Merrin Dungey Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 05 Jun, 2018
Facts of Merrin Dungey
Date of Birth: 1971 , August-6
Age: 48 years old
Birth Nation: United States of America
Height: 5 Feet 6 Inch
Name Merrin Dungey
Birth Name Merrin Melissa Dungey
Father Don Dungey
Mother Judith Dungey
Nationality American
Birth Place/City Sacramento, California, U.S
Ethnicity Black-American
Profession Actress
Eye Color Black
Hair Color Black
Face Color Black
Married Matthew Drake
Education Rio Americano High School , University of California, Los Angeles.
Sisters Channing Dungey
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American actress Merrin Dungey is well-known for her roles on TV series, The King of Queens, Alias, and Summerland. She also made her appearances in numerous movies such as L!fe Happens, and others. Dungey was the youngest person ever to win the UCLA School of Theater's top acting prize, which she earned for her role in the play Anatol. As of 2018, Dungey has two children with her husband, Matthew Drake.

Early Life And Education Of Merrin Dungey

Merrin Dungey was born Merrin Melissa Dungey on born 6th August 1971 in Sacramento, California to Judith Dungey, and Don Dungey, a general services manager.

Dungey's sister, Channing Dungey is an American television executive and producer who in 2016 became the first black American president of ABC Entertainment Group.

During her childhood days, Dungey studied ballet, dance, and piano. She was also an accomplished ice skater. In 1989, she graduated from the Rio Americano High School in Sacramento, California. Throughout high school, she appeared in commercials and hosted her own talk show for teens. 

 She then went to University of California, Los Angeles, and earned a degree in Bachelor of Arts in 1993. She started acting in plays while in  5th grade and according to her “Performing is her soul."

Merrin Dungey’s Career

Merrin Dungey made her television debut in a 1995 episode of the American sitcom, Martin as Monique. She then played recurring roles on several popular series which include, Malcolm in the Middle, The King of Queens, Alias, Better Off Ted and Revenge.

Dungey debuted in the big screen, appearing in 1998 American science-fiction disaster film, Deep Impact as a minor role Sheila Bradley. The following year, she also starred in American satirical comedy film, EDtv as Ms. Seaver.

CAPTION: Merrin Dungey SOURCE: Dreshare

She got her first major role in 1st and 2nd season of 2001-2003 American action television series, Alias, portraying the character of Francie Calfo / Allison Doren. She shared the screen along with Jennifer Garner, Ron Rifkin, Michael Vartan, Bradley Cooper, and others. She reprised her role in the 3rd season of Alias and in the 5th season she appeared as a  Special Guest.

Dungey then played in a number of TV series such as Grey's Anatomy, Better Off Ted, How To Live With Your Parents, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and You're the Worst. Side by side she also appeared in movies like The Sky Is Falling, Scream at the Sound of the Beep, and Some Kind of Beautiful among others.

As of 2018, she starred as Claire Thorpe in the American medical drama television series, The Resident alongside Matt Czuchry, Emily VanCamp, and Manish Dayal.

Moreover, Dungey also sings in a rock band called Bad Francie, named after her Alias character, Francie Calfo.

Merrin Dungey’s Net worth

Merrin Dungey is active in the entertainment industry since 1995 and has accumulated an impressive amount from her acting career. As per some online sources, Dungey has an estimated net of $3 million. 

The television actress earns an average salary of $15,000 to $25,000 per episode so we can assume that she earns the similar amount. Some of her successful box-office movies are listed below,    

Movie Role Budget Box-office collection IMDB rating Cast member
Deep Impact (1998) Sheila Bradley $80 million $349.5 million 6.1 Robert Duvall
Téa Leoni
Elijah Wood
Vanessa Redgrave
Chips (2017) Joy Jackson $25 million $26.8 million 6 Dax Shepard
Michael Peña
Rosa Salazar
Adam Brody

Merrin Dungey’s Personal Life

Merrin Dungey is married to Matthew Drake. The couple tied the knot in May 2007 in a Mariachi style wedding ceremony in Cancun, Mexico. The couple is blessed with two daughters. Dungey gave birth to her first daughter in 2008, and the second daughter in 2001.

CAPTION: Merrin Dungey and her daughter SOURCE: Instagram

Besides acting, she has a passion for fine art and nude photography.

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