Lili Taylor

Actor, Costume designer
An acclaimed figure in American independent movies of the 1990s, Lili Taylor worked with some of the best filmmakers of the era and went on to align herself with quality productions on HBO. Throughout her career, Taylor ... Read more »
Born: 02/20/1967 in Glencoe, Illinois, USA


Actor (73)

American Crime 2002 - 2003, 2015 - 2016 (Tv Show)


Celebrity Ghost Stories 2002 - 2003, 2009 - 2010, 2015 - 2016 (Tv Show)


Mad About You 1997 - 1998, 2002 - 2003, 2009 - 2010, 2015 - 2016 (Tv Show)


The X-Files 1997 - 1998, 2002 - 2003, 2009 - 2010, 2015 - 2016 (Tv Show)


A Woman Like Me 2015 (Movie)

Anna (Actor)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)


Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials 2015 (Movie)

Mary Cooper (Actor)

Almost Human 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)


Blood Ties 2014 (Movie)

Marie (Actor)

Gotham 2014 (Tv Show)


The Cold Lands 2014 (Movie)

Nicole (Actor)

Future Weather 2013 (Movie)

Ms. Markovi (Actor)

Hemlock Grove 2013 (Tv Show)


The Conjuring 2013 (Movie)

Carolyn Perron (Actor)

About Cherry 2012 (Movie)

Phyllis (Actor)

Being Flynn 2012 (Movie)

Joy (Actor)

Love, Marilyn 2012 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Brooklyn's Finest 2010 (Movie)

Angela (Actor)

The Good Wife 2010 (Tv Show)


Public Enemies 2009 (Movie)

Sheriff Lillian Holley (Actor)

The Promotion 2008 (Movie)

Lori Wehlner (Actor)

Starting Out in the Evening 2007 (Movie)

Ariel Schiller (Actor)

State of Mind 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)


The Secret 2007 (Movie)

Hannah Marris (Actor)

Factotum 2006 (Movie)

Jan (Actor)

The Notorious Bettie Page 2006 (Movie)

Paula Klaw (Actor)

Six Feet Under 2002 - 2005 (Tv Show)


A Slipping Down Life 2004 (Movie)

Evie Decker (Actor)

Women on Top: Hollywood and Power 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)


Casa de Los Babys 2003 (Movie)

Leslie (Actor)

Gaudi Afternoon 2003 (Movie)

Ben Harris (Actor)

In the Company of Women 2003 (Movie)


The Weather Underground 2003 (Movie)

Narrator (Actor)

Deadline 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)


High Fidelity 2000 (Movie)

Sarah (Actor)

The Haunting 1999 (Movie)

Nell (Actor)

Letters Not About Love 1998 (Movie)


Pecker 1998 (Movie)

Rorey Wheeler (Actor)

The Impostors 1998 (Movie)

Lily (Actor)

Things I Never Told You 1998 (Movie)

Ann (Actor)

illtown 1998 (Movie)

Suzanne (Actor)

Kicked in the Head 1997 (Movie)

Happy (Actor)

Subway Stories: Tales From the Underground 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)


Cold Fever 1996 (Movie)

Jill (Actor)

Girls Town 1996 (Movie)

Patti Lucci (Actor)

I Shot Andy Warhol 1996 (Movie)

Valerie Solanas (Actor)

OK Garage 1996 (Movie)


Ransom 1996 (Movie)

Maris Connor (Actor)

Arizona Dream 1995 (Movie)

Grace Stalker (Actor)

Four Rooms 1995 (Movie)

Raven (Actor)

The Addiction 1995 (Movie)

Kathleen Conklin (Actor)

Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle 1994 (Movie)

Edna Ferber (Actor)

Prêt-à-Porter 1994 (Movie)

Fiona Ulrich--"New York Times" Photojournalist (Actor)

Household Saints 1993 (Movie)

Teresa (Actor)

Rudy 1993 (Movie)

Sherry (Actor)

