Jenna Elfman

Mostly Credited As: Jenna Elfman
Sometimes Credited As: Jenna Butala

Birth Name: Jennifer Mary Butala
Date Of Birth: September 30, 1971 (Age 44)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California
Height: 5' 10" (1.77 m)

Jenna Elfman

On September 30, 1971, Jennifer Mary Butala (a.k.a Jenna Elfman) was born in Los Angeles California. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Jenna graduated from Los Angeles High School for the Arts, in 1989. Prior to that graduation, though, Jenna spent many years studying to be a Ballerina (since age six). Unfortunately, injuries required Jenna to move over to acting. Jenna’s acting career began in commercials, and first couple of roles involved Jenna dancing in the background (including an uncredited appearance on Murder She Wrote in 1992. Her first credited role appears to be a 1993 tv movie called Double Deception that also included her future husband Bodhi Elfman in a supporting role (“Burglar #1"). In 1995, Jenna began appearing, credited, on several television shows, including Rosanne. In 1996, Jenna guest starred in a couple more tv shows before landing a starring role in the ten-episode ABC sitcom Townies. The next year, Jenna returned to ABC as a star in Dharma & Greg. That series lasted until 2002 (five seasons), and during those years, Jenna started appearing in feature films (which includes 1998's Krippendorf's Tribe, 1999's Edtv, and 2000's Keeping the Faith). Currently, Jenna can be seen in the CBS series Courting Alex, wherein Jenna seems to be playing the Greg character from Dharma & Greg (an overworked lawyer).

On February 18, 1995, Jennifer Mary Butala married actor Bodhi Elfman (they met while auditioning for a Sprite commercial in 1991).

TV Appearances

Main cast 
Growing Up Fisher (2014)As: Joyce Fisher
1600 Penn (2012)As: Emily Nash Gilchrist
Accidentally on Purpose (2009)As: Billie Chase
Literary Superstar (2008)As: Jo
Courting Alex (2006)As: Alex Rose
Dharma & Greg (1997)As: Dharma Freedom Finkelstein Montgomery
Townies (1996)As: Shannon Canotis
The Emmy Awards (1949)As: Herself (Co-Host 1999)
Episode Cast Credits 

Hollywood Game Night (2013) 
  Lynch ... Jane Lynch 02x20: (Jul/24/2014) As Herself 
  Game Night, That's Another Story 02x10: (Apr/03/2014) As Herself 

The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2005) 
  Jenna Elfman, Bianca Kajlich 10x83: (May/15/2014) As Herself, [Interviewees]
  Jenna Elfman, Dom Irrera 05x159: (Sep/30/2009) As Herself 

The Wendy Williams Show (2009) 
  Growing Up Fischer 05x138: (May/06/2014) As Herself 

Today (US) (1952) 
  Season 63, Episode 81 63x81: (May/05/2014) As Herself, [Interviewees]
  Season 63, Episode 32 63x32: (Feb/25/2014) As Herself, [Interviewees]

Late Night with Seth Meyers (2014) 
  Mindy Kaling, Jenna Elfman, Young the Giant 01x41: (May/05/2014) As Herself, [Interviewees]

Conan (2010) 
  Andy Garcia, Jenna Elfman, Ingrid Michaelson 04x72: (Apr/09/2014) As Herself, [Interviewees]
  Yes I'll Marry You, But My Name Is Karen, Not Kathy 03x56: (Mar/05/2013) As Herself, [Interviewees]

Rachael Ray (2006) 
  We're Celebrating Fat Tuesday With Sunny Anderson! She's Making Festive Beignets!; Plus, Jenna Elfman Is Joining The Fun 08x111: (Mar/04/2014) As Herself 

The Mindy Project (2012) 
  Mindy Lahiri Is A Racist 02x09: (Nov/19/2013) As Priscilla 

Royal Pains (2009) 
  Open Invitation 05x11: (Aug/28/2013) As Lacy Sinclair 

The Talk (2010) 
  Season 3, Episode 111 03x111: (Feb/21/2013) As Herself, [Interviewees]

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992) 
  Seth MacFarlane, Jenna Elfman, Norah Jones 21x38: (Feb/08/2013) As Herself, [Interviewees]
  Russell Crowe, Jenna Elfman, Sade 18x30: (Apr/12/2010) As Herself, [Interviewees]
  Albert Brooks, Jenna Elfman, Mary J. Blige 14x78: (Jan/19/2006) As Herself 
  Jenna Elfman, Chef Poon, Seven Mary Three 10x07: (Jun/12/2001) As Herself 

