Audiences of every medium will recognize Patty McCormack from her nearly seven decades of stage, screen and television appearances.
Patty brings her diverse acting talent to every role she plays, from her Oscar and Golden Globe-nominated performance in THE BAD SEED (1956) to her work in the Oscar and Golden Globe-Nominated Frost/Nixon (2008) and The Master (2012). She’s starred in her own television series, Peck’s Bad Girl, and created memorable characters like Liz La Cerva, Adrianna’s mother, in HBO’s The Sopranos; Evelyn Michaelson on CBS’ long-running Dallas; as Sylvie Stephens-Wilkes on the CW’s Hart of Dixie; and as Anne Brooks on the hit ABC sitcom The Ropers. Patty has appeared in more than 250 starring and guest starring roles. Her extensive theatrical work began with a Broadway introduction at the age of six in Touchstone starring Ossie Davis.
While she made her film debut at 5 years old in Two Gals and a Guy (1951), starring Robert Alda and Janis Paige, it was her starring role as Rhoda Penmark in the movie version of THE BAD SEED (1956)—a role she created on Broadway at 8 years old—that made her a household name. Patty came full circle when she made a very special appearance as Dr. March in Rob Lowe’s adaptation of The Bad Seed (2018) for Lifetime.
Patty’s portrayal of Pat Nixon in Ron Howard’s Frost/Nixon and Mildred Drummond in Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master marked more than a half century of film work. Some of Patty’s extensive feature film credits include: Kathy O’ (1958); The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1960); The Mini-Skirt Mob (1968); Bug (1975); Mommy (1995) and its sequel Mommy 2: Mommy’s Day; Inhabited (2003), with Malcolm McDowell; Soda Springs (2012); Shallow Ground (2004) and the award-winning Heart of The Beholder (2005).
Television fans have enjoyed Patty’s multiple appearances on some of television’s biggest hit series, beginning with her start on dozens of live television shows like Playhouse 90 in the 1950’s, where she originated the role of Helen Keller in “The Miracle Worker.” In the 1960’s, she starred on such classic shows as Rawhide with Clint Eastwood, Route 66, Wagon Train and Wild, Wild West. She could be found during the 1970’s on such favorites as Barnaby Jones, The Streets Of San Francisco, Love Boat and Fantasy Island. In the 80’s, she can be seen on episodes of Hotel, Remington Steele, Magnum P.I., Head of The Class and Murder She Wrote.
In the 1990s, Patty guest-starred on popular programs such as Doogie Howser, Empty Nest and Baywatch. Patty started the new millennium on hit shows ER, Family Law and the long running NYPD Blue, just to name a few. With more current guest starring roles on ABC hits Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, Desperate Housewives and Scandal; the CBS series Shark, Criminal Minds and Cold Case; HBO’s Entourage; CW’s Supernatural, and Hulu’s Chance, there’s no doubt that Patty continues to entertain audiences of every generation.
On the stage, Patty made her Broadway debut as Cathy in Touchstone, followed by her iconic role in The Bad Seed, which she reprised in Mervyn LeRoy’s classic film. Patty has appeared around the country in productions of Wait Until Dark; Under The Yum Yum Tree; Rod Serling’s Storm In Summer; Neil Simon’s Barefoot In The Park; in Los Angeles productions of Time of The Cuckoo, with Jean Stapleton; Lillian Hellman’s Another Part Of The Forest; and Cat On a Hot Tin Roof directed by Jose Quintero.
Patty has also appeared on ABC daytime drama General Hospital and numerous movies made-for-television, such as: On Wings of Eagles with Burt Lancaster; Silent Predators (1999) starring Harry Hamlin; Mystery Woman: Snapshot (2005), starring Kellie Martin; Gone, But Not Forgotten (2005) with Brooke Shields; Elevator Girl (2010), with Lacey Chabert for Hallmark Channel; and the lead role in House of Deadly Secrets (2018) for Netflix.