), Death to Smoochy earned $8.3 million (budget $50 million), Simpatico earned $929,606 (budget $10 million).

Kenner has owned many luxurious properties and cars including BMW, Land Rover, Audi, Mercedes, and others.

Catherine Keener's Body Measurement 

  • Catherine Keener's height: her height is 5' 8" (1.73 m). 
  • Body Measurement: 32-26-34 in (81-66-86 cm)