Shameless (US) (2011) 
  Fiona Interrupted 02x12: (Apr/01/2012) As Jill 

Two and a Half Men (2003) 
  Nice to Meet You, Walden Schmidt (1) 09x01: (Sep/19/2011) As Dharma Finkelstein Montgomery (Special Appearance By), [Special Guest Stars]
  That Was Saliva, Alan (2) 01x16: (Feb/16/2004) As Frankie, [Special Guest Stars]
  Round One to the Hot Crazy Chick (1) 01x15: (Feb/09/2004) As Frankie, [Special Guest Stars]

Matumbo Goldberg (2011) 
  Matumba 01x04: (Apr/26/2011) As Matumba Goldberg 

The Late Show with David Letterman (1993) 
  Jenna Elfman, Michael Cera, David Gray 17x71: (Jan/04/2010) As Herself, [Interviewees]
  Jenna Elfman, Chris Kattan, Christine Aguilera 07x08: (Sep/16/1999) As Herself 

The Bonnie Hunt Show (2008) (2008) 
  Jenna Elfman; Chris Kattan; Estelle Harris 02x16: (Sep/28/2009) As Herself 

My Name Is Earl (2005) 
  We've Got Spirit 04x06: (Oct/16/2008) As Kimmi Himmler, [Special Guest Stars]

Brothers & Sisters (2006) 
  Game Night 01x19: (Apr/15/2007) As Lizzie Jones-Baker 

The View (1997) 
  Jenna Elfman, Naveen Andrews, Andrea Bocelli 09x31: (Feb/13/2006) As Herself 
  Season 1, Episode 43 01x43: (Oct/08/1997) As Herself, [Interviewees]

The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003) 
  Colin Firth, Jenna Elfman 03x91: (Jan/23/2006) As Herself 

Last Call with Carson Daly (2002) 
  Kid Rock, Jenna Elfman, Robert Bradley 02x126: (Nov/20/2003) As Herself 

Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993) 
  Ice-T, Jenna Elfman, The Strokes 11x30: (Nov/11/2003) As Herself 

The Golden Globes (1944) 
  The 56th Annual Golden Globe Awards 56x01: (Jan/24/1999) As Winner: Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical (for 'Dharma & Greg') 

The Single Guy (1995) 
  Just Friends? 02x14: (Jan/30/1997) As Jordan 

Almost Perfect (1995) 
  Being Fired Means Never Having to Say You're Sorry 01x19: (Mar/11/1996) As Becky Toll 

Murder One (1995) 
  Chapter Seventeen 01x17: (Mar/11/1996) As Angela Scalese 

NYPD Blue (1993) 
  The Nutty Confessor 03x14: (Feb/20/1996) As Patty Snow 

Roseanne (1988) 
  The Getaway, Almost 08x07: (Nov/14/1995) As Garland 

The Monroes (1995) (1995) 
  Bottom's Up 01x05: (Oct/19/1995) As Lily 

Pointman (1995) 
  Storm Warning 01x11: (May/25/1995) As Mary Ellen 
Crew Credits

Show Crew

Dharma & Greg (1997)• Producer
Accidentally on Purpose (2009)• Producer

Episode Crew


Height: 5' 10"

1993: Appeared in the tv movie "Double Deception" as Lisa Majorski.

1996: Appeared in the tv movie "Her Last Chance" as Leslie.

1997: Appeared in the movie "Grosse Pointe Blank" as Tanya.

1998: Appeared in the movie "Krippendorf's Tribe" as Prof. Veronica Micelli, and provided the voice of Owl in the movie "Doctor Dolittle."

1999: Appeared in the movie "Venus" as Venus, and in "EdTv" as Shari.

2000: Appeared in the movie "Keeping the Faith" as Anna Riley, and provided her voice for "CyberWorld" as Phig, and in "The Tangerine Bear" as Lorelei.

2001: Appeared in the movie "Town & Country" as Auburn.

2002: Appeared in the tv moive "Obsessed" as Ellena Roberts.

2003: Appeared in the movie "Looney Tunes: Back in Action" as Kate.

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