Katherine Victoria Litwack (born June 13, 1986), known professionally as Kat Dennings, is an American actress. On film she is known for her role as Darcy Lewis in the Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero films Thor (2011), with Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Colm Feore, Ray Stevenson, Idris Elba, Rene Russo, and Anthony Hopkins; and Thor: The Dark World (2013), with much of the same cast along with Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano, and Jaimie Alexander; and the Disney+ miniseries WandaVision (2021), with Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Debra Jo Rupp, Fred Melamed, Kathryn Hahn, Teyonah Parris, Randall Park, and Evan Peters.
On TV is best known for her starring roles as Max Black in the CBS sitcom 2 Broke Girls (2011–2017), with Beth Behrs, Garrett Morris, Jonathan Kite, Matthew Moy, and Jennifer Coolidge. Other TV work includes Raising Dad (2001-2002), with Bob Saget, Brie Larson, Riley Smith, Beau Wirick, and Jerry Adler; Dollface (2019-), with Brenda Song, Shay Mitchell, and Esther Povitsky; and voicing on the shows Big Mouth (2017-), with Nick Kroll, John Mulaney, Jessi Klein, Jason Mantzoukas, Jenny Slate, Fred Armisen, Maya Rudolph, Jordan Peele, Ayo Edebiri, & Andrew Rannells; and Dallas & Robo (2018), with John Cena, Stephen Root, Tim Blake Nelson, Milana Vayntrub, and Dana Snyder.
Dennings made her film debut in the TV movie The Scream Team (2002), with Mark Rendall, Robert Bockstael, Eric Idle, Tommy Davidson, and Kathy Najimy; followed by her theatrical debut in Raise Your Voice (2004), with Hilary Duff, Rita Wilson, David Keith, Jason Ritter, Oliver James, Rebecca De Mornay, and John Corbett. Other films in the mid to late 2000s include Judd Apatow’s The 40-Year Old Virgin (2005), with Steve Carell, Catherine Keener, Paul Rudd, Romany Malco, Seth Rogen, Elizabeth Banks, Leslie Mann, and Jane Lynch; Big Momma’s House 2 (2006), with Martin Lawrence, Nia Long, Levi, Mark Moses, Emily Procter, and Chloë Grace Moretz; London (2006), with Chris Evans, Jason Statham, Jessica Biel, Joy Bryant, Kelli Garner, and Isla Fisher; and Down in the Valley (2006), with Edward Norton, Evan Rachel Wood, David Morse, and Rory Culkin.
More films in the late 2000s include Charlie Bartlett (2008), with Anton Yelchin, Hope Davis, and Robert Downey Jr.; The House Bunny (2008), with Anna Faris, Colin Hanks, Emma Stone, Katharine McPhee, Rumer Willis, and Kiley Williams; Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist (2008), with Michael Cera, Alexis Dziena, Ari Graynor, Aaron Yoo, and Jay Baruchel; The Answer Man (2009), with Jeff Daniels, Lauren Graham, Lou Taylor Pucci, Olivia Thirlby, and Thomas Roy; and Robert Rodriguez’s Shorts (2009), with Jon Cryer, William H. Macy, Mann, James Spader, and Jimmy Bennett.
Films in the 2010s include Defendor (2010), with Woody Harrelson, Elias Koteas, Michael Kelly, and Sandra Oh; Daydream Nation (2011), with Reece Thompson, Andie MacDowell, Josh Lucas, and Rachel Blanchard; Suburban Gothic (2015), with Matthew Gray Gubler, Ray Wise, Sally Kirkland, Jeffrey Combs, John Waters, and Ray Santiago; and To Write Love on Her Arms (2015), with Chad Michael Murray, Rupert Friend, Juliana Harkavy, Corbin Bleu, and Mark Saul.
Films in the 2020s include Friendsgiven (2020), with Malin Åkerman, Aisha Tyler, Chelsea Peretti, Christine Taylor, Jane Seymour, Deon Cole, Wanda Sykes, Margaret Cho, Fortune Feimster, Jack Donnelly and Ryan Hansen.
Each review will be linked to the title below.
(*seen originally in theaters)
(**seen rereleased in theaters)
- The Scream Team 2002) – directed by Stuart Gillard – TV movie
- Raise Your Voice (2004) – directed by Sean McNamara
- The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005)* – directed by Judd Apatow
- Big Momma’s House 2 (2006) – directed by John Whitesell
- London (2006) – directed by Hunter Richards
- Down in the Valley (2006) – directed by David Jacobson
- Charlie Bartlett (2008) – directed by Jon Poll
- The House Bunny (2008) – directed by Fred Wolf
- Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist (2008) – directed by Peter Sollett
- The Answer Man (2009) – directed by John Hindman
- Shorts (2009) – directed by Robert Rodriguez
- Defendor (2010) – directed by Peter Stebbings
- Daydream Nation (2011) – directed by Michael Goldbach
- Thor (2011)* – directed by Kenneth Branagh
- Thor: The Dark World (2013)* – directed by Alan Taylor
- Suburban Gothic (2015) – directed by Richard Bates Jr.
- To Write Love on Her Arms (2015) – directed by Nathan Frankowski
- Hollywood Adventures (2015) – directed by Tim Kendall – cameo as herself
- Friendsgiving (2020) – directed by Nicol Paone
- Thor: Love and Thunder (2022)* – directed by Taika Waititi – cameo