Angela Paton, ‘Groundhog Day’ Actress, Dies at 86

Actress had almost 100 credits to her name

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Angela Paton, an actress known for her roles in “Groundhog Day” and “American Wedding,” died on Thursday night at age 86.

Paton had been living in a hospice care center in Oakland, California, after a recent heart attack. Her nephew confirmed the news of her death to the Associated Press.

Before finding success in Hollywood, Paton was well known for her work on the stage. She and her husband co-founded the Berkeley Stage Company in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1970s. She would star in productions of “Woman in Mind” opposite Helen Mirren, as well as “Dog Logic” and “Long Day’s Journey Into Night.”

Paton’s didn’t get her big break in film and television until the 1980s, when she was cast in the TV movie “Winnie.” Over the next two decades, she would go on to have almost 100 film and television roles.

She is perhaps best recognized for her role in “Groundhog Day,” in which she played the bubbly inkeeper forced to deal with a very depressed Bill Murray. She also had notable roles in Adam Sandler‘s “The Wedding Singer” as Faye, and in “American Wedding” as Michelle’s grandmother who sleeps with Stifler.

Paton’s television roles include guest spots on “Home Improvement,” “Quantum Leap,” and “Grey’s Anatomy,” among dozens of other parts.