Theater, TV and film actress Ileen Getz died Thursday August 4 from cancer in New York. She was 44.
Getz was best known for her role as the humorless Judith Draper on “Third Rock from the Sun.” “Ileen came out of nowhere. She was hired for a tiny role in an unsympathetic part. She dropped into our laps and instantly became a member of the ‘Third Rock’ family. We couldn’t do without the character and we couldn’t do without Ileen,” said “Third Rock” star John Lithgow.
Getz worked on Broadway, at Lincoln Center, The Manhattan Theater Club and the Williamstown Theater Festival. She performed in the play “Hurrah at Last,” a role written for her by Richard Greenberg, at the South Coast Rep and the Gramercy Theater. She also starred in Greenberg’s “Night and her Stars” at Manhattan Theater Club.
Born in Bristol, Penn., she attended Northwestern University and then became a member of Chicago’s Econo-Art Theater Company and Practical Theater Company.
She appeared in TV shows including “Queens Supreme,” “Law & Order,” “That 70’s Show,” “Chicago Hope,” “NYPD Blue,” “Cybill,” “Seinfeld” and “Caroline in the City.”
Her film credits include roles in “Changing Lanes,” “The Station Agent,” “Celebrity,” “Friends with Money,” “The Next Big Thing,” “Lovely and Amazing,” “A Hole in One” and the soon to be released “Social Grace.”
She is survived by her husband, Mark Grinnell, two children and a brother.