Allison McAtee is an American actor, model and producer.
Allison was born on Sept 24 in Erie, Pennsylvania; and grew up 20 minutes south in the small town of Edinboro. Her mother, Sandra, was a cardiac care charge nurse and her father, Edward, a special education teacher turned State Education Director. Allison grew up surrounded by family as her father is one of nine children. “I didn’t really have a traditional ‘only child’ experience as I was lucky enough to be surrounded by so many cousins, aunts and uncles,” she says. Much of her family remains in Edinboro, having divided up the once 100 acre McAtee family farm among the elder members.
Allison always loved the stage. She began dance lessons at the age of 3, and singing lessons as a pre-teen. Her professional career, however, didn’t get strarted until the age of 14, when she was spotted in a Dr.’s office by model scout and agent Andrew Broz. She spent a summer in Toronto modeling and subsequent summers in New York City throughout high school. After graduating, she enrolled in the Theatre Arts Program at The University of Pittsburgh, and spent a semester abroad studying theatre in London. Allison graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Theatre, Film & TV
Upon graduation, Allison moved to New York City to pursue acting. She was in several Off-Broadway Productions including the award winning comedy ‘Confessions of a WonderBabe.’ She quickly made fans in TV casting offices and began booking television Guest Star roles. In 2008, Allison was prompted to go to LA, to star opposite Michael Madsen and Dennis Hopper in Quentin Tarantino’s: ‘Hell Ride.’ She spent the next couple of years being bi-coastal, finally settling in LA. Next was a role opposite Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow in Jon Favreau’s: ‘Iron Man’, which grossed $318 million at the domestic box office. Allison can also be seen in the indie cult classic: ‘Bloomington’ and in Showtime’s: ‘Californication.’ She then starred as a series regular on Tyler Perry’s: ‘The Haves and the Have Nots’ on OWN for nearly 50 episodes.