Katey Sagal played one of the main characters in Sons of anarchybut what has she been doing since the show ended? In 2008, Kurt Sutter took the audience to a small town in California to see a motorcycle club and all the drama of their everyday life on the TV series Sons of Anarchy. The series premiered on FX in 2008 and lived for a total of seven seasons until it ended in 2014. Sons of Anarchy received positive reviews throughout its run, with most of the praise going for the issues raised (such as corruption and racism) and the lead actors’ appearances.
Sons of Anarchy tells the story of Jackson “Jax” Teller (Charlie Hunnam), VP of the Sons of Anarchy motorcycle club in the fictional town of Charming, California. The series begins when Jax finds a manifesto written by his late father, John “JT” Teller, one of the MC’s founding members. In it, JT shared his plans and visions for the club, which were very different from those of the current president and stepfather of Jax, Clay Morrow (Ron Perlman). Reading his father’s ideas and seeing how different the club was, sends Jax on a personal journey, among other things, that leads him to question his path, role in the club, relationships, family and more. Sons of Anarchy also introduced the audience to Gemma Teller-Morrow (Katey Sagal), Jax’s mother and matriarch of the club who, while not a member, had a lot of influence on it and the city in general. but she was also a very dangerous woman.
Katey Sagal’s role as Gemma in Sons of Anarchy was one of the most critically acclaimed elements of the series, and she was one of the few characters from season one to make it into the final season, if not like her being killed in the series finale by Jax in the penultimate episode. Gemma Teller has become one of Sagal’s most memorable roles, but it is definitely not her most famous as she played a variety of characters before and after Sons of Anarchy. Before he lived in Charming, Sagal worked a lot as a voice actor in films, such as in Recess: School’s Out (plays Mrs. Flo Spinelli) and the Futurama films in which Turanga Leela is voiced. She was best known on television as Peggy Bundy in the sitcom Married … with Children from 1987-1997.
While working on Sons of Anarchy, Sagal continued to work on the voice, mostly in Futurama, and when the show ended, she explored other genres on television. Sagal played Annora von der Alders in The Bastard Executioner, Penny’s mother in an episode of The Big Bang Theory, and Lanie Schultz in This Is Us. Sagal repeated her role as Gemma in an episode of Mayan’s MC, the spin-off series of Sons of Anarchy, and after that she played Dr. Ingrid Jones in Shameless, Louise Goldufski in The Conners, Teresa Williams in Grand Hotel and Eleanor Hale in Tot für mich. Her most recent work is the legal comedy drama Rebel, inspired by the life of Erin Brockovich, in which she stars as Annie “Rebel” Bello. On the big screen, she played Lee Ann in There’s Always Woodstock, Katherine Junk in Pitch Perfect 2, and Louise Pazienza in Bleed for This.
In addition to an incredible acting career spanning almost every genre, Katey Sagal has a musical career, releasing her first solo album in 1994, and she also contributed with at least one song per season Sons of anarchy. Katey Sagal is a multi-talented woman, and while many will always remember her as Gemma Teller-Morrow, her other works on film and television are definitely worth checking out.