Nancy McKeon

Born Apr 4, 1966

Nancy Justine McKeon is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Jo Polniaczek on the NBC sitcom The Facts of Life.

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1966 Birth Born on April 4, 1966.
1975 9 Years Old McKeon and her older brother Philip appeared in numerous commercials. McKeon also appeared on the soap operas The Secret Storm and Another World. The McKeons moved to Los Angeles in 1975, when Philip won the role and began appearing on the television series Alice with Linda Lavin.


1979 13 Years Old In 1979, McKeon was discovered by a casting director for The Facts of Life on the basis of her performance in a Hallmark greeting cards advertisement, in which she was able to cry on cue.
1980 14 Years Old She was cast as tomboy Jo Polniaczek in the fall of 1980 during the show's second season when she replaced most of the first season's cast, including Molly Ringwald.


1988 22 Years Old 1 More Event
This is her most famous role and she portrayed the character throughout the series until the show was canceled in 1988. … Read More
1994 28 Years Old In 1994, both McKeon and Courteney Cox auditioned for the role of Monica Geller on Friends. … Read More
1995 29 Years Old In 1995, she starred in her own series, Can't Hurry Love, which lasted one season.


1998 32 Years Old In 1998, she starred in a sitcom with Jean Smart titled Style & Substance.
2001 35 Years Old McKeon portrayed Inspector Jinny Exstead on the Lifetime police drama The Division from 2001 to 2004, with her pregnancy incorporated into the storyline of the last year of the series.
2003 37 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In 2003, McKeon starred in the film Comfort and Joy. … Read More


2009 43 Years Old From 2009 to 2010, McKeon appeared in a recurring role in the Disney Channel Original Series Sonny with a Chance, as Connie Munroe, the mother of Demi Lovato's title character.
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