Short Cuts 1993 (Movie)

Honey Bush (Actor)

Touch Base 1993 (Movie)


Watch It 1993 (Movie)

Brenda (Actor)

Bright Angel 1991 (Movie)

Lucy (Actor)

Dogfight 1991 (Movie)

Rose (Actor)

Family of Spies 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)


Sensibility and Sense 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)


Born on the Fourth of July 1989 (Movie)

Jamie Wilson (Actor)

Say Anything 1989 (Movie)

Corey Flood (Actor)

Mystic Pizza 1988 (Movie)

Jojo Barboza (Actor)

She's Having A Baby 1988 (Movie)

Girl at Medical Lab (Actor)

Anne Frank (TV Show)


Julie Johnson (TV Show)


Live From Baghdad (TV Show)


Night of Courage (TV Show)



An acclaimed figure in American independent movies of the 1990s, Lili Taylor worked with some of the best filmmakers of the era and went on to align herself with quality productions on HBO. Throughout her career, Taylor offered soulful performances of outsiders and complicated misfits in films including "Household Saints" (1993) and "I Shot Andy Warhol" (1996), a fact-based biopic of a troubled would-be assassin. Taylor's insistence on only working with fully developed, three-dimensional characters limited her options in mainstream film, though she was occasionally tapped to lend her quiet intensity to supporting roles in Hollywood movies such as "Say Anything" (1989), "High Fidelity" (2000) and "Public Enemies" (2009). Increasingly visible on primetime cable television, Taylor appeared in a recurring role on "Six Feet Under" (HBO, 2001-05) and starred in several HBO movies while maintaining her title as an independent film mainstay, known for imbuing a remarkable stillness and vulnerability into her well-chosen roles.


Nick Flynn Executive Producer

Dating since 2004 Taylor acted in "Being Flynn" (2012), a feature adaptation of Flynn's book

Gerard Hurley

Briefly engaged in 1999 No longer together

Michael Imperioli Actor

Dated from c. 1991 to 1995; briefly engaged Acted together in "Household Saints" (1993), "The Addiction" (1995) and "I Shot Andy Warhol" (1996) No longer together

Michael Rapaport Actor

Acted together in "Illtown" (1996) and "Kicked in the Head" (1997) Dated from 1996 to 1997 Rapaport was arrested on May 18, 1997 when Taylor complained to police that he was harassing her He plead guilty in 1998 and agreed to therapy and to have no contact with Taylor for three years in lieu of jail time

Eric Stoltz Actor

Appeared together in "Say Anything" (1989) No longer together

Daniel Swee Casting


Park Taylor

Managed a hardware store

Marie Taylor


Maeve Taylor-Flynn

Born in 2008; father, Nick Flynn


DePaul University

Chicago , Illinois
Left after less than a year, because the university would not allow her to perform professionally while enrolled

New Trier High School

Winnetka , Illinois
Acted in a production of Paul Zindel's "The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds"

Piven Theatre Workshop

Evanston , Illinois
Studied under Joyce and Byrne Piven



Had supporting role in the ABC drama "American Crime"


Joined the cast of the Netflix series "Hemlock Grove"


Appeared in the horror hit "The Conjuring"


Co-starred with Robert De Niro and Paul Dano in "Being Flynn," based on boyfriend Nick Flynn's book Another Bullshit Night in Suck City: A Memoir


Guest starred on CBS drama series "The Good Wife"


Portrayed the Indiana sheriff who incarcerates John Dillinger (Johnny Depp) in Michael Mann's "Public Enemies"


Starred as a psychiatrist on the short-lived drama series "State of Mind" (Lifetime)


Played the daughter of Frank Langella's character in Andrew Wagner's "Starting Out in the Evening"


Cast in the HBO original film "The Notorious Bettie Page," starring Gretchen Mol as the 1950s pin-up model


Co-starred with Matt Dillon in "Factotum," a film based on the novel by cult author Charles Bukowski


