Debbie Weaver

Played by Jami Gertz


The matriarch of the Weaver family, Debbie strives to be the world’s greatest mother and will do what it takes to make her kids happy. She’s happily married to Marty, who is a constant source of calm when she needs it.


Jami Gertz has crafted a distinguished reputation in film, television and theater. In addition to her role in The Neighbors, she will next be seen in Jeff Garlan's feature Dealin' with Idiots. Most recently Gertz appeared on ABC's Emmy Award-winning comedy Modern Family and the hit cable series Entourage, opposite Jeremy Piven. She starred with Piven again in Scott Marshall's Keeping Up With the Steins, as well as Gary Marshall, Darryl Hannah and Doris Roberts.

For four seasons Gertz starred on the hit comedy Still Standing, opposite Mark Addy. In addition she portrayed title role on ABC's Gilda Radner: It's Always Something, based on Radner's autobiography.

In 2002 Gertz received an Emmy nomination for her role on the critically acclaimed television series Ally McBeal, where she guest starred in a four-episode arc. She is also widely recognized for her role as a sex therapist in Twister, opposite Bill Paxton, and for her roles with Dylan McDermott in the romantic comedy Jersey Girl, in Less Than Zero (based on the best selling novel by Bret Easton Ellis), with James Spader and Robert Downey, Jr., and in The Lost Boys, with Kiefer Sutherland and Jason Patric.

Gertz was discovered at age 16 in a nationwide talent search for the sitcom Square Pegs, with Sarah Jessica Parker. Since then she has appeared on a number of hit television shows, including Seinfeld, ER and Dream On.

On stage she appeared in the Off-Broadway production of Garry Marshall's Wrong Turn at Lung Fish, with the late George C. Scott and Tony Danza. She also starred in Come Back Little Sheba, with Tyne Daly, and Out of Gas on Lover's Leap, with Jason Patric.

In 2007 Gertz formed Lime Orchard Productions, a television and film production company. The company produced A Better Life in 2011, directed by Chris Weitz and starring Demian Bichir, which earned him a Best Actor Academy Award nomination.

A Chicago native, Gertz lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their three sons.