Co-starred in "Gaudi Afternoon," directed by Susan Seidelman


Co-starred with Michael Keaton and Helena Bonham Carter in the HBO original movie "Live from Baghdad"


Landed recurring role on the acclaimed HBO series "Six Feet Under"


Played Ophelia to Jared Harris' "Hamlet" at the New Jersey Shakespeare Festival


Returned to the NYC stage in "The Dead Eye Boy"


Cast as Miep Van Gies in "Anne Frank" (ABC)


Had featured role on the NBC fall drama "Deadline"


Portrayed a broken-hearted manic-depressive who dumped John Cusack in "High Fidelity"


Earned an Emmy nomination for guest role on "Mind's Eye" episode of "The X-Files" (Fox)


Joined the ensemble of John Waters' "Pecker" as a very savvy art gallery owner


Performed in Scott Elliott's production of Anton Chekhov's "The Three Sisters" playing the 20-year-old Irina alongside Amy Irving and Jeanne Tripplehorn


Acted opposite then-boyfriend Michael Rapaport in "The Listeners," a segment of HBO's "Subway Stories: Tales from the Underground"


Debut as screenwriter, "Girls Town"; also starred as a single mother trying to improve her lot


Played Gary Sinise's girlfriend in Ron Howard's "Ransom"; first major role in a studio film


Portrayed the titular character in Mary Harron's "I Shot Andy Warhol"


Designed the costumes for "A Candle in the Window," a stage play directed by Michael Imperioli


Enjoyed a nice change-of-pace as the desperate, androgynous graduate student-vampire of Abel Ferrar's "The Addiction"


Reteamed with Altman for "Ready to Wear/Pret-a-Porter," playing a lesbian fashion photographer


Played writer Edna Ferber in Alan Rudolph's "Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle"


Acted in off-Broadway production of "Aven'U Boys"


Appeared in Robert Altman's "Short Cuts" as Honey Bush, the wife of a cheating makeup artist


Reteamed with Savoca for "Household Saints"


Portrayed the hometown girl left behind by Sean Astin's "Rudy"


Acted in Emir Kusturica's "Arizona Dreaming"


First film with director Nancy Savoca, "Dogfight"


Featured as the widow of a soldier accidentally killed by Tom Cruise's character in "Born on the Fourth of July"


First film with actor John Cusack, "Say Anything"; cast also included Joan Cusack and Jeremy Piven


First major NYC theater role, "What Did He See?"


Screen debut, "She's Having a Baby"


First major role as the ambivalent prospective bride in "Mystic Pizza"


TV debut, "Night of Courage" (ABC)


Professional stage debut in the Northlight Theatre production "Bing and Walker"

Studied acting at the Piven Theater Workshop in Evanston, IL

Worked with famed Second City founder Del Close on the locally produced TV special "No Laughing Matter"

Bonus Trivia


Taylor was a member of NYC's Naked Angels before forming her own theater company Machine Full c. 1993. She made her directing debut at the helm of Machine Full's production of "Halcyon Days."


About the state of independent films: "They're not really independents anymore. Budgets are higher. The revolving doors in theaters move faster so they're not as apt to keep small films and let them get good word of mouth. The director has to get a name actor and follow the dictates of the money people, and it's not that independent." – Taylor to the The Los Angles Times, Jan. 25, 1998


On the difficulty women have getting good film roles: "Generally speaking, we've got a ways to go in that department because the imbalance is so old. We're dealing with thousands of years. I do feel the movie industry is a really interesting microcosm of the problem. For a long time there's been double the amount of roles for men as women. And we earn much less than men do. When the independents were purer and didn't make so much money, they could take more risks, especially in the kinds of women they could show. But when there's a bigger budget there's more of a formula, and the women fit into that formula in a very specific way. Usually a complicated woman is not part of it." – Taylor quoted in Interview, January 1999


Taylor has long hoped to play Janis Joplin in a film directed by Nancy Savoca, but the project remained on hold.


Taylor is an avid birder.